Articles by: Heidi Zemach

Seward welcomes Obihiro sister-city exchange

Seward welcomes Obihiro sister-city exchange

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward’s student exchange program with Sister-City, Obihiro, Japan, is underway once again. The program is in its 43rd year, and thus far more than 250 local students have visited Japan to learn about a different culture, its values and traditions. Three more Seward students will be traveling to Obihiro on August 4th for two weeks […]

August 2, 2015 ·
Lutheran Pastor Ron Nitz and his contributions will be missed

Lutheran Pastor Ron Nitz and his contributions will be missed

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward community and congregation of Seward Resurrection Lutheran Church gave a fond sendoff to Pastor Ron Nitz and his wife Jackie last Sunday afternoon. They’re moving to Yakima, Washington, after more than six years in Seward in order to be closer to their son, daughter and grandchild who live in nearby […]

July 30, 2015 ·
Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – During an eventful two-hour Seward City Council Meeting on Monday, July 27, the local public and council members learned from Seward City Manager Jim Hunt that the offshore oil drill Jackup rig that will be soon coming to dock in Seward is an offshore drilling rig called Spartan 151, operated by Furie Operating Alaska […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Denali Drilling, a firm contracted by the City of Seward, is drilling a 300’ deep vertical bore hole at the Seward Waterfront about 120-feet along the bike path near Branson Pavilion. Beginning Monday, July 27, they will drill a 6” steel casing to the depth believed to contain saltwater, in a project expected […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Manager Jim Hunt says a large oil drill rig from a well-known company may come to Seward in the off-season and find safe harbor here for up to 9 months at a time. He hinted that it may even return for a second season the year after that, and that a second […]

July 23, 2015 ·
Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nobody can be pleased when they receive a “Beautification Notice” or “Compliance Notice” by a private attorney either by mail or pinned to the door on behalf of the City of Seward, politely asking them to trim their hedges, cut down their daisies and fireweed, remove their junked vehicles, or paint or renovate their […]

July 21, 2015 ·
Teen inspired by expedition to Gulkana Glacier

Teen inspired by expedition to Gulkana Glacier

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Gabrielle “Gabby” Katsma, a bright senior who has been at Seward High School since her freshman year, recently had the experience of a lifetime, sketching and performing field science experiments at the base of Gulkana Glacier near Summit Lake in the Alaska Range. Katsma, who recently moved away  to Michigan with her family for her senior year, […]

July 17, 2015 ·
Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night unanimously approved a 60-year lease extension for the Small Boat Harbor property at 1212 Fourth Avenue where the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center is located. The lease extension has an additional 5-year option. The NPS has leased the visitor center at its harbor location for the past […]

July 14, 2015 ·
Missing a guitar?

Missing a guitar?

Two full-size guitars were left behind at the Bluegrass camp  and are missing their owners. If one of these are yours, and your child attended the camp, please contact me (Heidi) and arrange to pick them up at hzemach@gmail.com Many camp songbooks were also left behind. I’m holding onto those too. (Update, we have returned them to their rightful owners. […]

July 12, 2015 ·
Bluegrass Camp For Kids Group performs outside the Alaska SeaLife Center> Heidi Zemach photo.

Bluegrass Camp For Kids returns for fifth summer

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The heart of downtown Seward has been filled with 55 excited, energetic youngsters learning and playing bluegrass music and square dancing for the fifth straight summer this week, July 6-10th. Children between 5 and 16 attended the Seward Bluegrass Camp For Kids, run by Kate Hamre, a talented bluegrass musician and elementary schoolteacher from […]

July 11, 2015 ·
Bluegrass Camp “Bands Around Town” on Thursday

Bluegrass Camp “Bands Around Town” on Thursday

Bands Around Town What’s “Busking?” It’s a colorful term for playing music on the street for money. This Thursday, July 9th,  between 3-4 pm, the Seward Bluegrass Camp for Kids participants will be showcasing their band’s talents throughout downtown Seward. Come see their nine bands sing and play, and throw a few dollars their way. The money will go toward […]

July 8, 2015 ·
Volunteer home hospice moving forward

Volunteer home hospice moving forward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – People with a terminal illness shouldn’t have to leave their own home, community, family, friends and pets in order to receive quality hospice care. Their loved ones shouldn’t have to struggle to care for them entirely on their own. That’s the feeling of many in the community who would like to change that. Unfortunately, […]

July 7, 2015 ·
Mt Marathon Race sees new level of competition

Mt Marathon Race sees new level of competition

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- SEWARD, Alaska – Ava Nappi, a cute little redheaded Seward girl stood at the finish line of the 88th July 4th Mount Marathon Race with her big sister and mother, watching the sweaty, muscular men’s racers arrive. How did she do in her own kids’ race? “I won!” says Ava, her beam spreading through her happy, freckled […]

July 6, 2015 ·
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 ·