Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Debate continues over proposed borough ban on commercial marijuana cultivation

Debate continues over proposed borough ban on commercial marijuana cultivation

    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 […]

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 ·
Inefficient Five-bulb light systems on Third Avenue in Seward. Heidi Zemach photo.

Switching to LED lights isn’t an easy choice for City of Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Transitioning city lights downtown to LED is a great idea if one hopes to improve the city’s energy-efficiency and save city taxpayers money in the long run. But when Seward City Council members recently decided it was a good way to go, beginning with the 24 decorative lights downtown that needed maintenance, they soon […]

January 4, 2015 ·
Campaign for new animal shelter picks up steam

Campaign for new animal shelter picks up steam

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  A growing number of Seward residents are making known that the community needs a larger, more modern animal shelter where pets awaiting adoption, or found running loose on the streets, can be properly and humanely cared for. More than 200 people, from young children to elderly adults, have added their voice to the effort […]

December 27, 2014 ·
Teens take welding seriously at AVTEC

Teens take welding seriously at AVTEC

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News –  Getting a jumpstart on a potentially lucrative career path, seven students from Seward High School and Connections home school program recently spent some evenings each week attending a basic welding and shop safety academy at AVTEC- Alaska’s Institute of Technology. Their class project was constructing four new tank stands for the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish […]

December 23, 2014 ·
Students learn about the traditions of Chanukah

Students learn about the traditions of Chanukah

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Teachers often attempt to give their students a little broader understanding, and thus tolerance of other ethnic or racial group’s holiday traditions and cultures. To that end, local schoolteachers often invite Dave Paperman, who was brought up in the Jewish faith, to talk to their classes during the week of Chanukah, which is underway. […]

December 19, 2014 ·
Youth organize on Climate Change

Youth organize on Climate Change

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, (AYEA) spent much of Saturday December 13, 2014 learning more about Climate Change, and discussing how they, as young people might help educate and inspire others to take statewide action in response to it.  The workshop, led by Griffin Plush, a Seward High School senior, was held at Seward […]

December 17, 2014 ·
2015 Calendars support local music program

2015 Calendars support local music program

Seward Music Association’s 46th calendar, just in time for the New Year, 2015 is now available for purchase at Cover to Cover Bookstore and at the upstairs desk of the Seward Library Museum. These calendars are especially beautiful this year, thanks to some talented young artists who created all 13 paintings with Seward scenes and/or area wildlife theme. The calendars […]

December 16, 2014 ·
American Red Cross pilots preparedness project

American Red Cross pilots preparedness project

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The American Red Cross of Alaska chapter in Seward has been able to help out three or four local families following emergencies they suffered over the past year with emergency shelter, food and clothing, said Jeanette Hanneman its disaster assistance team captain. It’s rewarding to be able to help friends and neighbors in need […]

December 14, 2014 ·
City acts on potential geothermal heat for city buildings

City acts on potential geothermal heat for city buildings

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council took an important first step toward implementing renewable energy in Seward at the last meeting of the year Monday night. They authorized City Manager Jim Hunt to negotiate a $48,000 contract with Your Clean Energy, LLC, to develop an economic evaluation for heating the Seward Museum Library and City Annex […]

December 12, 2014 ·
Fire departments trained and equipped to save pets

Fire departments trained and equipped to save pets

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  When homes catch fire or cars crash, pets die too. Unlike humans who instinctively run outside during fires, or when they hear loud alarms, pets instinctively look for a hiding place in order to protect themselves, leaving them ultimately more vulnerable to smoke inhalation, fire, or gas leaks. But with the right equipment and […]

December 10, 2014 ·
Holiday Fair Brings Comfort and Joy

Holiday Fair Brings Comfort and Joy

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  People streamed into the Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair at  Seward’s Alaska Railroad cruise ship depot Friday night and Saturday to peruse and perhaps purchase some of the beautiful handcrafted gifts for presents. They stayed to socialize and sample delicious crepes and cheesecakes from local vendors, to enjoy the musical acts, and have their […]

December 8, 2014 ·
Candy Cane swim meet in Seward kicks off busy season

Candy Cane swim meet in Seward kicks off busy season

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Tsunami Swim Club, which recently started back up again, with many new young swimmers, will host its big annual meet this weekend in Seward. The Candy Cane Splash will feature about 150 swimmers from teams across the Kenai Peninsula including Homer, Soldotna, Kenai and Seward. There’s a host of competitive swimming events planned […]

December 4, 2014 ·
Coding takes another step forward

Coding takes another step forward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Elementary schoolteacher Leigh Ray has helped the school secure a $10,000 award from Code.org., an international non-profit organization bent on furthering students computer science education and coding literacy. The award will provide the elementary school with computer hardware and accessories. Each award goes to one school per state, and the school is selected […]

December 2, 2014 ·