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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

    More than 1,000 sign petition after death of Anchorage dog

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 14, 20:17

    The death of an Anchorage dog has spurred more than 1,000 people to sign a petition urging the Anchorage Police Department to do more in animal cruelty cases. Tina Coulston and her family had to leave town suddenly in early May due to a medical emergency. They left their home and dog, Spencer, in the […]

  • Military

    Recovery efforts to find servicemen lost 64 years ago continue on glacier

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 13, 19:49

    Fifty miles east of Anchorage in a slow-moving bed of ice, the remains of 20 servicemen still wait to be found. They died more than 60 years ago when their plane crashed on Colony Glacier, an incident considered one of the worst plane crashes in Alaska’s military history. The C-124 Globemaster crashed in bad weather […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Assembly passes ordinance clarifying pet citations

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 08, 20:45

    The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance Tuesday night clarifying the wording of Title 17, the municipal animal laws, making it easier for animal control officers to write tickets for pet owners. A Superior Court ruled the wording of the law was unclear, and required animal control officers to prove an owner was negligent in breaking […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Family of National Guardsman Nephi Soper prepares to say goodbye

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 07, 20:30

    For more than three months, the family of Alaska National Guardsman Spc. Nephi Soper wondered what happened to him. He disappeared while hiking from the Prospect Heights trailhead to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in mid-February. Saturday, searchers found his body, bringing closure to his family. “Some days we do good. Some days we cry,” said Soper’s […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Downtown Anchorage summer concert series kicks off

    by Bonney Bowman on Jun 01, 19:26

    The downtown Anchorage summer concert series kicked off  Wednesday in downtown Anchorage. The Anchorage Downtown Partnership (ADP) hosts the weekly Music in the Park concert series at Peratrovich Park, Wednesdays at 12 p.m. The series features local and traveling bands. Besides the music, the Anchorage Downtown Partnership also works to keep the area clean and […]

  • Aviation

    Despite early spring, flightseeing companies still waiting to take off

    by Bonney Bowman on May 31, 18:53

    Many outdoor industries got a jump on business thanks to spring’s early arrival, but there’s one still waiting to get off the ground. Flightseeing companies get the majority of their business from tourists. Lake Hood has been open to float planes and their business for weeks, the sounds of the aircraft taking off and landing echoing […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Anchorage Park Strip ceremony honors Alaska’s fallen

    by Bonney Bowman on May 30, 17:12

    Memorial Day is a chance to honor those who gave their lives serving our country, from those who died in the war for our nation’s freedom to those ensuring that freedom exists for others around the globe. The Municipality of Anchorage hosted the annual remembrance ceremony Monday, honoring the service of those who made the ultimate […]

  • Military

    Safety Fair teaches outdoor safety to new military members

    by Bonney Bowman on May 26, 20:15

    Memorial Day weekend means it’s time to get outside and enjoy Alaska, but without the right skills and equipment exploring the backcountry can be risky — especially for people new to the state, like many soldiers and airmen stationed at JBER. Thursday, the base held the 4th annual Occupational and Recreational Safety Fair. The goal […]

  • Military

    A look inside a classified Cold War-era antenna site, now shut down

    by Bonney Bowman on May 25, 19:49

    After 50 years monitoring radio waves, the AN/FLR 9 antenna array on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was shut down Wednesday. The site, also known as the “elephant cage,” is a relic from the Cold War. At 40 acres in size and standing 120 feet tall, the antenna array stands mostly unchanged from when it was built […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Kittens in need of foster families

    by Bonney Bowman on May 25, 18:29

    Anchorage Animal Care and Control (AACC) says it is seeing an influx of kittens and needs more people to care for them by fostering them. The goal of fostering is to socialize the kittens and get them ready for adoption. Jay Jackson has been a kitten foster mom for four years, and said it’s rewarding […]

  • News

    Biologist says kings aren’t early, fishermen are

    by Bonney Bowman on May 24, 22:16

    King salmon have returned to Ship Creek and fishermen are taking advantage of what some describe as an early run. Dustin Slinker, owner of The Bait Shack, said an angler landed the first king on May 13. He scrambled to set up shop two days later as he watched more and more people catch fish. […]

  • Sci/Tech

    Alaska woman invents special coat to protect small pets from eagles

    by Bonney Bowman on May 23, 21:44

    When a pair of eagles nested in Janet Wass’s former backyard, she wanted something to keep her small dog, Juju, safe. She did some research and My Invisible Pet was born. Wass made Juju a dog coat out of shiny, reflective material. The coat has a light on the back with a bright beam. “It […]

  • Aviation

    Summer travel plans? Expect delays at Ted Stevens International Airport

    by Bonney Bowman on May 19, 15:57

    Warning: Officials at Ted Stevens International Airport say travelers should expect delays this summer. Last year, on the busiest day of the year 10,000 people went through security at the Anchorage airport, according to Ted Stevens Internation Airport operations manager Terri Tibbe. She said this summer they’re expecting that number to grow. “Our biggest peak […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Federal land transfer opens up development of midtown Anchorage lot

    by Bonney Bowman on May 16, 21:01

    Nine acres of federal land in the heart of Anchorage will soon be up for development. Congress passed land-transfer legislation, approving sale of the land to the municipality at fair market value. The land, once property of the National Archives and Records Administration, is located next to Cuddy Family Park behind the Lowe’s home improvement […]

  • Outdoors

    Sign of spring: Hooligan fishing at 20 Mile River

    by Bonney Bowman on May 13, 17:30

    A small fish is drawing big crowds down to 20 Mile River south of Girdwood — hooligan. And fishermen say they’re running stronger this year than in years past. “Last year we didn’t have much hooligans that came in,” said fisherman Victor Avalos. “It looks like we have abundance this year.” The hooligan appear to […]

  • Health

    An in-demand and demanding career celebrated during national nurses week

    by Bonney Bowman on May 12, 7:15

    National Nurses Week is celebrating the hard work of nurses around the country. One of those nurses is Amy King, a graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage’s nursing program who works on the pediatric floor of the Alaska Native Medical Center. Her shift starts at 6:30 in the morning and runs at least 12 hours. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Garden teaches kids about Alaska culture, sustainable living

    by Bonney Bowman on May 10, 19:15

    Students at the Alaska Native Culture Charter School are building a garden with special significance. The students installed a learning garden, doing all the work themselves. They built the beds and planted the seeds. Five of the beds hold plants native to Alaska’s five different regions. School principal Bongi Agerter said it’s a good way […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Avoiding road rage: ‘Stay calm, don’t engage’

    by Bonney Bowman on May 09, 19:30

    An incident on Anchorage’s streets over the weekend is highlighting the dangers of road rage – and how to avoid it. A run-in between a group of bikers and a pick up truck was caught on camera Saturday. The video, captured by one of the bikers, shows the pick up swerving around the motorcycles, coming […]

  • Aviation

    New fleet of planes brings more reliable flights to Aleutian chain

    by Bonney Bowman on May 09, 13:27

    A local air carrier is making air travel in southwest Alaska safer and more reliable. PenAir invested $27 million into a new fleet of Saab 2000 planes. “It’s definitely, definitely a leap forward in technology,” said pilot and PenAir part owner Lloyd Seybert. “It flies like a real airplane should fly.” Seybert says the new […]

  • Military

    Alaska Air Guardsmen recognized for daring 2015 rescue

    by Bonney Bowman on May 05, 21:42

    A daring rescue has earned Alaska Air National Guardsmen prestigious recognition. The Jolly Green Association awarded the 210th and 211th rescue squadrons the 2015 Rescue Mission of the Year. The rescue happened while the guardsmen were deployed to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa in 2015. Two Saudi Arabian F-15 fighter pilots went down over […]