Articles by: Sporadic Bird

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 ·

In memory of Jessi Nelsen and Rob Lilly

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

August 28, 2013 ·
Superyacht anchors off Seward

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. […]

August 25, 2013 ·
Unmarked Underpass a Mystery

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 […]

August 19, 2013 ·
Last evening to see baby sea lion at ASLC

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 […]

August 18, 2013 ·
Pave Hawk at helistop again

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 […]

August 9, 2013 ·
Pave Hawk provides rescue ride to Anchorage

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

August 8, 2013 ·
King salmon smolt stocked in Lagoon

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 […]

June 27, 2013 ·
Pavehawk Rescue on Mt Marathon a Success!

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, […]

June 13, 2013 ·
Alaska Shoppers Guides: from the Post Office box to the trash

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 […]

June 4, 2013 ·
Heated Sidewalk for Providence Seward Medical and Care Center

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 […]

June 3, 2013 ·
Local Plant Nursery Open for Business!

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 […]

June 1, 2013 ·
Fire Chief David Squires Retires After 28 Years of Dedicated Service

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 […]

May 31, 2013 ·
Sandhill Crane visits Seward

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 […]

May 28, 2013 ·
Scheffler Creek observation platform completed

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 […]

May 27, 2013 ·
Bald Eagle Battle

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 […]

May 17, 2013 ·

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

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 […]

May 13, 2013 ·
Coal Ship “Key Spring” departs

Coal Ship “Key Spring” departs

April 1, 2013 ·
Surf’s UP at Fourth of July Beach

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  

March 24, 2013 ·
Busy Resurrection Bay

Busy Resurrection Bay

It’s been a busy winter for big vessels in Resurrection Bay! The M/V Tustumena ferry at dry dock at SMIC is so big at 296 feet, that it won’t fit inside the shipyard structure. The huge supply vessel, Aiviq docked in front of the M/V Aurora, another state ferry. The Aiviq not only towered over the ferry with its massive […]

March 6, 2013 ·