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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

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Muni questions AST on future law enforcement along Turnagain Arm

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 11, 14:58

    The Anchorage Muni is asking Alaska State Troopers to clarify their role in enforcing the law along Turnagain Arm. Municipal Attorney William Falsey sent a letter to AST, which asserts that state law requires troopers to enforce laws anywhere there isn’t a local police force. APD jurisdiction currently ends at McHuge Creek. Troopers have said […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Robotic tour guide opens Anchorage Museum to global audience

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 10, 20:25

    New technology is opening up the Anchorage Museum to visitors outside Alaska. The museum tested out a new telepresence robot Wednesday. Museum expert Ethan Angelica beamed in from New York City via the Internet and took a tour. “It’s so important that we hear each other’s stories and this is the fastest and easiest way […]

  • Alaska News

    Predictions show southcentral Alaska at risk in 2016 wildfire season

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 09, 20:29

      ANCHORAGE — The conditions are right for an early and damaging wildfire season. How do experts know? The science behind predicting where the fire season will spark looks at available fuel, past precipitation and the weather right now. Alaska’s 2015 wildfire season was the second biggest on record, with more than five million acres […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Diners charged months after eating at Anchorage restaurant

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 22:41

      ANCHORAGE — If you ate at a popular Anchorage restaurant recently, you might want to check your bank account. People who ate at Benihana in Anchorage toward the end of 2015 might finally be charged for their meal this week. Tanny Walker told KTVA she ate at the restaurant in November and the payment […]

  • Military

    Proposed legislation could improve rural National Guard outreach

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 03, 19:57

    A proposal out of Washington, D.C. might make it easier for rural Alaskans to serve their country. Congressman Don Young partnered with Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to introduce a bill that would get rid of the $300 reimbursement cap for National Guard travel expenses, in some cases. Currently, Guard members receive up to $300 dollars […]

  • Military

    AKNG spouse receives national recognition

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 03, 15:30

    For the second year in a row, an Anchorage woman is being recognized by a national magazine. Military Spouse magazine named Jenifer Burris “Alaska National Guard Spouse of the Year.” Burris won the title last year as well, but this time, she’s also been named one of the top three National Guard spouses in the nation. […]

  • Alaska News

    Lives may be at risk if budget cuts ground AST chopper

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 02, 20:14

    Budget cuts might mean the difference between life and death for Alaskans who get lost or hurt. Alaska State Troopers said their helicopter is a key tool when it comes to search and rescue efforts. They had two helicopters, one in Fairbanks and one in Anchorage. Budget cuts already forced the Fairbanks chopper into storage and […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students feed the hungry with ‘mountain of sandwiches’

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 01, 19:06

    Students at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic School got a lesson in giving back on Monday. It all started with a sandwich assembly line. Sixth grader Liam Thomson and his classmates used four simple ingredients to solve a not-so-simple problem: meat, cheese and mustard between two slices of bread. It was a cure for hunger […]

  • Crime

    Hillside residents frustrated with months of mail theft

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 30, 12:02

    Hillside residents are frustrated. They say their mailboxes are getting hit by thieves two or three times every week. “We just want our mail,” said theft victim Reva Katz, who’s lost everything from Christmas cards to her husband’s heart medication. ”I don’t have that long left. I have better things to do than worry about the […]

  • Alaska News

    State to scrap AMP student assessment test, start again

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 27, 17:07

    Just one year in, the Alaska Department of Education is scrapping the latest assessment test. Education Commissioner Mike Hanley said the computerized test-taking part of the Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) assessment went well, but the results were slow and inaccurate. Hanley said that led to a lack of confidence in the test overall. The […]

  • Crime

    Unlocked, keys inside: Thieves take advantage of unwary drivers

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 26, 20:27

    Anchorage thieves have stolen 16 cars since Monday morning. The Anchorage Police Department says they’re not sure if the thefts are related, but they normally see only one of two cars stolen every other day. Most of the cars were stolen from residential areas, and most of them were “easy pickings,” like one KTVA found […]

  • Military

    For soldiers, justice in Bergdahl case looks different

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 22, 19:15

    The case of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is complicated and often emotional for many service members. Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan, was captured by the Taliban and now faces a court-martial. Thursday night, the University of Alaska Anchorage hosted a panel with three soldiers, two of whom served with Bergdahl and are now […]

  • Crime

    Law Enforcement: High number of reported rapes doesn’t tell whole story

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 20, 21:12

    It’s a number law enforcement calls alarming: there were more than 300 reported rapes in Anchorage in just the first six months of 2015. The FBI released the new crime stats Tuesday, and while the numbers have gone up, some say that doesn’t mean more crimes have been committed. The number of reported rapes grew from […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Donated boots warming the feet of Anchorage’s homeless

    by Bonney Bowman on Jan 04, 20:52

    During Alaska’s cold, wet winter, keeping their feet warm and dry is a real challenge for the homeless. It’s a challenge that can put their health at risk. Downtown Soup Kitchen shower room manager Joyce Matthews has seen everything from trench foot to frostbite. “I don’t know how they’re walking sometimes, that’s how bad it […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Unanswered questions surround access to plane involved in crash

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 30, 19:54

    There are still many questions surrounding the deadly plane crash in downtown Anchorage Tuesday morning. Many are wondering how pilot Douglas Demarest gained access to a plane he wasn’t authorized to fly. The Civil Air Patrol plane went down around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday morning. It clipped one office building before crashing into another. Demarest died […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Witness describes scene inside building, thankful plane crash toll wasn’t worse

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 29, 18:46

    The Pacific Office Center was empty when a small plane crashed Tuesday morning. A couple hours later and it would have been a different story. “I would describe it as apocalyptic, you know the strobes are going, the emergency lights are on,” said second floor manager of the Whale building, Mike Thomas. He’s one of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Local retailers talk holiday sales success

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 28, 21:02

    With the Christmas presents open and the holidays wrapping up, local retailers are looking at their books to see if they had the gift of good sales. Arctic Rose Gallery owner Jana Latham said she’s feeling good after a boost in sales. Despite a struggling state economy, Latham said shoppers were buying original artwork. “People […]

  • Alaska News

    As Santa Tracker turns 60, local service members enjoy the tradition

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 16, 21:15

    An annual Christmas tradition for many families turns 60 this year. NORAD’s Santa Tracker started Christmas Eve 1955, when an ad misprinted the phone number to call Santa and children instead called an air defense center in Colorado Springs. “The commander at the time said, ‘We’re just going to take all these calls and give […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Toys, warm meals bring smiles to local families needing a hand this holiday season

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 15, 21:14

    The holiday season can be very difficult for families struggling to make ends meet. Purchasing Christmas dinner and gifts for the kids just isn’t in the budget for some families. That’s where the community GIFT event comes in. It’s a partnership between the Salvation Army, the Food Bank of Alaska and a number of local […]

  • Alaska News

    Post offices feel crunch on busiest shipping day of the year

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 14, 20:24

    Just about every post office in the country likely saw long lines Monday. That’s because it’s the busiest mailing day of the year. All those customers mean a lot of packages moving through the back room at the airport post office on Postmark Drive. “Today is our peak but it’s going to be busy tomorrow […]