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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

    Candlelight vigil shines a light on the struggles faced by homeless youth

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 19, 22:45

    It’s a cold night to be sleeping outside, but that’s exactly what a group of community and business leaders are going to be doing. They’re sleeping outside for one night on Thursday to experience what it’s like for Alaska’s homeless every night. The “sleep out” is happening at Covenant House, an organization that works to […]

  • Alaska News

    Allegations of lawbreaking, cover ups at Palmer Correctional Center

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 18, 22:39

    A former employee is making disturbing new accusations about misconduct in the Department of Corrections, specifically inside the walls of the Palmer Correctional Center. Dave Maxwell worked as an electrician at PCC for two years. He said he watched some employees get away with criminal behavior while others were bullied in a targeted campaign of […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    New shelter offers homeless women a safe night in from the cold

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 16, 23:03

    On a cold winter night, Anchorage’s homeless shelters are stretched trying to find room for everyone who needs it. The Brother Francis Shelter has been using their overflow space at Beans Café for the last couple nights. The shelter can house between 240 and 364 people on cold nights. Only men can go into the overflow space, […]

  • Alaska News

    New recommendations for privacy as drones hit holiday shopping lists

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 12, 20:17

    One million drones are expected to fly off the shelves this holiday season. In response to privacy concerns, the state drone task force today issued new recommendations. The authors of the guidelines said it will be helpful for drone users and non-users alike, answering questions like when a flying drone breaches someone’s privacy and what to […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    On Veterans Day, vets not united on fate of Valley Honor Wall

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 11, 18:27

    On Wednesday, like every other Veterans Day for more than 20 years, a crowd of around 100 people gathered at the Veteran’s Honor Wall in Wasilla. They held a ceremony, paying tribute to those who’ve served our country in the Armed Forces, but this year might be the last time the ceremony happens in that […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Students learn about their home city for trivia contest

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 10, 20:39

    Dozens of seventh graders put their Alaska knowledge to the test today for the 25th annual Big Wild Life Trivia contest. Sixty students from eight middle schools took part in the contest. Most of the students prepared for at least a month to be ready to answer questions about a variety of topics, from Anchorage’s history […]

  • Alaska News

    How to make a difference this holiday, according to local nonprofits

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 09, 20:17

    Giving is a big part of the holiday season, but with so many causes to choose from, how do you decide? “We say ‘where is your passion?’ and also ‘what do you want to help?’” said Elizabeth Miller, the vice president of resource development with the United Way of Anchorage. She says across the country, […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Valley vets worried about moving Honor Wall

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 06, 17:20

    The Veterans Honor Wall in the Mat-Su Valley is facing an uncertain future. A developer bought the land the wall currently sits on, intending to build a 60-bed, 14,000 square foot senior care facility. It’s something Matanuska-Susitna Borough Deputy Mayor Matthew Beck says the Valley desperately needs. “Right now in the Valley, the only way they […]

  • Alaska News

    Anchorage students explore new Little Iditarod Trail

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 05, 20:37

    A group of young students explored a new way to get to their neighborhood park today as part of the Schools on Trails program. The first graders from Turnagain Elementary cut the ribbon on the new Little Iditarod Trail. It connects their school to the Balto Seppala Park. The trail features signs with pictures and information […]

  • Alaska News

    Strykers complete first mission in the Arctic

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 05, 20:21

    Alaska’s 1-25 Stryker Brigade completed its first mission north of the Arctic Circle. Forty-one soldiers and four Stryker vehicles took part in an emergency deployment readiness exercise called Operation Arctic Pegasus. They deployed from Eielson Air Force Base, routed through JBER then continued up to Deadhorse. Two C-17 aircrafts carried the soldiers, who were able to […]

  • Alaska News

    Alaska Native teen talks issues with President Obama

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 05, 19:56

    An Alaskan teen sat down with the President Thursday to discuss Native issues facing our state. Tatiana Ticknor, 16, sat next to President Barack Obama during a panel discussion with Native youth. She wore a kuspuk while representing the Yup’ik, Tlingit and Dena’ina tribes. The discussion was part of the Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC. […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Soldiers reunite with families after months apart

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 04, 20:09

    One hundred and twenty Alaskan soldiers returned home Wednesday after nine months overseas. Family and friends gathered at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to welcome the members of the 98th Maintenance Company. The soldiers were stationed in Kuwait but went on missions all over the region, including to Iraq and Jordan. They maintained equipment for the U.S. Army — […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    DOT: Timing of snow, not lack of response, made roads dangerous

    by Bonney Bowman on Nov 02, 19:23

    Roads throughout Anchorage, Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley were slick and dangerous after Monday morning’s snow. It put a strain on Alaska Department of Transportation crews. DOT officials say it wasn’t a lack of response that caused the roads to be so slippery. The timing of the snowfall, which started around 4 a.m., made it […]

  • Fairbanks

    Secretary of Defense visits Fort Wainright

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 30, 20:09

    Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter stopped in Alaska today to visit the troops at Fort Wainwright on his way to Asia. He said Alaska is important strategically and told the soldiers and airmen they’re at the center of it all. He addressed the cuts the U.S. Army in Alaska is facing, saying it’s about balancing the […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    Girdwood to vote on property taxes in April, not November

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 27, 21:36

    Girdwood residents will not have a special election in November after Alaska State Troopers committed to stay in their community for another six months. They were supposed to pull their presence on Jan. 1, but now troopers will stay at their Girdwood post until July 1. That gives the community more time to decide what […]

  • Alaska News

    Department of Defense will create strategic Arctic plan

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 27, 20:06

    The Department of Defense is moving forward with plan that could reverse the cuts of U.S. Army troops in Alaska. On Tuesday, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, he’s committed to creating an operation plan, or OPLAN, for the Arctic. An OPLAN is a document that lays out military strategy for a region, […]

  • Alaska News

    State officials ‘alarmed’ by teen smoking rates

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 26, 18:52

    A statewide survey conducted this year asked 1,500 high school students about their tobacco use. Eighteen percent of Alaska teens are using e-cigarettes. That’s compared to 11 percent using traditional tobacco cigarettes and a number state officials say is alarming. One in three teens said they use some form of tobacco, but e-cigs, also known […]

  • U.S. Politics

    Alaska’s legislators speak out about Obama’s NDAA veto

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 22, 20:47

    Alaska’s congressional delegation is speaking out about the president’s decision to veto the National Defense Authorization Act. President Barack Obama vetoed the $612 billion defense policy bill Thursday. Both the House and Senate passed it with bipartisan support. The president says he vetoed the bill because it does not address sequestration-era caps on spending, blocks military […]

  • Alaska News

    New Arctic resource will improve region readiness

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 21, 20:35

    The ability to prepare for and respond to emergencies in the Arctic took a step forward today. The University of Alaska Anchorage hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Arctic Domain Awareness Center, or ADAC, on Wednesday. It’s a partnership between the university, the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Coast Guard. Coast […]

  • Anchorage/Mat-Su

    JBER brigade trains for the future as Army cuts loom

    by Bonney Bowman on Oct 21, 19:32

    The possibility of losing more than half of their members to U.S. Army downsizing isn’t stopping the soldiers of the Fourth Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division (4/25) from preparing for future missions. The brigade is working through one of its largest training exercises ever, all while preparing for the reality of the cuts. A […]