Articles by: Heidi Zemach

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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 ·
Drones are on!

Drones are on!

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – You may have already seen them being flown in Seward by drone hobbyists, hovering above the Mount Marathon Race taking photos, or rising up crowd scenes at Lowell Point during the filming of the movie Sugar Mountain. Like it or not, drones are already here. Their use will increase exponentially in Alaska regardless of […]

by · August 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Troopers investigating taxi hit and run

Troopers investigating taxi hit and run

Heidi Zemach for SCN -   Alaska State Troopers are investigating the hit and run accident that occurred early last Friday at the intersection of Nash Road and Salmon Creek Road in Seward. Taxi driver Jack Walganski, 54, also known as “Mad Jack” and “Quacker Jack” was driving his white 2000 Chrysler Voyager cab east on Nash Road when he was […]

by · July 31, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Obihiro Students receive royal welcome

Obihiro Students receive royal welcome

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Four high school exchange students visiting from Seward’s Sister City: Obihiro, Japan, are exploring American culture and hospitality this week-Seward style. When the exchange students make their annual visit, as has been occurring for the past 40 years, they are treated to life with a host family, often with adults or teens who have visited […]

by · July 31, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council reverses move to sell SMIC parcel to Harmon

Council reverses move to sell SMIC parcel to Harmon

  In a rare turnaround, the Seward City Council this week reversed a unanimous decision, made at the July 14th meeting, to direct administration to begin negotiating the sale of a city parcel leased by Larry Harmon, at Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) to Harmon, so he could build four boat-storage warehouses there in partnership with another influential local businessman, […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Heidi Zemach for SCN - Friends of Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) members celebrated, and filmed themselves talking about their victory at Monday night’s meeting after the Seward City Council agreed to transfer the old national historic building orphanage and land upon which it sits to their organization for “less than the appraised value,” meaning for practically nothing except closing costs. Meanwhile, […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Mayor appoints Bear Creek firefighter as interim fire chief

Mayor appoints Bear Creek firefighter as interim fire chief

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre appointed Connie Bacon as interim chief of the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday after meeting with Bacon, and discussing her plans for the department while Fire Chief Mark Beals is on leave from the department. His leave of absence, and replacement with Bacon, a 30-year member of the close-knit fire department, who has acted […]

by · July 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
ASLC celebrates another sea lion pup’s birth

ASLC celebrates another sea lion pup’s birth

  Another captive Steller sea Lion pup was born to 14-year old Eden and iconic male sea lion attraction, Woody at the Alaska SeaLife Center Sunday, July 20th, shortly after noon. He and his mother are doing well. The pup has been successfully nursing, and Eden has been a very attentive mother, according to a press release issued by the […]

by · July 28, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Work of public art vandalized

Work of public art vandalized

Heidi Zemach for the Seward City News – The “Communal Tree” sculpture, recently-installed in the Museum Library garden has been vandalized. It’s still a beautiful work of art, but at some time this past weekend, someone smashed two of the fused glass flower rosettes that hung off from the end of a the tree branches. It appears that they broke […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
“Amazing Race” spinoff brings couple to Seward

“Amazing Race” spinoff brings couple to Seward

Dana and Walt Stoddard, an active couple from Loveland, Colorado, received a memorable gift from their four grown children for their 30th wedding anniversary- a surprise pre-paid trip to Alaska. The Stoddards described the surprise, which their kids dubbed the “30th Anniversary Edition of the Amazing Race” on their last night in Alaska at Bear Lake Lodgings B&B near Seward […]

by · July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
BCVFD Fire Chief Beals to take leave of absence

BCVFD Fire Chief Beals to take leave of absence

The Bear Creek Fire Service Area Board reluctantly agreed by consensus to recommend that their longtime fire chief Mark Beals take a 90-day leave of absence. At a special meeting Monday night, they also recommended that Connie Bacon, a 30-year, much respected senior member of the fire department act as his replacement. Only one board member, Jena Peterson voted against […]

by · July 23, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Three Rescued after pleasure craft catches fire

Three Rescued after pleasure craft catches fire

Heidi Zemach for SCN- Three people were rescued by three vessels of Good Samaritans at around 4:50 Tuesday, July 24th when their pleasure craft Alaska Rose caught fire, burned and sank in the Cheval Narrows, near Cheval Island, Resurrection Bay. “We received a Mayday call over Channel 16, saying a boat was on fire. Quite a few good Samaritans were […]

by · July 23, 2014 · 0 comments ·
New Fire Station’s Grand Opening

New Fire Station’s Grand Opening

It had rained hard just before, but the sun popped out just in time for Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department and the community to celebrate the Grand Opening of the new fire station building Saturday, June 19th at 13105 Seward Highway, milepost 5.5. The station’s yellow and red fire trucks gleamed as they sat outside the three large bay doors, […]

by · July 21, 2014 · 7 comments ·
Stink returns to Lowell Point, but fixes are at hand

Stink returns to Lowell Point, but fixes are at hand

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Lowell Creek residents and visitors were upset by the stench that returned to their community from the city lagoon last weekend. Some who had planned to stay at that most popular Seward scenic beach area left early because of the smell, according to one local bed and breakfast owner. Nine residents filed odor complaints with […]

by · July 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Communal Tree dedicated at garden party

Communal Tree dedicated at garden party

  Friends of the Seward Community Library Museum welcomed the new Communal Tree sculpture to the Library Museum garden Friday July 11th. It was created specifically by artists Sandy Stolle and Sheila Morrow to complement the theme of the library museum, its building and story telling mural. Its wood is carved Yellow Cedar, and it has fused art glass embedded […]

by · July 16, 2014 · 1 comment ·