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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

    After Chester Creek trail attack, Anchorage residents raise safety concerns

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 30, 19:09

    A weekend attack is raising concerns about safety on Anchorage’s trails. A woman was stabbed on Chester Creek Trail Sunday afternoon. The victim told officers from the Anchorage Police Department that she was texting and walking near the Northern Lights Boulevard overpass when someone came up behind her, knocked her out, stabbed her and went through […]

  • Alaska

    Army, Marine Corps, Air Force conduct joint airborne training in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 26, 18:20

    Thursday morning, members of the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team conducted a routine training jump, but this time they weren’t alone. Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Huff also made the jump, his first in Alaska. “I gotta say, it’s a nice view coming down,” Huff said. Huff is stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He’s in Alaska to learn […]

  • Alaska

    24-hour run raises money for families of fallen airmen

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 26, 17:18

    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson airmen are running for 24 hours in memory of their fallen brothers — the TACP 24 Hour Memorial Run kicked off at 1 p.m. Thursday. A TACP — or tactical air control party — is a member of the Air Force who coordinates air strikes during battle. As part of the TACP […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Judge orders release of AO37 emails

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 26, 6:47

    Voters will learn what role, if any, Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey played in crafting a controversial labor ordinance. A judge has ordered the municipality to release thousands of emails written during the creation of AO37, which voters repealed in November. Nine local unions filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the […]

  • Local

    Endorsements roll in ahead of Anchorage mayoral election

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 25, 19:10

    With just two weeks left before the Anchorage mayoral race, local organizations are voicing their support for the various candidates. The Anchorage Firefighters Union Local 1264 endorsed candidate Ethan Berkowitz on Wednesday. Berkowitz called the firefighters’ endorsement “a ladder to victory.” The union, which represents about 360 employees, says it chose him after interviewing all of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Donated van brings mobility to wheelchair-bound Anchorage teen

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 24, 23:32

    Paying it forward, even after tragedy strikes — that’s the story of two Alaskan families. Eleven-year-old Angelica Haakenson lost her legs in a Christmas day car crash. A Homer cab company donated a wheelchair-accessible van to her family, but Angelica’s therapy is going so well, she doesn’t need it anymore. That’s where the family of Aron […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Food Truck Carnival kicks off

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 19, 20:46

    It’s another sign spring is almost here: the Spenard Food Truck Carnival kicked off today. It’s tradition for the carnival to start on the third Thursday in March. There were only three trucks today, but organizer Darrin Huycke says once it gets going, there will be 10 trucks feeding up to 500 people every Thursday during […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska platoon under investigation for racist tradition

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 19, 20:36

    An Alaska platoon at Fort Wainwright is under investigation after reports of a racist tradition surfaced. The unit being investigated is the 2nd platoon, C company, 3rd battalion, 21st infantry regiment, part of the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. An informal complaint brought to light a unit tradition called “Racial Thursdays,” where soldiers were given […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage taxi drivers say Uber needs to play fair

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 18, 21:06

    Uber may have suspended its service in Anchorage, but negotiations between the ride-sharing company and the Municipality of Anchorage are ongoing. The municipal law department met with the Anchorage Assembly Wednesday to talk over the sticking points between Uber and the muni. One of the issues is insurance; the muni is concerned because Uber’s insurance only […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska ranks low on LGBT discrimination issues

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 12, 20:58

    Forty-five out of 50 — that’s where a women’s issues website ranked Alaska when it comes to LGBT issues in the U.S. Refinery29 compiled the list, basing rankings on things like legal protections, health care availability and safety of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Despite the low ranking, the authors acknowledged — and […]

  • Alaska

    Military Spouse magazine names Alaska woman ‘AKNG Spouse of the Year’

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 11, 19:06

    In the military, it’s usually the service member who gets the recognition. Now, one Alaska National Guard wife is getting her share of the spotlight. Military Spouse magazine named Jenifer Burris “Alaska National Guard Spouse of the Year.” After 16 years of marriage, Stephen and Jenifer Burris are making the challenging military lifestyle work for […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska Veterans Affairs wins national award

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 10, 19:35

    The Alaska division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is getting national recognition for improving veterans’ access to care. The Alaska VA won an Abraham Lincoln Pillar of Excellence award for creating the Tribal Health Agreement. It allows rural vets across the state to get care where they live from local clinics, rather than traveling […]

  • 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

    Update: Wednesday, March 4 The liquor store’s license renewal went before the Anchorage Assembly Tuesday night. Before making a decision, Assembly members say they want to hear from the public. A hearing was scheduled for March 24. Original story Residents say Fairview is a neighborhood with somewhat of a bad reputation, but they also think […]

  • 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 […]