Author: Carol Griswold

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

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Noble Discoverer Loaded Onto Transport Ship

Noble Discoverer Loaded Onto Transport Ship

Guided by powerful tugs, Shell Oil’s drilling rig, the Noble Discoverer, began its slow but steady journey from the Alaska Railroad Dock to the waiting semi-submerged transport ship around 6:30 am on Saturday morning. Calm seas helped make this delicate operation much easier. By early afternoon, the rig was temporarily […]