Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Flooding isn’t Seward Airport project’s only concern

Flooding isn’t Seward Airport project’s only concern

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The little Seward Airport doesn’t seem to get much public traffic. But some of the traffic it does get: Medevac aircraft collecting people with serious health emergencies, Coast Guard helicopters refueling during stopovers, or helicopters used to search and rescue missing boaters or hikers, can be vital to the town. When major flooding undermined the runway […]

by · September 18, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Seward’s downtown bakery to close after two decades

Seward’s downtown bakery to close after two decades

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Ranting Raven’s bakery, which has been the only one in downtown Seward for the past 20 years, will close down this week, following a busy summer tourist season. The bakery will not reopen next year. The Ranting Raven will continue on as a unique art gallery and handmade gift-store, but without the hearty soups and breads, […]

by · September 16, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Joint Community Band concert a magnificent experience

Joint Community Band concert a magnificent experience

Heidi Zemach for SCN- Fifty members of the Anchorage Community Band piled off the train Saturday morning, September 13th and headed for Seward High Auditorium in school buses and a couple of cars and vans. Although it rained heavily and consistently, they’d enjoyed their beautifully scenic train ride to Seward. As the train drew into Seward, the rain stopped and […]

by · September 15, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The headstone on Alaska Nellie’s grave has been stabilized and given a bit of an uplift thanks to the extensive volunteer effort of some fellow birders who care about preserving local history. Jim Herbert and Kerry Martin were attending one of local historian Lee Poleske’s annual Solstice cemetery tours this summer, when he mentioned that […]

by · September 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Big band collaboration will blow you away

Big band collaboration will blow you away

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Community Concert Band members are excited about the visit this Saturday (Sept 13th) of their counterparts in Anchorage, and about their public performance together at 1:30 p.m. at the Seward High School auditorium. About 50 members of the Anchorage Community Band will arrive in Seward by train late morning Saturday  to join with 12 […]

by · September 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Distance hiker’s journey of self discovery

Distance hiker’s journey of self discovery

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward middle and high school students were given another reason to follow their dreams, however difficult and unlikely,  as they listened to the interesting stories of Jennifer Pharr Davis, a hiker, author and young role model, at a special assembly Tuesday afternoon September 9th. Davis, an avid  distance hiker, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of […]

by · September 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council approves lagoon dredge bid, 99-year SMIC lease for Harmon

Council approves lagoon dredge bid, 99-year SMIC lease for Harmon

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council took steps to correct the deferred maintenance problems at the city wastewater lagoon at Lowell Creek at Monday’s meeting last night, approving the low bid for a $3.9 million project with Merrell Brothers, Inc. for the removal and disposal of sludge at Lowell Point Wastewater Treatment Facility and at the lagoon […]

by · September 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Crazy good beach fishing

Crazy good beach fishing

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The waters of Resurrection Bay, just off the beaches of Seward, have been teeming with silver Cohos, flashing their fins and leaping from the water, and hundreds of anglers have lined the shores snagging them, most easily making their six-fish daily limit. Action was especially hot last week and this past weekend near the […]

by · September 8, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Seahawks football team does it again

Seward Seahawks football team beat Monroe Catholic at the second home game Saturday 56-0.  They also beat Houston during the first home game. They travel all the way to Nome for a game next weekend. Congratulations to the green and gold for making us proud. (Corrected 9/8)

by · September 7, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Ukanuzit thrift store to open soon

Ukanuzit thrift store to open soon

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward lost its only second-hand store when Rays Reusables burned on September 21st, 2013. So for the past year, people seeking inexpensive used goods or clothing had to travel to Anchorage or Soldotna, or relied on garage sales or rid themselves of unwanted items at the Seward transfer facility. So there’s been plenty of excitement […]

by · September 5, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Savage assaults on business couple stuns community

Savage assaults on business couple stuns community

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Mimi and John Park, who run Peking Restaurant on Fourth Avenue were brutally assaulted by a strange young man who walked into their restaurant Monday September 1st . Battered and bruised, they opened the restaurant the very next day. Shocked customers and friends brought flowers, cards, and words of sympathy Wednesday afternoon to the […]

by · September 3, 2014 · 10 comments ·
ALS and what it really means

ALS and what it really means

When my son Gabe started laughing at his phone, and explained that he had dumped a cold bucket of water over his head and called out his college buddies to take the A.L.S. challenge, I didn’t know what to think. What does dumping ice-water on your head have to do with the horrifying experience that my poor mother went through, […]

by · September 3, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Meet Seward’s new library museum director

Meet Seward’s new library museum director

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Valarie Kingsland began working as the new Seward Community Library Museum Director August 11th. She replaced Patty Linville, who had worked as head librarian for 16 years, and who, in Kingsland’s opinion, did an excellent job running the library, and leaves behind very large shoes to fill. Yet, with her background, experience and sensibility, […]

by · August 25, 2014 · 3 comments ·
Small bubble aerators are a welcome sight at the City of Seward's passive wastewater lagoon lagoon. Heidi Zemach file photo

Lagoon work timing worries Lowell Point business owners

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Merrell Brothers, Inc., the lowest of three contractors to bid on the City of Seward project to drain, dredge and remove sludge from the two Seward lagoons, and conduct needed repairs, has told city officials it plans to begin working on the $3.9 million project in Seward next April. That information was disturbing to […]

by · August 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·

First Game Win

Seward Seahawks football team beat Houston 14:7 during their first game of the season. It was a great first game, and a positive omen for the small school high school team that, in recent past years, had been averaging about one win per season. The new SHS Athletic Director is Al Plan, replacing Sami King. Home football games are September 6th and […]

by · August 21, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles

Celebrating Healthy Lifestyles

Participants came from Seward, Anchorage, and some came from as far as California to attend the annual Healthy Lifestyles Gathering, sponsored by Quetekcak Native Tribe. In addition to a community potlatch at the Branson Pavilion featuring halibut and hamburgers, there was dancing and drumming by a diverse group of Alaska Native and American Indian drummers. The annual gathering is to […]

by · August 19, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Saving our coasts a swim at a time

Saving our coasts a swim at a time

A Moroccan distance swimmer, and ambassador for the protection of the coasts, visited Seward August 14th to share his unusual challenge of linking all of the world’s continents together by swimming across the open oceans from one to the other. Hassan Baraka, 27, looking fit, lean and speaking with a heavy accent, addressed participants of at the University of Wyoming […]

by · August 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Only one competitor in city council election

Only one competitor in city council election

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – City residents shouldn’t expect much change on the city council following the upcoming 2014 municipal elections. Four Seward City Council incumbents have applied to run for re-election, and will face only a single challenger, Dr. John French, in the 2014 Municipal Election October 7th. The deadline to file was Friday, August 15th. Council […]

by · August 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Doug Capra’s Seward history focuses on local stories

Doug Capra’s Seward history focuses on local stories

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News –   Some view history as events shaped by war, politics, and presidents, and view common people’s experiences as simply the byproducts of those events. Not Seward historian Doug Capra, who has a new book coming out on the stories about some of the most interesting pioneers to grace the region, and other things […]

by · August 15, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Sophomore will attend Ohio anti-bullying march

Sophomore will attend Ohio anti-bullying march

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Seward Sophomore Kimberly “Kimmy” Hubbard, and her grandmother Jody Tuck, are going to be able to travel to Ohio to march in the River Days Parade in Portsmouth on August 25th after all. They’ll be joining a large anti-bullying contingent, made up of many of the area district’s schools, who learned recently of […]

by · August 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Sewage lagoon blamed for health concerns

Sewage lagoon blamed for health concerns

Ten area residents and business owners of the Lowell Point area, including a few downwind or upwind from the city’s main aerated, passive sewage lagoon, described their symptoms at Monday night’s regular city council meeting: headaches; stinging, swollen, watery eyes; difficulty breathing, coughing and other respiratory ailments; reduced oxygen levels; stomach upset; and even mental confusion—all of which have been […]

by · August 12, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Low bid for lagoon work almost $4 million

Low bid for lagoon work almost $4 million

  The City of Seward opened three much-awaited bids for the city lagoon sludge removal projects this (Monday) afternoon. There were three bids altogether, with one company, Lake Point Environmental Group, deciding not to bid. The lowest bid came from Merrell Brothers, a very large sludge removal firm based in Indiana, which focuses on dredging wastewater facilities, and had recently […]

by · August 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward CHC feels shortage of primary care physicians

Seward CHC feels shortage of primary care physicians

The Seward Community Health Center opened a clinic inside the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building five months ago, replacing the outpatient clinic there. To date the SCHC has seen 600 patients for 1000 visits, and the numbers are climbing, said Patrick Linton, SCHC’s new executive director. But since opening March 10th, Seward’s new community health center has been […]

by · August 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Jesse Lee prime candidate for historic renovation and LEEDs certification

Jesse Lee prime candidate for historic renovation and LEEDs certification

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The 86-year old Jesse Lee Orphanage, which sits on prime City land above Seward and has been abandoned and vandalized since the ’64 earthquake, would be a great candidate for National Historic Building designation and LEEDS energy certification, said Barbara Campagna, an architect from BAC/A&P (Architecture and Planning). It’s an architecture and planning […]

by · August 6, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Seward girl’s poem against bullying touches Ohio

Seward girl’s poem against bullying touches Ohio

Seward High School Sophomore Kimberly “Kimmy” Hubbard, 15, was recently moved to pen a heartfelt poem against bullying. She’d just learned that Jonathon Schaff, 13, a young friend of the family, had killed himself back home in Sciota County, Ohio, where she, her twin Kyle, and four older siblings lived before moving with their grandmother to Seward. Hubbard was devastated […]

by · August 5, 2014 · 1 comment ·