Articles by: Carol Griswold

Presidential Helicopter: Marine One

Presidential Helicopter: Marine One

The Ospreys stole the show yesterday, but nearby were two presidential helicopters, testing approaches and landings at the Seward Airport in the brutal, gusty wind. The green and white Sikorsky VH-60 helicopter becomes Marine One when the president is on board. If only the vice president or other high-ranking members are on board, it becomes Marine Two. When Marine One is […]

August 29, 2015 ·
Spectacular aircraft at Seward Airport today

Spectacular aircraft at Seward Airport today

In preparation for President Obama’s visit to Seward on September 1st,  four impressive Osprey Tiltrotor Aircraft thundered over the Seward Airport. They had flown from Anchorage with their twin prop-rotors in front like an airplane but on approach, the prop-rotors tilted vertically like a helicopter to allow them to hover. The gnarly winds did not faze them and they landed with […]

August 28, 2015 ·
Phoenix Glacier receding

Phoenix Glacier receding

You don’t have to visit Exit Glacier to see a receding glacier; the glaciers visible from town and Nash Road provide vivid examples. Check out Godwin Glacier and the shrinking glaciers on Mt Alice on the east side of the bay, and Phoenix Glacier to the north of Mt Marathon. Carol Griswold

August 27, 2015 ·
Seward Silver Salmon Derby Finale

Seward Silver Salmon Derby Finale

When the Seward Silver Salmon Derby ended today at noon, Soldotna resident Jerry Bixby was the winner with a handsome salmon he caught today at the head of the bay. Jerry will receive $10,000 plus the weight of his fish in coffee. Many dedicated volunteers helped to make this event possible, including the final weigh-in team of Lori, Sandi, Glenn, and […]

August 16, 2015 ·
Super Yacht Christopher Visits Seward

Super Yacht Christopher Visits Seward

The 150.9′ performance world-cruising sailing cruiser and super yacht “Christopher” visited Seward Tuesday, docking just offshore of the Greenbelt.  It dwarfed passing tour boats and made specks of silver salmon derby boats. The impressive aluminum ketch, built in 2011,  features 3 staterooms and a study with accommodations for up to 12, and another 4 cabins for a crew of 8. Innovative technology includes […]

August 12, 2015 ·
Raven Rescue

Raven Rescue

Wednesday, August 5, 2015 Seward, Alaska This morning around 11:30, I received an urgent call from Ozzie, a friend who had spotted an unusual, dark object dangling from a branch about 50 feet up near the top of a spruce tree. When a wing moved feebly, he realized it was a RAVEN, and this bird was not being playful. He was […]

August 8, 2015 ·
Cook Inlet Drilling Rig now at SMIC

Cook Inlet Drilling Rig now at SMIC

   

August 1, 2015 ·
After the Blackwater Railroad Concert: Destruction

After the Blackwater Railroad Concert: Destruction

News of the July 26 Blackwater Railroad Company Adventure Venue Alaska Mt Marathon Bowl “Hike In, Rock Out” first appeared on July 20 on the Seward City News. “Does an afternoon hike to a pristine outdoor venue to listen and dance to live music sound like a day well spent? Well, this event is for you!” Their Facebook page shows […]

July 28, 2015 ·
US Coast Guard Cutter Healy in Port

US Coast Guard Cutter Healy in Port

After successfully completing their first science mission of the summer, the Healy’s crew is taking a break in Seward before heading back north. Check out the Healy blog at http://www.uscg.mil/pacarea/cgchealy/aws15/150721.asp Also in port is the NOAA research vessel Cape Flattery. The crew has been collecting data crucial to sustainable Alaska fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska. http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/newsreleases/2015/stockresearch042815.htm Moored nearby was the floating […]

July 26, 2015 ·
Bird’s Eye View of New Projects in Leirer Industrial Zone

Bird’s Eye View of New Projects in Leirer Industrial Zone

 

July 23, 2015 ·
Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Beware of a pretty purple-blue flower that is blooming now in unsuspecting homeowners gardens, along the alleys, disturbed grassy areas, and unmowed roadsides. Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) is an invasive, harmful, noxious weed that spreads rapidly by seed and underground roots. It climbs over other flowers, grasses, and shrubs, and up fences and small trees. When it gets established, it turns […]

July 15, 2015 ·
Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

Expedition Alaska Adventure Race

After racing across 378 miles of Alaska Wilderness over the past 7 days, Expedition Alaska Adventure Race participants completed their final adventure on Sunday: running their own Mt Marathon race on the official route. Most teams wisely chose the Switchback Trail to avoid the Cliff and Waterfall. They all carried water, food, and gear; some had hiking poles. As a team event, […]

July 7, 2015 ·
Bear Glacier kayak adventure

Bear Glacier kayak adventure

On Wednesday, June 24th, I was lucky to go kayaking for the day at Bear Glacier, 15 miles south of Seward, in Kenai Fjords National Park. Please visit my blog at http://sporadicbird.blogspot.com for more photos and the story. Submitted by Carol Griswold

June 27, 2015 ·
Seward Beach Fishing is HOT!

Seward Beach Fishing is HOT!

June 23, 2015 ·
Sikuliaq back in the water

Sikuliaq back in the water

Vigor Alaska finished the one-year warranty work and then some on the R/V Sikuliaq today. The global class ice-capable research vessel was carefully lowered into the water by the synchrolift shortly after this photo was taken. Note the new, dark blue hull. The color reminded me of the Alaska flag, so I added the Big Dipper in Photoshop. Submitted by Carol […]

June 21, 2015 ·
Blackhawk helicopters refuel at Seward for Cooper Landing fires

Blackhawk helicopters refuel at Seward for Cooper Landing fires

Today at 1 pm, two massive, fire-fighting Blackhawk helicopters thundered down the Resurrection River valley from Cooper Landing to the Seward Airport. Large, orange, expandable water buckets dangled on long cables. Airport fuel manager Denny Hamilton said Seward was a better choice than Soldotna due to the smoke from all the fires. Each Blackhawk takes 300 gallons and burns about 140 […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Spring Creek Beach littered with trash

Spring Creek Beach littered with trash

Well, yuck. The city-owned sewage lagoon at the Seward Marine Industrial Center is currently drained and non-functional according to plan. During this process, the raw sewage is supposed to be captured and trucked away for sanitary disposal. Not all the sewage may have been collected, as rows of litter washed up on Spring Creek Beach at high tide. The single-use packet wrappers of […]

May 5, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq at drydock in Seward

R/V Sikuliaq at drydock in Seward

After a year at sea, the R/V Sikuliaq rests at Vigor drydock for warranty repairs. The impressive 261′ vessel looms over the shipyard, framed by snowy mountains. It’s amazing to see the whole ship, including the  Z-drive thrusters that pull instead of push the ship, improving efficiency. Carol Griswold

April 22, 2015 ·
Airport flood work repairs continue

Airport flood work repairs continue

April 20, 2015 ·

A Better Senior Housing Process

Dear Council and P&Z Commissioners, The Rasmuson Foundation offers a five-step predevelopment program to municipalities and non-profit organizations to help plan successful capital projects: http://www.rasmuson.org/index.php?switch=viewpage&pageid=141 “Many Alaska nonprofits undertake capital projects, whether it’s purchasing, constructing, or renovating a facility. Effective planning in the first phase will dictate the long-term success of the project. “Pre-development is the phase of a construction […]

April 18, 2015 ·
Unusual Bird Visits Seward

Unusual Bird Visits Seward

Folks along the north end of Fifth and Sixth Avenue have no doubt noticed several people with binoculars wandering around the past two days, scanning the Mt Ash trees and cottonwoods. What are they doing??? It’s another very unusual bird. This one was spotted on Monday by Jen Linkhart. She had the presence of mind to grab her camera and take […]

September 11, 2013 ·
Flooding Events Around Town

Flooding Events Around Town

After days of hard rain, area streams are responding by rising; some are starting to flood adjacent roadways and homes. Once again, Resurrection River is flooding the main runway at the Seward Airport. I watched a beautiful cow moose graze on the uplands nearby, unconcerned about this disaster. The culverts at the corner of Salmon Creek Road and Nash Road […]

September 10, 2013 ·
New Asphalt Plant on Old Nash Road

New Asphalt Plant on Old Nash Road

A steady stream of side-dump trucks, loaded with gravel from Japanese Creek, headed to an asphalt plant on Old Nash Road today. I assume this is the controversial asphalt plant that was conditionally approved by P&Z for operation on Ash Street in Forest Acres. This new site is located just outside of city limits on private property and is not […]

September 10, 2013 ·
Seavey’s Ididaride Weekend a Big Success

Seavey’s Ididaride Weekend a Big Success

Hundreds of locals accepted the Seavey family’s generous invitation to experience their Ididaride Wilderness Dog Sled Ride and Tour on Saturday and Sunday. After gathering and dividing into groups of 8, Conway Seavey, personable grandson of Dan and a formidable racer,  gave us a brief review of the history of the Last Great Race. Then it was off the dog […]

September 9, 2013 ·
Paul Allen’s MD 902 Helicopter

Paul Allen’s MD 902 Helicopter

I happened to take photos of this very unusual helicopter as it was flying in to the Seward Airport on August 26. I wonder if the pilot was Paul Allen? We will probably never know. The helicopter is registered to Vulcan Aircraft of Seattle, a company owned by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft and owner of the super yacht Octopus […]

September 2, 2013 ·

Seward Library Association Annual Membership Meeting September 19

Hello! I am your new Seward Community Library and Museum.  My purpose is to tell stories, past, present, and future, through the printed, audio and visual media, live storytellers, the arts, and exhibits.  There are many ways that YOU can be a part of this story telling:  the “Story Garden,” Book Sale, Angel Tree, children and adult programs,  art,  fund […]

August 30, 2013 ·