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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

    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. […]

  • Local

    Bike renter calls working on Labor Day a labor of love

    by Bonney Bowman on Sep 01, 20:30

    Labor Day is a holiday to spend time with family and relax a little. Some don’t get Labor Day off. Most don’t mind pulling a shift on the first Monday in September, but one man is actually celebrating the holiday by working. Antonio Pablo Portillo spends his days at the corner of Fifth Avenue and […]

  • State

    Shell submits proposal for 2015 Arctic exploration

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 29, 17:51

    Shell Alaska is considering heading back to the Arctic to explore for oil. The company submitted a plan Thursday with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management for the 2015 drilling season. Shell hasn’t been working in the Arctic since 2012, when the company ran into serious problems while searching for oil. The new plan is just […]

  • State

    Elite Army Rangers train in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 29, 11:25

    The skills of U.S. Army Rangers are legendary, but they don’t reach that level of ability without serious training. Now that the wars in the Middle East are winding down, the Rangers are focusing on practicing specific skill sets. That’s how a group of 80 Rangers from Ft. Benning, Georgia, found themselves hanging from Alaska […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Anchorage man almost breaks pumpkin state record

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 26, 22:09

    An Anchorage giant pumpkin grower attempted to set a new state record Tuesday. Local grower Dale Marshall brought three massive pumpkins to the Alaska State Fair. The first two weighed in at around 730 and 750 pounds, but he thought the third would top 1,300 pounds, handily beating the record of 1,286 pounds. When the massive […]

  • Local

    Service members battle hunger

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 25, 18:16

    Our nation’s heroes at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson are battling an enemy of a different kind. Airmen, soldiers and their families at JBER are stepping up to help feed Alaskan families. Master Sgt. Eric Bailey says shoppers on base really pitched in to donate food kits for the Feds Feed Families program. “We did 75 bags on […]

  • Local

    Alaska National Guardsmen compete in Best Warrior contest

    by Bonney Bowman on Aug 22, 18:12

    Soldiers with the Alaska National Guard went head to head to find out who was the best warrior. The competition tests the soldiers in 14 tasks — some physical, some mental. Friday, the soldiers demonstrated their shooting skills using grenade launchers and anti-tank weapons. There are nine competitors in two divisions: junior enlisted and non-commissioned […]

  • 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 […]