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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

    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 […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Citywide Cleanup: Cash hidden in the trash

    by Bonney Bowman on May 07, 19:07

    The Anchorage Citywide Cleanup is underway. If you pass by a pile of trash every day, you might want to stop and pick it up: There might be a special surprise waiting for you in the garbage. It’s called the Litter Derby. An anonymous group left bags of cash in particularly trashy spots around town and volunteers […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Birchwood residents concerned grizzly sow becoming a problem bear

    by Bonney Bowman on May 05, 18:22

    Residents in Birchwood are concerned a grizzly sow is becoming a problem bear. The sow reportedly has three cubs, which are almost fully grown. Residents say they’ve been raiding trashcans in the area around South Birchwood Loop and Jayhawk Road. The sow has reportedly lived in the area for at least the last four years, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    23rd Sapper Company stands down after final deployment

    by Bonney Bowman on May 01, 19:50

    Two units at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson deactivated Friday in the latest round of U.S. Army downsizing. The 23rd Sapper Airborne Engineer Company activated at JBER in 2008 as part of Operation: Enduring Freedom. They cleared bombs from more than 5,000 miles of road, allowing other soldiers to safely leave the war zone. Friday was their […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    For the first time in 40 years, new construction at the Port of Anchorage

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 30, 18:38

    For the first time in more than 40 years, a tenant at the Port of Anchorage is building a new facility: Delta Western is building a new tank to hold fuel called methanol, along with a truck rack to distribute the fuel. Delta Western president Kirk Payne says they used to bring in methanol by rail, but […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage business, development issues addressed at Wednesday’s runoff debate

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 29, 21:28

    With less than a week before the runoff election, Anchorage’s mayoral candidates faced off at another debate Wednesday, hosted by the Anchorage Board of Realtors. The topics discussed focused more on business and development in the muni than social issues. Candidates Amy Demboski and Ethan Berkowitz had the chance to answer the same questions. One item […]

  • Alaska

    JBER soliders battling to be ‘Best Warrior’

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 29, 20:11

    The 2015 Best Warrior Competition tests JBER soldiers’ mental and physical strength in a variety of events. The winner will take the title of Alaska’s Soldier of the Year. The punishing competition started Tuesday and runs through Friday, and only one woman is competing. Sgt. Jessica Belcher says she’s fighting to better herself. “I don’t do […]

  • Alaska

    Army, Park Service partnership helps prep Denali for climbing season

    by Bonney Bowman on Apr 28, 23:24

    It’s one of the most challenging climbs in the world — and soon, Denali will open to mountaineers hoping to reach the top. A 30-year partnership between the U.S. Army and the National Park Service is making the climb possible. Soldiers with the 1-52nd Aviation Regiment flew two Chinook helicopters to base camp, carrying thousands of […]

  • 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 […]