Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Council approves warehouses in resource zone and costlier audit

Council approves warehouses in resource zone and costlier audit

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council Monday Night unanimously approved the construction and use of warehouses for the storage and distribution of goods, products, materials, supplies and equipment storage, use and distribution inside in the Resource Management Zoning District by means of a Conditional Use Permit. All but the storage of flammable, explosive or hazardous materials […]

February 25, 2015 ·
Talented SHS teens prove themselves statewide

Talented SHS teens prove themselves statewide

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward High School’s Debate Drama and Forensics team showed the state some outstanding competitive performances at the state tournament in Anchorage this past weekend, bringing home awards in all three of the completion categories. Competing against 24 other teams, and 255 participating students, the young team of 18, which is only in its fourth […]

February 24, 2015 ·
KPBSD budget shortfall could mean eliminating 24-30 jobs

KPBSD budget shortfall could mean eliminating 24-30 jobs

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is looking at how to balance its $167 million budget in the face of an estimated shortfall of between $6.5 and $8 million for the 2015-16 Fiscal Year.  In order to balance the budget, and equalize estimated revenues with expenditures, the administration is discussing potential cuts […]

February 23, 2015 ·
Fresh fruits and vegetables to make the smoothies with are the key. Heidi Zemach photo

Smoothie Kickoff Event

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News Seward Middle School hosted a festive, well-orchestrated afternoon event Tuesday evening welcoming Capital Brands, a national blender manufacturer that will help the school provide nutritious smoothies to 39 students in Angie Hammer’s third-grade P.E. class every morning for the next three months. The middle school was one of six schools nationwide to win a […]

February 22, 2015 ·
KPBSD School Board Representative Dan Castimore with Assistant Superintendent Dave Jones discuss the pool budget at Seward meeting Tuesday. Heidi Zemach photo.

Strong Show of Support For Pool

  Fans of the Seward High pool watch one another as they testify at the pool budget hearing Tuesday. Heidi Zemach photo By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Swimmers and pool users of all ages gave a strong show of support for the Seward High School pool at a public meeting at the high school Tuesday, as Kenai Peninsula Borough […]

February 20, 2015 ·
Resurrection Bay Baptist Church moves into Legends building

Resurrection Bay Baptist Church moves into Legends building

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Resurrection Bay Baptist Church has purchased the former Legends Restaurant and moved into the two story, 7,000 square foot property at 412 Washington Street in the heart of downtown Seward. Until recently the building was occupied by the Kenai Fjords National Park, but was put on auction by the U.S. General Services Administration […]

February 17, 2015 ·
Search for new Middle School principal underway

Search for new Middle School principal underway

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Several Seward school teachers, parent and community representatives, met with Sean Dusek, Kenai Peninsula School District’s acting superintendent Thursday, Feb. 12 to learn about the upcoming process of selecting a new principal or “Site Administrator” for the Seward Middle and Moose Pass Schools. Dusek also met earlier with teachers on the matter. The selection […]

February 15, 2015 ·
Council supports pet shelter, debates lights

Council supports pet shelter, debates lights

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council documented its support for the construction of a new animal shelter and promising to provide city land for the project, and in-kind contributions by unanimously passing a resolution at Monday night’s February 9 meeting. Council members Christy Terry and Dale Butts who introduced the resolution, said it would help the nonprofit […]

February 13, 2015 ·
Bickling tenders resignation as Seward Middle, Moose Pass Administrator

Bickling tenders resignation as Seward Middle, Moose Pass Administrator

Jason Bickling is leaving his job as Regional Administrator (Principal) of Seward Middle School and Moose Pass School at the end of the school year. This is Bickling’s fifth year at Seward Middle School. There’s a meeting at 6:00-6:30 pm tonight (Thursday Feb 12th) at Seward High School for parents and community members who would like to find out how […]

February 12, 2015 ·
KPBSD and other agencies worry about state budget deficit impacts

KPBSD and other agencies worry about state budget deficit impacts

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – No matter where I go these days, the Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Seward City Council Meeting, Legislative Information Office, or even the grocery store, people are talking about the state’s multibillion dollar budget deficit reductions, and their ramifications for the Seward area. Kenai Peninsula School District Interim Superintendent Sean Dusek was the Seward […]

February 11, 2015 ·
High school scientists document impacts of sea ice melt in Arctic

High school scientists document impacts of sea ice melt in Arctic

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nineteen teams representing some of the best and brightest students from across Alaska came together at Seward High School February 6-8 to compete, and learn from one another about the many effects of the melting sea ice in the Arctic that accompanies Global Climate Change. The 18th annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl’s Alaska Region […]

February 10, 2015 ·
Seward's NOSB team last year. Heidi Zemach  photo.

Seward welcomes teams to the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl this weekend

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nineteen high school teams from across Alaska will descend on Seward Thursday afternoon to participate in the 18th annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl. It’s a three-day regional science competition where teams of students pit their knowledge against one another in buzzer-style quiz-bowls, and present original research papers that display each teams’ insight into […]

February 5, 2015 ·
Seward Middle School awarded $10,000 Nutri-Bullet grant

Seward Middle School awarded $10,000 Nutri-Bullet grant

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Thirty-nine middle school students, chosen at random, will soon begin participating in a new 90-day program that will boost their day with nutritional smoothies. Seward Middle School recently learned it had won a national contest from Nutri-Bullet, a smoothie blender manufacturer, and that it will also receive $10,000 for purchasing organic fruits and vegetables, […]

February 3, 2015 ·
Tunes with a view

Tunes with a view

Saturday was sunny and pleasant, made mellower still for the crowd who spent an hour in mid afternoon listening to a group of local musicians playing Bluegrass together at Seward Community Museum Library. Seward area musician Jim Ostrander led the songs, singing and playing the guitar, accompanied by Herb Wottlin on mandolin and occasionally vocals, Garrett Young on the accordion […]

February 3, 2015 ·
Debate continues over proposed borough ban on commercial marijuana cultivation

Debate continues over proposed borough ban on commercial marijuana cultivation

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The phone has been ringing off the hook at Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly member Sue McClure’s house in Seward since an ordinance by her colleague, Kelly Wolf, calling for a ban on all commercial cultivation of marijuana in the borough, and putting the matter up for a public vote in October was introduced Jan. 20. […]

January 31, 2015 ·
Council approves city manager pay increase

Council approves city manager pay increase

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Without discussion, the Seward City Council last night unanimously approved a seven-percent pay increase for Seward City Manager James Hunt that brings his yearly salary to $115,700, or roughly the equivalent of $55.64 per hour. Along with the $7,000 annual pay increase, the council approved a new four-year employment agreement with Hunt that also increased […]

January 27, 2015 ·
Seward Community Foundation reaches new milestone

Seward Community Foundation reaches new milestone

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Community Foundation’s endowment investment fund, now entering its sixth year, has continued to thrive and grow, even as state and federal funding to nonprofits shrink. At a press event at the Breeze Inn Thursday night, the foundation announced that it is willing to spend more than $120,000 in its 2015 grant cycle, which […]

January 25, 2015 ·
Local kids bluegrass band leaves its mark on Anchorage Folk Festival

Local kids bluegrass band leaves its mark on Anchorage Folk Festival

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The six youngsters from Seward and Moose Pass who make up Snow River String Band performed Saturday afternoon at the Anchorage Folk Festival, at Wendy Williamson Auditorium at the University of Alaska Anchorage campus. It was their second performance at the festival—the last one a year ago, not very long after they had first […]

January 23, 2015 ·
Quilts are a Labor of Love

Quilts are a Labor of Love

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Newborn babies and residents whose lives have been thrown into turmoil as a result of house fires, floods, or domestic violence and abuse may receive a loving surprise from a talented group of caring local women.  Around 25-30 active members of the Seward Area Quilters regularly pour their passion into creating colorful, warm […]

January 21, 2015 ·
Polar Bear Jumpoff Still Going Strong at 30

Polar Bear Jumpoff Still Going Strong at 30

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – About 100 people lined the dock of Seward’s Small Boat Harbor, and leaped into the chilly Resurrection Bay waters Saturday afternoon January 17 to benefit the American Cancer Society and help achieve its goal to assure more birthdays. It was a balmy 35 degrees and raining lightly off and on. This is the […]

January 19, 2015 ·
Engineering study approved for smaller harbor crane

Engineering study approved for smaller harbor crane

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – City Administrators and the Seward Harbormaster had a difficult time recommending that the Seward City Council agree to fund a second engineering study, proposed by their own Ports and Commerce Advisory Board (PACAB) that would help toward creating an 8-ton public fixed crane at I Dock, for use by fishermen at the Small Boat […]

January 16, 2015 ·
Generators to be moved indoors for $3.1 million

Generators to be moved indoors for $3.1 million

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council easily agreed at Monday night’s meeting Jan. 12 to have the city manager sign a $3.1 million contract with Engineered Services Group Inc., of Anchorage to move two 35-ton generators into the building at Fort Raymond, and to construct the systems that would permit them to operate. The work would include […]

January 14, 2015 ·
Drama and Debate team hosts first ever home meet

Drama and Debate team hosts first ever home meet

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward High School Drama, Debate and Forensics team hosted a home tournament in Seward this weekend, Jan. 9 and 10 for the first time since the team was begun four years ago, and probably for the first time in the school’s history. The tournament, and the next few ahead will help prepare the teams for […]

January 14, 2015 ·
Shoreside tanker truck overturns near Trail Lake

Shoreside tanker truck overturns near Trail Lake

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A Shoreside Petroleum Inc. fuel delivery truck, towing a second trailer tanker, carrying a combined total of almost 10 thousand gallons of diesel fuel, slid off an icy dirt turnoff off Seward Highway near mile 25 Thursday afternoon, Jan. 8 opposite Trail Lake, and landed on their sides. No one was hurt or injured […]

January 13, 2015 ·