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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

    Change in the Guard: new adjutant general’s vision

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 24, 18:47

    A West Point graduate with 30 years of active-duty experience, new Alaska State Commissioner and Adjutant General Laurie Hummel says she has a vision to make Alaskans proud of the Alaska National Guard once again. She came out of retirement to tackle the challenging position. “If you’re going to go back to work and get […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    The mayor of JBER: A day with Col. Brian Bruckbauer

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 24, 7:01

    He’s the mayor of Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson: Col. Brian Bruckbauer is about 10 months into a two-year tenure as joint base commander. His daily decisions affect the lives of 40,000 people. At 8 a.m., Bruckbauer has already been at work for an hour in an office that’s a visual history of his Air Force career. It’s a history […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage couple learns hard lesson: Beware crowdfunding sites

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 22, 21:13

    Experts say online crowdfunding sites have become a way for opportunists to take advantage of tragedy. Anchorage couple Aeriella Rodriguez and Travis Borgens suffered a devastating loss when their baby daughter died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) in October 2014. Months later, they’re still grieving. “Some days, wake up and it’s good. Some days wake […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage job fair targets women for law enforcement careers

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 15, 20:08

    Local law enforcement agencies are working to add more women to their ranks. The organization Women Police of Alaska hosted a job fair at the University of Alaska Anchorage Wednesday. The group works to mentor and train women for careers in law enforcement. Recruiters say some women still see policing as a man’s world, but the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Sister soldiers show their strength with historic jump at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 13, 19:50

    Sister soldiers took part in a historic jump at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson Monday. For the first time, the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team Spartan “Sisters in Arms” jumped as one. The paratroopers were honoring both Women’s History Month and Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Month. “We’re not very many among the Army,” said Pfc. Marisa […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Alaska guardsmen rescue hikers stranded since Sunday

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 10, 19:17

    On Friday morning, crews from the Alaska Air National Guard were finally able to reach three hikers stranded on Knik Glacier since Sunday. Crews had been trying to rescue the three hikers — identified as 35-year-old Benjamin Still, 32-year-old Danielle Pratt and 31-year-old Sean Cahoon — since Wednesday, following a late night text message to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New health clinic to serve rural Alaska community

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 09, 20:39

    A community of 1,700 people who are currently serviced by a health care clinic with one exam room will soon have access to a healthier future. Chickaloon Village Traditional Council leaders broke ground on a new health clinic that will serve the entire community. The nearly $5 million facility was paid for by federal grants […]

  • Anchorage Mayoral Race

    Anchorage Mayor’s Race: There will be a runoff

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 08, 19:20

    Anchorage residents, don’t put those voter ID cards away just yet. Voters will be heading back to the polls in less than a month. This time, they’ll have just two choices for Mayor of Anchorage. The runoff comes down to Ethan Berkowitz — who earned 36 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s election — and Amy […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Bikers hope early spring in Anchorage area doesn’t bring deadly crashes

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 07, 23:54

    No snow is one sign of spring, but residents out on the roads may have noticed another — motorcycles are back on the pavement. Last spring was a deadly season for bikers. Members of the community are hoping this year is not a repeat. Bikers say the crash that stands out most was the one on […]

  • Alaska

    Senator Sullivan holds field hearing on EPA rule

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 06, 18:28

    Alaska’s junior senator held his first field hearing in Anchorage Monday, discussing a rule recently proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Sen. Dan Sullivan held a hearing about the “Water of the United States” rule. The EPA and Army Corps of Engineers wrote the rule to clarify which bodies of water fall under the Clean Water […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Stabbing victim speaks out about terrifying attack on Anchorage trail

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 01, 22:34

    The victim of a weekend stabbing is sounding the alarm — especially for other women — after she was attacked while walking alone on the Chester Creek Trail. Tanya Carter was walking to Providence to see a loved one on Sunday. She was almost to Goose Lake, so she started to text her son to let […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Mat-Su charter school receives USDA loan

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 01, 20:30

    One of the charter schools in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District will soon have a brand new building thanks to a rural development loan. The Fronteras Spanish Immersion School has outgrown its current facility and has been working on finding a new location since 2011. The Mat-Su Borough donated 12 acres of land to build on, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    After Chester Creek trail attack, Anchorage residents raise safety concerns

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 30, 19:09

    A weekend attack is raising concerns about safety on Anchorage’s trails. A woman was stabbed on Chester Creek Trail Sunday afternoon. The victim told officers from the Anchorage Police Department that she was texting and walking near the Northern Lights Boulevard overpass when someone came up behind her, knocked her out, stabbed her and went through […]

  • Alaska

    Army, Marine Corps, Air Force conduct joint airborne training in Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 26, 18:20

    Thursday morning, members of the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team conducted a routine training jump, but this time they weren’t alone. Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Huff also made the jump, his first in Alaska. “I gotta say, it’s a nice view coming down,” Huff said. Huff is stationed in Okinawa, Japan. He’s in Alaska to learn […]

  • Alaska

    24-hour run raises money for families of fallen airmen

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 26, 17:18

    Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson airmen are running for 24 hours in memory of their fallen brothers — the TACP 24 Hour Memorial Run kicked off at 1 p.m. Thursday. A TACP — or tactical air control party — is a member of the Air Force who coordinates air strikes during battle. As part of the TACP […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Judge orders release of AO37 emails

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 26, 6:47

    Voters will learn what role, if any, Anchorage mayoral candidate Dan Coffey played in crafting a controversial labor ordinance. A judge has ordered the municipality to release thousands of emails written during the creation of AO37, which voters repealed in November. Nine local unions filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to see the […]

  • Local

    Endorsements roll in ahead of Anchorage mayoral election

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 25, 19:10

    With just two weeks left before the Anchorage mayoral race, local organizations are voicing their support for the various candidates. The Anchorage Firefighters Union Local 1264 endorsed candidate Ethan Berkowitz on Wednesday. Berkowitz called the firefighters’ endorsement “a ladder to victory.” The union, which represents about 360 employees, says it chose him after interviewing all of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Donated van brings mobility to wheelchair-bound Anchorage teen

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 24, 23:32

    Paying it forward, even after tragedy strikes — that’s the story of two Alaskan families. Eleven-year-old Angelica Haakenson lost her legs in a Christmas day car crash. A Homer cab company donated a wheelchair-accessible van to her family, but Angelica’s therapy is going so well, she doesn’t need it anymore. That’s where the family of Aron […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Food Truck Carnival kicks off

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 19, 20:46

    It’s another sign spring is almost here: the Spenard Food Truck Carnival kicked off today. It’s tradition for the carnival to start on the third Thursday in March. There were only three trucks today, but organizer Darrin Huycke says once it gets going, there will be 10 trucks feeding up to 500 people every Thursday during […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska platoon under investigation for racist tradition

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 19, 20:36

    An Alaska platoon at Fort Wainwright is under investigation after reports of a racist tradition surfaced. The unit being investigated is the 2nd platoon, C company, 3rd battalion, 21st infantry regiment, part of the 1/25 Stryker Brigade Combat Team. An informal complaint brought to light a unit tradition called “Racial Thursdays,” where soldiers were given […]