Articles by: brentinseward

“Blood Moon” tonight

“Blood Moon” tonight

With clear skies, the second total lunar eclipse of the year should be visible from Seward.  The lunar eclipse will start at 12:45 A.M. and become total at 2:30. The eclipse will complete at 3:30 AM.. The “blood phase” will only be visible for approximately 10 minutes. What is a “blood moon”?  According to Sky and Telescope a blood moon is when, instead […]

October 7, 2014 ·

Special Weather Statement from NWS

Special Weather Statement SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 407 PM AKDT THU AUG 28 2014 AKZ101-111-121-125-131-135-141-145-291500- ANCHORAGE-MATANUSKA VALLEY-WESTERN KENAI PENINSULA- WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-NORTHEAST PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- SOUTHEAST PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-COPPER RIVER BASIN-SUSITNA VALLEY- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ANCHORAGE…EAGLE RIVER…INDIAN… EKLUTNA…PALMER…WASILLA…SUTTON…CHICKALOON…KENAI… SOLDOTNA…HOMER…COOPER LANDING…WHITTIER…SEWARD… GIRDWOOD…MOOSE PASS…VALDEZ…THOMPSON PASS…CORDOVA… GLENNALLEN…EUREKA…MCCARTHY…PAXSON…SLANA…TALKEETNA… WILLOW…CANTWELL 407 PM AKDT THU AUG 28 2014 …A COLD LABOR […]

August 28, 2014 ·

Rules for Vicodin pain medication changing October 6th, 2014

Written by: Brent Ursel PA-C Hydrocodone (Vicodin or Norco) is a popular, widely prescribed pain medication. In 2012, 135 million prescriptions were written for this medication across the united states. The next most prescribed medications are  Synthyroid (a thyroid medication) followed by Lisinopril (for blood pressure), Simvastatin (for cholesterol) and metoprolol (for heart/blood pressure). The Drug Enforcement Agency(DEA) currently lists all controlled substances in a […]

August 24, 2014 ·
Phoenix Taxi rides again

Phoenix Taxi rides again

“QuackerJack” and his well “ducked out” taxi were involved in a serious T-bone accident several weeks ago that totaled the original Phoenix Taxi. But Jack would like all to know that you can’t keep a good man down-or him. And like the Phoenix of old, this Phoenix has also risen from the ashes. Once again Jack and his adorned taxi can be seen  […]

August 21, 2014 ·

Human remains found near Tonsina Creek Trail

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/human-remains-found-on-mountain-near-seward/27515854    

August 15, 2014 ·
Local taxi destroyed in Saturday evening accident

Local taxi destroyed in Saturday evening accident

Well known and easily recognizable “Quacker Jack” or  “Mad Jack’s Taxi”,   adorned with numerous ducks, geese and recently a gramophone speaker to amplify his well known duck call, was destroyed in a Saturday evening accident at the corner of Nash and Old Nash Road. Witnesses report that the taxi was T-Boned while traveling east on Nash Road.  Jack was conscious and […]

July 27, 2014 ·

STORM WARNING:

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 419 PM AKDT SUN JUN 15 2014 AKZ101-111-121-125-131-135-141-145-171-161330- ANCHORAGE-MATANUSKA VALLEY-WESTERN KENAI PENINSULA- WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-NORTHEAST PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- SOUTHEAST PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND-COPPER RIVER BASIN-SUSITNA VALLEY- KODIAK ISLAND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…ANCHORAGE…EAGLE RIVER…INDIAN… EKLUTNA…PALMER…WASILLA…SUTTON…CHICKALOON…KENAI… SOLDOTNA…HOMER…COOPER LANDING…WHITTIER…SEWARD… GIRDWOOD…MOOSE PASS…VALDEZ…THOMPSON PASS…CORDOVA… GLENNALLEN…EUREKA…MCCARTHY…PAXSON…SLANA…TALKEETNA… WILLOW…CANTWELL…KODIAK CITY 419 PM AKDT SUN JUN 15 2014 …AN UNSEASONABLY STRONG […]

June 15, 2014 ·

Public Health Advisory-Measles

Alaska Public Health Advisory Measles – Situational Awareness Distributed via AK PHAN June 5th, 2014 While Alaska has not had a known measles case in 14 years, over 300 cases have been reported in 18 U.S. states (including CA, OR, and WA) thus far in 2014. Most of the recent U.S. outbreaks were initiated through contact with imported cases, and […]

June 5, 2014 ·

Small quake shakes things up

A small earthquate, magnitude 4.5, shook up the Seward area Sunday evening at 8:59 P.M. Even though it was relatively minor, it was located only 40 miles northwest of Seward. It was at a depth of 26.6 miles.  There is NO danger of tsunami.    

May 4, 2014 ·
Opening Day

Opening Day

Local resident Danny Seavey threw out the first pitch for the 2014 Little League opening day.  Sixty five kids registered for the 2014 season and participated in skill stations for running, throwing, hitting and catching. Many more gathered under cloudy skies at the little league field and watched as excited players completed the various stations; hot dogs and chips capped […]

April 28, 2014 ·

Familiar faces.

Is it life imitates art; or art imitates life? The movie crew is in town shooting a movie. The news crew was in town shooting the movie crew. I’m sure everyone will recognize several familiar faces. http://www.ktva.com/seward-is-location-for-feature-film-694/

April 4, 2014 ·
No Foolin-Thornes goes smoke free

No Foolin-Thornes goes smoke free

April 1, 2014 ·
Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthone  will be offering OB/GYN services to the residents of Seward, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing two days a month, beginning April 9th. And to answer the big question that everyone will ask-NO, she will not be delivering any babies in Seward. However, women are welcome to have their deliveries […]

March 21, 2014 ·

winter storm watch

Winter Storm Watch URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 402 PM AKST SAT MAR 8 2014 …ACTIVE WEATHER RETURNING TO THE SOUTHERN MAINLAND… .THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF WEATHER FRONTS WILL MOVE INTO SOUTH CENTRAL ALASKA FROM THE GULF OF ALASKA ON MONDAY. STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL WILL SPREAD NORTHWARD ALONG THE EASTERN KENAI […]

March 8, 2014 ·
Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots beginning Monday Feb 17th-Friday Feb 28th to help ease the burden on those requiring health care while the transition from Providence Seward Family Practice Clinic to the new Seward Community Health Center is being undertaken and the  Providence outpatient clinic will be closed. The GFMC staff will endeavor to do their absolute best to […]

February 14, 2014 ·

Counting down.

The Providence Family Practice Clinic will be closing this Friday, February 14th.  The new Community Health Center is scheduled to open on February 26th. Have you taken the necessary preparations for when the primary care facility will be closed? Have you checked your prescribtion bottles to make sure that you have refills on your necessary medications? If you have no […]

February 10, 2014 ·
What’s missing?

What’s missing?

It is many times difficult to notice what isn’t there. However, many residents have noticed that something is definitely missing from this group of trees by Clear Creek at mile 3.5. An Eagles nest which has delighted residents and visitors by the bus load for years blew down in the last big storm that passed through the area. Here’s hoping that they will […]

February 9, 2014 ·

Glacier Family Medicine now has EPIC access.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased to announce that the staff has successfully completed the application process and training required to access Providence Health Systems electronic health records system, EPIC. This access is an invaluable tool for coordination of care between facilities and avoiding duplication of tests when patients have any labs, x-rays, physical therapy, etc.  done at any of the Providence facilities.  For any new […]

February 5, 2014 ·
Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer

Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer

On Saturday, February 1st, there will be a Celebration of Life for Vanta Shafer.  It will be upstairs at the AVTEC Commons on 4th Ave. from 3-5.  All who knew, and loved her, are invited to attend.  Refreshments will be provided.                                  

February 1, 2014 ·

Celebration of Life for Alden Hamilton

A “Celebration of Life” for Seward High school student, Alden Hamilton is being held Saturday, January 25th, from 3-7p.m. at the KM Rae Building, 125 3rd Avenue, Seward, Alaska. The celebration will be deliberately informal, with the family warmly welcoming all who may wish to attend. All are encouraged to bring memories and mementoes of Alden. If you would be […]

January 24, 2014 ·

Contrary to Rumors

Brent Ursel PA-C Contrary to rumors going around town, Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is still accepting new patients.  We are a fee for service facility and regretfully can not offer a sliding fee scale as we receive no financial aid/grants/support from the City, State, or Federal Government. We do accept most major insurances, medicaid and medicare. Please call 224 8733 if […]

January 21, 2014 ·

Change

Brent Ursel PA-C The only constant is change.  A Greek philosopher, Heraclitus of Ephesus, has been credited for  this quote. It was as true then (535 B.C-475 B.C.) as it is now.  Change is rarely easy. The “Old Timers” have fond memories of Seward General Hospital, the babies that were born there,  and the doctors that cared for the residents: […]

January 11, 2014 ·

Influenza on the rise in Seward

Brent Ursel PA-C Influenza, or THE FLU, has been marching across the United States in the past few months.  Here in Alaska, the State Department of Epidemiology started seeing an uptick in reported cases, mostly of Influenza A, in mid December. Over the past several days, medical facilities in Seward have been seeing an increase in the number of people […]

January 6, 2014 ·

Insurance Lingo refresher

Brent Ursel PA-C As we start another year, and many people have to start their deductible all over again (and many State employees have new insurance), I thought I would re- publish a primer on insurance terminology. Deductible-This is the amount you must pay BEFORE your insurance will kick in.  The amounts vary widely and can start as low as $200.00 and […]

January 1, 2014 ·
Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased and excited to announce that Susan Porter will be joining the team at Glacier Family to perform ultrasounds and also take x-rays. Susan has over 30 years of experience as a radiological/ultrasound technican and has lived in Seward for the past 22 years.  She was first employed by Seward General Hospital for her first 5 years in […]

December 23, 2013 ·