Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Meet the clinic’s two new physicians

Meet the clinic’s two new physicians

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward Community Health Center has finally hired two permanent physicians, and they’ve been on the job for a few weeks seeing patients. With a statewide, and nationwide shortage of primary care physicians, and tens of thousands of openings, Providence Seward Medical & Care Center SCHC executive director Patrick Linton feels “very blessed” to have […]

March 29, 2015 ·
Seward Providence Medical& Care Center and Seward Community Clinic building. Heidi Zemach photo

Council moves forward on hospital extension and senior housing at city park

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council was asked to consider, and be ready to make a quick decision about two major matters on Monday night, neither of which they knew much about. The first is a proposed $8 million dollar extension and remodel of the Providence Seward hospital/Community Health Center building. A federal grant called HRSA, […]

March 26, 2015 ·
Reluctant trash customers face power cutoffs

Reluctant trash customers face power cutoffs

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Council recently discussed some problems that certain residents had buying into the city’s mandatory curbside trash collection program, and other issues that had caused some consternation, during a work-session with representatives of Alaska Waste Inc. That’s the company with whom it contracts to provide curbside trash pickup service within the city. Alaska […]

March 25, 2015 ·
Expensive Medevac flight in store if hurt in Seward

Expensive Medevac flight in store if hurt in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Unlike other more rural, isolated parts of Alaska, Seward has a pretty decent road system heading to cities like Anchorage. But if you’re hurt in Seward, and need to be taken to Anchorage hospitals, or those with a higher level of emergency medical assistance, you’ll probably be flown there at great expense, when simply a […]

March 23, 2015 ·
How early infant learning program cuts may affect children

How early infant learning program cuts may affect children

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Governor and Alaska Legislature has cut, or severely reduced social service programs for infants and toddlers, including cutting $3.2 million for the Alaska Pre-K program, Alaska Parents as Teachers, and Best Beginnings, which administers the Dolly Parton Imagination Library statewide. They’re part of the effort to reduce government spending, and help close a multi- […]

March 19, 2015 ·
Finances at hospital and assisted living center gradually improving

Finances at hospital and assisted living center gradually improving

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Providence Seward Medical & Care Center ended FY 2014 with revenues of $17.8 million, a net income of $2.41 million, but $1.6 million in bad debt due to its charity care cases, said PSMCC’s director Joe Fong.  He presented the annual year-end financial report for the hospital/care center facilities and Seward Mountain Haven, a long-term […]

March 18, 2015 ·
Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns July 6-10th

Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns July 6-10th

Seward Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns this summer, beginning the Monday after the July 4th weekend. It runs July 6-10th at Seward Lutheran Church, and Seward Methodist Church. There are two camps, depending on age, featuring a full week of bluegrass music instruction, plus a little art and dance for kids age 5 who have completed Kindergarten through age 16. […]

March 18, 2015 ·
Race mom wins 2015 Mt. Marathon Logo contest

Race mom wins 2015 Mt. Marathon Logo contest

Look at the 2015 Mount. Marathon Race logo design. What do you see? This imaginative logo, an optical illusion, created by Erin Knotek, the mother of two talented cross-country runners, Miles and Kara, was selected by the Mount. Marathon Race Committee from among 54 anonymous competition entries to be the race logo for 2015. The logo will be displayed on […]

March 17, 2015 ·
Notes on the door of the Seward Public Health Center  informs residents it is closed and to call 907 335-3400 to schedule an appointment. Heidi Zemach photo.

What losing Seward’s Public Health Center may mean

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  The State Division of Health and Social Services has decided to close the Seward Public Health Nurse’s office as part of state budget reductions due to the $3.5 million budget shortfall. But limited public health services by a visiting public health nurse from Kenai or Soldotna will continue to be provided monthly or bi-monthly, […]

March 12, 2015 ·
Seward City Council tweaks Drug Testing Policy regarding Marijuana

Seward City Council tweaks Drug Testing Policy regarding Marijuana

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Following enactment of new marijuana legalization, the City of Seward administration decided to review its existing policies for employee drug and alcohol use by its more than 80 employees, particularly regarding marijuana. It proposed some changes that focus specifically on the use, abuse, and testing of marijuana. At Monday night’s March 16 City Council Meeting, […]

March 12, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Commissioned in Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Commissioned in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – With the magnificent new 261-foot oceanographic research vessel moored just outside at the far end of cruise ship dock, a couple hundred people filled the Dale R Lindsey Alaska Railroad Terminal in Seward Saturday March 7th, 2014 for a Commissioning Ceremony establishing the R/V Sikuliaq ship in its official home-port, Seward. An on-screen performance of […]

March 8, 2015 ·
Seward High teacher Stephanie Cronin is interviewed by Superintendent Sean Dusek Thursday, at Seward Middle School. Heidi Zemach photo.

The five who wish to become principal

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Five experienced administrator/ educators, including two longtime locals, are vying to become Regional Administrator (Principal) of Seward Middle School and Moose Pass School next fall, replacing Jason Bickling who resigned, effective at the end of the school year. All five who made the short list were interviewed by Sean Dusek, the Kenai Peninsula Borough […]

March 8, 2015 ·
The price of going green and staying quaint

The price of going green and staying quaint

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council asked City Administration via Seward Electric department head John Foutz to purchase 24 five-globe decorative lights and assemblies for the Third Avenue downtown district, at Monday’s Feb 23 regular meeting. The current street poles and arm assemblies would remain, but will be equipped with new brackets, globes, and […]

March 2, 2015 ·
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 ·