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Bluegrass opens to littlees and adults

April 15, 2014 2:09 pm0 comments
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 adult community members, watching the kids having so much fun, and wanting to get a chance to learn from all of these marvelous visiting teachers too. Well, we’ve now made it possible, following the lead of towns like Cordova, which […]

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Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

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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 tourists on route between the Dale Lindsey Cruise Ship Terminal, Alaska Railroad Depot, Small Boat Harbor, and historical downtown Seward, although anyone going to those areas may use it free of charge. First Student, the only applicant, will receive $245,415 for […]

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

April 13, 2014 11:11 pm0 comments
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 the summer Seward Bluegrass Camp For Kids, they are coached by Max and Karl’s dad Jim Pfeiffenberger, a longtime Seward musician.

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Two Bald Eagles Rescued

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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 perked up considerably. The second bird was stabilized and transported to the Bird Treatment and Learning Center (Bird TLC) in Anchorage, according to ASLC staff. Friday afternoon the eagle was still alive, and had been eating, although it was still somewhat […]

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Sea Monster Sculpture

April 8, 2014 4:17 pm0 comments
Sea Monster Sculpture

   

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McKnight on inspiring life-long learners

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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 her time on attending to her students, so things such as awards are relegated to the back burner. McKnight is deserving of the recognition—and is the only teacher remaining at the elementary school who was there before Kingsland arrived 14 […]

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Children’s Carnival Today

April 5, 2014 11:50 am0 comments
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.

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Prisoner Sentenced for Assault on Correctional Officer

April 4, 2014 11:25 am0 comments

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 to make a phone call and ordered Coven back to his cell. Instead of going back to his cell, Coven punched the officer in the head, causing the officer to fall to the ground.  Coven then repeatedly kicked the officer […]

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Sugar Mountain stars fall in love with Seward

April 3, 2014 3:26 pm0 comments
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 18 members of the Seward and Bear Creek volunteer fire departments and Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps,  along with their trucks and equipment. A crew from KTVA Channel 11 was there, occasionally playing themselves while producing an actual story on the […]

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Thirty march to end domestic violence

April 2, 2014 10:08 am0 comments
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 Governor Sean Parnell’s office, but are  organized locally by the social service agencies such as SeaView Community Services, that receive state grants to provide help to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This year’s event fell on the same […]

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

April 1, 2014 9:56 am2 comments
“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 same time as the earth began to shake fifty years ago. Some 15-20 of the hundreds there had experienced the quake first-hand, while the rest were learning about its lasting impacts for the first time. The commemoration began at 5:30 […]

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Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

March 28, 2014 11:13 am0 comments
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 state transportation department bond for $10 million. Council also voted to spend nearly $1.4 million more on a contract to its engineering firm, R&M Consultants to complete the coastal marine engineering it started, and to start putting out bids to […]

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Earthquake Preparedness

March 27, 2014 9:03 am0 comments
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 a live test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning Sirens and emergency warning system. Later today, many businesses and local schools will practice diving under their desks or most solid areas and holding on. Only a small audience of about a […]

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Need Health Insurance?

March 26, 2014 11:03 am2 comments

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!

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Domestic violence effort needs your help

March 25, 2014 5:33 pm0 comments
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 you would go to escape, and whether the help you need be available? SeaView Community Services’ Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) program Director Dawn McDevitt is doing her best to pull off another “Choose Respect” rally and march through […]

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

March 24, 2014 7:47 am0 comments
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 March 24th 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Part II of the series for Seward City News. “While there could certainly be an oil spill again, and may well be in the future, it would not happen the same way. […]

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25 years later Exxon Valdez memories still stink

March 22, 2014 10:28 am0 comments
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 as a coastal resident and fisherman he felt intimately connected to. “There’s been an ecosystem change,” Linville said. “Biologically, its not the same place that it was before the spill. The murres were vastly reduced, and the herring have never […]

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Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

March 18, 2014 1:47 pm3 comments
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 for the preceding decade. Sullivan is an active and well-respective longtime member of the Seward community, along with her husband Mike, known especially for their affiliation and leadership with American Legion Post 5. Sullivan has served as its Post Commander for more […]

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Spenard Builders Supply suffers fire damage

March 17, 2014 12:51 pm0 comments

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 system went off. It was thanks to that alarm notification that the responders were able to put out the fire so quickly, while it was still in the early stages, said Mark Beals, the BCVFD Fire Chief. They were on […]

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Brown & Hawkins to continue in new hands

March 14, 2014 2:16 pm1 comment
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 Cook Hotel building, and a third store in the seaside California town of Carmel. The three-year lease,  will enable them to test the waters here in Seward, they say but they also have an option to buy the place. For […]

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Third known suicide in 2014

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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 an older gentleman but no name or age has been released for the victim by the Seward Police Department to date. The first two were young men still in their teens.  Ninety- percent of those who commit suicide suffer from anxiety, […]

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AVTEC under new leadership

March 13, 2014 2:11 pm3 comments
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 abrupt and reportedly has to do with differences over economic challenges at AVTEC, and the need to find new sources of funding for the vocational institute. SCN was not able to reach AVTEC officials, or Esposito as of this posting […]

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Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

March 11, 2014 6:25 pm0 comments
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 met four of the other Anchorage-based attorneys from the firm of longtime city attorney Cheryl Brooking, who is leaving the city’s employ. Brooking’s annual council review took place recently, in executive session. Eric E Wohlforth, the senior attorney and founding […]

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New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

March 9, 2014 11:31 am1 comment
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 that none of the people working at the former clinic have transferred over to the new clinic facility, especially their provider Ellen O’ Brien, an advanced practice nurse. The clinic has hired two new front desk workers, however, an outreach […]

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