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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

    Inside the Gates: JRTC brings new challenges

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 24, 14:07

    Alaska’s 4-25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team has been at the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) at Fort Polk, Louisiana, for the last month. It’s a very different place than the Last Frontier and has been presenting the soldiers with new challenges. The mission at JRTC is to liberate a fictional country called Atropia. It prepares […]

  • Education

    UA system takes $8M cut in proposed agreement

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 22, 17:46

    The University of Alaska Board of Regents is moving forward after the legislature announced a funding agreement for the university system. The House and Senate agreed to a $317 million budget for the university and the regents voted to approve it. It’s a cut of $8 million, less than the regents asked for, but also […]

  • Alaska News

    DMV counting down to deadlines, government shutdown

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 21, 18:00

    If lawmakers in Juneau don’t pass a budget, the government will shut down in just nine days. The DMV is warning Alaskans to check their license and registration expiration dates before that happens. If the government shuts down, work at every DMV office and partner agency will stop, including processing licenses and registrations. To ensure […]

  • News

    Crews recover body of boater in Finger Lake

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 20, 7:27

    A canoe tipped over in Finger Lake in Wasilla, and after nearly 16 hours of searching, a missing boater’s body has been recovered. Troopers were called out to the scene around 5 Monday evening on reports of a tipped canoe carrying two people, 30-year-old Gary Curtis, an Anchorage Police officer, and 67-year-old Edgar Curtis, both of […]

  • Crime

    APD: Security guard shoots Ace robbery suspect

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 17, 21:47

    A man was shot while trying to rob an Anchorage hardware store. Now, he’s in custody and the store owner is crediting a loss prevention officer with saving lives. Just after 5 p.m. Saturday, police say a man walked into Andy’s Ace Hardware on Muldoon and pulled out a gun. “[He] pointed it at the […]

  • News

    3 wounded in bear attack in Eagle River

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 14, 13:32

      Three young adults are recovering after a grizzly sow with cubs mauled them early Wednesday afternoon. The young adults were hiking on a trail along the river near the Eagle River campground. They suffered non-life threatening injuries. Anchorage Police say the first call came in just after noon. The four hikers, two girls and […]

  • Crime

    Witness describes ‘carnage’ after hit-and-run

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 13, 18:40

    The man accused of a Saturday hit and run shed a tear in court Tuesday while listening to the description of the victim’s death. 39-year-old Clyde Reynolds is charged with failure to render aid to an injured person — which is a felony. Police say he hit Jacob Askoak at 4th and Boniface around 11:20 […]

  • Outdoors

    Two bears killed in defensive shootings

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 13, 15:23

    Two bears died in defense of life and property shootings overnight. That brings the total to seven so far this year, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Both shootings happened in Eagle River. The first happened between 11:00 p.m. and midnight Monday at a home near Old Eagle River Road and Baranoff […]

  • Military

    Air Guardsmen home safely from Afghan deployment

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 08, 21:32

    Twenty of Alaska’s Air National Guardsmen are back home with their families after spending the last five months in Afghanistan. The airmen are members of the 212th Rescue Squadron. They were deployed in support of Operations Resolute Support and Freedom’s Sentinel. They conducted search and rescue missions — similar to their work in Alaska. Maj. […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: USO brings upgrade to enlistment center

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 02, 21:44

    Signing up to serve in the military is a big life decision, but, it can also be a lengthy and stressful process. Recruits often spend more than 10 hours at the Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). They take a battery of aptitude and physical tests, often with long waits in between. Recently, the Alaska USO […]

  • Military

    National Guard delivers life-saving drug to rural Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 01, 21:13

    The Alaska National Guard usually responds to natural disasters, but, Wednesday they responded to a different kind of crisis. Guardsmen flew to Galena, a small town on the Yukon River. They distributed Narcan kits, showed residents how to use them and discussed the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. “Galena doesn’t have a lot of […]

  • Alaska News

    Galena receives large grant to cover flood recovery costs

    by Bonney Bowman on May 31, 18:20

    Four years ago, an ice jam on the Yukon River flooded the town of Galena, damaging or destroying buildings and infrastructure. Now a FEMA grant will help cover the cost of rebuilding. “It was really their Katrina. Almost every home in the community had some type of damage,” said Jeremy Zidek, spokesperson for the Alaska […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    School is out: Keeping kids’ minds, bodies active this summer

    by Bonney Bowman on May 30, 17:33

    With school out for the summer, families are settling into a new routine. Experts say it’s important kids’ minds and bodies are still active outside the classroom. Mom of three and former teacher Janette Geasley says summer is a time for fun but the learning doesn’t end just because school is out. “There tends to […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: National Guardsman brews success

    by Bonney Bowman on May 26, 19:58

    Like many careers, full-time Alaska National Guardsmen have busy lives. But many members still find time for hobbies, like one who brews award-winning beer. Lieutenant Colonel Britt Reed invented the Blackhawk Bock, a traditional German-style beer. Despite a demanding job as commander of the National Guard Blackhawk helicopter unit on Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson, he said […]

  • Military

    Deceased members of WWII Alaska militia honored

    by Bonney Bowman on May 26, 15:14

    More than 70 years ago, 6400 Alaska Natives answered the call to serve. The Alaska Territorial Guard patrolled the coasts against threat of invasion from 1942 to 1947, but, when World War II ended, their service was forgotten. It wasn’t until the year 2000 when Senator Ted Stevens started the effort to recognize and properly thank […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Lower permit cost opens door for more cottage foods at market

    by Bonney Bowman on May 24, 20:16

    You could see some new vendors at the farmers’ markets popping up around town after the Anchorage Assembly approved lowering the permit fee for cottage foods. Cottage foods are non-potentially hazardous items made in home kitchens that earn less than $25,000 a year. A permit to sell cottage foods at markets used to cost $310, but the […]

  • Alaska News

    Price per pound: What goes into the cost of salmon?

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 19:44

    Pound for pound it’s more valuable than Alaska’s oil. But what does it take to get Copper River king salmon from the water to your table? It turns out, quite a lot, and every step of it contributes to the cost. Anchorage’s 10th and M Seafoods stocked the first fresh salmon of the year Thursday […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: ‘Best Warrior’ competition pushes soldiers mentally, physically

    by Bonney Bowman on May 20, 15:32

    Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson competed in the Best Warrior competition this week. The tests are grueling, not just physically, but mentally as well. After two days of obstacle courses and written exams, the soldiers spent a third day in the field demonstrating their soldier skills. Staff Sgt. Aaron Powell ran two miles in full […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Take a sneak peek inside the Anchorage Museum expansion

    by Bonney Bowman on May 18, 21:30

    Take a sneak peek inside the newly renovated Anchorage Museum, months before it’s set open. The $41 million project features a new wing, an atrium redesign and a new exhibit. The whole first floor will be dedicated to family-friendly activities. Workers are still putting up the finishing touches inside and outside the 30,000 square foot […]

  • Alaska News

    YWCA works to close gender pay gap in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on May 18, 20:56

    The YWCA says ending the gender pay gap in Alaska isn’t just a social justice cause – it’s an economic one as well. Nationally, women make 78 cents for every dollar a man makes. In Alaska, it’s 68 cents on the dollar, according to the YWCA. The group held a luncheon Thursday, to discuss how to […]