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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

    Man offering $100 reward for tire slasher

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 22, 20:52

    An Anchorage man thinks someone knows who slashed his tires and he’s willing to pay to find out. He asked us to only identify him by his first name, which is Neal. He made a sign saying he’ll give $100 for information leading to the person responsible. Neal has his car parked near an apartment complex […]

  • Alaska

    Hundreds turn out for military transition summit in Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 22, 20:02

    Finding a job can be a daunting task for anyone, but for military members moving into the civilian world, it’s especially difficult. They have the skills, but some struggle to translate them for potential employers to understand. That’s where Hiring Our Heroes comes in. The national nonprofit is hosting a two-day Alaska Transition Summit. It features […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Hiring Our Heroes helps military members find work

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 21, 20:05

    With cuts coming, thousands of Alaska’s military members could be out of a job in the not-too-distant future. A national nonprofit group is in Alaska to help these service members find work in the civilian world. Hiring Our Heroes is a two-day conference designed to help service members polish their job-hunting skills and connect them to […]

  • Alaska

    Alaska soldiers learn of Army cuts while training in Australia

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 13, 19:32

    Last week, 500 soldiers in Alaska’s 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team were in Australia, training on an international mission called Talisman Sabre. The soldiers were in the field when news of the U.S. Army’s cuts to the brigade came out. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Crapo says the soldiers were apprehensive about what it would mean for their […]

  • Alaska

    With cuts looming, Alaska’s soldiers get a new leader

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 10, 20:16

    U.S. Army Alaska has a new commander at a challenging time. Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson will lose 2,600 soldiers from the  4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team of the 25th Infantry Division (4/25) and Fort Wainwright will lose 75 soldiers. Maj. Gen. Bryan R. Owens took on the responsibility of leading Alaska’s soldiers on Friday, one day after the Army […]

  • Alaska

    Team coordinates Alaska fire-fighting efforts from behind the scenes

    by Bonney Bowman on Jul 07, 19:19

    There are around 3,000 people in Alaska from out of state for wildfire-related work. Every day, some leave and some arrive. And every day, it’s up to the team at the Anchorage Mobilization Center to coordinate those comings and goings. The team gives rides to and from the airport, organizes meals and lodging at a […]

  • Alaska

    Rain helps firefighters as wildfires continue to burn

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 26, 21:58

    Rain is helping crews battle wildfires all across the state.  The number of fires burning in Alaska was roughly 300 as of Friday night. Sockeye Fire The Sockeye fire was 96 percent contained by Friday and cooler weekend weather was expected to help firefighters reach full containment. The fire remained roughly 7,200 acres in size. Crews […]

  • Alaska

    Navy warship docks in Anchorage port as war games wrap up

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 24, 22:06

    The U.S.S. Shoup docked at the Port of Anchorage Wednesday morning. The warship spent the last week and a half in the Gulf of Alaska training as part of Northern Edge 2015. The Shoup is a Navy destroyer, one of three sailing in the Gulf as part of the exercise. It’s much bigger than the fishing boats […]

  • Alaska

    Kodiak residents express concern as Navy training in Gulf nears

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 09, 23:21

    With less than a week before its scheduled start, residents in Kodiak met with the U.S. Navy on Tuesday to raise their concerns about a training exercise called Northern Edge. It’s an emotionally charged issue for many residents, who survive on what they catch in the waters of the Gulf of Alaska, which is where […]

  • Alaska

    Protests against Navy’s Northern Edge exercise continue across Gulf of Alaska

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 08, 20:16

    In one week, the U.S. Navy is planning to begin a large exercise in the Gulf of Alaska called Northern Edge. Three communities are united against the exercise: Cordova, Homer and Kodiak. The Navy plans to use three Destroyers, one submarine, 200 aircraft and 6,000 personnel during the two-week training event. Navy reps will be […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Successful youth program potential shutdown victim

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 05, 19:05

    The budget impasse might mean big cuts to one of the state’s most successful youth programs. The Alaska Military Youth Academy has been helping turn teens’ lives around for 21 years, but the staff there would be part of the layoffs if the state government shuts down. Just 10 weeks into the academy, 17-year-old cadet […]

  • Alaska

    Son goes on cross-country road trip to honor late father’s memory, military career

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 03, 20:25

    When a loved one dies, it’s customary to bury them or spread their ashes in a place they loved. James Matteson knew there were lots of places his father loved and he couldn’t choose just one — so he didn’t. “I want to feel I did the right thing and I’m trying,” Matteson said. His journey […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New partnership works to create pit bull ambassadors

    by Bonney Bowman on May 28, 20:21

    A new partnership is working to change how people see pit bulls, making local dogs ambassadors for their breed. New owner Crystal Hermosura and her 7-month-old pit bull Kenai have started working on basic obedience skills. “She loves ball,” Hermosura said. “We’re still working on drop it though. Dropping it is still kind of hard […]

  • Alaska

    Hooligan fishing causes Seward Highway danger concern

    by Bonney Bowman on May 22, 20:20

    Alaskans driving the Seward Highway this holiday weekend might notice some extra safety precautions around a popular fishing spot. The hooligan fishery at 20 Mile River is growing in popularity, which means more cars and people along the side of the road. Fishermen say they’ve seen a number of close calls when people dart out into […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Teen fighting cancer gets special summer send off from friends, Make-A-Wish

    by Bonney Bowman on May 21, 19:49

    Eighth grader Alexander Bajoon was diagnosed with cancer last year. He’s been fighting and winning, and now he’s heading to England, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That wasn’t enough for his friends at Central Middle School, who prepared for a surprise for Alex as part of a class project. “Ms. James was asking, ‘Well, how can […]

  • Alaska

    Murkowski mediates conflict between Alaska fishermen, Navy

    by Bonney Bowman on May 20, 18:43

    Alaska’s senior U.S. senator is intervening in a growing controversy in Cordova. The U.S. Navy is planning an exercise in the Gulf of Alaska next month, but fishermen are concerned it could put their livelihoods on the line. Those frustrations came to a head Saturday, when more than 100 boats demonstrated in the Gulf. The protestors say […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    WWII to Today: 2nd Engineers Brigade stands down

    by Bonney Bowman on May 15, 20:19

    A Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson brigade with a storied history stood down today. The 2nd Engineer Brigade first stood up in World War II, when it specialized as an amphibious unit moving troops and supplies around the Pacific. “The motto “put ‘em across” was coined in WWII as they never failed to get everybody across the […]

  • Alaska

    Anchorage couple battles back from stroke together

    by Bonney Bowman on May 14, 21:58

    Two years ago at the age of 52, James “Dino” Longoria suffered a stroke, which brought his active life to a sudden stop. He has spent the last couple years healing and now a new, experimental treatment might be the key to recovery. After the stroke, Dino had no speech and no movement. Daily therapy brought […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Rare shark fossil back in Alaska after almost 30 years

    by Bonney Bowman on May 14, 7:11

    A rare fossil discovered in Alaska almost 30 years ago is now back in the 49th state. Richard Glenn found the fossil of an ancient shark called Helicoprion, or the buzz saw shark, 29 years ago in the Brooks Range. He didn’t know what it was, so he sent it to the Smithsonian in Washington, […]

  • Alaska

    Security measures increase at JBER, Fort Wainwright

    by Bonney Bowman on May 08, 20:09

    Security is going to be a little tighter at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as the Force Protection Level at military bases across the country has gone up. The Commander of Northern Command, who oversees military installations across North America, raised the level from Alpha to Bravo on Friday. JBER leaders wouldn’t go into specifics about how […]