Recent News & Information

Holland America Line is now accepting grant applications

Holland America Line Release – July 1, 2015 – Applications are now being accepted by the Holland America Line Community Advisory Board (CAB) for grants to local service and non-profit groups in Seward. The CAB consists of Seward civic and business leaders who advise Holland America Line on local corporate contributions and community involvement projects. The Seward CAB distributes corporate […]

July 1, 2015 ·

Suspension of Fireworks Sales Suspended in Kenai Peninsula Borough

Alaska State Fire Marshal News Release – June 30, 2015 – FIREWORKS SUSPENSION UPDATE The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, has cancelled the suspension of sales of Fireworks In the following areas: Copper River Valley Fairbank North Star Borough Kenai borough Matanuska Susitna Borough Municipality of Anchorage Tanana Valley north of […]

June 30, 2015 ·
Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Have you seen large white bags on Kenai Fjords National Park’s remote outer coast?  These bags contain 2.66 tons (5,320 pounds) of marine debris.  The bags were a collection effort made possible through a partnership with Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Fjords National Park, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center, Port Graham Corporation, and Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance.  The bags will […]

June 29, 2015 ·
Power Outage at SMIC June 29

Power Outage at SMIC June 29

June 28, 2015 ·

Mt. Marathon Race Volunteers Still Needed

Volunteers are needed for doing sweeps after the Junior and Women’s Races, and bib recording on the mountain at 1/2 way for all races. Please email ldraper@gci.net if you can help in this capacity or have questions about what these jobs entail. You’ll be making the race safer, it’s a lot of fun and you get a tee shirt too!

June 27, 2015 ·
Bear Glacier kayak adventure

Bear Glacier kayak adventure

On Wednesday, June 24th, I was lucky to go kayaking for the day at Bear Glacier, 15 miles south of Seward, in Kenai Fjords National Park. Please visit my blog at http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com for more photos and the story. Submitted by Carol Griswold

June 27, 2015 ·
Sign up now! Stylin’ Stitches Youth Soccer League for ages 3-17

Sign up now! Stylin’ Stitches Youth Soccer League for ages 3-17

Click here for the registration form: http://www.cityofseward.us/DocumentCenter/View/2405.

June 26, 2015 ·
Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Release – June 26, 2015 – Soldotna, Alaska – The Burn Closure activated earlier this month is still in effect.  This means that there is No Open Burning allowed. This includes campfires, warming fires, signal fires, burn barrels and charcoal fires.  A gas or electric BBQ grill or fish smoker is permissible. Also, fire officials want […]

June 26, 2015 ·
Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge News Release – June 25, 2015 – Effective at noon today, Thursday June 25, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the following campgrounds within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area: Hidden Lake Campground Upper Skilak Campground Engineer Lake Campground Lower Ohmer Campground Jean Lake Campground Kelly Lake Campground Peterson Lake […]

June 26, 2015 ·
Da Vinci campers watch Justice Pechuzal as she carefully explains media-mixing technique. Heidi Zemach photo.

Camps keep kids busy and learning new skills

By Heidi Zemach for For SCN- With many parents working extra jobs, young Seward children may not have much free time to wile away their long summer days on their own. But they do have a wide variety of fun and enriching camps and organized activities available to fill their days. The Boys & Girls Club Da Vinci Science and Arts […]

June 25, 2015 ·

SBCFSA Regular Meeting July 6

The next Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area regular meeting will be held Monday, July 6th at 6pm at the KPB Seward Annex office  in Sea View Plaza at 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122. The agenda includes Permit for Review US Army Corps of Engineers POA-1998-771-M2 Bardardson Salmon Creek, New Business Lost Creek, and Informational Items Resolution Authorizing KPB Mayor to […]

June 25, 2015 ·
Father’s Day spent in a boom lift

Father’s Day spent in a boom lift

  Submitted by Dot Bardarson – The father/son duo of Rolf and Leif Bardarson spent Father’s Day in the buckets, washing windows and painting the bow of the Holland America ship that was in port.      

June 25, 2015 ·
Mark Ramboa takes the lead in the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Mark Ramboa takes the lead in the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Mark Ramboa of Michigan is currently in the lead of the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament with his 291.2 lb halibut caught on the Fish House’s F/V Perseverance on June 22. Also caught was a tagged fish that landed Mark Wilson of Minnesota a $1,000 John Deere gift certificate donated by Seward Heavy Industrial Power. Wilson’s fish was caught on Saltwater Safari’s F/V […]

June 24, 2015 ·

Body found in Upper Trail Lake

A body has been discovered at Upper Trail Lake. Although unconfirmed, it is suspected that it is Matthew Asturi, the Trail Lake Lodge employee who went missing April 21, 2015. Read more at the Alaska Dispatch News here: http://www.adn.com/article/20150624/body-found-lake-near-seward-believed-be-missing-las-vegas-man

June 24, 2015 ·

Earthquake with 5.8 magnitude felt in Seward

At 2:32PM, a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Alaska and was centered in Willow. No local damage is reported.

June 24, 2015 ·
Ukulele Russ to perform June 28

Ukulele Russ to perform June 28

  For more information about Ukulele Russ, please visit his website at http://www.ukuleleruss.com/.

June 24, 2015 ·
Power Outage at SMIC June 24

Power Outage at SMIC June 24

June 23, 2015 ·

Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter

Chugach National Forest News Release – Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter   Cooper Landing – On Monday evening, June 22, a firefighter working on the Juneau Lake Fire in Chugach National Forest encountered a bear and sustained minor injuries. Due to the remote location of the encounter, the most direct transport was a life med helicopter which airlifted […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Seward Beach Fishing is HOT!

Seward Beach Fishing is HOT!

June 23, 2015 ·
Executive Chef and owner of The Cookery describes Alaska beer and wines on tap to first time customer. Heidi Zemach photo.

The Cookery opens with bites of indulgence

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The “Amuse Bouche,” at Seward’s latest venue, The Cookery, was the teensiest delight, but the halved cherry tomato with a marinated mushroom in a tangy, citrusy sauce was mouthwateringly refreshing, and begged the taste buds for more. My fresh Alaska oysters (from Alaska Shellfish Company near Homer,) were chilled to perfection and served in the […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Seward Community Library & Museum Returns to Regular Summer Hours

Seward Community Library & Museum Returns to Regular Summer Hours

Seward Community Library & Museum Returns to Regular Summer Hours The Library is open until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.   Library Summer Hours Mon: 10am – 6pm Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am – 8pm Fri, Sat:  10am – 6pm Closed on Sunday Museum Summer Hours Tuesday – Saturday:  10 am – 5 pm Closed on Sunday   Waves […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Department of Natural Resources News Release – (Fairbanks, AK) – Despite a burn closure that is in effect for pretty much the entire state, Division of Forestry firefighters continue to chase down reports of campfires, debris burns and other activities currently prohibited due to the high fire danger that persists throughout Alaska. There were 152 new fires reported in Alaska […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Huge Thank You to Major Marine Tours from Cub Scout Pack 327!

Huge Thank You to Major Marine Tours from Cub Scout Pack 327!

Saturday, June 13th, Seward’s Cub Scout Pack 327 had an exciting adventure exploring Caines Head and Fort McGilvray. It was a perfect, clear blue sky day! We could not have had such a wonderful day if Tom Tougas and Major Marine Tours had not generously donated the M/V Yukon Queen to transport our scouts and their families out to Caines […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

The annual Herman Leirer Road community weed pull is scheduled for this Friday, June 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. What to Bring: Wear bright colors.  Bring protective gloves, lunch, and WATER. Where to Meet: Herman Leirer Road mile 6.5 at the Resurrection River Trailhead Come out and help keep your public lands free of invasive weeds! Questions?  Contact […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Tourists walk down Port Avenue towards the cruise ship.

Seward’s Port Avenue corner needs maps and signage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The hundreds of visitors arriving on the Alaska Railroad passenger train to Seward every morning, and passing through town for the day while waiting to get on their cruise ship, or catch the evening return train, are often confused about where to go, and what to see or do.  Unlike other Alaska communities with cruise […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Sikuliaq back in the water

Sikuliaq back in the water

Vigor Alaska finished the one-year warranty work and then some on the R/V Sikuliaq today. The global class ice-capable research vessel was carefully lowered into the water by the synchrolift shortly after this photo was taken. Note the new, dark blue hull. The color reminded me of the Alaska flag, so I added the Big Dipper in Photoshop. Submitted by Carol […]

June 21, 2015 ·