Author: Carol Griswold

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 […]

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Late in the evening on July 26, a giant slug as long as a fireweed leaf and stout as a spruce cone mysteriously appeared cruising on the sidewalk of the 400 block of Third Avenue. The alert discoverer, Deb Kurtz, ran home, called me, came back with a container, and […]

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

The impressive, 261-foot oceanographic research ship Sikuliaq returned to Seward in early July. She is currently docked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center at the base of Third and Railway Avenue. Carol Griswold  

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Eleven days ago, the baby walrus was less than enthusiastic about feeding from a bottle. Today, he waited impatiently and watched anxiously as the Alaska Sealife Center staff prepared his bottle. It apparently took forever; he alternately drooped against the enclosure door, stood up on his hind legs for a […]

2017 Mt Marathon Race Posters on display

2017 Mt Marathon Race Posters on display

The 2017 Mt Marathon Race posters are now installed in the display case on the west side of the Senior Center/TYC building at 336 Third Avenue. The hot pink background color honors local race legend Fred Moore who always races in hot pink shorts. Fred completed his 48th consecutive race this […]