Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News- Seward City Council agreed Tuesday, June 30th in a special work-session, to take more time and careful deliberation when considering the needs of the year-old, rapidly growing Seward Community Health Clinic and increasingly cramped hospital, which Providence Alaska manages on the city’s behalf. They were meeting to discuss whether to move forward with a […]

July 2, 2015 ·
“3022 ft.” to premier in Seward as anticipation builds for this year’s Mount Marathon Race

“3022 ft.” to premier in Seward as anticipation builds for this year’s Mount Marathon Race

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – A new hour-long documentary about Seward’s annual Mount Marathon Race highlights the 2014 races and the stories of nine individuals who run, and what motivates them to take on the brutal mountain challenge. “3022 ft.” will premier July 1st at the UAF Marine Science “Rae Building” on Third Avenue at 6:30 p.m., after […]

July 1, 2015 ·
Da Vinci campers watch Justice Pechuzal as she carefully explains media-mixing technique. Heidi Zemach photo.

Camps keep kids busy and learning new skills

By Heidi Zemach for For SCN- With many parents working extra jobs, young Seward children may not have much free time to wile away their long summer days on their own. But they do have a wide variety of fun and enriching camps and organized activities available to fill their days. The Boys & Girls Club Da Vinci Science and Arts […]

June 25, 2015 ·
Executive Chef and owner of The Cookery describes Alaska beer and wines on tap to first time customer. Heidi Zemach photo.

The Cookery opens with bites of indulgence

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The “Amuse Bouche,” at Seward’s latest venue, The Cookery, was the teensiest delight, but the halved cherry tomato with a marinated mushroom in a tangy, citrusy sauce was mouthwateringly refreshing, and begged the taste buds for more. My fresh Alaska oysters (from Alaska Shellfish Company near Homer,) were chilled to perfection and served in the […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Tourists walk down Port Avenue towards the cruise ship.

Seward’s Port Avenue corner needs maps and signage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The hundreds of visitors arriving on the Alaska Railroad passenger train to Seward every morning, and passing through town for the day while waiting to get on their cruise ship, or catch the evening return train, are often confused about where to go, and what to see or do.  Unlike other Alaska communities with cruise […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Lack of quorum cancels important council worksession

Lack of quorum cancels important council worksession

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – What was to have been an important Seward City Council work session to explore in depth the pros and cons of expanding the Providence Seward Medical Center and Seward Community Health Center building Thursday afternoon, was cancelled after attendees discovered that they couldn’t get a quorum of council members to attend. It was a […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Circus fun creates summer memories

Circus fun creates summer memories

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Yeah, there’s a circus is in town! Time for cotton candy, snow cones, clowns, tricks and acrobats! Last Monday, Seward played host to Clark & Barnes’ Family Fun Circus, a small travelling circus troupe based in Florida. Its 14-member troupe set up and took down the big top, and some of the same members, ranging in […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Moose family enjoys Bear Lake neighborhood

Moose family enjoys Bear Lake neighborhood

Bear Lake Lodgings B&B visitors took these nice wildlife photographs of a mother moose and her two young calves.

June 17, 2015 ·

Music lessons available

If you or your child isn’t too busy to take music lessons and practice this summer, I have some slots available for those wishing to renew or increase their skills, or learn to play fiddle, guitar, ukulele or mandolin. I’m also interested in teaching Intermediate or Advanced finger-picking guitarists the open tunings slack-key guitar, Hawaiian style. Call or email Heidi for […]

June 17, 2015 ·
It’s the very definition of cool

It’s the very definition of cool

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Is anything better than paddle boarding around a glacier? Liquid Adventures, which was housed at The Barn at Lowell Point for the past 12 years, now has a new, more centrally located office at the “Train Rec” in the Seward Small Boat Harbor. The company  was recently purchased by Exit Glacier Guides owners Ryan Fisher and Brendan […]

June 11, 2015 ·
Aurora Charters can continue under the Hughes family ownership for another 13, plus 33, plus 33 years. Heidi Zemach photo.

Council approves another lease extension and will extend electric to SMIC

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night awarded a liquor license to The Cookery, a new downtown eating establishment that offers fresh Alaskan oysters and small portions of  “hand-crafted” food prepared by award-winning chef Kevin Lane and his wife Stacy. Council also approved a city lease extension of 13 years on the lot upon which […]

June 10, 2015 ·
Coal Ship Double Progress loads up in Seward's Resurrection Bay.  The first coal ship of the year. Heidi Zemach photo.

First coal ship signals slow season ahead as U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Since its arrival on Saturday, M/V Double Progress, the first coal ship to dock at Seward’s Alaska Railroad Terminal since last November, has been loading 72,000 metric tons of coal, bound for Japan. Aurora Energy Services, LLC says it will receive between two and four coal ships this year, or more if Usibelli Coal’s […]

June 8, 2015 ·
New seal pup born at SeaLife Center

New seal pup born at SeaLife Center

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska SeaLife Center staff are giving resident harbor seal, Atty and her newest newborn pup time to bond before putting the pup through an initial veterinary exam to determine its sex and weight. Atty gave birth to her third healthy pup on Monday morning, June 1st.  She also birthed Kordelia in June of 2011, and […]

June 5, 2015 ·
Boys and Girls Club DaVinci Camp registration still open

Boys and Girls Club DaVinci Camp registration still open

“Big to Small, We’ve got it All!!!” When: June 1st–26th  from 12:00-5:00 p.m Who: K- 6th grade (school year 2015-2016) $55/week with membership. Registration required, payment accepted at time of registration. You can still sign up for Week, 2, 3, 4 or any combination of weeks. Week Two:  Ocean / Field Trip: Sea Life Center & Waterfront Park Week Three:  […]

June 5, 2015 ·
Major construction projects abound

Major construction projects abound

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Major construction projects are underway in Seward this summer, providing a number of jobs, and creating better, or additional infrastructure both in the private and public sectors. Most of the sites are somewhat off the beaten path, but trucks can be seen moving soil to and from them. New City Water Tank The North […]

June 4, 2015 ·
AVTEC instructors get their pink slips

AVTEC instructors get their pink slips

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Instructors and support staff at AVTEC, Alaska’s Institute of Technology, have been sent layoff notices advising of a “potential partial government shutdown,” and informing them that they will all be laid off on July 2nd unless the Alaska Legislature and Governor passes a fully funded budget, at which point AVTEC will rescind the layoff […]

June 2, 2015 ·
Seward recycles

Seward recycles

Here’s a reminder to those new in town, or those who may not be aware.  As always, you can recycle at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Waste Transfer Facility in Seward at the end of Dieckgraff Road, also known as the” levee road,” or “dump road,” off Seward Highway as you enter town. You can also recycle many items at the […]

June 1, 2015 ·
Council delays SMIC lease but approves city parcel for senior housing

Council delays SMIC lease but approves city parcel for senior housing

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Senior Housing Seward City Council voted to authorize the city manager to negotiate an agreement with Kenai Peninsula Housing Initiative at Tuesday night’s May 26 meeting, as it is donating approximately 1.7 acres of city land at Fort Raymond Subdivision, across from the military rec camp, to develop non income- based independent senior housing.  KPHI’s […]

May 28, 2015 ·
Before I die public awareness project at harbor

Before I die public awareness project at harbor

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Before I die I want to… hug a bear, go to law school, save my marriage, have a child, see the Aurora Borealis. The precious hopes and aspirations of 146 people in Seward were colorfully chalked onto a large public art board on the Seward Harbormaster’s office in the first two days since it went […]

May 27, 2015 ·
Council’s say on community health clinic expansion to be affirmed

Council’s say on community health clinic expansion to be affirmed

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward City Council is likely to easily pass a resolution at tonight’s (Tuesday, May 26th) meeting affirming that it must authorize an application by the Seward Community Health Center for a $1 million federal infrastructure improvement grant. That’s important legal protection for the city, giving the council the ability to opt-out of plans to […]

May 26, 2015 ·
Seward veterans perform the Three-Gun Salute on Memorial Day 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

Memorial Day marked in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The rain let up by late morning Monday, May 25th at the American Legion Cemetery in Seward as a couple hundred Seward residents sang the national anthem, bowed their heads for prayers, and remembered the sacrifice of veterans who died fighting wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, Korea and WWI and WWII. Gleaming white wooden crosses […]

May 25, 2015 ·
Seward's Class of 2015 stands before the graduation ceremony. Not all shown. Heidi Zemach photo.

Class of 2015 graduates an independent group

By proud mom Heidi Zemach for SCN – I expected to be more emotional. After all, my last child was graduating high school. But instead I felt an overwhelming sense of relief, both for myself and my husband, and for Hannah and her 50 classmates for making it through. The thrill was tinged with dread for what their futures lives […]

May 21, 2015 ·
Sharing a passion for engineering

Sharing a passion for engineering

Beth Jones’ 3rd-grade class at Seward Elementary School visited Stephanie Cronin’s engineering class at Seward High School last week, and the students  shared their mutual enthusiasm for robots, and other cool things they had built and programmed. They included moving programmed ground vehicles, drones that can fly and take pictures, and mechanical recycling-sorters. The younger students, who had learn to […]

May 19, 2015 ·
Extra dose of fruits and veggies lowers students’ cholesterol

Extra dose of fruits and veggies lowers students’ cholesterol

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Forty Seward Middle School students have been making themselves healthy smoothies at school every day for the past three months. They’re chock-filled with fresh fruits and vegetables that the students choose to include such as bananas, pears, strawberries, kiwis, pineapples, pears, walnuts, seeds, chia, hemp, spinach, kale, mixed with coconut water and silk or […]

May 18, 2015 ·
Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Planners with the Chugach National Forest spoke with the largest crowd to date in its Community Open House and Forest Plan Revision meeting Wednesday May 13, with nine residents in attendance in Seward, and seven attending in Moose Pass. The groups were larger than similar meetings that had taken place earlier in Girdwood and […]

May 16, 2015 ·
Matthew Morris, All State Honors for Alaska State Wrestling Team recieves city proclamation from Seward City Mayor Jean Bardarson. Heidi Zemach photo

Teen wrestlers recognized

The Seward City Council recognized the achievements of two local wrestlers at Monday night’s meeting. Matthew Morris received a proclamation for receiving All State Honors for the Alaska State Wrestling Team. Eddy Olesiuk was honored as First Place finisher at the 2015 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Wrestling Championship. Team members and coaches showed up to honor the two teenagers, […]

May 14, 2015 ·