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Bonney Bowman

After spending the first 18 years of my life in Chicago, I thought I was well prepared for Alaska’s climate. Then on my first day in Anchorage, I saw a moose and realized I may have underestimated just how different the last frontier really is!

Stories by Bonney Bowman

  • Military

    Safety Fair teaches outdoor safety to new military members

    by Bonney Bowman on May 26, 20:15

    Memorial Day weekend means it’s time to get outside and enjoy Alaska, but without the right skills and equipment exploring the backcountry can be risky — especially for people new to the state, like many soldiers and airmen stationed at JBER. Thursday, the base held the 4th annual Occupational and Recreational Safety Fair. The goal […]

  • Military

    A look inside a classified Cold War-era antenna site, now shut down

    by Bonney Bowman on May 25, 19:49

    After 50 years monitoring radio waves, the AN/FLR 9 antenna array on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was shut down Wednesday. The site, also known as the “elephant cage,” is a relic from the Cold War. At 40 acres in size and standing 120 feet tall, the antenna array stands mostly unchanged from when it was built […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Kittens in need of foster families

    by Bonney Bowman on May 25, 18:29

    Anchorage Animal Care and Control (AACC) says it is seeing an influx of kittens and needs more people to care for them by fostering them. The goal of fostering is to socialize the kittens and get them ready for adoption. Jay Jackson has been a kitten foster mom for four years, and said it’s rewarding […]

  • News

    Biologist says kings aren’t early, fishermen are

    by Bonney Bowman on May 24, 22:16

    King salmon have returned to Ship Creek and fishermen are taking advantage of what some describe as an early run. Dustin Slinker, owner of The Bait Shack, said an angler landed the first king on May 13. He scrambled to set up shop two days later as he watched more and more people catch fish. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 21:44

    When a pair of eagles nested in Janet Wass’s former backyard, she wanted something to keep her small dog, Juju, safe. She did some research and My Invisible Pet was born. Wass made Juju a dog coat out of shiny, reflective material. The coat has a light on the back with a bright beam. “It […]

  • Aviation

    Summer travel plans? Expect delays at Ted Stevens International Airport

    by Bonney Bowman on May 19, 15:57

    Warning: Officials at Ted Stevens International Airport say travelers should expect delays this summer. Last year, on the busiest day of the year 10,000 people went through security at the Anchorage airport, according to Ted Stevens Internation Airport operations manager Terri Tibbe. She said this summer they’re expecting that number to grow. “Our biggest peak […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Federal land transfer opens up development of midtown Anchorage lot

    by Bonney Bowman on May 16, 21:01

    Nine acres of federal land in the heart of Anchorage will soon be up for development. Congress passed land-transfer legislation, approving sale of the land to the municipality at fair market value. The land, once property of the National Archives and Records Administration, is located next to Cuddy Family Park behind the Lowe’s home improvement […]

  • Outdoors

    Sign of spring: Hooligan fishing at 20 Mile River

    by Bonney Bowman on May 13, 17:30

    A small fish is drawing big crowds down to 20 Mile River south of Girdwood — hooligan. And fishermen say they’re running stronger this year than in years past. “Last year we didn’t have much hooligans that came in,” said fisherman Victor Avalos. “It looks like we have abundance this year.” The hooligan appear to […]

  • Health

    An in-demand and demanding career celebrated during national nurses week

    by Bonney Bowman on May 12, 7:15

    National Nurses Week is celebrating the hard work of nurses around the country. One of those nurses is Amy King, a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nursing program who works on the pediatric floor of the Alaska Native Medical Center. Her shift starts at 6:30 in the morning and runs at least 12 hours. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Garden teaches kids about Alaska culture, sustainable living

    by Bonney Bowman on May 10, 19:15

    Students at the Alaska Native Culture Charter School are building a garden with special significance. The students installed a learning garden, doing all the work themselves. They built the beds and planted the seeds. Five of the beds hold plants native to Alaska’s five different regions. School principal Bongi Agerter said it’s a good way […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Avoiding road rage: ‘Stay calm, don’t engage’

    by Bonney Bowman on May 09, 19:30

    An incident on Anchorage’s streets over the weekend is highlighting the dangers of road rage – and how to avoid it. A run-in between a group of bikers and a pick up truck was caught on camera Saturday. The video, captured by one of the bikers, shows the pick up swerving around the motorcycles, coming […]

  • Aviation

    New fleet of planes brings more reliable flights to Aleutian chain

    by Bonney Bowman on May 09, 13:27

    A local air carrier is making air travel in southwest Alaska safer and more reliable. PenAir invested $27 million into a new fleet of Saab 2000 planes. “It’s definitely, definitely a leap forward in technology,” said pilot and PenAir part owner Lloyd Seybert. “It flies like a real airplane should fly.” Seybert says the new […]

  • Military

    Alaska Air Guardsmen recognized for daring 2015 rescue

    by Bonney Bowman on May 05, 21:42

    A daring rescue has earned Alaska Air National Guardsmen prestigious recognition. The Jolly Green Association awarded the 210th and 211th rescue squadrons the 2015 Rescue Mission of the Year. The rescue happened while the guardsmen were deployed to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa in 2015. Two Saudi Arabian F-15 fighter pilots went down over […]

  • Alaska News

    Study: Alaska one of the worst states for working moms

    by Bonney Bowman on May 03, 21:01

    Alaska is one of the worst states to live in if you’re a working mom, according to a new study conducted by WalletHub. Overall, Alaska ranked 47th out of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The study’s criteria included  childcare, wages and time off policies. Alaska ranked 40th for access to pediatric care, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Crews light fire to prevent fire on JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on May 02, 19:38

    Nearly 2,000 acres of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson land will go up in flames this week – all to prevent a potential wildfire this summer. Fire crews started the controlled burn Monday, setting fire to live-fire ranges in the Arctic Valley area. The ranges are like a tinderbox this time of year, full of dry grass […]

  • Military

    A dedicated crew keeps remote radar site running

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 29, 19:24

    In Alaska’s most remote corners, 15 Long Range Radar Sites (LRRS) scan the skies looking for threats. It takes a small, but dedicated force to keep these Cold War-era sites up and running. “We’re only 11 pilots here that do this particular job.” Those 11 pilots fly two C12 planes to all the radar sites […]

  • Military

    Friends take special Honor Flight journey together

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 26, 20:08

    The war memorials in Washington, D.C. are meant to pay tribute to the men and women who fought and died for their country. Unfortunately, they’re also a sight some veterans have never seen. That will change for 23 Alaskan vets, who boarded an Honor Flight to Washington Tuesday morning. Four of the vets served in […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Unemployment rate up in Anchorage, oil and gas, construction jobs lost

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 25, 18:27

    More people were unemployed in Anchorage in March than the same time last year, according to the latest Anchorage Employment Report. That report was released by the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Monday. The report shows the March 2016 unemployment rate was 5.6 percent, up 0.4 percent from March 2015. Overall, Anchorage has lost 100 jobs from […]

  • Education

    ASD reveals two superintendent finalists

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 22, 20:35

    The search for a new Anchorage School District superintendent has been narrowed down to two candidates, both with familiar names in the state. The finalists are Dr. Steve Atwater, the interim dean for the School of Education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Dr. Deena Paramo, superintendent of the Mat-Su Borough School District. School […]

  • Alaska News

    Witness: Plane engine ‘sputtered’ before deadly Chugiak crash

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 22, 6:00

    Investigators with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) returned to the site of a plane crash that claimed the life of four people the day before. The Cessna 172 went down Wednesday, shortly after it departed from the Birchwood Airport in Chugiak.  On Thursday, investigators thoroughly examined every aspect […]