Articles by: Sporadic Bird

Unusual Bird Visits Seward

September 11, 2013 11:01 pm2 comments
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 several photos before it flew off. The photos verified her guess of Western Tanager, a yellow bird with wing bars that should not be here. Once the news got out, local birders have been scouring the trees for a glimpse […]

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Flooding Events Around Town

September 10, 2013 9:40 pm3 comments
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 under the AK RR tracks are almost submerged. The large new culvert still has a bit more clearance. Salmon Creek  has breached its south bank and is flooding Eadsville. Dimond Blvd is closed past Levee Road, with water running over the […]

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New Asphalt Plant on Old Nash Road

9:10 pm1 comment
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 subject to city regulations. Carol Griswold  

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Seavey’s Ididaride Weekend a Big Success

September 9, 2013 10:44 pm5 comments
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 yard. It was amazing to see the large, neatly kept yard with up to 100 dogs, each waiting quietly beside a white barrel doghouse. When the carts and harnesses came out, they erupted in howls of eager anticipation, hoping to […]

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Paul Allen’s MD 902 Helicopter

September 2, 2013 10:51 am1 comment
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 that was anchored in Resurrection Bay and then moored at the cruise ship dock for several days. The MD 902 is a light twin utility helicopter designed by McDonnell Helicopter Systems. Unlike most helicopters, there is no tail rotor. Instead, […]

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Seward Library Association Annual Membership Meeting September 19

August 30, 2013 9:32 pmComments Off

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 raising, and many more fun and interesting opportunities. Please consider becoming my Friend by joining the Seward Community Library Association “Friends of the Library”. It’s only $10 a year. You are invited to visit me, the current Board members, and […]

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In memory of Jessi Nelsen and Rob Lilly

August 28, 2013 9:53 am1 comment

The Alaska Dispatch has posted a beautifully written tribute about Jessi Nelsen and Rob Lilly who died tragically on Saturday in a small plane crash at Merrill Field. http://www.alaskadispatch.com/article/20130826/grieving-young-couple-victims-alaskas-most-recent-fatal-plane-crash The article noted that the Seward Music Festival, September 27-29, will be held in Jessi’s honor. Submitted by Carol Griswold

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Superyacht anchors off Seward

August 25, 2013 7:37 pm20 comments
Superyacht anchors off Seward

The superyacht Octopus anchored just off shore in front of Seward today. According to the superyacht website, http://www.superyachtfan.com/superyacht_octopus.html, it is owned by Microsoft billionaire Paul Allen. Mr. Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates in 1975. The super yacht is one of the world’s largest yachts. It has two helicopters on the top deck and a 63′ tender docked in the transom. It has a pool and two submarines. For photos of the interior, please visit the above site. According to Wikpedia, the Octopus was built in 2003. It is 414′ long and currently the world’s 13th largest superyacht, and the largest […]

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Unmarked Underpass a Mystery

August 19, 2013 10:40 pm9 comments
Unmarked Underpass a Mystery

A few years ago, DOT built a very expensive underpass between Resurrection Blvd and Iron Drive so that pedestrians could safely cross under the Seward Highway. It is a mystery why they would invest so much money and yet neglect to provide signage to inform pedestrians and bicyclists of this option. This afternoon, a short distance from the underpass, I saw a familiar scene: two visitors wearing backpacks dodged between the passing cars, barely making it across. Then a father with his young son, both wheeling luggage, crossed between the next small gap. I stopped to talk to each pair […]

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Last evening to see baby sea lion at ASLC

August 18, 2013 9:53 am1 comment
Last evening to see baby sea lion at ASLC

Ellie, the first viable sea lion pup born at the Alaska Sealife Center, will be available for  public viewing today, Sunday, August 18, from 5 to 8 pm with her sleek, beautiful mother, Eden. After this date, it is not known when she will be in the sea lion habitat. All during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby, Ellie, only 8 weeks old, has enchanted visitors with her antics and curiosity as she learns about her new world, often interacting with visitors. Be sure to allow enough time to check out the myriad of amazing animals on display, including the two […]

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Pave Hawk at helistop again

August 9, 2013 10:16 pm9 comments
Pave Hawk at helistop again

Perhaps once again due to a low ceiling, the Pave Hawk returned this evening to the PSMCC helistop to transport two patients to Anchorage. This time, all the street warning lights were working, a city police patrol car was on site to make sure no vehicles parked or drove past into the helicopter flight path, the patients were prepared inside the clinic and ready to be loaded, and almost everyone involved wore ear protection. Instead of an hour, the operation only took 20 minutes, though the noise was deafening. I remain concerned about the flight path, and how low the […]

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Pave Hawk provides rescue ride to Anchorage

August 8, 2013 9:24 pm7 comments
Pave Hawk provides rescue ride to Anchorage

A thundering USAF Pave Hawk provided an emergency lift for two Providence Seward Medical Care Center patients today when a low ceiling prevented the usual Life Guard helicopter from coming. Submitted by Carol Griswold

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King salmon smolt stocked in Lagoon

June 27, 2013 9:56 pm4 comments
King salmon smolt stocked in Lagoon

Like silver dollars gushing from a slot machine jackpot, over 131,000 year-old King salmon smolt poured into the Lagoon today. The salmon fry were raised at the new Alaska Department of Fish and Game William Jack Hernandez Sports Fish Hatchery and trucked down from Anchorage in four 500 and two 750 gallon tanks. The predation began almost immediately as the gulls found out about the unexpected bonanza. When the survivors return from their journey around the North Pacific, generally in 3 to 4 years, they will weigh between 25 and 45#. ADFG also stocked Coho (Silver) smolt earlier this month. […]

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Pavehawk Rescue on Mt Marathon a Success!

June 13, 2013 2:13 pm13 comments
Pavehawk Rescue on Mt Marathon a Success!

Local resident and racer Eugen Beutler happened to be training on the mountain with his daughters and nephew when this drama started. He ran over and was able to relocate the dehydrated and disoriented hiker to a more stable location from the dangerous canyon badlands on the south side of Mt Marathon.  The Pavehawk successfully scooped up the hiker, Eugen, the Seward Volunteer Fire Department volunteers, and the Pavehawk rescuers and delivered them safely to the helistop at Providence Seward Medical and Care Center. Many thanks to all who helped to avert disaster on Mt Marathon. I hope others can […]

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Alaska Shoppers Guides: from the Post Office box to the trash

June 4, 2013 9:50 am7 comments
Alaska Shoppers Guides: from the Post Office box to the trash

Hundreds of Alaska Shopper’s Guides piled up on the lobby counters and filled the trash cans at the Seward Post Office last week. This familiar scene has repeated over the years, delivered to patrons who obviously do not want it. What a waste of trees and other resources!!! These mass mailings to Post Office boxes are very difficult to stop because current USPS regulations may prevent opting out of mail delivery in certain, mainly rural, areas. Unfortunately, if your PO Box is not closed, the Post Office must deliver it to “Current Resident” as addressed whether or not you opted […]

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Heated Sidewalk for Providence Seward Medical and Care Center

June 3, 2013 12:19 pmComments Off
Heated Sidewalk for Providence Seward Medical and Care Center

Fifteen years of fighting ice and snow on the sidewalk and entrance to the Providence Seward Medical and Care Center is finally coming to an end. Today demolition work began to remove the old sidewalk. In about three weeks, the new, heated sidewalk with improved accessibility and better drainage should be completed. Temporary access for now is through the Emergency entrance off Lowell Canyon Drive. Park as usual in the large parking lot and follow the signs to walk to the south entrance.  The front entrance should be available by early next week. Submitted by Carol Griswold

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Local Plant Nursery Open for Business!

June 1, 2013 2:43 pm2 comments
Local Plant Nursery Open for Business!

Master gardener and green thumb Carol Souza has been busy all winter tending to her greenhouses full of annuals, perennials, hanging baskets, herbs, and garden vegetable starts. Due to the cold spring, she delayed opening her Weezingreens business until today, June 1st, to give these beautiful young plants a good start in their new homes. WeezInGreens is open 9 to 6 pm daily or call 224-3947. To find this oasis of thriving flowers and greenery, turn off Nash Road onto Salmon Creek Road and watch for the signs to the big log house and greenhouses. Happy Spring! Submitted by Carol […]

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Fire Chief David Squires Retires After 28 Years of Dedicated Service

May 31, 2013 7:03 pm2 comments
Fire Chief David Squires Retires After 28 Years of Dedicated Service

Well-wishers stopped by the Seward Volunteer Fire Station at 316 Fourth Ave this afternoon to congratulate and thank retiring Chief David Squires for his 28 years of service to the community. Many remember his calm and steady demeanor during countless fires, emergencies, and rescue operations. He was a  frequent spokesperson and resource at City meetings, guiding policy to make our community a safer place to live. He was a tireless advocate for better safety equipment from fire trucks to air packs for the dedicated volunteers under his command. Always working with limited funding and resources, Chief Squires made do with […]

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Sandhill Crane visits Seward

May 28, 2013 10:03 pm3 comments
Sandhill Crane visits Seward

On May 8th, I received a call about a strange big bird in the street by the Seward High School. The next evening, I found a beautiful Sandhill Crane napping peacefully on the grass between an apartment building and the street in a busy neighborhood on Phoenix Road. It looked like a fabulous lawn ornament. The long-necked, long-legged gray bird with the red forehead and golden eyes did not seem the least concerned about the surrounding asphalt, cars, or buildings. Over the next few days, many people reported it to the ASLC. No worries, they were told, as long as […]

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Scheffler Creek observation platform completed

May 27, 2013 10:07 pm1 comment
Scheffler Creek observation platform completed

The brand new Scheffler Creek observation platform just off the bike path north of the pedestrian bridge  is now completed and open for use. Two educational interpretive signs have been installed; one depicts the extensive habitat restoration project, the other features the five salmon species that can be found in Scheffler Creek and its tributaries. This project was made possible by the generous contributions and volunteer support by the Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance,  Americorps Alaska, Kenai Fjords National Park, the Seward Chamber of Commerce, the City of Seward, the Seward Community Foundation, and USFW Services. Check out the platform, signs, and Scheffler […]

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Bald Eagle Battle

May 17, 2013 3:29 pm4 comments
Bald Eagle Battle

Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report A few days ago, I noticed two BALD EAGLES stroking swiftly with deadly determination towards me. The adult seemed to be pursuing the subadult, quickly closing the gap. I immediately froze, camera at the ready. Whenever two eagles (or ravens) get that close, something interesting usually happens. Sure enough, the fierce adult caught up with the younger bird just overhead, menacing golden talons extended. The younger bird quickly flipped over, presenting its sharp talons in defense. The giants briefly locked weapons, falling earthward, then disengaged, and as quickly sped off. One peeled off and away […]

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Hazardous Waste Collection Day, Saturday, May 18, 8-5 pm

May 13, 2013 10:24 pm1 comment

The Kenai Peninsula Borough provides free household hazardous waste collection four times a year at the Seward Transfer Facility located at the end of Dimond Blvd. Bring your household hazardous waste on Saturday, May 18th from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The next collection date is July 27. Household collection is free; businesses and organizations should call Emerald at  1-877-375-5040 ahead of time to let them know what to expect. Many home improvement projects result in hazardous waste such as extra or old paint, varnish, stain, paint thinner, paint stripper, caulk, wood preservatives, and adhesives. These products are all household […]

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Coal Ship “Key Spring” departs

April 1, 2013 10:10 amComments Off
Coal Ship “Key Spring” departs
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Surf’s UP at Fourth of July Beach

March 24, 2013 9:58 amComments Off
Surf’s UP at Fourth of July Beach

Two surfers played like seals in the green surf at Fourth of July Beach on Saturday. It was quite entertaining! Submitted by Carol Griswold  

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