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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

  • State

    TSA rules for smooth holiday travel

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 18, 19:19

    People go through security at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport every day and every day, people get flagged at  the checkpoint. It slows everything down and during the busy holiday season, that’s something the Transportation Security Administration wants to avoid. When it comes to liquids in carry-ons, the TSA prohibits anything larger than 3.4 ounces. Other prohibited […]

  • Local

    Alaska Zoo takes in orphaned bear cubs

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 17, 21:21

    Two orphaned black bear cubs will have a second shot at life thanks to some TLC at the Alaska Zoo. One of the cubs, a 29-pound male, was found living under a porch in Eagle with an infected bite wound. The other, a 15-pound female, is from Kasilof. She was very underweight, according to zoo executives. […]

  • Local

    Warm weather woes continue for Alyeska ski resort

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 16, 21:05

    At the base of Mount Alyeska, it looks more like spring than ski season. The chairlift isn’t moving, as warm, wet weather keeps the slopes closed. But higher up the mountain, it’s a different story. “You’re a quick tram ride up to winter,” says resort marketing manager Ben Napolitano. Alyeska Resort crews are keeping a close […]

  • Local

    Neighborhood GIFT brings Christmas to families in need

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 15, 19:03

    The holiday season can be tough for families in need, and that’s where Neighborhood GIFT (Giving From The Heart) comes in. “These are our neighbors,” said George Baker with Salvation Army Alaska Division. ”These are folks that have no jobs or have low-paying jobs and need a little help at Christmastime. It’s a choice between buying food or […]

  • Local

    Making Christmas wishes come true at Bean’s Cafe

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 12, 22:18

    The need in our community is growing, and this holiday season you can do something about it. Bean’s Café is asking for your help fulfilling its wish list and the wishes of the homeless Alaskans it serves. Just like kids sending letters to Santa, the clients at Bean’s Café have wish lists but instead of […]

  • News

    Barrow band prepares for national stage

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 11, 20:07

    There’s music coming from the frozen north, and it’s really good. The Barrow High School band doesn’t get to share its talent with many outside the community, but soon it will have a national stage. The high school basketball season is about to start, and for the Barrow band, that means pep songs are on […]

  • Arts & Entertainment

    ‘Made in Alaska’ category debuts at Anchorage Film Fest

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 08, 21:22

    The Anchorage International Film Festival is back with a whole new lineup. And one new category, Made in Alaska, is shining a light on movies made right here in the 49th state. The woods around Willow provide a perfect backdrop to the story of three brothers working to solve a mystery in the movie “Detective […]

  • Local

    Skiers, snowboarders rejoice: Hilltop, Alyeska to open Friday

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 03, 17:50

    After weeks of waiting, winter sport enthusiasts will soon be able to hit the slopes for the first time this season. Hilltop Ski Area plans top open one run — out of its five — on Friday. Crews could be seen Wednesday grooming the snow so it’s ready. “We won’t have the entire hill open because […]

  • State

    Alaskans express excitement, concern over Walker’s Medicaid expansion plan

    by Bonney Bowman on Dec 02, 21:55

    A Medicaid expansion plan proposed by Gov. Bill Walker could mean health coverage for around 40,000 Alaskans currently without affordable access to care. But it could also mean overburdening an already strained state budget. Walker made his stance on Medicaid expansion clear Monday in his inauguration speech. “I told you that expanding Medicaid was a […]

  • Local

    Local stores look to cash in on Small Business Saturday

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 28, 19:32

    Black Friday has meant big business for big stores for years, but a more recent trend is helping out the smaller retailers. Small Business Saturday kicked off in 2010, and local business owners are hoping it brings them a boost this holiday season. Bella Boutique owner Annie Ciszak Pazar wants people to think local this […]

  • State

    Caring for our soldiers at home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 21, 21:51

    Alaska soldiers deployed to Afghanistan have been home for a couple days; getting used to life away from the war and back with their families. It can be a tough adjustment, but the U.S. Army works to help the soldiers make a smooth transition. 1st Lt. Nathan Seaman and his fellow soldiers are going through […]

  • Crime

    Suspect in East Anchorage standoff formally charged in court

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 20, 22:02

    The man who shut down an Anchorage neighborhood in a standoff with police Wednesday night appeared in court Thursday. Marlon Arellano, 44, is charged with two counts of third-degree assault and one count of attempted burglary. The charges are class C felonies. The victim’s mother spoke to the court by phone. She told the judge Arellano chased […]

  • Local

    Anchorage school superintendent wants to save surplus

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 20, 21:41

    Anchorage School District Superintendent Ed Graff spoke out on the district’s surprise budget surplus Thursday. Graff said he’d like to put the majority of the $22 million surplus toward a budget deficit projected for 2015-16. The district currently isn’t spending as much as projected, which created the surplus. Graff said the district could also decide to […]

  • Local

    A Military Life: Remembering how to be a family

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 19, 22:16

      Military families across Alaska are celebrating the safe return of their loved ones. Soldiers from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson and Fort Wainwright are back home after months deployed to Afghanistan. Staff Sgt. Patrick Nephew, his wife, Bonnie, and son, Skyler, are a family once again. But what that means has changed in the nine months they’ve been apart. […]

  • State

    A Military Life: Fairbanks homecoming

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 23:05

    The soldiers from Anchorage’s Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson aren’t the only ones arriving home safely today. Around 100 soldiers from the 1-52nd Aviation Regiment, based out of Fort Wainwright, were on the same flight as the JBER soldiers back to Alaska. The regiment spent eight months flying missions in southern Afghanistan, including moving soldiers and supplies and […]

  • Local

    A Military Life: Home, sweet home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 22:51

      After nine months away from home, the Alaskan soldiers are back with their families tonight. About 200 soldiers saw their loved ones for the first time in months Tuesday. While the soldiers were getting off the plane and turning in their weapons, their families were waiting patiently. Among them was Bonnie Nephew, wife of Staff Sgt. […]

  • News

    A Military Life: Alaskan soldiers begin the journey home

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 7:17

      The day hundreds of local military families have been hoping for is finally here. The Alaskan soldiers are clearing out of Afghanistan and leaving the danger behind. Their bags are packed and their mission is over. The 23rd Sapper Company and the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion are boarding a C-17, with 200 soldiers headed […]

  • News

    A Military Life: Wrapping up a ‘job well done’

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 6:31

      As the U.S. Army continues to withdraw from Afghanistan, there’s a lot of leftover equipment to account for. That’s the mission a unit from Alaska accepted when they deployed. Maj. Bart Lajoie with the 17th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion says the unit’s mission was new for them. They were tasked with finding and recovering Army […]

  • US/World

    Military Life: Alaska vs. Afghanistan

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 17, 20:39

    It’s safe to say life in Afghanistan is very different from life in Alaska. Two local soldiers, deployed to Bagram Airfield, talked about life away from home. Capt. Kathryn Hermon and Capt. Britney Sevy both serve with Alaska’s 2nd Engineer Brigade. They’re a long way from home and say the biggest adjustment to life in Afghanistan is […]

  • US/World

    A Military Life: Bagram Bazaars

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 17, 18:19

    As deployment winds down for Alaska soldiers, many are heading to the local bazaars on base to buy last-minute souvenirs. Bagram Air Field has a number of markets where local Afghans sell all kinds of goods. Many are handmade; like silk scarves, embroidered tops and carved wooden boxes. For the soldiers heading home, it’s a […]