Author: Carol Griswold

Race to clear Lowell Creek

Race to clear Lowell Creek

A small crowd gathered to watch the action at Lowell Creek Sunday night as the brown, thundering waterfall continued to dump huge quantities of silt, gravel, rocks and boulders into the creek, threatening the bridge on Lowell Point Road. A yellow bulldozer clattered up and down the creek below the bridge, […]

Lowell Creek waterfall surging

Lowell Creek waterfall surging

Recent sunshine and then heavy rain has swollen all the local creeks and rivers as the mountainsides drain into the watershed. The inner bay is brown with silt and sediment discharged from Fourth of July Creek, Resurrection River, Scheffler Creek, Lowell Creek, and Spruce Creek. Lowell Creek is particularly impressive as […]

Tonsina Trail Improvements Underway this Summer

Tonsina Trail Improvements Underway this Summer

A one mile section of the popular Tonsina Trail including the switchback section will be improved this summer to make it safer and provide better year round access to Alaska State Park units in Tonsina Point and Caines Head State Recreation Area. Due to challenging topography and safety considerations, the trail is not designed […]

Tugboat Tan’erliq puts on a water show

Tugboat Tan’erliq puts on a water show

This evening around 6:45, the 140′  tugboat Tan’erliq put on an impressive waterworks show just south of the Seward Boat Harbor, complete with rainbows. More than just a pretty display, it displayed the range, force, and nimble maneuvering of the salt water fire fighting response. The Crowley Marine Services tug is a […]

USCG Cutter back in service

USCG Cutter back in service

It’s great to see the US Coast Guard Cutter back in its spot in the boat harbor after undergoing maintenance at Vigor Shipyard across the bay this winter. The contrast in size to the cruise ship is amazing! Carol Griswold

Cruise ship departs Seward

Cruise ship departs Seward

The sun illuminated the Celebrity Millennium this evening as it backed out of port and departed Seward around 8 pm. Locals and visitors alike lined up along the Waterfront to watch the spectacle of the huge vessel, framed by the spectacular snowy mountains in the background. In turn, the passengers gazed at Seward and Mt […]

Dead whale removed from cruise ship bow

Dead whale removed from cruise ship bow

This afternoon, Karl Van Buskirk, owner of Storm Chasers Marine, and his crew successfully removed the dead whale from the bow of the cruise ship. It took a lot of power to pull the draped whale off. Fortunately, the operation was successful. The whale floated just enough to allow the […]

Dead whale discovered on cruise ship bow

Dead whale discovered on cruise ship bow

A dead whale was discovered on the bulbous bow of the Holland America cruise ship Zaandam early this morning. Initially identified as a juvenile humpback whale, it is now tentatively identified as a fin whale. As with the August 19, 2006 incident when the Celebrity cruise ship Summit arrived in port […]

Alaska Purchase Centennial Year Sitka Spruce

Alaska Purchase Centennial Year Sitka Spruce

On May 21, exactly forty-nine years ago to the day, seven Boy Scouts from Seward Troop 327 planted a skinny, 4′ tall Sitka Spruce sapling by City Hall to commemorate the 1867 Alaska Purchase Centennial Year. As the 150th anniversary of the purchase of Alaska from Russia approaches, local historian Lee […]

New bronze statue for Seward

New bronze statue for Seward

Check out the beautiful new bronze statue of renowned pioneer dog musher Jujiro Wada by Fifth and Railway Avenue near the Alaska Sealife Center. The detailed sculpture was commissioned by the Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers. It was created by Pat Garley, assisted by Colleen Wake, of Arctic Fires Bronze Sculptureworks of Palmer, Alaska. […]

Commercial Fishing in action

Commercial Fishing in action

Commercial fishers are busy long-lining for halibut and sablefish (also known as black cod), and delivering their catch  to the local seafood processing plants. Below, the classic, 56′ wooden Cape Falcon heads back to the Seward Harbor after delivery to Resurrection Bay Seafoods on Lowell Point Road. The F/V Karma is ready […]

Mt Marathon Snowshoe-Runner

Mt Marathon Snowshoe-Runner

While admiring the spectacular scenery on March 31st, I spotted a tiny figure running on snowshoes from the Race Point on Mt Marathon. It was amazing how quickly he flew down the slope! Reliable sources revealed this phenomenal athlete is Sewardite Erik Johnson. Look closely just below center and you will see […]

Great Blue Heron family on display!

Great Blue Heron family on display!

Great Blue Herons, those long-legged, long-necked, long-billed, wading birds, live in Seward year-round. This hardy heron is the only member of its family to live so far north, and Seward is near the northern extent of its range. One Christmas Bird Count found 11 herons! But that doesn’t mean it’s easy […]