Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Carol Sousza cuts the ribbon, dedicating the new Senior Center van. Photo by Heidi Zemach.

Seniors Dedicate New ADA-accessible Van

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward Senior Center clients and supporters dedicated their new ADA, wheelchair accessible vehicle on a snowy Friday, December 18th with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a trumpet fanfare. The ceremony took place on the sidewalk in front of the center, following a special brunch featuring holiday music and 60’s oldies performed by talented local children, and […]

December 22, 2015 ·
Seward City Hall in which the Superior Court Trial took place December 7-11. Heidi Zemach photo.

Costly Seward felony trial of Somali immigrant reduced to time served

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The State of Alaska held a week-long Superior Court trial in Seward stemming from a drunken fight over a missing cellphone that occurred primarily between two seafood processing workers who were rooming together at a Lowell Point bunk house. The dispute occurred in late June between two workers, one from East Sudan, the other from […]

December 21, 2015 ·
Calendar funding Seward Music makes great gift

Calendar funding Seward Music makes great gift

The new Seward Music Association 2016 Calendar,  47th issue, is for sale at Cover to Cover Books on Third Avenue.  It costs $10, and is the main fundraiser for Seward Music (Boosters) Association. It features local youngsters’ artwork, important dates from Seward history, and buisiness ads. SMA uses the money to purchase school instruments, pay for music performances and in-school […]

December 15, 2015 ·
Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Running Wild, Stranded in the Alaska Wilderness, the hour-long reality television show filmed while President Barack Obama was visiting Exit Glacier in Seward September 1st, airs Thursday evening, December 17th on NBC.  It airs at 10 p.m. EST. Viewers won’t see the U.S. President doing the gross, sensational survival stuff that Bear Grylls’ reality show […]

December 15, 2015 ·
Brooklyn shyly approaches Mr and Mrs. Santa. Heidi Zemach photo.

An even more caring Santa

Heidi Zemach for SCN- Five children enjoyed a pleasant, peaceful afternoon with Santa Claus and his wife Mrs. Claus Saturday at the American Legion Post 5. There were no booming “Ho ho ho’s” by Santa, no florescent or flashing lights decorating the place, or boisterous crowd noises, or lines to see Santa. Rather, this “Caring Santa” or “Sensory Santa” experience […]

December 14, 2015 ·
ADEC’s coal permit revision out for public review

ADEC’s coal permit revision out for public review

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comment on its revised permit–one that allows Aurora Services LLC to continue incidentally releasing coal into Resurrection Bay while loading ships from the Seward coal conveyor belt and ship loader. Aurora manages the Seward storage transfer facility for Usibelli Coal and the Alaska Railroad Corporation. The […]

December 13, 2015 ·
Some more nice snowy seasonal photos

Some more nice snowy seasonal photos


December 13, 2015 ·
Crimson Monarch as it receives 68,400 metric tons of coal from Usibelli mine in Healy, coming off the conveyor belt. Heidi Zemach photo.

Settlement reached in 6-year Seward coal case

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Aurora Energy Services LLC and Usibelli Coal finally reached a settlement December 8th in U.S. District Court for the State of Alaska with the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Sierra Club’s Alaska Chapter over a six-year old legal case concerning the discharge of coal from the Seward coal facility into Resurrection Bay. Under […]

December 10, 2015 ·
Spring Creek Correctional Facility, Seward, Alaska - State of Alaska photo

Corrections Report Sheds Light on Prison Practices

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Gov. Bill Walker recently released a 20-page report detailing some widespread failings that occurred in Alaska’s prisons and jails, and troubling patterns in the corrections system that reviewers felt need to be addressed. Walker also replaced the Alaska Corrections Commissioner with Interim Commissioner Walter Monegan lll, a former Anchorage Chief of Police and State Commissioner […]

December 4, 2015 ·
Bonnie, the lucky boarder collie who was freed from a trap along a popular forest hiking trail. Photo credit Martha and David Story.

Dog narrowly escapes death in trap

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- A pleasant winter hike on Sunday, Nov 29, turned into a scary race against time for Martha and Dave Story, of Cooper Landing, and their 3 ½-year old Border Collie, Bonney. The Storys were hiking with another couple and four dogs, including Bonney, on Coyote Knob, a trail at about mile 45.5 off the Sterling […]

December 1, 2015 ·
Wild Turkeys strut about on Thanksgiving

Wild Turkeys strut about on Thanksgiving

These large, seemingly happy turkeys were seen strutting around their Camelot Subdivision neighborhood on Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2015 ·
Music Will Find A Way

Music Will Find A Way

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Music will find a way, despite the lack of a Seward Schools music teacher. When students arrived at school this fall, they soon discovered that there was no music teacher. The district had been unable to find a music teacher during the summer to replace Katrina Nore, who had resigned after a year in the position. […]

November 27, 2015 ·
Chugach NF’s new District Ranger is happy to be on the job

Chugach NF’s new District Ranger is happy to be on the job

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Francisco B. Sanchez, the new District Ranger for the Chugach National Forest Seward ranger district, has a challenging job ahead. He will manage the forest and supervise 45 permanent full-time year-round employees, and another 50-55 summertime employees. Sanchez, who hails from New Mexico, has worked with the forest service for 30 years, progressing up […]

November 24, 2015 ·
Visitors at Seward Resort pose with the wild fish they caught in, and around Resurrection Bay this summer. Heidi Zemach file photo.

Seward Fishing Community dismayed by FDA approving genetically modified fish

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Word that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the human consumption of a genetically modified animal for the first time ever Thursday, the dreaded “Frankenfish,” traveled fast in Alaska. Several Seward residents SCN spoke with were not happy about its implications, either for the Alaska fishing industry, or for consumers. In a town that prides […]

November 21, 2015 ·
Aging diversion tunnel inside view at low water flow, March 24th inspection. photo credit Corps of Engineers.

Why Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel is such a priority

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward area residents often keep an eye on the Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel, and its outflow known locally as the “waterfall.” Especially during flood season or when it’s been raining hard for days or weeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s pre-World War II-era tunnel is both admired and feared because, although the aging […]

November 18, 2015 ·

Port City Players auditions for Peter Pan Musical

Port City Players will be holding auditions for their winter production of the musical Peter Pan.  Auditions will be held at the United Methodist Church located 321 Fourth Ave from 4-7pm on December 15th and 16th.  Please bring a short song to showcase your vocal talents and be prepared to cold read from the script. Based on J.M. Barrie’s classic […]

November 17, 2015 ·
Suspect charged with local area burglaries nabbed

Suspect charged with local area burglaries nabbed

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Alaska State Troopers arrested Seward’s Christopher Spiers, 31, in Nikiski Monday night, November 9th, and arrested him on three outstanding arrest warrants for allegedly breaking into two Seward residences and a tool shed, and stealing numerous valuable items, including at least 10 guns and ammunition. They caught him while investigating a vehicle stuck in a […]

November 15, 2015 ·
Mayor Jean Bardarson recognizes former council members Iris Darling and Kristy Terry. Heidi Zemach photo

Council passes $11.4 million budget, fee increases; no funds for public crane

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Commercial fishermen and those who work in the fishing industry packed City Council Chambers at Monday Nights’ November 9th meeting to lobby once again for a public use crane at the Seward Small Boat Harbor. Their passionate plea for a five-ton crane to help them unload fish and gear, came too late to make it […]

November 11, 2015 ·
Seward women waging peace are pleased about community support

Seward women waging peace are pleased about community support

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Some local women have taken it upon themselves to put their efforts toward building peace in their own lives, in the lives of the community, schools, criminal justice system, and they even hope to foster international peace and prevent global crises. Seward’s Lori Draper, Jennifer Carr, and Sharon Ganser participate in the Peace Alliance, […]

November 10, 2015 ·

Op-ed: Hate messages won’t be tolerated in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Plenty of locals came out to enjoy the Seward waterfront on a beautiful, crisp, clear Sunday, last weekend.  Looking out at the boat harbor, or the beach, they could see on the glass-clear water all sorts of waterfowl gathering for thick schools of plentiful fish. There were heron, cormorants, loons, common murres, golden-eyes, and mallard […]

November 9, 2015 ·
KMTA board members discuss projects to fund, hear reports. Heidi Zemach photo

National Heritage Area meets to approve future projects

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward historian Doug Capra will be paid to write and promote another new book of interesting local history. Marc Swanson will be able to teach the history of local places and events that he designed for children, in local classrooms. And Iditarod trailblazer Jujiiro Wada will be memorialized with a bronze statue along the Seward […]

November 3, 2015 ·
This youngster is enjoying the pumpkins.

Halloween is Fun

Halloween Seward-style was loads of fun on this very cold afternoon and evening. Businesses invited trick-or-treaters in for goodies during the afternoon, Seward Mountain Haven homes were decked out in pumpkins and ghosts, and residents invited local children by for sweet snacks. And as usual, the ARRC cruise ship terminal was filled with young and old alike for a carnival […]

November 1, 2015 ·
City Clerk Johanna Kinney administers oath of office to newly reelected Mayor Jean Bardarson. Heidi Zemach photo.

City raises service rates while decreasing subsidies to ASLC and Icicle

Heidi Zemach for SCN- At the October 26th meeting, Seward City Council held public hearings on and then passed resolutions raising rates for city electric, sewer and water services. They also approved special contracts with the largest users, Icicle Seafoods Inc, and the Alaska Sea Life Center that increase the amount each will have to pay for subsidized electric rates. Council also […]

October 30, 2015 ·
Celtic Breton tradition arrives in Seward

Celtic Breton tradition arrives in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward schoolchildren in kindergarten through high school watched the Breton Pipers & Drums of Bagad from New York perform at the high school gym last Thursday. It was a marvelously uplifting, earsplittingly loud performance, and after a community potluck and public performance attended by about another 30 people that night, the group headed to […]

October 28, 2015 ·
The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A wolf with an ermine in its mouth stood at a clearing at the edge of Seward Highway, about a mile and a half from the spot where the 74-foot Lutz spruce tree stood, waiting. It stared toward the coach carrying Alaska reporters, sponsors, and dignitaries to the Capitol Christmas “People’s Tree” cutting. Later, […]

October 27, 2015 ·
City Council members pour over every aspect of the budget at a recent worksession. Heidi Zemach photo.

City’s proposed two-year budget increases user fees, shows fiscal restraint

Heidi Zemach for SCN- The City Council, which has the final decision on city budgets, has been making some difficult choices lately. As state and federal funding sources decline, Seward’s General Fund is facing a $1.3 million dollar budget gap in each of the upcoming fiscal years, 2016 and 2017. Their choices on the biennial budget will be reflected at […]

October 23, 2015 ·