Articles by: Heidi Zemach

City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

City Approves Land Lease Swap Transfer between City and Railroad

Heidi Zemach for SCN – All of the same faces were up front again in the Council Chambers at City Hall at Monday night’s Seward City Council Meeting following a brief swearing-in ceremony for the four re-elected incumbents Marianna Keil, Rissie Casagranda, Dale Butts and Iris Darling. Keil was reappointed vice mayor. Most significant was the council unanimously passing a […]

October 29, 2014 ·
Ballot Measure 2 Marijuana Legalization Forum October 30

Ballot Measure 2 Marijuana Legalization Forum October 30

Come learn more about the pros and cons of marijuana legalization at a special forum this week Thursday Oct 30th, 7-8 pm Seward Community Library Museum   On the pro side: Larry Kirk, Chief of Police from Eastern Missouri: “The idea that we are now a ‘paramilitary’ organization has been detrimental to our profession. We have killed innocent people in […]

October 27, 2014 ·
Unforgettable Alaska story told through youngster’s eyes

Unforgettable Alaska story told through youngster’s eyes

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –  My Name Is Not Easy isn’t an easy book to read. Although it is extremely readable, and frequently light-hearted and hopeful, it’s also a vivid reminder of, or introduction to a painful part of Alaska’s not-so-distant past—one that reverberates strongly today. It’s a fascinating book that evokes some key aspects of rural Interior Native Alaska […]

October 25, 2014 ·
New Native association created to promote community

New Native association created to promote community

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A  gathering of 18 people held a potluck in the basement of the Seward Lutheran Church one recent Friday evening as leader/facilitator Kenneth Blatchford laid out his vision for Mount Marathon Native Association, the new organization. Blatchford, who most there call “Kenny” dominated the discussion, as others ate, drank coffee, nodded, smiled, raised their […]

October 24, 2014 ·

Strut your stuff at Anchorage Folk Festival

Hi everyone down in Seward! The Anchorage Folk Festival Performer Application is due November 1st, and we’re trying to reach out to as many communities as possible so their musicians can participate!!! The Folk Festival Takes Place in Anchorage Jan 15-25, 2015 Genres include bluegrass, old-time, Irish/Scottish, ethnic, Cajun, swing, jazz, blues, singer-songwriter, and groups can be as small as one […]

October 23, 2014 ·
Drive-by local history series wins national award

Drive-by local history series wins national award

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – Teachers wishing to enhance their student’s interest in learning about local areas have a wonderful new, award-winning tool. Marc Swanson, a lifelong teacher and national parks interpreter has created a 12-part video series of short segments set in, and giving the more interesting stories about places in our unique national heritage area, including Moose […]

October 22, 2014 ·
Seward Highway Improvements studied

Seward Highway Improvements studied

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ open house at the Seward Community Library Museum last week was well-attended. The project is to improve and widen the Seward Highway from Mileposts 17 to 22.5, including two 12-foot lanes and 6.5 foot paved shoulders. The current roadway is 28 feet wide, with two […]

October 21, 2014 ·

Fire devastates local family

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The effort represented a success, a “structural save” to the Seward and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Departments which rushed in to help. But for Tim and Stephanie Cronin, and their children, the electrical fire that filled their new home with smoke and deadly Carbon Monoxide, and killed their cat Thursday morning October 16th, it […]

October 20, 2014 ·
“There’s a Freedom Here” provides Pat William’s experience of Seward’s 100 year history

“There’s a Freedom Here” provides Pat William’s experience of Seward’s 100 year history

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Patricia Ray Williams’ new book, There’s a Freedom Here: My 100 years of Living in Alaska, came out in print in time for her to see and appreciate it before she died, September 18, 2014, not long before what would have been her 105th birthday. A celebration of her life is being held in Seward […]

October 19, 2014 ·
Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Council puts off solution, approves Marina Subdivision lease

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council agreed at Monday night’s October 13 council meeting to allow transfer of the city lease known as Marina Subdivision from Charles “Scottie” Bald to Elliot Johnston without any changes to its rear right of way. The decision came with little comment by council following an executive session prior to the meeting […]

October 16, 2014 ·
Mount Marathon Race Civil Suit Settled Out of Court

Mount Marathon Race Civil Suit Settled Out of Court

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A civil wrongful death suit brought July 26th, 2013 by the estate of Michael LeMaitre, the rookie runner who disappeared without trace during the July 4,  2012 Mount Marathon race, against the Seward Chamber of Commerce has been settled out of court. The settlement of $20,000, a figure suggested by the Chamber’s insurance company […]

October 15, 2014 ·
Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council often refuses to take stands on controversial state ballot measures, but last night it passed a resolution by a 5-2 vote voicing its opposition to passage of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska, and urging voters to do the same. The vote was […]

October 14, 2014 ·
Zudy’s to offer dinner club nights

Zudy’s to offer dinner club nights

Zudy’s Café will begin hosting a bi-monthly dinner club, starting October 18th.  Judy Odhner, the chef, and owner can seat 36 people for each of the special evening meals. Advance reservations are required. For the special four-course dinners, she will upscale the place, adding tablecloth to the tables, and dinners will feature various appetizers, followed by a fancy salad and […]

October 13, 2014 ·
Threatened legal action complicates solution for Marina business access issue

Threatened legal action complicates solution for Marina business access issue

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council has one particularly thorny decision to make at Monday’s October 13 regular council meeting: whether or not to pass a resolution approving the transfer of its city lease of the Marina (Restaurant) Subdivision from Charles Scottie Bald to Elliot Johnston, including an amendment retaining the right of way easement at […]

October 11, 2014 ·
Senator Begich’s wife campaigns in Seward

Senator Begich’s wife campaigns in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Deborah Bonito, the wife of Alaska Senator Mark Begich, beat a trail to Seward on Monday. Bonito is a longtime small business woman, for two years chaired the Alaska Democratic Party and is an outspoken advocate for literacy, suicide prevention – particularly among returning veterans – and she’s been assisting in her husband’s uphill reelection […]

October 9, 2014 ·
An insider’s look at creating the 911 Museum

An insider’s look at creating the 911 Museum

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska members visiting Seward for their annual conference last week heard from a woman who has mastered one of the most difficult curator jobs one could imagine: creating the National September 11 Museum & Memorial in Manhattan. In a presentation Friday called “Too soon? Too sad? Too sensitive? Too […]

October 8, 2014 ·
500 suicide gatekeepers trained in Seward

500 suicide gatekeepers trained in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward, AK – Seward’s middle school and high school students and their teachers, all of AVTEC’s students and staff, and 18 other community members were trained as suicide prevention “gatekeepers” using the QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) method, established by Dr. Paul Quinnett, and promoted by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. Some 500 […]

October 3, 2014 ·
Capra’s insightful new play debuts

Capra’s insightful new play debuts

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Arts Council and Port City Players debuted Doug Capra’s nuanced and thought-provoking historical play Wednesday evening during this week’s Alaska Historical Society’s 2014 Conference, being held this week in Seward. The reader’s theater version of the play, And Now the World Again, is based on the life of artist Rockwell Kent, and his […]

October 2, 2014 ·
Study shows problems in electric rate structure

Study shows problems in electric rate structure

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A special consultant from Rockport, Maine, who the City of Seward hired to examine the basic fairness of its utility rates and cost of service, and to explore how those rates might be adjusted to cover the utilities’ future budget needs, has found inequities in the rate structure, and uncovered a few red flags. […]

October 2, 2014 ·
Challengers for property rights, public health at Seward Candidates Forum

Challengers for property rights, public health at Seward Candidates Forum

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Few showed up to hear the candidates speak except for two local reporters, and one or two other people, including mayoral candidate Tom Bearup’s wife, and Ron Long, the Seward Assistant City Manager. The biggest surprise at the Seward Chamber of Commerce’s Candidates Forum Thursday night (Sept 25th) however, was not that most of […]

September 28, 2014 ·

Suicide prevention training for ordinary folks

The entire student body at AVTEC will be taking a “Gatekeeper” suicide prevention training Monday, September 29th, and residents of Seward are invited to also take the training Tuesday night at AVTEC Auditorium, from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. QPR is the method used at the core of the training. It stands for Question, Persuade and Refer, and is a simple educational […]

September 25, 2014 ·
Reds Burgers closes Monday

Reds Burgers closes Monday

James Minden and Sara Kirby, of Red’s Burgers stand at the corner of Seward Highway and 302 Van Buren St., will soon be closing for the winter. They want to remind everyone that they can still come out and get their last fix of gourmet burgers, garlic fries, and shakes until they close on Monday (Sept 29th) at 6 p.m. […]

September 25, 2014 ·

Seahawks Football Home Game

Come out at 4:30 this afternoon (Thursday 9/25) and support Seward Seahawks as they play another home game. This team has been beating the odds from Nome to Valdez, in a winning streak practically unheard of for a good many years, and is setting itself up to go to state. Witness for yourselves how they’re doing it.

September 25, 2014 ·
Council delays lease transfer of harbor business

Council delays lease transfer of harbor business

Heidi Zemach for SCN – After hearing from a few concerned neighboring business owners who want delivery and emergency access behind their businesses, Seward City Council postponed a resolution for two weeks allowing the City Manager to enter into a lease agreement with Charles “Scottie” Bald reassigning the 8,300 square foot Marina restaurant property on Fourth Avenue to Seward Lodging […]

September 25, 2014 ·
New thrift store opens in Seward

New thrift store opens in Seward

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Residents thronged into Seward’s new thrift store, Ukanuzit, in the Old Western Auto building at the corner of Third and Fifth, for its grand opening Saturday. The rain lifted and the sun came out for the event. Customers were treated to hotdogs and a home-cooked chicken jalapeno chili, but most of all they appreciated having […]

September 23, 2014 ·