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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su Borough School District to fill superintendent vacancy

    by Shannon Ballard on May 03, 21:22

    The Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District is losing its superintendent, Dr. Deena Paramo, to the Anchorage School District. So where does that leave the MSBSD, the fastest growing school district in the state? Paramo led Valley schools for nearly five years. The Mat-Su school board described her as an “energizer bunny” and school board members acknowledged they have […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage’s first food truck hub opens for summer

    by Shannon Ballard on May 02, 19:59

    Can’t decide where to eat for lunch? There are now several more options in downtown Anchorage. The city’s first food truck hub opened on Monday at the corner of Eighth Avenue and K Street. Known as “K Street Eats,” many vendors are hoping it will be boost to their business. Sugar House Waffles has been in […]

  • News

    Double-checked: Girdwood to get police from Whittier

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 22, 5:30

    Girdwood voters requested a recount after Proposition 9 passed in their community by just two votes. After hours of recounting ballots Thursday, election workers with the Municipality of Anchorage found a single additional yes vote. Proposition 9 allows residents to raise taxes in order to pay for police protection after Alaska State Troopers abandon their Girdwood […]

  • Anchorage/MatSu Politics

    Girdwood requests recount as Prop 9 plans move forward

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 19, 18:17

    The Girdwood Board of Supervisors is moving forward to develop a contract with Whittier police as the deadline for Alaska State Troopers to leave the area draws closer. Proposition nine, which would allow residents to raise taxes to pay for police protection, passed by only two votes in the last election, and already a for […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Drunk driving dangers exposed at mock funeral in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 15, 20:17

      ANCHORAGE — It’s rare to hear silence inside of a high school, but students at Service High School stood still as two empty caskets were brought into their school’s gym. Wednesday, students witnessed a simulated car crash caused by a drunk driver. Their school and the Anchorage Police Department held mock funeral was held to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Simulated crash teaches sobering truth about drunk driving

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 13, 23:15

    Amid screams and a mock 911 call, teenagers at Service High School learned the sobering truth about drunk driving. “It’s a little bit emotional and scary to see it unfolding,” one student said. A drunk driving crash was set up in the school’s parking lot to look as realistic as possible. Police and paramedics responded as […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Historic stained glass finds new home at Anchorage cathedral

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 12, 21:02

    The big white church on the corner of H Street and Fifth Avenue is among the oldest in Anchorage. Holy Family Cathedral was built in 1915, and this week the historic building added even more history from thousands of miles away. “These window are from Franz Mayer, a Bulgarian artist,” said Father Anthony Patalano. Six stained […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska teens in national spotlight for volunteerism

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 11, 21:11

    Two Alaska teens have been selected to represent their state at the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Isabella Weiss and Jenevia Wika were named Alaska’s Top Youth Volunteer Winners for 2016. Isabella, 14, is an eighth-grader at Colony Middle School. She interviewed nearly 20 residents at the Wasilla Senior Center to record a memorable experience in their […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Colony High School marching band selected to play in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 07, 20:47

    Members of Palmer’s Colony High School marching band received quite a surprise Thursday afternoon. They’ve been chosen to play in the 2017 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. What began as a normal school day quickly turned to cheers of excitement as staff informed the band members of the surprise. “I really wanted […]

  • Alaska News

    Kenai area residents may be asked to vote again on legal marijuana

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 06, 23:14

    The Kenai Peninsula Borough could be the next community to opt out of commercial marijuana. On Tuesday night, so many people showed up to voice their opinions, the Assembly cut them off at midnight. The Assembly was debating a proposed ordinance that asks borough residents to vote again on whether or not they want the industry […]

  • Alaska News

    Warm Alaska winter causes early birch sap flow; syrup producers try to keep up

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 05, 21:33

    The mild winter may have tricked the trees because birch sap is flowing earlier than ever in Alaska. Now, syrup producers are working against the clock and Mother Nature. Tucked amid Talkeetna’s boreal forest stands a grove of birch trees that have been tapped for years by so-called sapsuckers. “We try to drill a nice, […]

  • News

    UAA simulates terror attack as a part of a statewide exercise

    by Shannon Ballard on Apr 01, 21:21

    Anchorage police officers, firefighters and the FBI swarmed UAA’s west campus for a mock terrorist attack Friday. They were hunting for an “armed gunman.” Fortunately, it was only a simulation, but the training had real life implications. As if it were real, an emergency call came in of a terrorist attack in Beatrice McDonald Hall. Law […]

  • Health

    Alaska allergy season starts early, expected to last longer

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 30, 19:02

    All the beautiful weather Anchorage has had lately comes with a price. Allergy season has started early, and for those who already have itchy, watery eyes and constant sneezing, it could get worse. Patrick Ryan, an education specialist for the Alaska Botanical Garden, said just about every plant appears to be a month ahead of schedule. “It’s […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Campaigning for Bernie: Jane Sanders explains why Alaska is important

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 24, 21:54

    ANCHORAGE — If Bernie Sanders is elected president, his wife says he will not support drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. In the full interview above, Jane Sanders told KTVA why a state with so few delegates is so important in this year’s presidential election. Sanders is in Alaska campaigning on behalf of her husband. She […]

  • Education

    Mat-Su schools grapple with $9 million budget deficit

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 23, 20:48

    The future of every school in the Mat-Su Borough is up in the air, according to superintendent Deena Paramo. The Mat-Su Borough School District is facing a $9 million budget deficit in fiscal year 2017. She says cuts are unavoidable and the students enrolled at two alternative Mat-Su high schools could feel the greatest impact, […]

  • Health

    New research shows childhood obesity rates down slightly in Anchorage

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 22, 19:52

    The childhood obesity rate in Anchorage is down slightly, according the National Collaborative on Childhood Obesity Research. Obesity rates among Anchorage School District elementary and middle schools students declined by a little over two percent between the 2003-2004 and 2010-2011 school years. The numbers haven’t increased since, but they also haven’t gotten any better. “While […]

  • Money

    ML&P, Chugach Electric push forward with gas field purchase

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 18, 23:08

    Two Anchorage Electric Companies are working on a deal they say will save their customers millions, but some of their biggest clients don’t see it that way. Chugach Electric association and Municipal Light and Power have teamed up to buy ConocoPhillips’ share of the Beluga River Gas Field, which is located on the west side […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students spend spring break with Anchorage Police

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 16, 18:40

    It may sound a little odd, but some Anchorage High School students are spending their spring break with the Anchorage Police Department. APD’S Youth Academy is exposing teens to what it’s like to be on the force. They’ll cover topics such as drugs, gangs, criminal investigations and firearm safety. Wednesday afternoon, the focus was on the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Palmer Golf Course opens early, breaking record

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 15, 20:08

    The Palmer Golf Course is breaking records. It opened for the season on March 6, which is earlier than ever before. Even on a chilly Tuesday, the course was full of people enjoying the game. Golfer Michael Rutledge says right now Palmer is the only place he can play. “The other courses down in Anchorage don’t open […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fire personnel say Southcentral Alaska already in fire season

    by Shannon Ballard on Mar 11, 19:30

    It is still technically winter, but it doesn’t look that way in Palmer. Wildland firefighters are getting ready for what they say could be an early, long and devastating wildfire season. “We are already in fire season, at least in Southcentral,” said Phillip Blydenburgh, an assistant fire manager with the Division of Forestry. Crews with the […]