Alaska

Potential Flood Hazard in Bear Glacier Lagoon

Potential Flood Hazard in Bear Glacier Lagoon

In recent years, Kenai Fjords National Park has been documenting annual glacier lake outburst floods affecting Bear Glacier Lagoon. This documentation can be found at http://www.nps.gov/kefj/learn/nature/bear-glacier-outburst-flood.htm. Recent observations indicate that the source lake is full of water, and there exists a potential hazard of sudden release of this water resulting in down-glacier flooding again this summer. The sudden input of […]

July 29, 2015 ·
Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – During an eventful two-hour Seward City Council Meeting on Monday, July 27, the local public and council members learned from Seward City Manager Jim Hunt that the offshore oil drill Jackup rig that will be soon coming to dock in Seward is an offshore drilling rig called Spartan 151, operated by Furie Operating Alaska […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Something to Talk About: Facilitated Dialogue at Kenai Fjords National Park

Something to Talk About: Facilitated Dialogue at Kenai Fjords National Park

Visitors are talking.  There is a new interpretive program in town that is engaging visitors in a new way and allowing them to share their experiences with the ocean and ocean issues.  The first program, titled Our Role in Ocean Stewardship: A Facilitated Dialogue, launched on Friday, June 19, 2015.  The program uses several dialogic techniques to engage participants in a meaningful conversation about the […]

July 28, 2015 ·

Zentangle® Basics Classes taught at Resurrect Art Coffee House on August 1st!

Resurrect Art Coffee House will be hosting two Zentangle® Classes on August 1st. What is Zentangle®? Zentangle® is a mindful and meditative art form for the non-artist and artist alike. Often referred to as ‘Yoga for the brain’, Zentangle® is taught one stroke at a time and anyone can learn this unique drawing method. Spend 2 relaxing hours learning how to draw […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Friends of the Seward Community Library Award Local Scholarships

Friends of the Seward Community Library Award Local Scholarships

The Seward Community Library Association, a.k.a. Friends of the Seward Community Library, are excited to announce this year’s winners of the annual Swetmann Scholarship. Since 1978, the Friends of the Seward Community Library has offered college scholarships to Seward area youth pursuing academic education or vocational training after high school. The scholarship is named for Viola Swetmann, founder of the […]

July 28, 2015 ·

The Myth of Herbicide Safety in Alaska: How Herbicides Threaten the Health of Fish, Wildlife and People

Statewide teleconference 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Many people believe that if the EPA has approved a particular herbicide then it must be “safe.” Unfortunately, this is far from true. Join this free statewide teleconference for an update on herbicide spraying issues in Alaska and a discussion of the environmental impacts and health effects of herbicides. […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Manager Jim Hunt says a large oil drill rig from a well-known company may come to Seward in the off-season and find safe harbor here for up to 9 months at a time. He hinted that it may even return for a second season the year after that, and that a second […]

July 23, 2015 ·

Seward Highway temporary closures planned

Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Release – Seward Highway temporary closures planned Two sections of the highway to close for an hour on specified dates (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The Seward Highway will close nightly from Mile 52-52.5, just south of the Hope Highway, 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, from July 27 through Aug. 27. This closure […]

July 23, 2015 ·
A Day in the Life of a Student Conservation Association (SCA) Intern at Kenai Fjords National Park

A Day in the Life of a Student Conservation Association (SCA) Intern at Kenai Fjords National Park

I wake up every day and walk outside into a postcard. Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the most spectacular natural places I have ever seen. I graduated in December from San Diego State University and I was positive that an intern position through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) was my next step in my journey.  After many applications, […]

July 21, 2015 ·

Environmental Assessment Open for Public Review and Comment: Herman Leirer (Exit Glacier) Road Flood Mitigation Project

An Environmental Assessment (EA) for flood mitigation work on the Herman Leirer Road (formerly known as the Exit Glacier Road) is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period closes August 17, 2015. Annual seasonal flooding of the NPS-managed road from milepost seven to eight has resulted in temporary road closures, public safety concerns, as well as road […]

July 21, 2015 ·
City Proposes Mitigation of Impacts; Gives Notice of Intent to Award Contract to Develop SMIC

City Proposes Mitigation of Impacts; Gives Notice of Intent to Award Contract to Develop SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As part of its ongoing development of Seward Marine Industrial Center, City of Seward obtained a permit from US Army Corps of Engineers on May 26, 2015 to dredge and dispose of about 206,000 cubic yards of material from the SMIC harbor basin. To compensate for negative aspects of the project, city administration proposes […]

July 19, 2015 ·
ALASKA NELLIE BIRTHDAY PARTY & PHOTO SHOOT

ALASKA NELLIE BIRTHDAY PARTY & PHOTO SHOOT

Everyone is invited to a historic celebration and photo-shoot in honor of Alaska Nellie to be held at the Seward Community Library on today from 3:00pm-5:00pm.  Unique souvenir photos will be taken in legendary attire by ONE SHOT PHOTOGRAPHY and available for sale for $10 each.  Authentic costume apparel is available for all ages. Nellie’s favorite dessert, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, will be served.

July 17, 2015 ·
Teen inspired by expedition to Gulkana Glacier

Teen inspired by expedition to Gulkana Glacier

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Gabrielle “Gabby” Katsma, a bright senior who has been at Seward High School since her freshman year, recently had the experience of a lifetime, sketching and performing field science experiments at the base of Gulkana Glacier near Summit Lake in the Alaska Range. Katsma, who recently moved away  to Michigan with her family for her senior year, […]

July 17, 2015 ·

Improv show Saturday July 18th!

‘Tangled Lines’ improv will be hosting two improv shows at the Rae building Saturday, 7pm and 9pm! Cost is $8 at the door, 50% discount for US Olympic Gold Medalists under 5′ tall. Bring an unusual item to bring as a prop! The Rae building is at the southern end of 3rd Ave in the grassy field, on the right […]

July 17, 2015 ·

Seward Tsunami lives again in Waves Over Seward documentary

If you are looking for something to do on a rainy day in Seward, or just have a interest in history, make your way to the viewing of Waves Over Seward, a documentary that features footage of the disaster of the Good Friday earthquake that shook Alaska to its core and set Seward, Alaska on fire. March 27, 1964, the […]

July 16, 2015 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park alive with bubble netting whales

While on Major Marine Tours’ vessel Yukon Queen, John Coffey shot video of humpback whales bubble netting near Cheval Island in Kenai Fjords National Park.

July 9, 2015 ·

Temporary Closures Planned for Seward Highway in July

Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities Release – Seward Highway temporary closures planned Closures will be from 9:30-10:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday through July (ANCHORAGE, Alaska) — The Seward Highway will be closed from MP 99 to 100, just south of Bird Creek, between 9:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. on each Tuesday and Thursday, through July, for construction […]

July 6, 2015 ·
Mt Marathon Race sees new level of competition

Mt Marathon Race sees new level of competition

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- SEWARD, Alaska – Ava Nappi, a cute little redheaded Seward girl stood at the finish line of the 88th July 4th Mount Marathon Race with her big sister and mother, watching the sweaty, muscular men’s racers arrive. How did she do in her own kids’ race? “I won!” says Ava, her beam spreading through her happy, freckled […]

July 6, 2015 ·
Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Monitoring seawater reveals ocean acidification risks to Alaskan shellfish hatchery

Reprinted with permission from NOAA. The article was originally published here: http://research.noaa.gov/News/NewsArchive/LatestNews/TabId/684/ArtMID/1768/ArticleID/11254/Monitoring-seawater-reveals-ocean-acidification-risks-to-Alaskan-shellfish-hatchery-.aspx –  NOAA, University of Alaska collaborate with shellfish hatchery Wednesday, July 01, 2015 New collaborative research between NOAA, University of Alaska and an Alaskan shellfish hatchery shows that ocean acidification may make it difficult for Alaskan coastal waters to support shellfish hatcheries by 2040 unless costly mitigation efforts are […]

July 6, 2015 ·
2015 Mount Marathon Race in Pictures – Full

2015 Mount Marathon Race in Pictures – Full

By Steve Fink for SCN – To see just the highlights of the 2015 Mount Marathon Race in pictures, go here.  Seward City News, with the support of Seward Brewing Company, was able to shoot over 3,500 pictures for this year’s event.  In the image gallery below you will find 888 pictures of a large portion of the 2015 Mount Marathon […]

July 5, 2015 ·
2105 Mount Marathon Race Highlights in Pictures

2105 Mount Marathon Race Highlights in Pictures

By Steve Fink for SCN – Below is the highlights reel for this year’s Mount Marathon Race.  Seward City News, with the support of Seward Brewing Company, was able to shoot over 3,500 pictures for this event.  Beneath this summary you will find an image gallery that displays just a fraction of these images; the shots of some of the top runners […]

July 5, 2015 ·
European Couple Break Men’s and Women’s Mount Marathon Records

European Couple Break Men’s and Women’s Mount Marathon Records

SEWARD, Alaska – Today Kilian Jornet of spain and his girlfriend Emelie Forsberg of Sweden became the newest record holders of the annual Mount Marathon Race. Jornet clocked an official time of 41:48 and Forsberg came in at 47:48.  Winning the Junior division was Luke Jager of Anchorage, Alaska with a time of 27:39 (half mountain).  The official race results can be […]

July 4, 2015 ·
Mount Marathon Race Results

Mount Marathon Race Results

The mount marathon results are available in near via the Seward Chamber of Commerce and Skinny Raven Sports. Click this link: http://mmr.seward.com/news/live-race-results Return to SCN later for more coverage and lots of photos of runners and more.    

July 4, 2015 ·

Seward Highway closed at Mile 91

From the AK 511 Twitter feed – There has been an accident on the Seward Highway at milepost 91. The road is closed, expect long delays and be prepared to stop.

July 3, 2015 ·
Expedition Alaska to take on Mount Marathon July 5

Expedition Alaska to take on Mount Marathon July 5

  On Sunday, July 5, beginning at 9AM, teams from throughout the world will take on Mount Marathon as part of Expedition Alaska, a 7-day, multi-sport, 380 mile adventure race through Alaska. The race began on June 28 at Eklutna and will end in Seward on July 5. Twenty co-ed teams have been kayaking, traversing glaciers, mountain biking, trekking and packrafting their way […]

July 2, 2015 ·
“3022 ft.” to premier in Seward as anticipation builds for this year’s Mount Marathon Race

“3022 ft.” to premier in Seward as anticipation builds for this year’s Mount Marathon Race

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – A new hour-long documentary about Seward’s annual Mount Marathon Race highlights the 2014 races and the stories of nine individuals who run, and what motivates them to take on the brutal mountain challenge. “3022 ft.” will premier July 1st at the UAF Marine Science “Rae Building” on Third Avenue at 6:30 p.m., after […]

July 1, 2015 ·