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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Downtown Anchorage business owner calls 2015 ‘worst year’ for Fur Rondy

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 03, 17:42

    The Fur Rendezvous festival usually brings an annual influx of people and money into downtown Anchorage, but this year, it looks as if Mother Nature had different ideas for the Fourth Avenue festival. No snow forced organizers to cancel the dog sled races, typically Rondy’s biggest draw. Event organizers say the unseasonably warm temperatures, lack of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Fairview community group protests Spirits of Alaska’s liquor license renewal

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 02, 16:29

    Residents say Fairview is a neighborhood with somewhat of a bad reputation, but they also think closing a liquor store in the area will go a long way to fixing that. Spirits of Alaska’s liquor license is up for renewal, and members of the community group “Concern-4-Fairview” are protesting against the store staying in business. […]

  • Alaska

    CANstruction raises hunger awareness

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 27, 21:04

    Making art and raising awareness about hunger, all with cans of food — the 2015 CANstruction food drive kicked off Friday at University Mall. Teams have 12 hours to build large sculptures, using only canned food. This year’s theme is “Under the Sea.” Organizers say it’s a great way to bring the issue of hunger in […]

  • Alaska

    Balancing the budget and safety: Troopers face cutbacks

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 26, 18:49

    It’s been just over a month since Gov. Bill Walker’s State of the Budget speech when he told Alaskans about state expenses being cut in the wake of declining oil revenues. Many agencies are already seeing cuts, but perhaps none more striking than those made to the Alaska State Troopers. Troopers department director Col. James Cockrell […]

  • Alaska

    Experts: Arctic development could mean increase in sex trafficking

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 25, 19:46

    Opening the Arctic to development could bring an economic boost to the state, but it could also mean increased exploitation of Alaska’s residents — experts addressed the topic at a recent conference in Anchorage. If large-scale projects start popping up in the north, those same experts say sex trafficking will follow — and the communities […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Rally for our Troops: Army team ‘impressed’ with Anchorage turnout

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 23, 22:44

    Hundreds of Alaskans turned out in support of the local military Monday night. A large crowd attended the Rally for our Troops event in downtown Anchorage, ready to raise their voices to keep Alaska’s troops here. They waved signs, chanted and cheered, showing Alaskan pride to the team from the U.S. Army who has to decide […]

  • Alaska

    Potential Army cuts could mean end to ‘vital’ training center

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 23, 7:46

    A team from the Pentagon will be in Anchorage this week. They’re visiting 30 communities nationwide, deciding where to cut 120,000 soldiers as the U.S. Army downsizes. While they’re in Alaska, they’ll be learning about the community and what cuts could mean to the state’s mission readiness. Alaska is facing worst-case scenario cuts of 11,000 […]

  • Alaska

    For Alaskan soldiers, state flag a symbol of military legacy

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 18, 19:26

    The Alaskan flag that once flew over the Bagram Air Field headquarters for the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion is now home in Anchorage. For an Alaskan battalion, far from the 49th state, the Big Dipper flying in the Afghan sky was more than a reminder of home. It was a reminder of why they […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage family’s celebration of 2nd child marred by stolen car

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 17, 19:27

    Heidi Wacker recently gave birth to her second daughter, Remi. But the joyous occasion soon turned stressful when thieves struck in the middle of the night. “I called Heidi and said, ‘Hey, I have bad news, the car was stolen,’” said her husband, Lucas Wacker, adding that both daughter’s car seats and the couple’s checkbook […]

  • Weather

    Warm, wet weather means high avalanche risk in Turnagain Pass

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 16, 19:06

    Experts are warning of a high avalanche risk in Turnagain Pass, in light of recent weather conditions in the area. The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center says warm, wet and windy conditions are contributing to the risk. About a foot of snow and an inch of rain have fallen on top of a weak snow […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Community invited to ‘Rally for our Troops’ event in Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 16, 18:11

    An estimated 11,000 soldiers and their families could be cut from Alaskan bases, meaning close to $1 billion in lost spending for the state, says Anchorage Economic Development Corporation president Bill Popp. The cuts are part of a downsizing by the U.S. Army. The soldiers facing the cuts are from the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team […]

  • Alaska

    $30 million SAP implementation: A case of bad project management

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 13, 21:57

    It has taken three years and over $30 million, and the Municipality of Anchorage is still not close to having a software overhaul up and running. Friday, Mayor Dan Sullivan and the Anchorage Assembly heard the results of two audits. One was conducted by the company that wrote the software, SAP. The other was done […]

  • Alaska

    Soldiers from 12 nations gather for Arctic warfare summit

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 12, 21:30

    Soldiers from a dozen different countries met at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids, Alaska, recently to collaborate on tactics and techniques for fighting in extreme terrain. The participants are from mountain warfare schools around the world, where soldiers learn to fight and survive at high elevations and low temperatures. The countries in attendance […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska vet says suicide prevention bill passed by Senate is much needed

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 03, 18:38

    An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide every day, according to a report released Friday by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The Senate on Tuesday passed a bill to improve mental health treatment and suicide prevention services for veterans. The Clay Hunt bill is named after a Marine who took his own life after deploying overseas. It […]

  • Alaska

    Iditarod musher stars in suicide prevention PSA

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 02, 19:42

    Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. A new public service announcement is working to fix that. Pete Kaiser, Iditarod musher and this year’s Kuskokwim 300 winner, lost a friend to suicide. Kaiser grew up in Bethel with Drew O’Brien, who took his own life. “My son died of suicide, and that’s why […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Streets to sheltered: Homeless family wins apartment raffle

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 29, 19:13

    An Anchorage couple once considered homeless has been moved into a new home after winning a local nonprofit group’s raffle. Wednesday, Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. hosted Project: Homeless Connect, which gave the couple the break they were waiting for. Rose Hubbard and her husband were one of four families randomly selected in a raffle for empty […]

  • Alaska

    Walmart stocks shelves with Alaskan seafood

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 28, 18:51

    A retail giant is now offering a wider selection of Alaskan seafood products. Walmart originally planned to stop selling Alaskan salmon, because the industry decided to stop paying for an outside group to certify the fish as sustainable. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and former Sen. Mark Begich both lobbied the chain to reconsider, since sustainable harvest […]

  • Alaska

    Community to fight against Army cuts in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 27, 22:30

    The U.S. Army needs to reduce its number of active duty members from 570,000 to 450,000. That means 120,000 soldiers would be out of a job, and some of them could be from Alaska. More than 5,000 soldiers with the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team out of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and about 5,800 soldiers with the 1/25 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Air Guard deploys to Africa

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 27, 7:33

    The families of 70 Alaska Air National Guard members are saying goodbye as the unit prepares to deploy. The members of the 176th Wing and the 210th Rescue Squadron are headed to the Horn of Africa for four months. They’ll be flying rescue missions for both military and civilian personnel who need evacuation. It’s Tech Sgt. […]

  • Alaska

    Ketchikan comeback: Ferry project boosts local economy

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 23, 18:13

    Workers at the Ketchikan shipyard are building two new ferries and a chance for a prosperous future. The $120 million project is bringing new life to the community, which has struggled since the local mill closed and the fishing slowed. Construction only started recently at the shipyard, which is owned by Vigor Alaska. So far, […]