Articles by: Heidi Zemach

An angel among us- keeping the Seward Highway beautiful

An angel among us- keeping the Seward Highway beautiful

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Those who pass Sam Daniel picking up trash strewn along the sides of Seward Scenic Highway often honk or roll down their windows, wave and shout out their thanks. Or they express their gratitude later when they run into him at the grocery store or post office. At 85, Daniel, a retired school counselor […]

September 3, 2015 ·
City traffic laws enforceable and debate over leases at SMIC

City traffic laws enforceable and debate over leases at SMIC

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Those who park in the wrong places, run stop signs, or violate a host of other traffic laws within Seward city limits will soon get ticketed and fined rather than getting off with merely an educational warning. Seward Police Chief Tom Clemons and his staff have been working for the past two years to […]

August 31, 2015 ·
New Seward Middle, Moose Pass principal looks forward to new job

New Seward Middle, Moose Pass principal looks forward to new job

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Andrew Rothenberger, a young, personable,  hands-on kind of administrator, experienced in the challenges of running a small village school near Homer, was on hand when school recently opened for its Fall semester in Seward and Moose Pass. Rothenberger replaces former principal Jason Bickling. Rothenberger will be in charge of Seward Middle School, which started the […]

August 25, 2015 ·
Walkers get a warm Seward reception

Walkers get a warm Seward reception

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- More than 60 Seward residents met informally with Alaska Governor Bill Walker and first lady Donna Walker during a community open house at Seward Community Library Museum Friday afternoon, August 21st. The Walkers, who have been travelling throughout the state this summer, scheduled their Seward visit to coincide with Sunday’s Lost Lake Race for Cystic […]

August 24, 2015 ·
City elections has a mayoral contest, and two Seward folks run for assembly seat

City elections has a mayoral contest, and two Seward folks run for assembly seat

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Tim McDonald, an outspoken critic of the local government actions, is challenging incumbent Seward’s City Mayor Jean Bardarson once again for the mayoral seat in the upcoming October 6th city election. Meanwhile, three council candidates, already active participants in local and borough politics, will go unchallenged for the three open council positions. Sue McClure, […]

August 22, 2015 ·
Students welcomed to AVTEC and community for fall semester

Students welcomed to AVTEC and community for fall semester

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Students from across Alaska and beyond arrived in Seward this weekend to attend the fall semester of AVTEC, Alaska’s Institute of Technology, which began Monday. More students will arrive and leave with the individual training programs and certification courses offered. AVTEC held student orientation sessions on Monday, and had several events and activities to […]

August 19, 2015 ·
Vision Quest completes AVTEC Dormitory Public Art

Vision Quest completes AVTEC Dormitory Public Art

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The new dormitory at AVTEC, which opened in January, 2014, has had its final work of public art installed, to be enjoyed for generations to come, thus completing the Alaska 1-percent-for Art funding set aside for state buildings and projects. A fantastical perforated aluminum seascape sculpture featuring a man paddling a kayak, tossed among […]

August 17, 2015 ·
Council approves SMIC breakwater and final boat harbor dock replacement

Council approves SMIC breakwater and final boat harbor dock replacement

Heidi Zemach for SCN – At Monday night’s meeting the Seward City Council unanimously approved two resolutions concerning multi-million dollar projects that will help improve and modernize Seward’s harbor infrastructure. One will replace the last four ageing floats in the Seward Boat Harbor. The four floats to be replaced are B, C, S, and possibly A-floats, all located along the […]

August 13, 2015 ·
Crimson Monarch as it receives 68,400 metric tons of coal from Usibelli mine in Healy, coming off the conveyor belt. Heidi Zemach photo.

DEC hears different views of AES’s permit to allow coal to fall into bay

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – About 35 people attended a public hearing by the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on its plan to issue an individual pollutant discharge elimination system permit to Aurora Energy Services Inc., allowing it to legally allow coal to fall from its belt conveyor system, transfer feeder, and swing arm shiploader system into Resurrection Bay. […]

August 10, 2015 ·
Steinbrecher inducted into Hall of Fame

Steinbrecher inducted into Hall of Fame

Famed Seward coach, social studies teacher and athletic director Roger Steinbrecher was inducted into the AASA Alaska School Activities Association (AASA) High School Hall of Fame Sunday, August 2nd at the Hilton Hotel in Anchorage.  His family, friends and several colleagues from Seward High School were there to celebrate and honor a man they loved and miss. Steinbrecher was one […]

August 5, 2015 ·
New mural adds touch of Seward’s past to Chamber building

New mural adds touch of Seward’s past to Chamber building

A bright Seward Mural Society mural commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ’64 Good Friday Earthquake and Tsunami that devastated Seward, was recently mounted on the front wall of the Seward Chamber of Commerce building.  It brightens the grey exterior wall of the newly-renovated building, complemented by colorful flower arrangements. Seward artist Carla Rogers’ 4’x8′ mural was painted by volunteers at the […]

August 4, 2015 ·
Familiar Holland America cruise ship diverted to Seward for repairs

Familiar Holland America cruise ship diverted to Seward for repairs

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Holland America-Line cruise ship M/S Statendam, which used be a regular sight in Seward during the summertime, made an unexpected return visit Monday, August 3rd, adding to the growing number of people and cruise ships the town has seen during this particularly busy summer tourist season. The Statendam, which is on a 14-day […]

August 3, 2015 ·
Seward welcomes Obihiro sister-city exchange

Seward welcomes Obihiro sister-city exchange

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward’s student exchange program with Sister-City, Obihiro, Japan, is underway once again. The program is in its 43rd year, and thus far more than 250 local students have visited Japan to learn about a different culture, its values and traditions. Three more Seward students will be traveling to Obihiro on August 4th for two weeks […]

August 2, 2015 ·
Lutheran Pastor Ron Nitz and his contributions will be missed

Lutheran Pastor Ron Nitz and his contributions will be missed

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward community and congregation of Seward Resurrection Lutheran Church gave a fond sendoff to Pastor Ron Nitz and his wife Jackie last Sunday afternoon. They’re moving to Yakima, Washington, after more than six years in Seward in order to be closer to their son, daughter and grandchild who live in nearby […]

July 30, 2015 ·
Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – During an eventful two-hour Seward City Council Meeting on Monday, July 27, the local public and council members learned from Seward City Manager Jim Hunt that the offshore oil drill Jackup rig that will be soon coming to dock in Seward is an offshore drilling rig called Spartan 151, operated by Furie Operating Alaska […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Denali Drilling, a firm contracted by the City of Seward, is drilling a 300’ deep vertical bore hole at the Seward Waterfront about 120-feet along the bike path near Branson Pavilion. Beginning Monday, July 27, they will drill a 6” steel casing to the depth believed to contain saltwater, in a project expected […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Manager Jim Hunt says a large oil drill rig from a well-known company may come to Seward in the off-season and find safe harbor here for up to 9 months at a time. He hinted that it may even return for a second season the year after that, and that a second […]

July 23, 2015 ·
Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nobody can be pleased when they receive a “Beautification Notice” or “Compliance Notice” by a private attorney either by mail or pinned to the door on behalf of the City of Seward, politely asking them to trim their hedges, cut down their daisies and fireweed, remove their junked vehicles, or paint or renovate their […]

July 21, 2015 ·
Teen inspired by expedition to Gulkana Glacier

Teen inspired by expedition to Gulkana Glacier

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Gabrielle “Gabby” Katsma, a bright senior who has been at Seward High School since her freshman year, recently had the experience of a lifetime, sketching and performing field science experiments at the base of Gulkana Glacier near Summit Lake in the Alaska Range. Katsma, who recently moved away  to Michigan with her family for her senior year, […]

July 17, 2015 ·
Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night unanimously approved a 60-year lease extension for the Small Boat Harbor property at 1212 Fourth Avenue where the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center is located. The lease extension has an additional 5-year option. The NPS has leased the visitor center at its harbor location for the past […]

July 14, 2015 ·
Missing a guitar?

Missing a guitar?

Two full-size guitars were left behind at the Bluegrass camp  and are missing their owners. If one of these are yours, and your child attended the camp, please contact me (Heidi) and arrange to pick them up at hzemach@gmail.com Many camp songbooks were also left behind. I’m holding onto those too. (Update, we have returned them to their rightful owners. […]

July 12, 2015 ·
Bluegrass Camp For Kids Group performs outside the Alaska SeaLife Center> Heidi Zemach photo.

Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns for fifth summer

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The heart of downtown Seward has been filled with 55 excited, energetic youngsters learning and playing bluegrass music and square dancing for the fifth straight summer this week, July 6-10th. Children between 5 and 16 attended the Seward Bluegrass Camp For Kids, run by Kate Hamre, a talented bluegrass musician and elementary schoolteacher from […]

July 11, 2015 ·
Bluegrass Camp “Bands Around Town” on Thursday

Bluegrass Camp “Bands Around Town” on Thursday

Bands Around Town What’s “Busking?” It’s a colorful term for playing music on the street for money. This Thursday, July 9th,  between 3-4 pm, the Seward Bluegrass Camp for Kids participants will be showcasing their band’s talents throughout downtown Seward. Come see their nine bands sing and play, and throw a few dollars their way. The money will go toward […]

July 8, 2015 ·
Volunteer home hospice moving forward

Volunteer home hospice moving forward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – People with a terminal illness shouldn’t have to leave their own home, community, family, friends and pets in order to receive quality hospice care. Their loved ones shouldn’t have to struggle to care for them entirely on their own. That’s the feeling of many in the community who would like to change that. Unfortunately, […]

July 7, 2015 ·
Mt Marathon Race sees new level of competition

Mt Marathon Race sees new level of competition

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- SEWARD, Alaska – Ava Nappi, a cute little redheaded Seward girl stood at the finish line of the 88th July 4th Mount Marathon Race with her big sister and mother, watching the sweaty, muscular men’s racers arrive. How did she do in her own kids’ race? “I won!” says Ava, her beam spreading through her happy, freckled […]

July 6, 2015 ·
Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News- Seward City Council agreed Tuesday, June 30th in a special work-session, to take more time and careful deliberation when considering the needs of the year-old, rapidly growing Seward Community Health Clinic and increasingly cramped hospital, which Providence Alaska manages on the city’s behalf. They were meeting to discuss whether to move forward with a […]

July 2, 2015 ·