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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

  • Alaska

    Ketchikan comeback: Ferry project boosts local economy

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 23, 18:13

    Workers at the Ketchikan shipyard are building two new ferries and a chance for a prosperous future. The $120 million project is bringing new life to the community, which has struggled since the local mill closed and the fishing slowed. Construction only started recently at the shipyard, which is owned by Vigor Alaska. So far, […]

  • Alaska

    Ketchikan residents return home after flooding subsides

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 23, 7:42

    The flooding in Ketchikan has gone down, and now residents are cleaning up the mess the water left behind. Steve Hayburn says he had around a foot of water in his apartment, which damaged the carpet and drywall in his home. He also had to throw out most of his furniture. It’s been a tough 24 hours, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Orphaned bear cubs to leave Alaska soon

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 03, 11:19

    Two orphaned bears will soon be leaving the Alaska Zoo to their new home. They leave for Texas on Monday, where they’ll be living together in a sanctuary. The cubs have been at the zoo since November. One had a bite wound and the other was underweight. Their health has improved and now it’s time for […]

  • Alaska

    Walker lays out timeline for legal marijuana in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 30, 21:59

    After meeting with agencies to discuss a new rollout strategy, Gov. Bill Walker is now assuring voters that marijuana regulations will be issued on time. Walker says May 2016 is likely when the first licenses will be issued for businesses to begin legally selling pot. Until then, a cooperative group from various state agencies will be […]

  • Crime

    APD: Suspected shooter released, victim still in hospital

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 30, 12:06

    Police have released the man suspected of shooting another at the Foxwood Condominiums in South Anchorage Monday afternoon. The man was detained by police, questioned, then released Monday night, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. No charges have been filed. Castro says officers have a few more interviews to complete before handing the case over to […]

  • Alaska

    Hillberg Ski Area opens in time for Christmas

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 24, 23:38

    Like other Alaska ski areas, Hillberg Ski Area, located on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, is opening late this year. The staff worked a holiday miracle and opened in time for Christmas. “We’ve been kind of struggling to get it open but about 20 people came together and, as you can see, we’re not 100% yet but we’re […]

  • Iditarod

    Four-wheeler donation gets injured musher’s team back on track for Iditarod

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 23, 20:28

    With the 2015 Iditarod only a few months away, training is the focus of sled dog teams planning to run north to Nome. But a recent crash sidelined Willow musher Karin Hendrickson, who was hit by a car while training her team. Hendrickson broke her back and can no longer run her dogs. She also lost […]

  • Alaska

    TSA rules for smooth holiday travel

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 18, 19:19

    People go through security at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport every day and every day, people get flagged at  the checkpoint. It slows everything down and during the busy holiday season, that’s something the Transportation Security Administration wants to avoid. When it comes to liquids in carry-ons, the TSA prohibits anything larger than 3.4 ounces. Other prohibited […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska Zoo takes in orphaned bear cubs

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 17, 21:21

    Two orphaned black bear cubs will have a second shot at life thanks to some TLC at the Alaska Zoo. One of the cubs, a 29-pound male, was found living under a porch in Eagle with an infected bite wound. The other, a 15-pound female, is from Kasilof. She was very underweight, according to zoo executives. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Warm weather woes continue for Alyeska ski resort

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 16, 21:05

    At the base of Mount Alyeska, it looks more like spring than ski season. The chairlift isn’t moving, as warm, wet weather keeps the slopes closed. But higher up the mountain, it’s a different story. “You’re a quick tram ride up to winter,” says resort marketing manager Ben Napolitano. Alyeska Resort crews are keeping a close […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Neighborhood GIFT brings Christmas to families in need

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 15, 19:03

    The holiday season can be tough for families in need, and that’s where Neighborhood GIFT (Giving From The Heart) comes in. “These are our neighbors,” said George Baker with Salvation Army Alaska Division. ”These are folks that have no jobs or have low-paying jobs and need a little help at Christmastime. It’s a choice between buying food or […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Making Christmas wishes come true at Bean’s Cafe

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 12, 22:18

    The need in our community is growing, and this holiday season you can do something about it. Bean’s Café is asking for your help fulfilling its wish list and the wishes of the homeless Alaskans it serves. Just like kids sending letters to Santa, the clients at Bean’s Café have wish lists but instead of […]

  • News

    Barrow band prepares for national stage

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 11, 20:07

    There’s music coming from the frozen north, and it’s really good. The Barrow High School band doesn’t get to share its talent with many outside the community, but soon it will have a national stage. The high school basketball season is about to start, and for the Barrow band, that means pep songs are on […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘Made in Alaska’ category debuts at Anchorage Film Fest

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 08, 21:22

    The Anchorage International Film Festival is back with a whole new lineup. And one new category, Made in Alaska, is shining a light on movies made right here in the 49th state. The woods around Willow provide a perfect backdrop to the story of three brothers working to solve a mystery in the movie “Detective […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Skiers, snowboarders rejoice: Hilltop, Alyeska to open Friday

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 03, 17:50

    After weeks of waiting, winter sport enthusiasts will soon be able to hit the slopes for the first time this season. Hilltop Ski Area plans top open one run — out of its five — on Friday. Crews could be seen Wednesday grooming the snow so it’s ready. “We won’t have the entire hill open because […]

  • Alaska

    Alaskans express excitement, concern over Walker’s Medicaid expansion plan

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 02, 21:55

    A Medicaid expansion plan proposed by Gov. Bill Walker could mean health coverage for around 40,000 Alaskans currently without affordable access to care. But it could also mean overburdening an already strained state budget. Walker made his stance on Medicaid expansion clear Monday in his inauguration speech. “I told you that expanding Medicaid was a […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Local stores look to cash in on Small Business Saturday

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 28, 19:32

    Black Friday has meant big business for big stores for years, but a more recent trend is helping out the smaller retailers. Small Business Saturday kicked off in 2010, and local business owners are hoping it brings them a boost this holiday season. Bella Boutique owner Annie Ciszak Pazar wants people to think local this […]

  • Alaska

    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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    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 […]