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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

  • Local

    Law enforcement recruiting military members

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 20, 17:19

    As the military continues to downsize, more soldiers and airmen at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are transitioning to civilian life. Now, the Alaska State Troopers are hoping to swell their ranks with people who used to serve in active-duty ranks. The troopers say they’re looking to hire people ready to act and military veterans definitely fit […]

  • Local

    Army medics put life-saving skills to the test

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 12, 19:42

    Army medics put their skills on the line Tuesday in one of the military’s toughest tests. It was a type of obstacle course specifically for doctors with all the challenges and stresses of battlefield triage. Pfc. Dustin Munoz was one of the soldiers taking the test to earn his Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB). Being […]

  • Local

    Tops in Blue performer comes home to JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 11, 18:09

    Tops in Blue is an Air Force variety show. The performers are all active-duty airmen and they get to travel all over the world. For one of them, taking the stage at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is just like coming home. Airman 1st Class Alexander Ross went from singing anthems on base to touring the world. […]

  • Local

    Driver arrested and charged in juvenile bicyclist death case

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 08, 19:34

    A three-month investigation into the death of a young girl ended today with an arrest and a negligent homicide charge. Four-year-old Ashley Xiong was killed on May 9 when she was hit by an SUV at the Dimond Estates mobile home park. Anchorage police have identified 47-year-old Her Yang Thao as the driver of the […]

  • Local

    Crews respond to Chugiak mobile home fire

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 08, 17:21

    Fire ripped through the back half of a mobile home in Chugiak on Friday morning. Crews from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company responded to the home in Forest Park just before 11:30 a.m. They found the back part of the trailer and a nearby shed engulfed in flames. Firefighters got the blaze under control in about 20 […]

  • Local

    4,000-mile bike ride ends in Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 08, 16:56

    College students from Texas rolled into Anchorage today, completing a 4,000-mile trek on their bicycles. The Texas 4,000 team is made up of 79 students raising money for cancer research. The group spent 70 days in the saddle, biking between 45 and 120 miles each day. The trek started 11 years ago when a cancer […]

  • Local

    JBER man named Airman of the Year

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 07, 21:10

    A local airman has received a national honor. The U.S. Air Force recently named Senior Master Sgt. Michael Venning Airman of the Year. He’s one of 12 from across the nation, selected from thousands. Venning is the superintendent for the 673rd Contracting Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. He’s Australian but became an American citizen to […]

  • State

    USAF selects Eielson as top choice for F-35s

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 07, 19:18

    Millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs could be on their way to the Interior. The Air Force announced Eielson Air Force Base is the top choice to host two F-35 squadrons. After numerous delays and a long waiting period for Alaskans, state lawmakers greeted the announcement with excitement. Sen. Mark Begich says the decision […]

  • News

    Soldiers parachute into Big Lake

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 06, 19:58

    Alaska paratroopers put their training to the test Wednesday, prepping for one of Mother Nature’s most challenging obstacles. Water is a big threat to paratroopers. Their heavy gear and parachutes can pull them under, putting their lives at risk. Around 200 U.S. Army soldiers jumped out of helicopters and into Big Lake. It gave them […]

  • Local

    Local distillers celebrate new law

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 05, 17:04

    A bill passed this legislative session is giving a boost to local distillers and creating a new tourist attraction. Anchorage-based Bare Distillery is one of five distillers in the state celebrating a new law, which they say will allow them to grow. The law puts distilleries on an even playing field with breweries and wineries. […]

  • Local

    Airman shocks family with sweet homecoming surprise

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 04, 19:43

    An Anchorage airman orchestrated a homecoming surprise for his family, thanks to the help of his wife’s friends and co-workers. Katie Smith is a nurse at the Alaska Heart and Vascular Institute. Monday, she had no idea the patient waiting behind the curtain would be her husband. Senior Airman Eric Smith has been away from his […]

  • Local

    Assembly may take action on AO-37

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 01, 19:14

    If the Anchorage Assembly doesn’t pass an amended version of AO-37 at its next meeting, the future of the controversial labor law will be decided by the people. The Assembly has been working to avoid the referendum on AO-37. The bill limits unions’ negotiating rights, including making a strike illegal. Assembly member Dick Traini proposed repealing […]

  • State

    State gun bill raises questions about legislators’ priorities

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 31, 20:29

    It’s bill-signing season for Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell. But as the legislation becomes law, it’s raising questions about how the lawmakers spend their time. Earlier this week, Parnell signed a bill designating an official state bolt-action rifle. The law itself isn’t what’s raising ire. It’s that lawmakers took the time to debate and vote on […]

  • Local

    Arctic edge: Battling cold

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 30, 22:52

    Serving in the cold doesn’t just include the temperature. A summer day on a glacier can feel like winter, but if that’s where Alaska soldiers are called to fight, they have to be ready. That’s where the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids excels, training soldiers for every mission. West Point Military Academy Cadet […]

  • Local

    Arctic edge: Conquering mountains

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 29, 22:31

    Soldiers come to Alaska from all over the country and once they get here, they have to learn how to survive in our often harsh and unforgiving climate. That’s where the Northern Warfare Training Center in Black Rapids comes in. The motto at the Army training center is “battling cold and conquering mountains.” But to […]

  • Local

    The voice of the air show

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 25, 20:09

    There’s a saying in the air show industry: A good narrator can make a bad air show, better. But a bad narrator can ruin what would otherwise be a great show. Thankfully, the narrator for Arctic Thunder 2014 is one of the best. Twenty-seven years ago, Larry Strain found his calling. He was helping behind […]

  • Local

    Thunderbirds fly into Anchorage for Arctic Thunder

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 24, 21:11

    The Thunderbirds are the big attraction this weekend at Arctic Thunder 2014, but for one of the pilots, Alaska is the main event. “You can’t find more scenic, beautiful terrain and a great place again to put on an air show,” said Thunderbird pilot Maj. Curtis Dougherty. For two years, Dougherty has thrilled crowds as […]

  • State

    Proposed regulations could block Pebble Mine

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 18, 15:43

    A new proposal by the EPA could block the development of a mine in Bristol Bay. The regulations are meant to protect the region from the effects of copper mining, but opponents say the EPA is overstepping its bounds. The EPA says a mine, like the one proposed by the Pebble Partnership, would jeopardize the […]

  • Local

    Air Guard unit receives high marks

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 17, 22:08

    The 176th Alaska Air National Guard Wing is celebrating recent success. The unit received high marks during a recent evaluation when they were graded in four areas: managing resources, leading people, improving the unit and executing the mission. The 176th received an overall “effective” rating. Wing leaders say they’re proud of what the airmen accomplished. “I’m […]

  • Local

    Arctic Thunder 2014 preps underway

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 17, 19:45

    Once every two years, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson welcomes the public to the Arctic Thunder Open House. The event attracts thousands of people, eager to see the soldiers and airmen in action. An event of this size takes a lot of preparation. The service members responsible for putting the open house together are hard at work […]