Author: Carol Griswold

Alaska Day October 18

Alaska Day October 18

In case you’re wondering why October 18 is a state holiday check out the attached image. Or stop by City Hall on Adams Street to see the actual sign and the beautiful Sitka Spruce tree that was planted 50 years ago by members of Boy Scout Troop 327. Note: city offices are also […]

Tragic loss of Seward resident

Tragic loss of Seward resident

Seward resident and Library Technician Presence Lupton Bissonette died yesterday in the early morning car crash on icy roads at Mile 53.8 just south of  the Hope Junction when an on-coming vehicle crossed over the center line and struck her car head-on. A passenger in the other car was also killed. […]

Seward PTA Garage Sale TODAY 9 to 2

Lots of great stuff waiting for you at the Seward PTA Garage Sale today at the High School Cafeteria from 9 to 2 pm. According to the PTA, Hotel 360 has generously donated desks, chairs, entertainment centers, nightstands, end tables, lamps and pictures available for very reasonable prices. All that PLUS […]

Baby walrus update

Baby walrus update

According to the Alaska Sealife Center October Newsletter released today: “Aku will be moved out of his current location soon. Aku was rescued from Nome, Alaska on June 14th. If you would like to see Aku, be sure to visit by Sunday, October 15.” I visited again today, just before […]

Millionaire’s Row

Millionaire’s Row

As the rain pounds down this evening, it’s hard to believe how sunny and spectacular the day began. I seized the opportunity to photograph the historic homes along “Millionaire’s Row” in the 400 Block of Third Avenue. They sure have seen their share of rain since they were built in 1905! […]

Bear Resistant Garbage Cans for rent

Bear Resistant Garbage Cans for rent

Alaska Waste has 96-gallon bear resistant garbage cans available for monthly rent. These large garbage cans are the equivalent of three regular trash cans. The $40.52 monthly fee is only $2.00 more than the monthly rate for three cans. Customers can rent the cans by the month or even partial month. This is […]

Seward Transfer Facility closed Sundays

Just FYI: The Seward Transfer Facility will be closed Sundays from October through April, according to their website. They are open Monday through Saturday from 8 am to 5:45 pm. The next Hazardous Waste Program will be in January 2018. The Seward Transfer Facility is located at 3200 Dimond Blvd, […]

A Horse at the Post Office!

A Horse at the Post Office!

This afternoon, I spotted a very unusual sight: a horse on the Post Office lawn! I’ve never seen that before! Two lucky kids with dad in tow were allowed to pet the beautiful horse when the owner returned with the mail.  Then stow the mail, saddle up, and off they went […]

Lowell Creek flooding again

Lowell Creek flooding again

Days of heavy rain once again has Lowell Creek boiling with gravel and rocks from Lowell Canyon.  Seward Public Works has been working in Lowell Creek since Friday, clearing the burden of gravel from under the bridge and maintaining the channel to protect the bridge and minimize damage from erosion and flooding. […]

New Aviation Mural Ready for Take-Off!

New Aviation Mural Ready for Take-Off!

Want to help paint a mural? Volunteers are invited to help paint the newly updated “Alaska Aviation in Seward” mural on September 16 and 17 in the Seward Community Library/Museum basement. To sign up for a painting slot, visit Ranting Raven or call 907-224-2228 or 907-947-5175. The original “Dawn of […]

Crowley Maritime tug “Alert” puts on a show!

Crowley Maritime tug “Alert” puts on a show!

A large, bright yellow tug was spotted between rainsqualls yesterday cruising slowly down the west side of Resurrection Bay. Lucky boaters and bay watchers were treated to the sight of the Crowley Maritime’s tug “Alert” test its firefighting pumps. Higher and higher rose the powerful plumes of water, farther and farther they […]

Bird feeders are not for Bears

Bird feeders are not for Bears

As fall approaches, it’s tempting to put up bird feeders for our feathered friends. It seemed safe as no bears had been seen in town for a while, until recently. Now, a black bear momma with two adorable first-year cubs is cruising Seward neighborhoods, targeting bird feeders from Jesse Lee Subdivision to […]

Exit Glacier retreat continues

Exit Glacier retreat continues

I  checked out Exit Glacier on Saturday, joining the many other visitors from all around the world. The glacier has retreated an astounding 264 feet since last August, in part due to a dramatic change in the outflow of water from the ice field and glacier. The toe of the […]

Crystal Serenity set sail early

Crystal Serenity set sail early

The Crystal Serenity set sail long before 11 pm last night, the time stated on its website. I checked out the view from the Waterfront and even drove over the the Alaska Railroad dock at 11 pm looking for it. If you were as disappointed as I was, here are some […]

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Beware of a pretty purple-blue flower that is blooming and producing seeds in unsuspecting public sites, homeowners’ gardens, along the alleys, disturbed grassy areas, and unmowed roadsides. Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) is an invasive, harmful weed that spreads rapidly by seed and underground roots. It climbs over other flowers, grasses, and […]