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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

  • Military

    Soldiers battle extreme Arctic conditions during Deadhorse training mission

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 20, 7:56

    Alaska’s Arctic Warriors are living up to their name. The paratroopers of the 4/25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team recently jumped into Deadhorse as part of an airborne training operation. It was colder than they were expecting. “We’re not accustomed to the temperatures being this low, negative 50,” said Maj. Isaac Henderson, squadron executive officer. The […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Training for JRTC

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 18, 11:18

    In June, the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, known as the 4-25 Airborne Brigade Combat Team, will be going to the Joint Readiness Training Center (JRTC) in Fort Polk, Louisiana. It was a last-minute training opportunity the brigade couldn’t turn down, so now the soldiers are scrambling to prepare. For three weeks, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Director of Anchorage animal rescue organization fined for sanitation violation

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 16, 9:00

    The executive director of a local dog rescue is once again facing a fine from Anchorage Animal Care and Control. Animal control received a complaint, which raised the concern that dogs were being kept at a warehouse on Mike Street, according to spokesperson Laura Atwood. Atwood said when officers went to investigate, they learned Beverly […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Alaska Air National Guard says goodbye to C-130 era

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 11, 12:46

    Earlier this week, after four decades in service, the Alaska Air National Guard’s last two C-130 Hercules aircraft flew away for good. The plane has been the workhorse for the Air Guard. Its departure is the end of an era in the organization’s 70-year history. “The last 41 years of that have been with the […]

  • Alaska News

    Groups join to fight new health care legislation, which they say hurts poor families, seniors

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 09, 19:40

    The Republican Party’s plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act passed its first hurdle Thursday. Republicans in the House Ways and Means Committee voted to push through the American Health Care Act, which groups in Alaska are gearing up to fight. Nonprofits, health care providers, faith groups and advocates formed a coalition called […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: New life in a new place

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 04, 10:17

    Military families move a lot — every couple of years, they take everything they own to a new home in a new community. It can sometimes mean adjusting to a whole new way of life. Paul and Nichole Napoli recently moved from Germany to Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. They landed in Alaska a couple weeks […]

  • Alaska News

    Zinke’s confirmation brings optimism to King Cove residents

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 02, 20:03

    With the confirmation of Ryan Zinke as the new Secretary of the Interior, people in King Cove have new hope for a road to nearby Cold Bay. The community has called the proposed one lane, 11-mile stretch of road life saving. It would connect the community to the airstrip at Cold Bay, giving those suffering […]

  • Military

    Alaska’s senators voice support for Trump’s military plan

    by Bonney Bowman on Mar 01, 20:28

    In his first speech to Congress Tuesday, President Donald Trump announced his intention to grow the military. That’s welcome news for Alaska lawmakers, who know it could mean dollar signs for the state. “I am sending the Congress a budget that rebuilds the military, eliminates the defense sequester,” announced Trump during his speech Tuesday. Alaska […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Military family posts daily vlogs

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 24, 23:36

    One Alaska family is making reality TV a real life part of their daily routine. The Cassells, a military family stationed at Fort Wainwright, post daily video blogs, or vlogs, on YouTube. “The first year I was like, extremely nervous,” said mom and U.S. Army wife Kiara Cassell. Her days usually start with coffee, cooking […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Black History Month at JBER

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 18, 11:30

    In honor of Black History Month, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson held an observance Thursday. U.S. Army chaplain Lt. Col. Dr. Khallid Shabazz attended from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. As the guest speaker, he discussed the crisis of education in the black community and the importance of standing up for what you believe in, regardless […]

  • Military

    Ethics, integrity course working to shape AKNG culture

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 14, 19:59

    The Alaska National Guard is preparing its future leaders to serve with integrity and professionalism. The Guard is putting its mid-level enlisted soldiers and airmen through the Military Professionalism and Ethical Fitness Conference. The course was developed in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Defense. Alaska’s Guardsmen are the first to go through it, according […]

  • Health

    AWAIC: Valentine’s Day can mean danger for domestic violence victims

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 14, 18:50

    It’s supposed to be a day for lovers, but experts warn Valentine’s Day can also be dangerous for people in violent relationships. Domestic violence advocates at Abused Women’s Aid in Crisis (AWAIC) say the cycle of violence often starts with a honeymoon period, like a holiday, but it can quickly escalate to a verbal or […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Small army keeps JBER troops fed

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 11, 11:43

    As Napoleon Bonaparte famously said, “An army marches on its stomach.” Making sure our modern military is well supplied takes as much effort and planning as preparing for battle. It’s something staff at the Iditarod Dining Facility on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson know well. Airman 1st Class James Tapang says things can get busy, but he […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Data portal gives Anchorage residents new access to information

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 21:30

    The Municipality of Anchorage launched a new website giving residents access to usable data about their community. It’s called the Open Data Portal and includes everything from crime statistics and homelessness numbers to restaurant and child care inspections, as well as property appraisals. The municipality put together the portal as a way to give people […]

  • Arctic

    Alaska senator weighs in on Arctic Strategy

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 08, 20:58

    Alaska’s junior senator says the country is finally starting to act like an Arctic nation with the release of the 2016 Arctic Strategy. The Department of Defense wrote the 17-page strategy, discussing how best to protect US interests in the region, given its challenging and changing climate. The strategy identifies 43 recommendations for infrastructure development. […]

  • Military

    Alaska teens recognized by military organization

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 07, 21:05

    Two Alaska teens are being recognized for their community involvement. Operation Homefront selected the teens as semifinalists for 2017 Military Child of the Year. Erin McLeod, 17, is representing her U.S. Air Force family in Anchorage. 17-year-old Rachel Winburn, of Ketchikan, is her representing her U.S. Coast Guard family. The two teens are among 90 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Municipality of Anchorage looking for election workers

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 07, 20:04

    Looking for a way to give back to your community while earning a little extra cash? The Municipality of Anchorage is looking for poll workers ahead of the April election. Deputy clerk Amanda Moser says the city hires 650 workers to staff 122 precincts around the municipality. They have up to 150 positions left to […]

  • Inside the Gates

    Inside the Gates: Arctic gear to stay in the field and in the fight

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 04, 12:16

    Alaska’s Arctic warriors have to be ready to fight in any weather, no matter the cold. They get special gear, issued only here. When they’re in the field, the soldiers are often outside in the snow for hours. “There’s certain points where the cold just kind of gets you,” said combat medic Spc. Tyler Steane. […]

  • Military

    Alaska survivor’s group takes families to the Pro Bowl

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 03, 17:54

    Families of military service members who made the ultimate sacrifice got to spend last weekend at the Pro Bowl, thanks to an Alaska group. The NFL invited Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, or TAPS, to be part of the Pro Bowl festivities. Alaskan Bonnie Carroll founded TAPS after her husband was killed in action. The […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Troopers searching for information on recent moose killings in Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Feb 02, 20:29

    The Alaska Wildlife Troopers are searching for possible suspects responsible for shooting two moose to death in Anchorage earlier this week. They say they don’t know why the moose were shot, which has them worried. The first moose was found early Tuesday morning in a Mountain View neighborhood off Bragaw Street. The second moose was shot that […]