Alaska

New Native association created to promote community

New Native association created to promote community

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A  gathering of 18 people held a potluck in the basement of the Seward Lutheran Church one recent Friday evening as leader/facilitator Kenneth Blatchford laid out his vision for Mount Marathon Native Association, the new organization. Blatchford, who most there call “Kenny” dominated the discussion, as others ate, drank coffee, nodded, smiled, raised their […]

October 24, 2014 ·
Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project Public Meeting November 6

Grant Lake Hydroelectric Project Public Meeting November 6

October 24, 2014 ·
Seeking Out Silver: A Radio Telemetry Study on the Resurrection River

Seeking Out Silver: A Radio Telemetry Study on the Resurrection River

Biologists from both Lake Clark and Kenai Fjords National Parks have nearly completed their field season investigating silver (coho) salmon in the upper Resurrection River system.  Resurrection Bay drainages produce one of the state’s largest coho salmon sport fisheries, which is supported by a combination of hatchery-reared and wild stocks.  Because wild Resurrection River coho salmon must migrate through this […]

October 23, 2014 ·
Drive-by local history series wins national award

Drive-by local history series wins national award

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – Teachers wishing to enhance their student’s interest in learning about local areas have a wonderful new, award-winning tool. Marc Swanson, a lifelong teacher and national parks interpreter has created a 12-part video series of short segments set in, and giving the more interesting stories about places in our unique national heritage area, including Moose […]

October 22, 2014 ·
National Novel Writing Month pre-planning party

National Novel Writing Month pre-planning party

November is National Novel Writing Month (aka NaNoWriMo,) and once again many hundreds of thousands of people will be taking the 50,000 words in 30 days pledge. If you’ve ever wanted to get that book out of your head and onto the page, this is just the tightly reined insanity to get it done. Next Wednesday the 29th of October, past […]

October 22, 2014 ·
[Video] “3,022 ft.” the movie  & fund raiser

[Video] “3,022 ft.” the movie & fund raiser

A documentary about the Mount Marathon Race titled “3,022 ft.” is in post-production and is targeting Spring 2015 for release.  The movie focuses on the 2014 event and is being is being crowd funded, although it is well short of its goal. For more information watch the trailer above, visit their campaign page here  or visit their web site at 3022ft.com .

October 21, 2014 ·
Road to Exit Glacier Closed to Vehicle Traffic for the Winter Season

Road to Exit Glacier Closed to Vehicle Traffic for the Winter Season

On Wednesday, October 22, the gate at the Box Canyon Bridge (mile 1.3 on Herman Leirer Road) will close to vehicle traffic due to deteriorating driving conditions.  Visitors can continue to access Kenai Fjords National Park using other modes of transportation. For the safety of visitors and wildlife, bikes and dogs are welcome on the road and in the Exit […]

October 21, 2014 ·

Opinion: Support Judge Estelle

By Ralph Hulbert – I am pleased to see our community’s strong support for retention of Judge Bill Estelle. We welcomed Bill’s homecoming to Palmer, where he was born and raised, to face the high expectations of his teachers, classmates, and community. His fellow judges’ recognition of his precise and thorough legal mind, excellent character, reputation, and fairness was no […]

October 21, 2014 ·

Victim blaming isn’t the answer

By Dawn McDevitt, DVSA Coordinator at SeaView Community Services – There has been a lot of media coverage about domestic violence since the release of the Ray Rice video in which he punched his then fiancé, Janay Palmer, in the face. It seems no matter what you turn on; from sports channels to talk shows, both local and national news […]

October 21, 2014 ·

Southcentral state park advisory boards seeking new members

(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for four state park advisory boards in Southcentral Alaska. Seats are currently available on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay, Seward, and Valdez state park advisory boards. State park advisory boards are the primary tool that state park officials use to involve the public in the management of state parks. “Public involvement […]

October 20, 2014 ·
“There’s a Freedom Here” provides Pat William’s experience of Seward’s 100 year history

“There’s a Freedom Here” provides Pat William’s experience of Seward’s 100 year history

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Patricia Ray Williams’ new book, There’s a Freedom Here: My 100 years of Living in Alaska, came out in print in time for her to see and appreciate it before she died, September 18, 2014, not long before what would have been her 105th birthday. A celebration of her life is being held in Seward […]

October 19, 2014 ·

Opinion: Vote “YES” to retain Judge Estelle

Written by Renee Estelle – I am writing in support of Palmer’s Judge Estelle, up for retention vote this election cycle.  Over the years I have met several people who have worked professionally with my uncle.  They have all raved about what a good and fair judge he is and how much they enjoyed working with him.  However, there is […]

October 18, 2014 ·
CIRI Alaska Tourism Announces New Hires

CIRI Alaska Tourism Announces New Hires

Anchorage, Alaska – Dan McDonald has rejoined CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) as Revenue Control Supervisor in the Anchorage office.  Dan has 20 years of history with the Kenai Fjords Tours in Seward and CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation, most recently serving as the Director of Marine Operations for CATC. In 2012 Dan took a “Breather” from his position and moved […]

October 17, 2014 ·

SnowTRAC grants approved for trail grooming and safety

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – (Anchorage, AK) –The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has approved funding for snowmobile trail grooming and a renewed opportunity for a rural transportation safety project after receiving input from the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC), the statewide citizen advisory board that reviews Snowmobile Trail Grant Program applications. A total of $218,858 […]

October 16, 2014 ·
CIRI Alaska Tourism receives Excellence in Customer Service Award at American Indian Tourism Conference

CIRI Alaska Tourism receives Excellence in Customer Service Award at American Indian Tourism Conference

CIRI Alaska Tourism Press Release – Albuquerque, New Mexico (September 22, 2014) – Each year the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), as the national organization representing the tribal hospitality and tourism industry, recognizes the best of Indian Country travel and tourism. 2014 awards went to CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation for Excellence in Customer Service; Alaska Native Voices for […]

October 16, 2014 ·
Want to Visit Exit Glacier this Winter?

Want to Visit Exit Glacier this Winter?

Reservations for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Willow Public Use Cabin are available starting today, Wednesday, October 15.  Please call the park or visit our website at http://go.nps.gov/willowcabin for more information.

October 15, 2014 ·
Mount Marathon Race Civil Suit Settled Out of Court

Mount Marathon Race Civil Suit Settled Out of Court

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A civil wrongful death suit brought July 26th, 2013 by the estate of Michael LeMaitre, the rookie runner who disappeared without trace during the July 4,  2012 Mount Marathon race, against the Seward Chamber of Commerce has been settled out of court. The settlement of $20,000, a figure suggested by the Chamber’s insurance company […]

October 15, 2014 ·
Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council often refuses to take stands on controversial state ballot measures, but last night it passed a resolution by a 5-2 vote voicing its opposition to passage of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska, and urging voters to do the same. The vote was […]

October 14, 2014 ·
North Council Advances Sector “Common Pool” Proposal for Formal Analysis

North Council Advances Sector “Common Pool” Proposal for Formal Analysis

North Pacific Fishery Management Council Press Release – (ANCHORAGE) – The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) voted unanimously to move forward, for formal analysis, the “Catch Accountability Through Compensate Halibut” (CATCH) proposal by Alaska’s guided recreational sector. SouthEast Alaska Guide Organization (SEAGO) Executive Director, Heath Hilyard commented, “We’re pleased that the Council recognized the merit of this proposal. There […]

October 14, 2014 ·

Opinion: Parnell and Sullivan Fish Policies

It’s telling Sean Parnell and (Senate) Dan Sullivan aren’t running on their record of endangering Alaska’s salmon and other fish for corporate profit.  Who can blame them? In 2013 Parnell and (Senate Candidate) Sullivan pushed a bill letting toxic mines, like Pebble, take millions of gallons of water from our fishing streams.  House Bill 77, passed by a GOP-run House, […]

October 14, 2014 ·
Seward Hwy Milepost 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Open House October 15

Seward Hwy Milepost 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Open House October 15

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will rehabilitate and improve the safety of 5.5 miles of the Seward Highway between the communities of Moose Pass and Seward, Alaska. Project team members will be hosting a Public Open House to share information about the project’s scope, schedule and current design. […]

October 10, 2014 ·
Senator Begich’s wife campaigns in Seward

Senator Begich’s wife campaigns in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Deborah Bonito, the wife of Alaska Senator Mark Begich, beat a trail to Seward on Monday. Bonito is a longtime small business woman, for two years chaired the Alaska Democratic Party and is an outspoken advocate for literacy, suicide prevention – particularly among returning veterans – and she’s been assisting in her husband’s uphill reelection […]

October 9, 2014 ·

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Birding “Big Sit” October 11

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Press Release – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Keen Eye Peninsula Birders welcome your participation in the Fifth Annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge “Big Sit”. The event will be held Saturday, October 11, from sunrise to sunset: (8:00 AM to 7:00 PM), along the Skilak Lake shoreline near the Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch. A […]

October 8, 2014 ·
An insider’s look at creating the 911 Museum

An insider’s look at creating the 911 Museum

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Historical Society and Museums Alaska members visiting Seward for their annual conference last week heard from a woman who has mastered one of the most difficult curator jobs one could imagine: creating the National September 11 Museum & Memorial in Manhattan. In a presentation Friday called “Too soon? Too sad? Too sensitive? Too […]

October 8, 2014 ·

Alaska State Park Seward Citizen Advisory Board meets October 14

The Alaska State Park Seward Citizen Advisory Board will meet on October 14th, from 5pm-7pm in the AVTEC Culinary building, upstairs in the Banquet room.  The community is encouraged to attend and meet the board!

October 7, 2014 ·