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Tsunami Bowl 2016 Coming to Town

Tsunami Bowl 2016 Coming to Town

  Expect 19 teams of high school students from across Alaska to arrive in Seward on February 26 for the nineteenth annual competition known as the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl. The Alaskan winner will have opportunity to compete in the National Ocean Sciences Bowl. Shoshanna Brasher coaches the Seward High School team, which styles itself the Cnidarian Necessities (silent […]

February 12, 2016 ·
Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets November  14, 2013,  in the City Council Chambers. Heidi Zemach photo.

Fish & Game Committee Opposes Closures and City Mulls Manager’s Pay *

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — In one of two matters of civic interest, the Seward Area Advisory Committee for Alaska Department of Fish & Game has reaffirmed its unanimous opposition to Alaska Board of Fish proposal 203 for 2015-2016. The proposal, crafted by several, statewide aquaculture associations, would give ADF&G expanded, emergency-order authority to close sport fishing in special harvest areas […]

February 9, 2016 ·

Game Plan for Super Bowl 50: Are You Drinking or Are You Driving?

This is NOT the Time for an Option Play [Anchorage, AK] – The Super Bowl is America’s most watched national sporting event. On Super Bowl 50 Sunday, February 7, there will be lots of game day socializing that may include drinking. That’s why the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Alaska highway safety and law enforcement […]

February 6, 2016 ·
Success in Seward

Success in Seward

The group posing with their Fancy Puffins! Chinooks held its first Sip & Paint event this past weekend and it couldn’t have been a better turn out! These events are an ideal way to “let loose” and break up those long weeks during the winter. “It gives us something to look forward to”, said one participant. “We had a BLAST”, […]

February 3, 2016 ·

Coast Guard announces revision of chemical dispersant use for oil spill responses in Alaska

JUNEAU, Alaska — The Coast Guard, a co-chair of the Alaska Regional Response Team (ARRT), in coordination with four other signatory agencies announced the new policy for the Dispersant Use Plan For Alaska, Wednesday in Anchorage. The new policy is more inclusive, comprehensive, and conservative and includes a preauthorization area with a more protective protocol for use of chemical dispersant during […]

February 1, 2016 ·
Latest news from the Alaska Railroad

Latest news from the Alaska Railroad

The 4th Quarter of the Alaska Railroad newsletter, Community Ties, is now posted and ready to read. You have indicated you wish to receive notice about railroad news, including newsletter postings. Community Ties is now entirely electronic. Here is the link to the latest issue posted on the Alaska Railroad web site. 4th Quarter 2015 Community Ties If you have […]

February 1, 2016 ·

Way To Go! Seward NYO!

Seward’s very own junior and senior Native Youth Olympic teams went to Kenai, Alaska. We were invited to compete at the Peninsula Winter Games NYO Invitational hosted by Kenaitze Indian Tribe. This Native Youth Olympic competition was open to teams and individuals around Alaska from January 22nd – 24th, 2016. This was a two and half day competition that consisted […]

January 28, 2016 ·
Alaskan Political Cartoon by Strine

Alaskan Political Cartoon by Strine

January 26, 2016 ·
Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2016 Summer Season

Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2016 Summer Season

If you are 15-18 years old, like the outdoors and are looking for a fun summer job this opportunity is for you! This year Kenai Fjords National Park will offer several positions to local youth interested in working for the Federal Youth Conservation Corps.  Students will have a chance to engage visitors, learn what it takes to maintain the park […]

January 25, 2016 ·

Major Quake; No Tsunami Warning

This mornings quake was revised from 6.4 to 7.1 Located 50 miles East of Iliamna, 160 miles SW of Anchorage.  No tsunami warning in effect. FROM NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK: ——————————————————————- WEAK53 PAAQ 241039 TIBAK1 PUBLIC TSUNAMI INFORMATION STATEMENT NUMBER 2 NWS NATIONAL TSUNAMI WARNING CENTER PALMER AK 139 AM AKST SUN JAN 24 2016 UPDATES ——- * […]

January 24, 2016 ·
Murkowski Secures Official Name Change of Alaska Pollock

Murkowski Secures Official Name Change of Alaska Pollock

Change Will Protect Both Fisheries and Consumers  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its list of acceptable market names for seafood as a direct result of Senator Murkowski’s successful efforts to include a provision in the year-end budget bill to allow only pollock caught in Alaskan waters to be marketed as “Alaska Pollock”. This change […]

January 21, 2016 ·
Small Town Sip and Paint

Small Town Sip and Paint

The “social painting” industry is now venturing to the smaller towns of Alaska. You heard it right – Alaska Owned and Operated, Paint this Town Alaska is bringing the “Sip & Paint” experience to YOU! What is social painting, you ask? You may recall seeing many of your friends and family in the lower 48 posting vibrant photos of them […]

January 19, 2016 ·
Emergency Workers Volunteer to Enable a Safe, 2016 Polar Bear Jump

Emergency Workers Volunteer to Enable a Safe, 2016 Polar Bear Jump

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — About 150 costumed jumpers and their several hundred cheering fans came to Resurrection Bay’s port city to defeat cancer. At the orderly prompting of the Master of Ceremonies, teams of jumpers plunged into boat-harbor waters which had developed a thin skin of ice the night before. They all deserve hearty applause. Nor should the […]

January 18, 2016 ·
Alaskan Political Cartoons by Strine

Alaskan Political Cartoons by Strine

January 15, 2016 ·
Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

Senator: “Voluntary Labelling of GE Salmon is Not Adequate”  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) continued her fight against genetically engineered (GE) salmon by announcing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would block confirmation proceedings of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, on the Senate floor if her concerns […]

January 13, 2016 ·
Part Two: Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – the Kenai Peninsula

Part Two: Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – the Kenai Peninsula

By Brandii Holmdahl,  KP Borough Assembly Representative – ** This is the second of a three-part story discussing the history and future impact of land entitlements to the Seward community. Part 1 is HERE. For  two years the Kenai Peninsula borough has been working to secure the remaining 44,000 acres of municipal entitlement land granted under the state constitution, formation of incorporated boroughs. Resolution […]

January 13, 2016 ·
Last days for Book Sponsors

Last days for Book Sponsors

Sewardites, you are known for being last minute responders, here are the last two days to sponsor a new book for the children, youth and young adult readers in the library! The Wish Tree is up until Thursday January 7th, and the library is open until 8pm. If you have been wanting to stop in after work, Thursday is your […]

January 6, 2016 ·
Who Owns Alaska?

Who Owns Alaska?

By Brandii Holmdahl – Communities of the Eastern Peninsula are going to be impacted by land decisions that have been generations in the making. Current land ownership in Alaska has been impacted by three major events in history. The first occurred on October 18, 1867, when Russia sold the Alaska Territory to the United States. From 1867 until 1959 the […]

January 4, 2016 ·
Welcome to 2016!

Welcome to 2016!

The year 2015 in Seward, Alaska was historic.  On July 4, we witnessed a remarkable Mount Marathon Race where records were broken.  A few months later on September 1, President Barack Obama became the second sitting U.S. President to visit our town.  This year’s Capitol Christmas Tree arrived in Washington D.C. with Seward, Alaska written all over it, almost literally. […]

January 1, 2016 ·
Wish Tree Super Hero

Wish Tree Super Hero

Every sponsor of a book from our Wish Tree is a super hero! You are helping every child in our community learn to love reading. Your support will help kids in Seward become strong readers! You are the person you are today partly because someone around you– a teacher, a parent, a librarian—connected you to books and reading. This is […]

December 31, 2015 ·
Alaska Sealife Center Common Murre Mini-Rehab

Alaska Sealife Center Common Murre Mini-Rehab

It’s hard to miss the bloody bird carcasses strewn about town, the black and white seabirds floating dead in the water, washed up at the boat harbor and on the beaches, or sitting quietly on snow, unable to get back to the ocean. Travelers on the Seward Highway have found dead and live Common Murres from Mile 3 to Mile […]

December 30, 2015 ·
Marc Swanson discusses his local history videos at Resurrect Arts Coffee House & Gallery. Heidi Zemach photo

Marc Swanson Named Educator of Year, Receives Governor’s Award

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The Alaska State Council on the Arts and the Alaska Humanities Forum plus the Arts and Culture Foundation in conjunction with the Governor’s Office have named Seward’s Marc Swanson the 2016 Alaska Studies Educator of the Year. The Governor’s Award recognizes individuals who “enrich the culture of the state” according to the on-line announcement. […]

December 27, 2015 ·
Seward City Hall in which the Superior Court Trial took place December 7-11. Heidi Zemach photo.

Costly Seward felony trial of Somali immigrant reduced to time served

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The State of Alaska held a week-long Superior Court trial in Seward stemming from a drunken fight over a missing cellphone that occurred primarily between two seafood processing workers who were rooming together at a Lowell Point bunk house. The dispute occurred in late June between two workers, one from East Sudan, the other from […]

December 21, 2015 ·
Give The Gift Of A Book From The Wish Tree

Give The Gift Of A Book From The Wish Tree

Give the gift of a book from the library wish tree! The annual Wish Tree is up and filled with book titles that are ready to be sponsored! The Friends of the Library (aka Seward Community Library Association, SCLA) work with the library staff to create a ‘wish list’ of books that will go onto our library shelves. The list […]

December 18, 2015 ·
Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Running Wild, Stranded in the Alaska Wilderness, the hour-long reality television show filmed while President Barack Obama was visiting Exit Glacier in Seward September 1st, airs Thursday evening, December 17th on NBC.  It airs at 10 p.m. EST. Viewers won’t see the U.S. President doing the gross, sensational survival stuff that Bear Grylls’ reality show […]

December 15, 2015 ·
ADEC’s coal permit revision out for public review

ADEC’s coal permit revision out for public review

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is taking public comment on its revised permit–one that allows Aurora Services LLC to continue incidentally releasing coal into Resurrection Bay while loading ships from the Seward coal conveyor belt and ship loader. Aurora manages the Seward storage transfer facility for Usibelli Coal and the Alaska Railroad Corporation. The […]

December 13, 2015 ·