This year, the Seward Tsunami Swim Club’s annual Swim-a-Thon kicked off on February 24th. Swimmers have the month of March to gather pledges for their two hour swim on Friday, the 28th. This is the club’s sole fundraiser with donations pledged to young athletes who earn them by swimming for two hours straight. By the time their two hours are over, they could have swum up to 200 lengths of the pool or 5000 yards or 2.8 miles and burned over 500 calories and have been kept afloat by orange wedges, parents’ cheers, community financial support, and the promise of […]
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Due to recent warm temperatures and rain, Kenai Fjords National Park has closed the Exit Glacier area to snowmachine use. This closure includes the road to Exit Glacier within the park boundary, parking areas, the designated route through the campground to Exit Creek, and within Exit Creek. When snow depth, snow density, and frozen soil conditions are adequate, the park will reopen for snowmachine use. If there are any questions concerning conditions or regulations contact the park at (907) 422-0500.Read more ›
Conway Seavey has won the 2014 Jr. Iditarod. He crossed the finish line at Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake, Alaska at 7:50 a.m. this morning (Sunday Feb 23rd) with 10 dogs on his team. Seavey, 17, of Sterling, Alaska has Seward roots. He is the youngest son of last year’s Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey and mother Janine, and grandson of Dan and Shirley Seavey, of Seward. Seavey began mushing when he was four, following the example set by his three older brothers, his father and his grandfather. He has now finished the Jr. Iditarod four times. His main focus […]Read more ›
Heidi Zemach for SCN – Rebecca (Bekki) Lasell, the new Kenai Fjords National Park Superintendent and some of her staff members met with the Seward public Tuesday evening at the Seward Community Museum Library. It was a friendly, catered affair, and the many who showed up also took the opportunity to chat with Kenai Fjords National Park staff such as Chief of Interpretation Kristy Sholly, Education Specialist C.J. Rae, and Chief Ranger Mark Thompson. Griffin Plush, a Seward High School student who has worked with the Youth Conservation Student summer program and his friend Gabby Kasma introduced themselves to Lasell. Major Marine […]Read more ›
This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek. Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this. Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G field biologist & visiting high school youth groups placed minnow traps in several areas along the length of the creeks in order to capture smolt. The trapping was a success and they were able to document Dolly Varden & Coho […]Read more ›
The skies cleared and the northern lights finally came out last night.Read more ›
Kenai Fjords National Park announces that the Exit Glacier area is now open for snowmachine use. The opening is months later this year due to warm temperatures that prevented the accumulation of adequate snow depth necessary to ensure resource protection. Please recreate responsibly to avoid damaging park resources. Snowmachines are now permitted in the park’s developed area, specifically the road to Exit Glacier, parking areas, a designated route through the campground to Exit Creek, and within Exit Creek. As long as there is adequate snow depth, snow density, and frozen soil that prevent damage to park resources snowmachine activity will […]Read more ›
JUNEAU, Alaska – Senator Mark Begich Press Release February 18, 2014 – In response to concerns from the community, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today urged Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to use available federal funds to restore the Seward Airport “long” runway to full capacity instead of short-term repairs that will jeopardize public safety and economic growth. The longer runway has not been fully usable since floods last fall undermined the underlying soil, preventing heavier aircraft from landing safely. “The state is considering several options including the removal of the longer runway or repairs that don’t bring the runway up to […]Read more ›
The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area will hold a regular meeting Monday, March 3rd at 7:00 pm, at the KPB Annex office in SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122. The agenda will include Correspondence from Ronne (Parcel 12503319) Regarding Bank Erosion/ Revetment, Quincy Bag Co. Sandbags, Board Recommendation Regarding SBCFSA Funding Options, and Board Member Attendance at Association of State Floodplain Manager’s Conference. Note SBCFSA Funding Options may include discussion regarding a mill rate increase, decrease in services/projects provided, decrease in staff time, and depletion of fund balance. Meeting agendas are available at the SBCFSA Office at 302 Railway Ave, […]Read more ›
AVTEC’s 14th Annual Culinary Academy Scholarship Dinner is scheduled for Friday, May 9, 2014, beginning with no host bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and silent and live auctions during event. Featuring cuisine prepared by the Culinary Academy’s students. Funds raised are applied to culinary scholarships and student competitions nationwide. In the past, scholarship checks have been awarded to two or four culinary students a year. 12 corporate tables are available for $1500 per table, which includes six seats. One table sold in three individual pairs of 2 seats each for $500 a pair. AVTEC is seeking auction donation items for live and silent […]Read more ›
Kenai Fjords National Park is happy to announce the arrival of our new superintendent, Bekki Lasell. The park will be hosting a gathering at the Seward Community Library on Tuesday, February 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an opportunity for the community to meet Bekki and connect with National Park Service staff. Light refreshments will be served. No formal RSVP is necessary. We hope to see you there!Read more ›
Learn how to market your product, how to setup your temporary food booth, and what foods do and do not require ADEC permits. This training will be presented via videoconference on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 10 am – 1pm in Ward Building Room 115 at Kenai Peninsula College. The same material will be covered via teleconference on Feb. 27, 10 am – 1 pm. There is no cost to attend. Register on-line at http://bit.ly/MarketReg2014 or call UAF Cooperative Extension at 877-520-5211.Read more ›
The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition hosted by UAF SFOS Seward Marine Center will be held between Feb 28-March 2. ALL 150+ participants, coaches, visitors, chaperones etc will be on their own for lunch on Friday Feb 28th, and throughout the weekend have opportunity to venture into our town. We always put together a welcome packet for all participants and if your business is interested in placing any advertisements (coupons, brochures, menus, etc) in the packet please call 224-5261 for more information. You can also drop off items at the Seward Marine Center @ 201 Railway Avenue. We are […]Read more ›
Finally, a break in the mid 40′s , rainy, cloudy, Seward winter gloom. The night before the Superbowl was here and tomorrow held the promise of not just football, junk food, and beer, but also a cool sunny day on the Kenai Peninsula. Oh the possibilities! After weighting all the options, I decided to take a peek up the jeep trail. It’s close enough to be home by kickoff and there may even be some grouse up by the bowl. So now for the packing. Boots, check! Burner, pot,gas,tea, mountain house, granola bar, water, check! Backpack, check! Binoculars, check! Camera,check! […]Read more ›
January 2014 saw the arrival of a new year coincide with the arrival of a new weather pattern that brought unprecedented warm temperatures and wetter than normal conditions to the Kenai Fjords area. Weather across the country made national news as the Midwest and East Coast experienced continuous extreme cold temperatures while Alaska thawed. Despite the variability and broad geographical range of these events, the occurrences are understood to be connected by undulations of the jet stream responding to changes to the polar vortex (see the fourth bullet below for links to articles that discuss these topics further). These extreme […]Read more ›
SEWARD, Alaska – Filming for Yellow Brick Film’s fifth movie production, “Sugar Mountain,” an independent drama thriller set in and around Seward, will start March 3rd, and will run through April 11th. The 10 people who have come to Seward to set things rolling; the director, cinematographer, costumer, designer and production team, have already discovered many spectacular locations in which to film, said director Richard Gray. The Australian film director had been in town for almost three weeks, along with his family. The crew and cast in Seward will eventually increase to around 40 or 50 people, he said. The […]Read more ›
ANCHORAGE, Alaska – February 5, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the 2014 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Following are this year’s award winners: The prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime Achievement Award will be posthumously awarded to Stan Stephens, who passed away on September 21, 2013. The late Governor Walter J. Hickel and his wife Ermalee endowed this award for 10 years to recognize an individual who has made exceptional […]Read more ›
American Red Cross of Alaska Shelter Operations Training will be held Saturday, Feb 8th 9am-5pm at the K.M. Rae Building. Sheltering operations includes, shelter fundamentals and shelter management. These classes compliment KPB CERT training and are given at no cost. This training is open to the public. Please rsvp to Alex Fontey, firstname.lastname@example.org.Read more ›
By Marc Swanson – I am just wrapping up an exciting DVD project commissioned by KMTA (Kenai Mtns Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area). The end result is 12 episodes teaching elementary (and older ages as well) the history of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula. The project uses historic photos along with narration / music / interviews to get a glimpse of the unique history of this area. (Think Ken Burns format). Anyhow, the area museums and libraries and friends have supplied hundreds of photographs for this project…. but I’m still needing some key photos (see list below) to help tell the […]Read more ›
Qutekcak will be starting the 2014 season of the Alaska Native Art classes on Wednesday February 12th 2014. The classes will run through May and be held every Wednesday and Friday at the Qutekcak Native Tribe office at 221 Third Ave. They are sponsored through grants from Chugachmiut and Holland America Line. Tools and materials will be available for all who wish to join. Some of the projects will include…… Wood Carving- masks, halibut hooks, kayak paddles- Skin Sewing, moccasins, mittens, trapper hats, beading Grass basket weaving. A primitive fire making workshop will be held outdoors in May. Glass Arts […]Read more ›
Feb 21-23. Come and watch the fun! We are looking for Silent Auction Items for Friday. Please call Kellee @ Qutekcak at 224-3118 #4. Thanks Located at the Seward Middle School Gym Friday, February 21st, 2014 4:30 PM —– Coaches Meeting / Registration / Beginning of Silent Auction 5:00 PM—–Opening Ceremony 5:30 PM—–Scissor Broad Jump (JNYO) (Awards) – One Hand Reach (SNYO) (Awards) 7:00 PM—– Seal Hop (Awards – Silent Auction Winning Announcement) Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 8:00 AM—– Coaches Meeting / Registration / Beginning of Dessert Auction 8:30 AM—–Arm Pull (JNYO) (Awards) – Toe Kick (SNYO) […]Read more ›