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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

    JBER soldiers train in bomb disposal

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 22, 20:27

    Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson conducted improvised explosive device (IED) training today, reminiscent of a scene from the movie “The Hurt Locker.” Members of the 716th Explosive Ordinance Disposal Company are keeping their skills sharp. In the exercise, the unit’s explosives robot has malfunctioned, so a soldier dons the blast suit and goes in to check out an IED. […]

  • State

    Parnell sheds new light on Alaska National Guard firings

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 21, 18:32

    The day after he fired three Alaska National Guard leaders, Alaska’s governor says more changes are coming. Gov. Sean Parnell says Guard members have expressed frustration over the timeline of the recent adjustments, that have all stemmed from a scathing report released in September. The report, conducted by the Office of Complex Investigations, showed that Guard […]

  • Local

    Search continues for Anchorage mother, missing for more than a week

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 20, 7:31

    Lisa Lake is sounding the call to action, asking volunteers to help bring 20-year-old Jael Hamblen home. Hamblen has been missing for more than a week after vanishing from her South Anchorage apartment last Saturday. Lake hopes pictures of Hamblen sparks someone’s memory. “Just trying to get the community out and get the word out […]

  • Local

    Battalion transfer at JBER brings new capabilities

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 17, 20:29

    Soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson said goodbye to one battalion and welcomed another. Today, the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion’s inactivation was followed by the activation of the 6th Brigade Engineer Battalion. The switch is part of the U.S. Army’s restructuring plan. The battalion will now be able to better support the infantry by bringing more […]

  • State

    Cordova residents voice concerns over Navy training in Gulf of Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 16, 22:12

    The U.S. Navy’s latest environmental impact statement has some Cordova residents worried. The Navy is planning to train in the Gulf of Alaska this summer, and people are concerned about what it will mean for fish and whales swimming those commercially vital waters. David Janka makes his living in the waters around the Gulf, taking tourists […]

  • Local

    Anchorage man celebrates 100th birthday with concert

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 14, 18:50

    An Anchorage man is ringing in a big birthday with the help of some local musicians. Marlowe Thomas is used to picking up his violin bow, setting the stage for a performance. But today, he’s in the audience, attending a special concert for a very special milestone. Thomas is celebrating his 100th birthday. “You know how […]

  • Local

    Changing times in Alaska: acceptance of marriage equality growing

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 13, 20:55

    It’s been 16 years since Alaskan voters approved a constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman. In that time, opinions about marriage equality have started to shift across the country and in Alaska. Sociology is the study of social behavior — examining the way society feels about issues and how those feelings […]

  • Local

    Iconic West High library torn down

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 10, 21:15

    It was the end of an era at West High School Friday afternoon. One of the oldest buildings in the Anchorage School District was torn down to make way for a new expansion. Former students and faculty watched as the high school’s iconic dome library started to come down. Among the spectators was Don Smith, who […]

  • State

    Local veterans group wants answers

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 09, 7:11

    A group of veterans wants to make sure those responsible for allowing rampant sexual assault and fraud in the Alaska National Guard are held accountable. Members of Veterans for Accountability say they want to know what Gov. Sean Parnell knew about the scandal and when he knew it. They say they’re not satisfied with the […]

  • Campaign 2014

    Police chiefs speak out against Ballot Measure 2

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 09, 6:39

    With the election less than a month away, Alaska’s police chiefs are banding together against Ballot Measure 2. Six chiefs of police from across the state stood together in Anchorage Wednesday. They’re sworn to serve and protect, but the members of the Alaska Association of Police Chiefs say they won’t be able to do their […]

  • State

    Parnell defends his actions; AK National Guard looks forward

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 02, 21:14

    Last month, Gov. Sean Parnell issued an apology in response to claims of sex abuse within the Alaska National Guard. At a press conference Thursday, he defended his actions. “I dealt with it every time I heard an allegation,” Parnell said in response to his actions regarding sexual assault claims within the Guard. Parnell says […]

  • Local

    Biometric testing helps troops with strength and speed

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 01, 21:53

    Physical fitness is a requirement for military members, but sometimes training can lead to sidelining injuries. Testing at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson is helping soldiers and airmen stay healthy while reaching new fitness goals. Experienced runner Maj. Brian Mayer is participating in biometric testing. It starts with an intense run while wearing a mask measuring his breathing and […]

  • Local

    At JBER, tech-savvy soldiers train with live grenades

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 30, 20:12

    Tuesday wasn’t a normal day in the office for a particular group of soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Normally, their work is done behind a desk, but today was a little more explosive for them. The 59th Signal Battalion’s afternoons don’t usually include hand grenades. “My normal Monday-to-Friday is usually dealing with customers, helping them […]

  • Local

    Alaskans celebrate National Coffee Day

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 29, 18:32

    A cup of joe in the morning is a go-to for many people in Anchorage. Today is National Coffee Day. Every year, people around the world drink 400 billion cups of coffee. And in an area that boasts an abundance of coffee shops, stands and shacks, Anchorage is no different. As the owner of the Thanks […]

  • Local

    Army drone spots beluga whales in distress

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 26, 17:49

    The U.S. Army’s unmanned aircraft are the eyes in the skies during missions, monitoring the action on the ground. But last month, the aircraft took on an unusual task. On a Saturday at the end of August, soldiers at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson were training with unmanned aircraft, supporting the National Guard. “They were flying some […]

  • Local

    Program helps new airmen adjust to life in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 26, 14:01

    For anyone who’s moved to Alaska from somewhere else, you know how hard it can be to adjust to life in the 49th state. Imagine coming here for the first time with the military and also trying to figure out life on base. That’s a lot to handle. One program at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson helps […]

  • Local

    Alaska man loses job after speaking out about Palin fight

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 16, 18:25

    An Alaska man has lost his job after speaking out about a fight at a party attended by family members of former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. Eric Thompson says within an hour of the interview airing on Friday, he’d been fired. He says he blames Sarah Palin. Thompson says he was in Anchorage at the Sept. […]

  • Local

    Anchorage schools prep for future earthquakes

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 15, 18:08

    School started last month for Anchorage students, which means many of them are still experiencing their share of firsts. For the students at Government Hill Elementary, today was the first earthquake drill of the new school year. An earthquake in 1964 split the original elementary school in two when the shaking ground gave way. Teachers and […]

  • Local

    AWAIC says domestic violence in Alaska deserves attention

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 11, 23:23

    Domestic violence has been in national conversation this week after video of suspended football player Ray Rice, knocking out his then-fiance, went viral. Suzi Pearson, executive director of Abused Women’s Aid In Crisis, says talking about this taboo subject is the only way to prevent it from happening. Programs like the Green Dot encourage bystander intervention, which […]

  • Local

    Soldiers try for expert infantry badge

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 10, 17:58

    The Expert Infantryman Badge is the mark of an expert soldier. Testing began Tuesday. More than 600 soldiers showed up to earn the coveted badge. They were put through an Army physical fitness test and land navigation courses. Spc. Jessey Braden was one of 350 soldiers who moved on to Wednesday’s round, which focused on combat skills. […]