Archive for September, 2013

Blood Drive

September 30, 2013 3:41 pm3 comments

Providence Seward Mountain Haven is hosting a Blood Drive… Friday, October 11th 8:30am-1:30pm Donate in the LIFEmobile! Don’t get turned away, make your appoinment today!! Contact: Brittany @ 224-2988   “Remember – Eat Well, Drink Plenty of Fluids, & Bring Photo ID”!

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Seward not awarded FQHC health status

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Seward not awarded FQHC health status

  Heidi Zemach for Seward City News Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced awards of approximately $67 million to the nation’s federally-qualified health centers, including $19 million made available by the Affordable Care Act, to establish 32 new health service delivery sites across the United States. These new sites will increase access to preventive and primary health care to more than 130,000 additional people, Sebelius said in a press release. “Health centers have a proven track record of success in providing high quality health care to those who need it most,” said Secretary Sebelius. “New health center […]

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Local pilot knows missing bomber’s location

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Local pilot knows missing bomber’s location

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Lucky Wilson, a longtime Alaska pilot and Healy Helicopter warrant officer in Vietnam, who owns the aircraft storage hanger at Seward Airport, says he knows where the famed Russian bomber plane, missing since August of 1937 can be found. He saw the historic bomber in 1978, a couple of miles east of Oliktok Point off Alaska’s Arctic Ocean Coast while overflying the area on a clear, sunny day. It was shining through the shallow water in which it was submerged. He could tell it was Russian by its curved wing tip, and its engine pod. […]

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10th Annual Music and Arts Festival

September 28, 2013 9:26 pmComments Off
10th Annual Music and Arts Festival

People are filling the cruise ship depot for three days of music, dance and other great entertainment, food, crafts and fun. It continues tonight (Saturday) and then starts up at noon Sunday with Elite 9 (Jazz), 1:00 pm John Cook (fingerpicking guitar), 2:00 pm Kaleido World Percussion and Dance (Bellydance), 3:00 pm Illaskan Assassins (rap/breakdance), 4:00 pm Lulu Small, (interpretive Rock and Roll) Here are some scenes from today:

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A zombie outbreak! In Seward?!!!

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A zombie outbreak! In Seward?!!!

Sounds like a dicey situation. Saturday, October 5 from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, RPG at the Library presents: zombies! With nothing but a set of dice, some pencils and paper, and your imagination, you and some fellow gamers can play thru the following scenario… “It is a dark and stormy night in mid-October, and Seward is in the grip of a Class 3 zombie outbreak. Nearly everyone you once knew is shambling around, hungry for brains. (Even the vegans.) You and a small group of random survivors are thrown together with little more than your wits and what you have […]

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“Evolution of an Adventurer” Monday @ 7pm

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“Evolution of an Adventurer” Monday @ 7pm

 Monday, September 30th, 7 pm @ Seward Community Library  “Evolution of an Adventurer” Author/Book Event  Jonathan Waterman’s presentation encapsulates his new book, “Northern Exposure: An Adventuring Career in Stories & Images”. Utilizing images, video & storytelling, the author details his experiences live from the podium as a mountaineer and wilderness traveler paying it forward as a conservationist. Books will be available for purchase & signing.  Contact the Library at 224-4082 for more information.  

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Seward State Parks Citizens Advisory Board seeking members

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(Seward, AK) – In response to a request from local residents, Alaska State Parks is creating a citizens advisory board in Seward. State park advisory boards are the primary method that state park officials use to involve the public in the management of state parks. To apply for a position on the seven-member Seward State Parks Advisory Board, go to www.alaskastateparks.org and look under “Current News.”  Applications are being accepted through Oct 15th. “Public involvement in state park management is important and the creation of the Seward State Parks Citizens Advisory Board will help park managers respond to community needs,” […]

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Loram rail grinder in town

September 27, 2013 4:16 pmComments Off
Loram rail grinder in town

A very impressive  $4.1 million rail grinder arrived today to work on the Alaska Railroad tracks, providing essential maintenance to keep the rails in excellent condition. The Loram rail grinder is owned and operated by a private contractor. Observing the rail grinding machine in action is potentially dangerous, especially at close range,  so check out this youtube video at  <http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t37W3EaoIPg> Watch the sparks and look out for dust and flying bits of rock and rail! Look for this machine parked on the RR tracks by the AKRR depot on Port Avenue on your way to the Seward Music and Arts […]

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US Coast Guard Cutter Healy final tour at 3:30 pm TODAY

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US Coast Guard Cutter Healy final tour at 3:30 pm TODAY

I just learned that the final tour for the famous icebreaker, US Coast Guard Cutter Healy will be giving a final tour at 3:30 pm TODAY. Go to the east gate at the cruise ship terminal at the end of Port Avenue, to join the ship tour. Hopefully, the next time she is in port, the public will have more notice via SCN. For more information on the Healy and her mission. She sails on Saturday. Bon Voyage! Carol Griswold

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SPRD Bulletin September 27

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Sports & Recreation New bleachers will be installed in the AVTEC gymnasium beginning October 7th.  The gymnasium is expected to remain open during the construction. The Seahawk Spirit Scamper was a huge success.  Participants and volunteers seemed to have a great time and SPRD was happy to help support the Seward Seahawks!   We hope this is a new tradition that will continue for many years to come. The deadline for adult basketball is Tuesday, October 1st so get your registrations in soon!  We are also looking for referees for the basketball league.  Training will be provided and officials are paid. Call […]

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Seward Music and Arts Festival Begins today in Honor of Jessi Marena Nelsen and Rob Lilly

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Seward Music and Arts Festival Begins today in Honor of Jessi Marena Nelsen and Rob Lilly

Seward Music and Arts Festival is beginning today, Friday September 27th at 5pm and continues through Sunday at 5pm! This year’s festival is especially important; we are honoring the lives of Jessi Nelsen and her boyfriend Rob Lilly as we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Festival. Jessi was born and raised here in Seward and this community was very important to her. She loved seeing live music and bringing music here to Seward, starting in high school when she brought up a live band to play for the prom. The Seward Music & Arts Festival was especially important to […]

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Council candidates showcase their differences at chamber forum

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Council candidates showcase their differences at chamber forum

Three incumbent council members and one challenger are vying for votes to win three two-year seats on the Seward City Council in Tuesday October 1st Municipal Election. All of the people up at the dais Wednesday night were familiar to council watchers, however, and it’s not a very heated race as witnessed during the Meet the Candidates night at City Hall. David Squires, the recently-retired Seward Fire Chief is running for a seat against incumbents Christy Terry, Vanta Shafer and Bob Valdatta. Perhaps because incumbents are usually favored to win reelection, unless there’s a good deal of public controversy, only Squires and […]

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K-IBH 91.7 FM to Broadcast SMAF Music!

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Our local radio station KIBH-FM on 91.7 on your FM dial will be broadcasting some of this weekend’s SMAF music performances. Headlining the 10th Anniversary of SMAF are the “Builders and the Bakers” performing on Saturday night. Many talented musicians will be broadcast such as Lulu Small, Melissa Mitchell, Historian, Blackwater Railroad Company, Super Saturated Sugar Strings, the Eternal Cowboys, Nervous Rex, Elite 9 and the list goes on. So tune in and listen to our show or we will see you there! This year’s theme is the railroad. So “Choo-Choo” your way in and join our train ride. All […]

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Monday Morning roundtable discussion for Charter fishing operators at the Seward LIO

September 26, 2013 7:49 pm1 comment

Alaska State Senator  to host round-table discussion 1000 AM monday morning At the request  of the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO), Alaska State Senator Lesil  McGuire (R-Anchorage) will host and moderate a special round-table discussion on potential 2014 halibut management measures for areas 2C and 3A. Members of the Charter Management Implementation  Committee will assist Sen. McGuire with facilitating the discussion. The meeting is meant to serve as an informal conversation for Alaska  charter operators to share their recommendations for potential  management measures in 2014 The meeting will be on Monday, September 30th from 10 am to 12 pm. The meeting  will be […]

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Tustumena Launched!

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Tustumena Launched!

Exciting news! The M/V Tustumena was launched this afternoon at SMIC, assisted by the tugs Junior and Le Cheval Rouge. Carol Griswold  

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New Fund Helps Museums Manage Their Collections

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Haines -  Museums challenged to manage their collections have a new source of assistance, with the launch today of the Collections Management Fund. The new fund was created by Rasmuson Foundation and will be managed by Museums Alaska, a statewide association. This year, $100,000 in grants will be available to museums and cultural centers in Alaska for collections management supplies and activities. The goal is to build capacity for managing collections through professional expertise, training, and conservation materials and supplies. The deadline to submit grant applications is Thursday, October 31, 2013.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) nonprofit, government, tribal entities or equivalent organizations that […]

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City mayoral hopefuls go head to head

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City mayoral hopefuls go head to head

Heidi Zemach for SCN Seward City mayoral and council candidates shared their hopes and dreams for Seward Wednesday night in a civil “Meet the Candidates” night, sponsored by the Seward Chamber of Commerce.  There were a few sparks between mayoral candidates Tim McDonald and Vice Mayor Jean Bardarson however, beginning when McDonald began his introductory speech by saying, “nice speech,” to Bardarson, then commenting that if the city had enacted term-limits, which he favors, his opponent would be over them. Seward High School teacher Chad Hinders amiably moderated the affair and posed the questions to candidates that his students had collected or that […]

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Seward Middle Silvers Get Rewarded

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Seward Middle Silvers Get Rewarded

How many pizzas would you need if you wanted each kid to have three pieces of pizza and there were 47 kids?  This is the math problem Angie Hammer and I needed to figure out this week in order to reward our hard-working Seward Silvers. Yesterday math teachers Angie Hammer and I (Naomi Wade) had a pizza party at lunch for students who had turned in all their math assignments so far this quarter.  We had a great group of kids—over half of the students got to partake in this tasty repast. Thank you to the Eureka Pizza Company for the […]

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Tuthill Estate Sale

September 25, 2013 4:45 pm2 comments

TUTHILL ESTATE SALE 1721 PHOENIX RD. SAT & SUN 09/28 & 29  9AM TO 3PM  

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Alaskan Adventurer and Author Slideshow at the Library

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Alaskan Adventurer and Author Slideshow at the Library

From the Author of A Long Trek Home… Small Feet Big Land Erin and Hig are best known for walking from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, Join us for a free slideshow presentation and book reading hosted by the Seward Library Seward Library Saturday September 28th 2:00PM   Small Feet, Big Land follows the expeditions and daily life of a family of four: Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, lifelong adventure trekkers, set out to explore the vast and remote wild corners of Alaska with their two young children in tow. More: Book Page: Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home, and […]

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Council deals with transformers, meters, lagoon

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Council deals with transformers, meters, lagoon

The Seward City Council, meeting Monday, September 23rd , appointed Wendy Shaffer to the Seward Planning & Zoning Commission through Feb 2016, and discussed a lot of other different things. Tim McDonald, who is running for City Mayor against Vice Mayor Jean Bardarson, spoke again about his Baseline Trail proposal. McDonald hopes to create a new 1.8 mile hiking/bike trail to run across wetlands near the airport, down alongside Nash Road, and join up with the National Historic Iditarod Trail. Part of it would be a raised boardwalk like the one at Bird Creek, or the raised boardwalk trail near […]

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Candidates Forum Tonight

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Candidates Forum Tonight

Meet the candidates running for City Mayor and City Council in the Tuesday Oct 1 City Elections. Phone in, or hand in your questions, and see how they answer your concerns. It’s happening tonight, (Wednesday Sept 25) at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, and will be televised live on your local public access channel. Become a more informed city voter! Jean Bardarson, the Vice Mayor, is running for the Mayor’s seat currently held by David Seaward. Tim McDonald is running against her. Three city council seats are up for grabs and four people are running. Former City Fire Chief David Squires, recently retired, is […]

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Oil Spill Prevention Group Gathers in Seward

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Oil Spill Prevention Group Gathers in Seward

The Regional Citizens Advisory Council, (RCAC) a citizen’s advisory group to the Valdez-based oil tanker shipping industry, held one of its three annual meetings in Seward last week. Seward is one of 20 member communities directly affected by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. While in town, the 20 board members, ex-officio board members, scientists, and shipping industry officials toured the Alaska SeaLife Center, and received an introduction to the marine facility, and participated in an Alaska seafood reception there. They also toured AVTEC’s Marine Training Center, which trains people in the shipping industry and qualifies captains and other shipping […]

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In Memory of Marjorie Thompson

September 24, 2013 8:01 pmComments Off
In Memory of Marjorie Thompson

Marjorie “ Marge” Ann Thompson passed away on September 11, 2013 due to complications of colon cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends as she went to visit her mother, her father and her sister. They are all together watching over us. Marge was born, Marjorie Ann DeWitt, in Corona, CA on September 13, 1929to Lloyd and Doris DeWitt. Marge lived and adventurous life. She spent 40 years in Alaska. During that time, she worked in Seward and then helped operate Susitna Lodge on the Denali Highway. In 1975, Marge moved to Rocklin, CA where she lived for 30years […]

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