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Shannon Ballard

I’ve always daydreamed about living here, so I jumped at the chance to be part of the new KTVA. Change is exciting and I feel so lucky to get to learn all about this community. Alaska is sure to be an adventure.

Stories by Shannon Ballard

  • Alaska News

    Alaskans march against domestic violence and sexual assault

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 23, 19:54

    Communities across Alaska are taking steps forward, marching in solidarity against what they call an epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault. On Thursday, the Zonta Club of Anchorage organized a march from the Delaney Park Strip to Town Square Park. Roughly 100 people attended. Demonstrations such as this are at the center of the state’s […]

  • Alaska News

    Japanese company withdraws plans for $1 billion LNG plant at Port MacKenzie

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 21, 20:36

    After four years of working with the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Japanese-based firm Resources Energy Inc (REI), is withdrawing its plans to build a nearly $1 billion liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant at Port MacKenzie. Borough manager John Moosey delivered the bad news to the port commission on Monday. “It’s something that we worked real hard hoping […]

  • News

    Josephine’s Dream: Mom forms scholarship in daughter’s memory

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 17, 18:50

    An Anchorage mother is working to make her daughter’s dream come true, but for someone else. On June 19, 22-year-old Josephine Goodman was killed after falling from the top of a seven-story parking garage Downtown. The medical examiner ruled Josephine’s death a suicide, but her mother isn’t so certain. “I don’t believe it,” Josephine’s mother […]

  • Business/Economy

    Bad for business: How education cuts could hurt the Anchorage economy

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 16, 23:17

    Looming cuts to the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) budget are bad for business, according to the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation (AEDC). AEDC calls UAA an “economic driver,” but looming budget cuts threaten that status. The corporation says a possible 5-percent cut in funding would affect more than just faculty and staff jobs at the university. […]

  • News

    A citywide vote could force Alaska’s first pot shop to close

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 15, 18:53

    Alaska’s first pot shop could soon be forced to close its doors. Herbal Outfitters in Valdez opened back in October. Manager Derek Morris says since day one, business has been strong, but the store’s future all comes down to a vote. A group of concerned Valdez citizens submitted enough signatures to city hall to get an […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AFD to give away 500 donated carbon monoxide detectors

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 13, 18:40

    Every year, Anchorage firefighters respond to nearly 500 carbon monoxide calls, according to Anchorage Fire Department Battalion Chief James Dennis. He says it’s a common problem in Alaska. Just a week ago, nine people in Houston were hospitalized from the gas, and the month before that, Hillside teen Trevor Noble lost his life from exposure […]

  • Crime

    Toddler recovering in hospital after alleged assault by babysitter

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 10, 19:57

    An Anchorage babysitter is facing second-degree assault for allegedly throwing a 13-month-old child several feet into a wooden piano bench. While Angelina Toilolo-Kapeli waits for her trial, little Chase Edwards is struggling to heal from multiple skull fractures. Chase’s father, Kevin Edwards, says Toilolo-Kapeli was his roommate and that he had no reason not to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage police expanding foot patrols to Mountain View, Fairview, Spenard

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 09, 18:14

    Homicides, property crime and car thefts — Anchorage is breaking records police aren’t proud of. They’ve been looking into the problem and say much of the crime around town appears to be fueled by an increase in drug abuse. It’s something several Mountain View residents told KTVA they see all the time, and part of […]

  • Military

    East High JROTC respectfully retires weathered, worn flags

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 08, 20:44

    The Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Thunderbird Battalion respectfully retired more than 50 flags at East Anchorage High School on Wednesday. The flags, mostly starts and stripes, were collected over the past year. Each was worn, torn or ready for replacement. The JROTC held a solemn ceremony and then each flag was laid into a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    AFD gets new firetruck, first of its kind in Alaska

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 08, 20:14

    Anchorage firefighters at Station 1 have a new truck, and it’s unlike any other in Alaska. For starters, it’s bigger. The tractor-drawn aerial, otherwise known as a tiller, is 61 feet long, has double the storage space and is designed to be more maneuverable than a rig half its size. That’s because it has a shorter […]

  • Marijuana News

    Marijuana Control Board votes against onsite consumption – again

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 07, 19:09

    Clearing up confusion was a top priority for the Alaska Marijuana Control Board (MCB) during its March meeting on Tuesday.  Last month, the board rejected a proposal allowing onsite consumption at some retail pot stores, but in the days that followed, it became very clear the issue wasn’t dead. The board had already approved licenses […]

  • Money

    Alaska begins 2017 with highest unemployment rate in the nation

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 03, 20:37

    The number of unemployed Alaskans is on the rise, and state economists expect it to get worse. Alaska ended last year with a 6.7 percent unemployment rate, the highest in the nation according the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development. The national average is 4.7 percent, making Alaska among the more challenging places to find […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Residents displaced by Royal Suite fire receive donation from Anchorage Home Builders Association

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 02, 18:30

    It’s been two weeks since the deadly fire at the Royal Suite Lodge apartment building, and those who lost their homes are still unable to return. Many say they have no other choice but to temporarily stay with family or in motels. But a gift given by a group of total strangers on Thursday may […]

  • Education

    New early head start facility opening in East Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 27, 18:28

    There’s a new early head start center opening on the east side of Anchorage. Its taken the place of the former Kogi restaurant on Northway Drive. The building used to serve hungry diners, but starting on March 6 it will start serving the hungry minds of local preschoolers. MaryEllen Fritz, the director of the new […]

  • Alaska Politics

    Cook Inlet conservation corridor debated at Board of Fisheries meeting

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 24, 19:51

    It takes fish to make fish and that has members of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough’s Fish and Wildlife Commission worried. On Friday morning, commission members brought their concerns to the Board of Fisheries. They want to ensure that the Cook Inlet conservation corridor, established back in 2014, remains in place. The corridor restricts some commercial fishing in […]

  • News

    Alaskans react to reversal of federal transgender bathroom policies

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 23, 20:14

    Alaskans are reacting to an announcement from the President Donald Trump’s administration Wednesday that says it’s dropping federal protections for transgender students. Trump’s stance simply means it’s now up to states and school districts to interpret whether federal sex discrimination law applies to gender identity. The Anchorage School District spokesperson Heather Marron wrote in an email […]

  • Education

    Efforts to fill $15-million budget gap mean big cuts in the Anchorage School District

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 22, 20:12

    “We have trimmed any of the fat that was in our budget, but now we are cutting into bone.” Like each of her fellow board members, Anchorage School Board president Tam Agosti-Gisler voted on Tuesday to approve next year’s money-saving budget, which eliminates 123 full time jobs, including 99 teaching positions. “Fortunately, many of those […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    ‘She was always smiling’: Coworkers remember mother of 2 killed in apartment fire

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 16, 20:32

    Last updated at 11:06 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 17 The day after the fatal Royal Suite Fire, many people who call the apartments home stopped by to look at the damage left behind. Resident Joe Mireles said it’s difficult to know that he won’t see the familiar faces again. “You’d see their faces every time you […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Victims of fatal Royal Suite Lodge fire thought it was ‘another’ false alarm

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 15, 19:05

    The American Red Cross of Alaska says it’s helping 50 people displaced by the fatal Royal Suite Lodge fire. Many of the victims will stay the night at the Spenard Community Recreation Center, where the nonprofit has set up a temporary shelter. Volunteers with the Red Cross have been working since around 3 a.m. to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Wasilla husky competes in prestigious national dog show

    by Shannon Ballard on Feb 14, 19:57

    Riot, a Siberian husky from Wasilla, went nose-to-nose with some tough competition in the Big Apple. The 3-year-old spent months preparing for his big debut at the prestigious Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show in New York City. He took the floor on Tuesday. Riot’s owner, Stevie Collins, snapped a couple photos before the event. She says Riot […]