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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: Black History Month at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 18, 11:30

    In honor of Black History Month, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson held an observance Thursday. U.S. Army chaplain Lt. Col. Dr. Khallid Shabazz attended from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. As the guest speaker, he discussed the crisis of education in the black community and the importance of standing up for what you believe in, regardless […]

  • Military

    Ethics, integrity course working to shape AKNG culture

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 14, 19:59

    The Alaska National Guard is preparing its future leaders to serve with integrity and professionalism. The Guard is putting its mid-level enlisted soldiers and airmen through the Military Professionalism and Ethical Fitness Conference. The course was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense. Alaska’s Guardsmen are the first to go through it, according […]

  • Health

    AWAIC: Valentine’s Day can mean danger for domestic violence victims

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 14, 18:50

    It’s supposed to be a day for lovers, but experts warn Valentine’s Day can also be dangerous for people in violent relationships. Domestic violence advocates at Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) say the cycle of violence often starts with a honeymoon period, like a holiday, but it can quickly escalate to a verbal or […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: Small army keeps JBER troops fed

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 11, 11:43

    As Napoleon Bonaparte famously said, “An army marches on its stomach.” Making sure our modern military is well supplied takes as much effort and planning as preparing for battle. It’s something staff at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson know well. Airman 1st Class James Tapang says things can get busy, but he […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Data portal gives Anchorage residents new access to information

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 21:30

    The Municipality of Anchorage launched a new website giving residents access to usable data about their community. It’s called the Open Data Portal and includes everything from crime statistics and homelessness numbers to restaurant and child care inspections, as well as property appraisals. The municipality put together the portal as a way to give people […]

  • Arctic

    Alaska senator weighs in on Arctic Strategy

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 20:58

    Alaska’s junior senator says the country is finally starting to act like an Arctic nation with the release of the 2016 Arctic Strategy. The Department of Defense wrote the 17-page strategy, discussing how best to protect US interests in the region, given its challenging and changing climate. The strategy identifies 43 recommendations for infrastructure development. […]

  • Military

    Alaska teens recognized by military organization

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 07, 21:05

    Two Alaska teens are being recognized for their community involvement. Operation Homefront selected the teens as semifinalists for 2017 Military Child of the Year. Erin McLeod, 17, is representing her U.S. Air Force family in Anchorage. 17-year-old Rachel Winburn, of Ketchikan, is her representing her U.S. Coast Guard family. The two teens are among 90 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality of Anchorage looking for election workers

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 07, 20:04

    Looking for a way to give back to your community while earning a little extra cash? The Municipality of Anchorage is looking for poll workers ahead of the April election. Deputy clerk Amanda Moser says the city hires 650 workers to staff 122 precincts around the municipality. They have up to 150 positions left to […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Arctic gear to stay in the field and in the fight

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 04, 12:16

    Alaska’s Arctic warriors have to be ready to fight in any weather, no matter the cold. They get special gear, issued only here. When they’re in the field, the soldiers are often outside in the snow for hours. “There’s certain points where the cold just kind of gets you,” said combat medic Spc. Tyler Steane. […]

  • Military

    Alaska survivor’s group takes families to the Pro Bowl

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 03, 17:54

    Families of military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice got to spend last weekend at the Pro Bowl, thanks to an Alaska group. The NFL invited Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, to be part of the Pro Bowl festivities. Alaskan Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS after her husband was killed in action. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Troopers searching for information on recent moose killings in Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 02, 20:29

    The Alaska Wildlife Troopers are searching for possible suspects responsible for shooting two moose to death in Anchorage earlier this week. They say they don’t know why the moose were shot, which has them worried. The first moose was found early Tuesday morning in a Mountain View neighborhood off Bragaw Street. The second moose was shot that […]

  • Business/Economy

    AEDC: Continued job loss expected, but businesses feeling confident in 2017

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 01, 20:22

    At a time of financial hardship, 1,500 Anchorage business members gathered Wednesday to hear the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation’s (AEDC) predictions for 2017. AEDC president Bill Popp said Anchorage lost 2,700 jobs in 2016 and is expected to lose another 2,200 jobs in 2017. That’s a total of three percent of all jobs. “That’s a […]

  • Military

    Inside the Gates: Cadets learn emergency preparedness

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 28, 12:07

    Alaskans know disaster, like an earthquake, can strike at any time. The Alaska Military Youth Academy is making sure its cadets are prepared for when the next one happens. The cadets are going through Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, training. They’re learning how to prepare for the worst, including fire safety, basic medical response, […]

  • Outdoors

    Warm, wet weather brings high avalanche danger to Southcentral

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 26, 20:03

    Heavy snow in the mountains and warm, rainy weather below is causing dangerous avalanche conditions across southcentral Alaska, including along Turnagain Arm. Snowy peaks along the Seward Highway threaten the road below. Alaska Department of Transportation spokesperson Jill Reese says avalanches have wiped cars off the road before. To stop that from happening, crews use […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Project Homeless Connect brings one-stop shop of service

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 25, 20:05

    Anchorage’s homeless community had a one-stop shop for help Wednesday. The annual Project Homeless Connect (PHC) took place at the William A. Egan Civic and Convention Center. More than 60 service providers were on hand, offering everything from housing, counseling and legal services to haircuts, eye and foot care. Organizers say the goal is to […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Executive order could impact Alaska refugee community

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 25, 18:21

    An executive order President Donald Trump is expected to sign could impact Alaska’s refugee community. The order would temporarily ban refugees from coming to our country for four months, with special focus on people coming from predominantly Muslim countries like Iraq, Iran, Somalia and Sudan. Catholic Social Services is the only resettlement program in Alaska, […]

  • Military

    Anchorage Assembly member proposes ordinance banning active duty military pot discounts

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 24, 18:47

    Military members are not allowed to smoke pot, and now an Anchorage Assemblyman wants to make sure they won’t be offered potentially misleading discounts. Forrest Dunbar proposed the ordinance, which would ban pot shops from offering discounts to active duty military members. Assembly member Dick Traini co-sponsered the bill. Dunbar said he’s seen cases of […]

  • Health

    Health care signup deadline coming fast

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 24, 18:40

    If you still need to enroll for health care coverage, the deadline is fast approaching — Jan. 31 is just one week away. Local enrollment navigators say there’s a lot of confusion about whether or not people are still required to sign up for a policy. President Donald Trump signed an executive order stating his […]

  • Military

    Alaska National Guardsmen take part in presidential inauguration

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 22, 11:30

    Forty-seven Alaska National Guardsmen took part in Friday’s presidential inauguration, representing our state on the national stage. Capt. Jason Walter, area security force protection officer with the 297th Regional Support Group, told KTVA it was a long day for the Guardsmen. They started at 1 a.m. and were on duty until after the parade. The […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Businesses off-limits to service members

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 21, 11:43

    It may surprise you to learn, but there are some businesses in Anchorage where members of our military community are not allowed to go. The Armed Forces Disciplinary Review Board can make a business “off-limits,” making it a crime for a service member to go there. Col. Seth Deam, staff judge advocate for the 673rd […]