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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

  • State

    State gun bill raises questions about legislators’ priorities

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 31, 20:29

    It’s bill-signing season for Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. But as the legislation becomes law, it’s raising questions about how the lawmakers spend their time. Earlier this week, Parnell signed a bill designating an official state bolt-action rifle. The law itself isn’t what’s raising ire. It’s that lawmakers took the time to debate and vote on […]

  • Local

    Arctic edge: Battling cold

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 30, 22:52

    Serving in the cold doesn’t just include the temperature. A summer day on a glacier can feel like winter, but if that’s where Alaska soldiers are called to fight, they have to be ready. That’s where the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids excels, training soldiers for every mission. West Point Military Academy Cadet […]

  • Local

    Arctic edge: Conquering mountains

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 29, 22:31

    Soldiers come to Alaska from all over the country and once they get here, they have to learn how to survive in our often harsh and unforgiving climate. That’s where the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids comes in. The motto at the Army training center is “battling cold and conquering mountains.” But to […]

  • Local

    The voice of the air show

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 25, 20:09

    There’s a saying in the air show industry: A good narrator can make a bad air show, better. But a bad narrator can ruin what would otherwise be a great show. Thankfully, the narrator for Arctic Thunder 2014 is one of the best. Twenty-seven years ago, Larry Strain found his calling. He was helping behind […]

  • Local

    Thunderbirds fly into Anchorage for Arctic Thunder

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 24, 21:11

    The Thunderbirds are the big attraction this weekend at Arctic Thunder 2014, but for one of the pilots, Alaska is the main event. “You can’t find more scenic, beautiful terrain and a great place again to put on an air show,” said Thunderbird pilot Maj. Curtis Dougherty. For two years, Dougherty has thrilled crowds as […]

  • State

    Proposed regulations could block Pebble Mine

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 18, 15:43

    A new proposal by the EPA could block the development of a mine in Bristol Bay. The regulations are meant to protect the region from the effects of copper mining, but opponents say the EPA is overstepping its bounds. The EPA says a mine, like the one proposed by the Pebble Partnership, would jeopardize the […]

  • Local

    Air Guard unit receives high marks

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 17, 22:08

    The 176th Alaska Air National Guard Wing is celebrating recent success. The unit received high marks during a recent evaluation when they were graded in four areas: managing resources, leading people, improving the unit and executing the mission. The 176th received an overall “effective” rating. Wing leaders say they’re proud of what the airmen accomplished. “I’m […]

  • Local

    Arctic Thunder 2014 preps underway

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 17, 19:45

    Once every two years, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson welcomes the public to the Arctic Thunder Open House. The event attracts thousands of people, eager to see the soldiers and airmen in action. An event of this size takes a lot of preparation. The service members responsible for putting the open house together are hard at work […]

  • Local

    Enstar union: Strike inevitable

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 16, 17:18

    Representatives for Enstar’s workers union say a strike may be inevitable. Talks between the two sides have stalled. The gas company and the union reached an impasse in contract negotiations last week and haven’t made any movement since. Union members can walk off the job any time on or after July 24. The two sides are […]

  • Local

    APD Treat Beat gets kids thinking about safety

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 15, 21:43

    Police are using a sweet incentive to get kids thinking about safety. The Anchorage Police Department is issuing ticket to kids, but not because they’re in trouble. Any child 15 or younger seen wearing a bike helmet will get a coupon for a free ice cream cone from Tastee Freez, a cookie at Great Harvest Bread Co. […]

  • Only in Alaska

    People and bears: Too close for comfort

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 14, 18:31

    How close is too close? People in Anchorage are pushing the boundaries when it comes to bears, wildlife experts say. Our cameras were on-scene this weekend when crowds of people came within feet of a mama black bear and her cubs. The family of bears drew a big crowd at Goose Lake Park Saturday. They were […]

  • Local

    Alaska airman awarded Silver Star

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 11, 20:55

    The headquarters of the 212th Rescue Squadron are a long way from the mountains of Afghanistan, but the events of Nov. 14, 2010 are close in the mind of Master Sgt. Roger Sparks. He flew a rescue mission that day that saved five lives. “The situation had gone from extremely bad, meaning there was one […]

  • Local

    Union lawyer: Enstar trying to cause strike

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 10, 20:23

    Reps for Enstar’s workers’ union say employees will walk off the job after eleventh-hour negotiations fell apart. The gas company and their union are at an impasse. Union reps say the strike will happen on or after July 24. If their employees do walk off the job, Enstar will be to blame, they said. The […]

  • Local

    Saying goodbye to the Funny River Five

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 09, 19:36

    They were the one bright spot in the destruction that was the Funny River Fire. Six weeks ago, firefighters brought five wolf pups to the Alaska Zoo. The wolf pups, nicknamed the Funny River Five, were in bad shape, punctured by porcupine quills and in need of around-the-clock care. Wednesday it was a different story. […]

  • Local

    Enstar, union meet to avoid strike

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 08, 19:17

    Tuesday, at the eleventh hour, leaders from Enstar and United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 sat down to try and make a deal to avoid a strike. After months of failed negotiations, the Enstar workers union voted to strike, hoping it would force the gas company to make a deal. Tuesday, the two sides […]

  • State

    Juneau limits e-cig use

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 08, 15:02

    People smoking e-cigarettes in Juneau will now have to follow the same rules as traditional cigarette smokers. The Juneau Assembly recently added e-cigarettes to the city’s secondhand smoke control ordinance. Studies have shown the vapor from e-cigarettes contains toxins and carcinogens, but the products are not yet regulated by federal law. A Centers for Disease […]

  • Local

    Police dog, handler heal together

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 07, 21:34

    An Anchorage police dog was injured over the weekend during an arrest. Monday, he and his handler showed they’re still a team, just in need of a little healing. K-9 MP was stabbed three times in the line of duty: on the top of his head, by his eye and on his neck. The dog and […]

  • Crime

    Woman hurt in hit-and-run crash

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 03, 17:05

    A driver crashed through a fence and injured a woman before fleeing the scene Thursday afternoon in Fairview. The victim, who lives on Karluk Street, was in her yard gardening when the hit-and-run occurred. The car hit the fence, which hit her on the head as it fell. First responders treated the woman at the scene […]

  • Local

    Enstar employees threaten to strike

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 30, 16:36

    Months of fruitless negotiations came to a head Monday morning as leaders for United Association Plumbers and Steamfitters Union Local 367 informed Enstar Natural Gas Co. management they could walk off the job by the end of the week. The two sides have been trying to cut a deal since January. Union reps say while […]

  • Crime

    Domestic violence shooting kills woman

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 26, 17:59

    For the second time in less than a week, a case of domestic violence ended in gunfire. Police respond to a high number of calls about domestic violence every day, but this time it turned deadly. The Anchorage Police Department said it sees around 300 cases of domestic violence every month. Sixty percent of those include […]