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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

    Caring for our soldiers at home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 21, 21:51

    Alaska soldiers deployed to Afghanistan have been home for a couple days; getting used to life away from the war and back with their families. It can be a tough adjustment, but the U.S. Army works to help the soldiers make a smooth transition. 1st Lt. Nathan Seaman and his fellow soldiers are going through […]

  • Crime

    Suspect in East Anchorage standoff formally charged in court

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 20, 22:02

    The man who shut down an Anchorage neighborhood in a standoff with police Wednesday night appeared in court Thursday. Marlon Arellano, 44, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault and one count of attempted burglary. The charges are class C felonies. The victim’s mother spoke to the court by phone. She told the judge Arellano chased […]

  • Local

    Anchorage school superintendent wants to save surplus

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 20, 21:41

    Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff spoke out on the district’s surprise budget surplus Thursday. Graff said he’d like to put the majority of the $22 million surplus toward a budget deficit projected for 2015-16. The district currently isn’t spending as much as projected, which created the surplus. Graff said the district could also decide to […]

  • Local

    A Military Life: Remembering how to be a family

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 19, 22:16

      Military families across Alaska are celebrating the safe return of their loved ones. Soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright are back home after months deployed to Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Patrick Nephew, his wife, Bonnie, and son, Skyler, are a family once again. But what that means has changed in the nine months they’ve been apart. […]

  • State

    A Military Life: Fairbanks homecoming

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 23:05

    The soldiers from Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson aren’t the only ones arriving home safely today. Around 100 soldiers from the 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, based out of Fort Wainwright, were on the same flight as the JBER soldiers back to Alaska. The regiment spent eight months flying missions in southern Afghanistan, including moving soldiers and supplies and […]

  • Local

    A Military Life: Home, sweet home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 22:51

      After nine months away from home, the Alaskan soldiers are back with their families tonight. About 200 soldiers saw their loved ones for the first time in months Tuesday. While the soldiers were getting off the plane and turning in their weapons, their families were waiting patiently. Among them was Bonnie Nephew, wife of Staff Sgt. […]

  • News

    A Military Life: Alaskan soldiers begin the journey home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 7:17

      The day hundreds of local military families have been hoping for is finally here. The Alaskan soldiers are clearing out of Afghanistan and leaving the danger behind. Their bags are packed and their mission is over. The 23rd Sapper Company and the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are boarding a C-17, with 200 soldiers headed […]

  • News

    A Military Life: Wrapping up a ‘job well done’

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 6:31

      As the U.S. Army continues to withdraw from Afghanistan, there’s a lot of leftover equipment to account for. That’s the mission a unit from Alaska accepted when they deployed. Maj. Bart Lajoie with the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion says the unit’s mission was new for them. They were tasked with finding and recovering Army […]

  • US/World

    Military Life: Alaska vs. Afghanistan

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 17, 20:39

    It’s safe to say life in Afghanistan is very different from life in Alaska. Two local soldiers, deployed to Bagram Airfield, talked about life away from home. Capt. Kathryn Hermon and Capt. Britney Sevy both serve with Alaska’s 2nd Engineer Brigade. They’re a long way from home and say the biggest adjustment to life in Afghanistan is […]

  • US/World

    A Military Life: Bagram Bazaars

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 17, 18:19

    As deployment winds down for Alaska soldiers, many are heading to the local bazaars on base to buy last-minute souvenirs. Bagram Air Field has a number of markets where local Afghans sell all kinds of goods. Many are handmade; like silk scarves, embroidered tops and carved wooden boxes. For the soldiers heading home, it’s a […]

  • News

    A Military Life: Breaking down Bagram

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 17, 9:30

    Alaska’s 2nd Engineer Brigade is hard at work on Bagram Air Field. Normally they would be building infrastructure, but now, they’re tearing it down. It’s called retrograde construction. The soldiers are taking out thousands of buildings, fences and infrastructure like power lines. Anything extra, anything not needed for the future, has got to go. So far, the […]

  • News

    For 23rd Sapper Company, gym visits about more than just physical fitness

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 16, 13:28

      For the soldiers stationed at Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan, there’s not a lot to do during the day except eat, sleep, go on missions and workout. But they say coming to the gym is about more than just staying mission ready. Alaska’s 23rd Sapper Company Spc. Alex Jenkins is nearing the end of […]

  • News

    A Military Life: Alaska’s 23rd Sapper Company

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 15, 11:00

      The soldiers of the 23rd Sapper Company are coming home after months of running dangerous missions in Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Patrick Nephew and his fellow combat engineers led the way as the U.S. Army worked to close forward operating bases, or FOBs, around the country. “Our platoon actually got blown up 300 meters from […]

  • Local

    Alaska airmen prepare to return home from Afghanistan

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 14, 22:28

    The busiest flight line in the world is at Bagram Air Field, and there’s only one runway. The U.S. Air Force is working hard to get people and equipment home from Afghanistan. Planes of all shapes and sizes, from all over the world, take off and land here. It takes a lot of people to coordinate […]

  • State

    Campaigns in Alaska respond to social media gaffes

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 03, 21:03

    Just one day before the election, two campaigns are experiencing social media backlash. Mayor Dan Sullivan’s wife, Lynnette Sullivan, is at the center of a social media mess. An Alaska National Guard rape victim, Melissa Jones, wrote an op-ed in a local newspaper, voicing her support for the Walker-Mallott “Unity Ticket.” Mrs. Sullivan posted a […]

  • State

    In Kenai, search continues for missing family

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 30, 22:46

    Kenai police are making a last push to find a missing family of four and their dog. Rebecca Adams, her two daughters and her boyfriend, Brandon Jividen, have been missing since late May. Kenai police conducted what could be their last search for the family Thursday. They focused their efforts on the large wooded area […]

  • Health

    Families in Alaska concerned over proposed Medicaid reforms

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 29, 21:05

    One year ago, Gov. Sean Parnell announced Alaska would not accept billions in federal dollars to expand the state’s Medicaid system. Instead, he set up a committee to reform it and make it sustainable and easy to use for providers and recipients. In a meeting with the committee today, dozens of Medicaid recipients and service […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Group steps up effort to get Alaska Natives to the polls

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 28, 18:34

    Alaska has the largest voting-age Native population in the country. But historically, turnout among Alaska Natives has been low. A local group called Get Out the Native Vote is working to change that. It’s a nonpartisan, nonprofit group sponsored by the CEOs of Alaska Native corporations. Today, the group bussed a group of employees from the […]

  • Local

    Child advocates respond to Anchorage doctor charged with sexual abuse

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 27, 22:19

    Child advocates are encouraging parents to always keep lines of communication with their children open after an Anchorage doctor was charged with sexual abuse. Clifford Merchant, 67, faces 15 felony counts of sexual abuse for alleged inappropriate contact with three young girls. Newly released court documents outline the sexual abuse that occurred periodically from 2001 until […]

  • Local

    Complaints lead to towing ordinance update

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 24, 18:46

    Anchorage residents who are angry over inconsistent and often exorbitant towing fees may soon see some relief. The Anchorage Assembly discussed a proposed amendment to the municipal towing ordinance Friday. The amendment would cap the price of non-consensual tows, such as when cars are towed from private lots, at $225. It also prevents towing companies from […]