Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Winter Bear a powerful play on suicide

Winter Bear a powerful play on suicide

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Winter Bear, a travelling play about suicide by former Alaska Writer Laureate Anne Hanley from Fairbanks Alaska, reached an audience of about 300-350 Wednesday, April 22 during daytime performances for Seward Middle School and High School students, and an evening turnout of another 45-55 community members. A handful of teenagers returned Wednesday evening […]

by · April 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
What should the city do with 11-acre Rec Camp site?

What should the city do with 11-acre Rec Camp site?

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – An 11-acre piece of prime real estate along Seward Highway in town that the U.S. Air Force has leased from the City of Seward to run a military family recreation camp out of for the past few decades will soon be returning to the city. The wooden buildings are being sold off one by […]

by · April 23, 2014 · 1 comment ·
New mural dedicated as high school celebrates Earth Day

New mural dedicated as high school celebrates Earth Day

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward High School celebrated Earth Day April 22nd by dedicating the beautiful new mural displayed above the building’s entrance that all of its art students and a few others created. It features some of the area’s key native plants including blueberries, fireweed, oyster mushrooms, blueberries, Devils Club and Pushki, enclosed within two human hands […]

by · April 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Spring Concert springs some surprises

Spring Concert springs some surprises

HEIDI ZEMACH for SCN – Some girls and boys wore their regular tees and jeans, while others dressed up in sparkling summery dresses with bows, or suits and ties for Thursday evening’s Seward Elementary School’s Grade 3-6 Spring Concert, headed by all-schools music teacher Breighley Sexton. It was also an eclectic smorgasbord of music and movement ranging from simple beginning […]

by · April 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Bluegrass opens to littlees and adults

Bluegrass opens to littlees and adults

The Seward Bluegrass Camp For Kids, which takes place this year July 7-11th at local churches, has expanded to include younger children ages 5-7 who have completed Kindergarten, and late afternoon 90-minute workshops for adults 17-whatever. The growth has come about due to younger siblings feeling jealous of their older brothers and sisters wanting to participate too, and parents or […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council has awarded First Student, the local school bus company, another two-year contract to provide shuttle bus services during the busy tourist season that runs from mid-May to mid-September. It did so during Monday’s April 14th City Council Meeting. The service is paid from cruise ship head taxes, and primarily serves […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Local kid’s band perform at Alaska Folk Fest in Juneau

Local kid’s band perform at Alaska Folk Fest in Juneau

The  Snow River String Band, a new bluegrass band made up of Seward and Moose Pass elementary-school age students, performed at the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau this weekend. The Saturday afternoon show was their second folk festival performance–the first being in Anchorage in January. Their parents sent us these photos, and say they had a blast. Inspired by attending […]

by · April 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Two Bald Eagles Rescued

Two Bald Eagles Rescued

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska SeaLife Center’s wildlife response staff rescued two debilitated adult bald eagles that were found somewhere out along Lowell Point Road last Sunday.  The two eagles were each picked up and brought to the Center’s wildlife rescue facility. Both were lethargic. One was assessed, and released to the wild later the same day after he […]

by · April 13, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Sea Monster Sculpture

Sea Monster Sculpture

   

by · April 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
McKnight on inspiring life-long learners

McKnight on inspiring life-long learners

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Elementary 5th grade teacher Terri McKnight has been selected as a BP Teacher of Excellence. Many Seward-El teachers have been nominated in the past, and McKnight has been nominated before, but this is the first time she actually filled out all the required paperwork, said Principal David Kingsland. Like most teachers, McKnight focuses […]

by · April 8, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Children’s Carnival Today

Children’s Carnival Today

The Children’s Carnival is today (Saturday) from 11:00-3:00 pm at the Cruise Ship Terminal. There’s food, games, dancing, and much more to raise awareness and funds for efforts against domestic violence and assault.

by · April 5, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Prisoner Sentenced for Assault on Correctional Officer

April 3, 2014  Press Release, Alaska District Attorney’s Office On April 2, 2014, 27 year old James Coven was sentenced for assaulting a correctional officer while imprisoned at the Anchorage Jail Complex.  Coven’s assault caused multiple fractures to the officer’s jaw, a fractured nose, multiple broken teeth, and a concussion. The incident arose when the correctional officer denied Coven’s request […]

by · April 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Sugar Mountain stars fall in love with Seward

Sugar Mountain stars fall in love with Seward

And Seward’s loving the movie making too! By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Sugar Mountain, the independent movie being filmed in Seward is bringing in some money, some fun times, and a few small roles for local residents. Some 72 volunteer extras showed up for a sunny all-day shoot near the beach at Lowell Point Monday, March 31st. They included […]

by · April 3, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Thirty march to end domestic violence

Thirty march to end domestic violence

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – A group of 30 men and women marched down Fourth Avenue, Seward’s main downtown street late Thursday afternoon, March 27th to support the cause of ending the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska.  These annual “Choose Respect” march and rallies that happen across the state are sponsored and promoted by Alaska […]

by · April 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·
“I wouldn’t have missed it for the world”

“I wouldn’t have missed it for the world”

The 64 Earthquake Commemoration – Heidi Zemach for SCN – The 50th anniversary of the March 27 1964 Good Friday Earthquake was marked by an event at the Seward Museum Library that was heartfelt, upbeat, and where many stories were shared and questions asked. A standing-room crowd of all ages packed the Community Room and foyer Thursday afternoon at the […]

by · April 1, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The breakwater project planned for across the bay at Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) will soon get underway. The Seward City Council paved the way at Monday’s March 24th council meeting, passing a resolution to put the first $10 million from the State of Alaska grant into the City’s bank account and another to accept a […]

by · March 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake Preparedness

 By Heidi Zemach for SCN – How many of us are truly prepared for the next big earthquake or tsunamis? The folks that deal regularly in earthquake and emergency preparedness are taking time to mark the 50th anniversary of the March 27th 1964 Earthquake in Alaska, with preparedness drills, education and commemorations. At 10:15 this (Thursday) morning there will be […]

by · March 27, 2014 · 3 comments ·

Need Health Insurance?

The deadline to sign up on the Affordable Care Act health insurance marketplace is March 31st. For anyone who wants the peace of mind of having health care, or who wants to take advantage of the financial assistance available to millions of uninsured Americans, there’s no time to wait. http://www.HealthCare.gov Check out your options!

by · March 26, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Domestic violence effort needs your help

Domestic violence effort needs your help

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Glance  through a month or two of  daily Seward Police Journals, and you will find numerous reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. Many other incidents are never reported. Do you ever wonder if you are were sexually assaulted, or beaten up by your partner and made to live in fear, where […]

by · March 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Oil Spill prevention much better, but will it be enough?

Oil Spill prevention much better, but will it be enough?

SEWARD, Alaska – By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Jim Herbert, a mariner and commercial fisherman who serves as Seward’s representative on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, spoke about oil spill response capabilities in his modest home on Third Avenue, as his aging budgie chimed in. He spoke on the approach of the 25th anniversary of the […]

by · March 24, 2014 · 1 comment ·
25 years later Exxon Valdez memories still stink

25 years later Exxon Valdez memories still stink

SEWARD, Alaska – By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Bob Linville was a commercial fisherman at the time of the March 24 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He fished various places and setnetted in the bays of Prince William Sound. The oil spill, and its futile cleanup efforts left deep scars that forever changed the marine ecosystem, which […]

by · March 22, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Clare Sullivan has been appointed Superintendent of the Spring Creek Correctional Center. The appointment makes her the first woman to hold that particular post at the facility. Sullivan replaces former Spring Creek Superintendent Craig Turnbull, who retired February 28, 2013 after serving as superintendent there since 2001, and working his way up through the ranks […]

by · March 18, 2014 · 3 comments ·

Spenard Builders Supply suffers fire damage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Spenard Builder’s Supply, on the Seward Highway at Herman Leirer (Exit Glacier) Road, suffered a minor fire early Saturday morning in its paint department. Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Seward Fire Department, and the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to notification that came in at 8:00 a.m. immediately after the store’s automated fire alarm […]

by · March 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Brown & Hawkins to continue in new hands

Brown & Hawkins to continue in new hands

Heidi Zemach for SCN – John and Julie Staser, the owners of Mountain View Sports  Center in Anchorage, have leased two of the stores in the historic Seward Brown & Hawkins building for the next three years, and will open a clothing, fishing, hunting and camping store there April 10. They also run a store called Adventure Apparel in the Captain […]

by · March 14, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Third known suicide in 2014

Wednesday afternoon, March 12, shortly after two p.m. Seward Emergency 911 received a call requesting an officer and ambulance for a man with a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Washington Street. The man was taken to Providence Seward Medical & Care Center, and was pronounced dead. His was probably the third suicide in Seward in 2014. Police confirmed that this was […]

by · March 14, 2014 · 1 comment ·
AVTEC under new leadership

AVTEC under new leadership

Fred Esposito  AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology Director, has retired after 17 years, and has been temporarily replaced by former two-term Kenai Peninsula Senator John Torgerson. Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Dianne Blumer appointed Torgerson Interim Acting Director, and he took the helm of the Seward-based vocational facility on March 6th. Dick Harrell remains second in command. Esposito’s retirement was […]

by · March 13, 2014 · 3 comments ·
Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council’s regular Monday meeting March 10th, was interesting in that we heard about the difficult working conditions in which the city finance department finds itself, without working software and lacking experienced staff. We also learned more about the latest finances of Providence Seward Medical & Care Center, and briefly […]

by · March 11, 2014 · 1 comment ·
New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The new Community Health Clinic, (CHC) opens its doors in Seward Monday, March 10th, in the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building, exactly where the former clinic was. Patients who spoke with Sharon Montagnino, the CHC board and clinic interim executive director at a meet and greet Thursday evening were saddened to learn […]

by · March 9, 2014 · 1 comment ·