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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

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Maintenance Co. puts skills, speed to the test at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 28, 20:30

    The U.S. Army has plenty of unsung heroes who keep it mission-ready. Among them are the soldiers of the 98th Support Maintenance Company. They keep all of the Army’s vehicles rolling along year-round in Alaska. Thursday, they combined training with competition, completing their routine maintenance tasks as fast as they could. They raced against the clock, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage homeowners to see property tax increase

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 26, 19:26

    Anchorage homeowners will have to budget a little more to pay their property taxes. The municipal assembly voted 9 to 2 to increase the mill levy at Tuesday night’s meeting. The mill levy is used to calculate the amount a person owes in taxes. Amy Demboski and Fred Dyson were the two assembly members who […]

  • Military

    Northern Edge to go ahead, along with continued community concern

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 25, 19:26

    The Navy got the green light for Northern Edge 17, just days before the training exercise is scheduled to start. Northern Edge is scheduled to start May 1. It involves the Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines, training in the Gulf of Alaska and areas of the Interior. The National Marine Fisheries Service issued two […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: JROTC cadets train on JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 22, 12:41

    Many high school students join the Army Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program as a way to decide if they want to later enlist in the military. But for some, it’s a way to build confidence before heading to college and the workplace. JROTC cadets from East High School spent the day on Joint Base […]

  • Crime

    Judge rejects plea deal in Eagle River murder

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 20, 21:12

    The family of an Eagle River woman, murdered in September 2014, will have to wait a little longer for justice. Wednesday, Anchorage Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby rejected a plea deal which would have ended the already lengthy case. David Thomas has admitted to strangling his girlfriend, 19-year-old Linda Bower. In the deal, he agreed […]

  • Alaska News

    Proposed cut to aviation program may hurt rural Alaskans

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 19, 17:58

    Like several presidents before him, President Donald Trump would like to cut the Essential Air Service, according to his recently proposed budget, which eliminates the $175 million program. It’s raising concern in Alaska, where 62 communities rely on the EAS for affordable flights. Grant Aviation CFO Rob Kelley says aviation is the only way to […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: New gate facility to improve security, comfort for personnel

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 15, 11:43

    To get onto Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), visitors and residents alike have to go through security gates. One of those gates is getting a major upgrade. Post Road Gate is one of the places commercial traffic can be inspected before heading on base. Airman 1st Class Barry Johnson is among the security personnel who check […]

  • Military

    JBER display confronts sexual assault in the military

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 13, 20:18

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. On Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) group is using a powerful image to highlight the scope of the problem. The group set up 3,828 teal flags. Each one represents a reported sexual assault in the Army and the Air Force during fiscal year […]

  • Alaska News

    Road ruts and studded tires: Change-over season is here

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 12, 20:26

    Anyone who has driven along the Glenn Highway recently has seen, and felt, the deep ruts in the road. The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) says the problem is largely caused by studded tires and it’s an expensive problem to fix. DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy said crews repave the Glenn every seven […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: Guard member balances career, family to achieve 17-year goal

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 01, 13:00

    An Alaska National Guard member recently accomplished a goal 17 years in the making. Marissa Lindsay went from being an enlisted member to an officer when she graduated from Officer Candidate School. It takes physical and mental toughness to make it through the school, which trains its students to lead. Lindsay says she learned both […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Chief housing officer to focus on easing crunch in Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 30, 19:04

    The Rasmuson Foundation says Anchorage has been struggling under a housing crunch for decades, but now the group is doing something to help. A 2-year grant will fund a new position in the mayor’s office: chief housing officer. Robin Ward has filled the role. She brings real estate expertise to the mayor’s office and says […]

  • Military

    Soldiers battle extreme Arctic conditions during Deadhorse training mission

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 20, 7:56

    Alaska’s Arctic Warriors are living up to their name. The paratroopers of the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team recently jumped into Deadhorse as part of an airborne training operation. It was colder than they were expecting. “We’re not accustomed to the temperatures being this low, negative 50,” said Maj. Isaac Henderson, squadron executive officer. The […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Training for JRTC

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 18, 11:18

    In June, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, known as the 4-25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team, will be going to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was a last-minute training opportunity the brigade couldn’t turn down, so now the soldiers are scrambling to prepare. For three weeks, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Director of Anchorage animal rescue organization fined for sanitation violation

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 16, 9:00

    The executive director of a local dog rescue is once again facing a fine from Anchorage Animal Care and Control. Animal control received a complaint, which raised the concern that dogs were being kept at a warehouse on Mike Street, according to spokesperson Laura Atwood. Atwood said when officers went to investigate, they learned Beverly […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Alaska Air National Guard says goodbye to C-130 era

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 11, 12:46

    Earlier this week, after four decades in service, the Alaska Air National Guard’s last two C-130 Hercules aircraft flew away for good. The plane has been the workhorse for the Air Guard. Its departure is the end of an era in the organization’s 70-year history. “The last 41 years of that have been with the […]

  • Alaska News

    Groups join to fight new health care legislation, which they say hurts poor families, seniors

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 09, 19:40

    The Republican Party’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed its first hurdle Thursday. Republicans in the House Ways and Means Committee voted to push through the American Health Care Act, which groups in Alaska are gearing up to fight. Nonprofits, health care providers, faith groups and advocates formed a coalition called […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: New life in a new place

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 04, 10:17

    Military families move a lot — every couple of years, they take everything they own to a new home in a new community. It can sometimes mean adjusting to a whole new way of life. Paul and Nichole Napoli recently moved from Germany to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. They landed in Alaska a couple weeks […]

  • Alaska News

    Zinke’s confirmation brings optimism to King Cove residents

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 02, 20:03

    With the confirmation of Ryan Zinke as the new Secretary of the Interior, people in King Cove have new hope for a road to nearby Cold Bay. The community has called the proposed one lane, 11-mile stretch of road life saving. It would connect the community to the airstrip at Cold Bay, giving those suffering […]

  • Military

    Alaska’s senators voice support for Trump’s military plan

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 01, 20:28

    In his first speech to Congress Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his intention to grow the military. That’s welcome news for Alaska lawmakers, who know it could mean dollar signs for the state. “I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester,” announced Trump during his speech Tuesday. Alaska […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Military family posts daily vlogs

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 24, 23:36

    One Alaska family is making reality TV a real life part of their daily routine. The Cassells, a military family stationed at Fort Wainwright, post daily video blogs, or vlogs, on YouTube. “The first year I was like, extremely nervous,” said mom and U.S. Army wife Kiara Cassell. Her days usually start with coffee, cooking […]