Author: Carol Griswold

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 […]

Icebound: 1925 Serum Run video

As the excitement builds for the 2016 Iditarod, check out this excellent movie on the 1925 diphtheria serum run from Nenana to Nome. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed_umUicLjQ  It’s a gripping story with heroic mushers and their phenomenal dogs, and spectacular scenery. Lee Poleske and Dan Seavey offer commentary along the way. “On January 28, 1925, […]

NOSB Art Show at Alaska Sealife Center

NOSB Art Show at Alaska Sealife Center

Don’t miss the Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl art show now on display at the Alaska Sealife Center lobby. The show, featuring 2D art, ceramics, and this realistic paper mache sea turtle (look up!), will be on display until March 21st. Admission is free to the art show. Sunday, February 29th, […]

Three Lakes Park?

Three Lakes Park?

First Lake, in Two Lakes Park, drains into a year-round, anadromous stream that flows next to Second Avenue down to the south end of the Lagoon by Van Buren Street. Another creek flows from Second Lake, also in Two Lakes Park, and cascades over a nearby cliff in a waterfall […]

USCG Cutter Hickory

USCG Cutter Hickory

The US Coast Guard Cutter is a 225′ sea going buoy tender based out of Homer, Alaska. It has 40 enlisted crew members and seven officers. It’s primary mission is aids to navigation and is responsible for over 160 floating and fixed navigation aids. The Hickory also participates in search […]

Huge landslide blocks Lowell Point Road

Huge landslide blocks Lowell Point Road

After torrential rains, the supersaturated soil on the steep mountainside along Lowell Point Road gave way this afternoon at a new spot around 2 pm. The huge slide, about mile 1.5, included a massive spruce tree, snapped in half, mud, and rocks. Public Works does not plan to start clearing […]