Author: Carol Griswold

LifeMed Medevac

LifeMed Medevac

Seward’s magnificent mountains dwarfed the bright orange LifeMed helicopter as it flew north to Providence Hospital today in exceptional sunny weather. Best wishes to the patient for a speedy recovery, and many thanks to the Providence-Seward doctors and staff, and the LifeMed pilot and crew! Carol Griswold

Op-Ed on loss of valued former city employee

Council Chamber was packed at the January 23 City Council meeting. Chairs had to be set up and some people stood. At the beginning of the meeting during Citizen’s Comments, three people spoke in support of Marc Swanson and Heather McClain, the recipients of the 2016 Historic Preservation Award. Heather, […]

Dog License time again

Dog License time again

Did you know that every dog over 4 months old in Seward city limits needs an annual dog license? In addition to complying with Seward code, a license will help the animal shelter quickly identify your lost dog and get him or her back to you quicker. If you think your dog would […]

Thanks to our emergency responders!

Thanks to our emergency responders!

Shortly after dawn on the first day of the new year, a LifeMed Alaska medevac helicopter landed at the Providence-Seward helistop to transport a patient to Anchorage. Today, the Guardian Flight fixed wing transported another patient in need to Anchorage while the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps stood by watching the take-off. […]

Humdinger Seward Christmas Bird Count

Humdinger Seward Christmas Bird Count

The 2016 Seward Audubon Christmas Bird Count was held on a beautiful, mild Saturday on December 17, the day after torrential rain on ice. During the CBC, 4 Boat Crew, 10 Field Counters, and 5 Feeder Counters counted all the birds they saw in the Seward Count Circle, a 15-mile […]

Happy Holidays from Seward State Parks!

Happy Holidays from Seward State Parks!

This afternoon at  Lowell Point Beach I found a little spruce tree decorated with pretty blue and silver ornaments and a “Hope” star at the top. What an unexpected, beautiful surprise at our Seward State Park! Thanks to the thoughtful decorators for this present. Happy New Year! Carol Griswold  

2016 Seward Audubon Christmas Bird Count

2016 Seward Audubon Christmas Bird Count

The Seward CBC got off to a great start on the first day of Count Week with three rare species: two Anna’s Hummingbirds, a male Red-breasted Sapsucker, and a White-throated Sparrow. Robins, Varied Thrushes, Rock Sandpipers, and two Greater Scaup were also found, nice additions to our usual winter birds. […]

USCG Super Hercules on patrol

USCG Super Hercules on patrol

An impressive US Coast Guard HC-130 flew south over Seward today around 11:30 am. The Lockheed Hercules aircraft has been in the news lately, assisting mariners in distress. According to the USCG website, the HC-130J is 99′ 7 ” long with a wingspan of 132′ 7″, and stands 38′ 11″ high. […]

The Lieveling in better times

The Lieveling in better times

  Back in 2013, I watched the Lieveling bravely sail through a storm in Resurrection Bay to the safety of the Seward Boat Harbor. What a shame she was grounded on the beach a few days ago! I am glad the mariner was OK, and thankful for the skilled US Coast Guard […]

State Parks CAB meets on Nov 8

The Seward State Parks Citizens Advisory Board will meet on Tuesday, November 8, from 5 to 7 pm at the AVTEC Culinary Arts Building, 518 Second Ave, in the Banquet Room on the third floor. The public is always welcome to attend and is encouraged to provide comments about the […]

injured young bull moose

injured young bull moose

Tuesday evening, just before dusk around 6 pm, I took several photos of a young bull moose along the railroad tracks across from Forest Acres. He was a beautiful dark brown fading to black with startling white hind legs. He stripped willow leaves off nearby bushes as he ambled along. I noticed […]

Hummingbird Invasion

Hummingbird Invasion

Anna’s hummingbirds have invaded Alaska! Three have been recently documented in Seward, two in Homer, one on Sunday in Cordova, and eleven have been banded in Juneau. This species is common along the Pacific Coast and normally ranges as far north as British Columbia. A tough little hummer, it can overwinter where other hummers, like […]

Swan Diverters Installed!

Swan Diverters Installed!

I received word yesterday from Jeff Estes, City of Seward Electric Department Operations Supervisor, that the swan diverters were being installed on the power lines on Nash Road by the wetlands. I checked today and found the dangling, flashing, glow-in-the-dark diverters at work. With a slight breeze, they even hummed. […]

Jellies wash up on beaches

Jellies wash up on beaches

Northern Sea Nettles have begun washing up on area beaches as they reach the end of their life cycle. The distinctive sunburst pattern on the upper side of the bell make beautiful patterns along the beach. The scientific species name translates to “black star” in reference to this pattern. The collapsed tentacles look like […]

VOTE today!

Polling booths are open today from 7 am to 8 pm for Seward and Lowell Point voters at the KM Rae Building at 125 Third Ave, and for Bear Creek voters at the Bear Creek Fire Station at mile 5 Seward Highway. Seward voters will vote for 3 City Council members […]

ANOTHER dead Trumpeter Swan cygnet!!!!!

ANOTHER dead Trumpeter Swan cygnet!!!!!

On September 30, I counted all five Trumpeter Swan cygnets with their parents. Today, one was missing. Once again, I drove over to the Nash Road wetlands and walked along the roadside on the east side. Sure enough, I found a dead cygnet under the power lines. The force of […]