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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

  • Sci/Tech

    UAF opens HAARP to the public

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 25, 21:03

    A site long rumored to have the power to control the weather and even people’s minds is opening its doors to show the public what really happens. The University of Alaska Fairbanks recently took over the High Frequency Active Auroral Research Program, or HAARP, from the Air Force. The university decided to open the facility […]

  • Education

    Anchorage teachers go back to school

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 17, 18:48

    Anchorage teachers are back in the classroom — Wednesday was officially their first day of school. They’re getting their classrooms set up ahead of students’ return next week. Some of the teachers at Kasuun Elementary School came back as early as Saturday to get everything ready. They have to unpack and hang decorations, get desks […]

  • Military

    AKNG works to implement new code with stronger ‘teeth’ in disciplinary action

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 17, 17:36

    Alaska National Guard leaders are working to implement new disciplinary rules in the ranks. Gov. Bill Walker signed the new Alaska Code of Military Justice (ACMJ) into law earlier this month, giving Guard leaders a new tool in dealing with rule breakers. Col. Lee Knowles said before, he could only take administrative action but now […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Cyrano’s cleans out 35 years of theater history

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 16, 19:39

    It takes a lot of stuff to put on a play — from actors and scripts to costumes and props — and in 35 years of shows, Cyrano’s Theatre Company has collected a lot of that stuff. Now staff and volunteers are going through it all, deciding what to keep and finding some hidden gems […]

  • Military

    Army vs. army: Alaska soldiers train for next war

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 02, 20:32

    A large military exercise at Donnelly Training Area, just outside Delta Junction, is preparing Alaska’s soldiers for their next war. Roughly 5,000 personnel are taking part in Arctic Anvil, which focuses on army versus army fighting, rather than army versus insurgents. That’s who U.S. soldiers have been fighting for the past 15 years, but as the conflicts […]

  • Military

    Large exercise tests Alaska soldiers with real-life scenario

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 01, 21:17

    The largest training exercise in Alaska in 15 years is happening at the Donnelly Training Area, just outside Delta Junction. Five thousand soldiers and support personnel are participating in a war exercise that’s as realistic as possible. The Alaska soldiers are playing the “good guys.” Among them is the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Platoon from […]

  • Military

    Alaska National Guard Day celebration on JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 28, 21:26

    National Guard members and their families celebrated on base Thursday. Alaska National Guard Day is officially July 30. The legislature passed an act a few years ago declaring the day as a way to show their appreciation. Thursday’s event included food and fun for families, as well as National Guard displays. Organizers say it’s a […]

  • Aviation

    What to know before you head to Arctic Thunder this weekend

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 28, 17:52

    Preparations are under way for Arctic Thunder 2016, but there are a few things organizers want you to know before you go. The Boniface Parkway and Richardson gates will open to the public at 9:00 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Volunteers will be on hand to help direct traffic to parking. Remember: All vehicles will be […]

  • Aviation

    War Birds take to the skies over Anchorage ahead of Arctic Thunder

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 27, 19:24

    The Arctic Thunder Air Show and Open House is this weekend at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, but it’s not all about the latest and greatest airplanes. World War II-era planes knows as War Birds are also part of the air show. The War Birds are part of the Wings of Freedom Commemorative Air Force, […]

  • Fisheries

    Update: Fish Creek will not open for dipnetting this season

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 26, 20:30

    Updated at 2:40 p.m. on Friday, July 29 Fish Creek will not open to subsistence dipnetting this season, according to a Friday update from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game. Fish and Game saw a small increase in salmon coming through the counting weir during the week, but not enough to open the creek to […]

  • Outdoors

    Attu: A birding paradise

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 22, 19:23

    No one lives on the Aleutian island of Attu, but every year people pay thousands of dollars to travel to the remote location for one reason — the birds. “You can see species here that you can’t find anywhere else in North America,” said Marianne Aplin, visitor service supervisor for the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife […]

  • Alaska News

    How the Battle of Attu changed the island forever

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 21, 22:31

    World War II had an impact on islands all along the Aleutians — from the bombing at Dutch Harbor, to the military activity on the islands of Umnak, Adak, Kiska and all the way out to Attu, the furthest island on the chain. But it’s on Attu were one of the deadliest battles in the […]

  • Military

    Sailors lost in WWII recognized at Anchorage memorial

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 21, 21:32

    Fourteen sailors who died in the Aleutian Islands during World War II  were remembered Thursday. The USS Worden sank in January 1943 off the shore of Amchitka Island. The ship hit a rock and broke apart. Most of the sailors survived, but 14 did not. Thursday afternoon, a new memorial at the Alaska Veterans Museum […]

  • Alaska News

    Toxic cleanup on Attu: More work to be done

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 20, 23:29

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers worked to clean up two sites on the remote Aleutian island of Attu this summer. One was a former World War II-era ball field turned toxic pit, and the other was a dumpsite with drums leaking tar and fuel into the ground. The ball field cleanup was successful, but […]

  • Aviation

    Two planes damaged on Chinitna Bay beach

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 20, 16:45

    A Chinitna Bay resident is concerned someone will get hurt if flightseeing tours continue landing on an unregulated airstrip. Richard Hojohn said two planes went end-up in the soft sand Tuesday afternoon. No one was hurt, but Hojohn said the pilots were “pushing the limits” of what’s safe. The airstrip is on the beach and normally […]

  • Alaska News

    On Attu, toxic cleanup decades in the making

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 19, 23:11

    Seventy years ago during the battle for the Pacific, the military occupied the remote Aleutian island of Attu. During its time there, the military dumped barrels of toxic tar and fuel, buried under asphalt and left to leak into the soil. This summer, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) used $10 million in Formerly […]

  • Military

    Longest flying F-22 pilot takes his last flight

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 08, 21:02

    The longest flying F-22 Raptor pilot in the world took his final flight on Friday and the 477th’s Cmdr. Col. David Piffarerio said it was a bittersweet way to end a job he always wanted to do. “I’ve always loved fighters. I grew up around them. My dad was in the Air Force,” said Pifferario. “I […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    12-year-old cold case gets new look from Texas search and rescue group

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 06, 19:41

    A 12-year-old cold case might be heating up, thanks to the help of a nonprofit search and rescue group. Texas Equusearch has agreed to look into the Damon Bonds case. Bonds was last seen on March 27, 2004. Police found his truck abandoned at Delong Lake Park  in Anchorage a few days later, his keys, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Thousands turn out for Anchorage Fourth of July Parade

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 04, 20:31

    Communities around Alaska celebrated the 240th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence Monday. In Anchorage, a parade took over the Delaney Park Strip downtown. Thousands turned out to cheer on the dozens of organizations taking part. Current and former military groups led the parade, including the Alaska Territorial Cavalry (Motorized). The group collects and restores […]

  • Military

    JBER Fisher House expanding to meet the needs of military patients and families

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 28, 19:59

    The Fisher House on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson offers veterans, service members and their families a free place to stay if they have to travel to Anchorage for medical treatment. The house opened four years ago, but need has been so high, the organization is now planning to expand. House manager Jenny Hall said they can […]