Alaska

Crimson Monarch as it receives 68,400 metric tons of coal from Usibelli mine in Healy, coming off the conveyor belt. Heidi Zemach photo.

Settlement reached in 6-year Seward coal case

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Aurora Energy Services LLC and Usibelli Coal finally reached a settlement December 8th in U.S. District Court for the State of Alaska with the Alaska Community Action on Toxics and the Sierra Club’s Alaska Chapter over a six-year old legal case concerning the discharge of coal from the Seward coal facility into Resurrection Bay. Under […]

December 10, 2015 ·

Avalanche Awareness Class

Avalanche Awareness Class Saturday December 12th, 2015 (9am-3pm) Location: Seward Community Library, 238 Fifth Ave, Seward AK (1st floor conference room) Topics covered will include human factors, snowpack, mountain weather, terrain, and avalanche rescue (including avalanche beacon training).  Bring your beacon if you have one to practice.  This will be a good time to learn about avalanches or to brush up […]

December 4, 2015 ·
Spring Creek Correctional Facility, Seward, Alaska - State of Alaska photo

Corrections Report Sheds Light on Prison Practices

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Gov. Bill Walker recently released a 20-page report detailing some widespread failings that occurred in Alaska’s prisons and jails, and troubling patterns in the corrections system that reviewers felt need to be addressed. Walker also replaced the Alaska Corrections Commissioner with Interim Commissioner Walter Monegan lll, a former Anchorage Chief of Police and State Commissioner […]

December 4, 2015 ·
PTA Wreaths and Garlands Available Tuesday afternoon!

PTA Wreaths and Garlands Available Tuesday afternoon!

Seward PTA Wreath and Garland Pick Up! Your Seward PTA Wreath and/or Garland will be available for pick up on Tuesday after 3pm. There is a slight chance of delay due to weather and trucking. Wreaths may not be available until Wednesday. Pick-up at HERTZ on Port Avenue Hertz hours of operation 8am to 5pm, Monday – Friday. Please pick up […]

November 30, 2015 ·
2015 Seward Angel Tree Program Kicks Off

2015 Seward Angel Tree Program Kicks Off

For over 30 years, Seward Volunteer Fire Department (SVFD) and the good people of Seward have been providing local kids and families with gifts to put under the Christmas tree through the Seward Angel Tree Program. Last year, almost 60 families in need received toys, diapers, warm clothing, and household items through the program, which is almost completely fueled by […]

November 28, 2015 ·
Dale R. Lindsey Alaska Railroad Seward Intermodal Terminal supported on pilings. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Alaska Railroad names Christy Terry new Seward Port Manager

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) has named Christy Terry as Port Manager, Seward. Terry fills the position most recently held by Louis Bencardino who will retire in January after 13 years with ARRC. Terry has worked as Seward Dock Operations Manager for ARRC since 2010 and will bring her extensive knowledge of ARRC operations in Seward to her […]

November 27, 2015 ·
State Senator Peter Micciche at a Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon November 2015. Photo by R Smeriglio

Senator Micciche Addresses Alaska’s Budget Problem

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — State of Alaska’s fiscal woes and what to do about them will continue to occupy a place at center stage in the Legislature according to Senator Peter Micciche – District O (including Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and northern Kenai Peninsula). At last week’s Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Senator Micciche gave a brief outline of […]

November 25, 2015 ·
Chugach NF’s new District Ranger is happy to be on the job

Chugach NF’s new District Ranger is happy to be on the job

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Francisco B. Sanchez, the new District Ranger for the Chugach National Forest Seward ranger district, has a challenging job ahead. He will manage the forest and supervise 45 permanent full-time year-round employees, and another 50-55 summertime employees. Sanchez, who hails from New Mexico, has worked with the forest service for 30 years, progressing up […]

November 24, 2015 ·
Visitors at Seward Resort pose with the wild fish they caught in, and around Resurrection Bay this summer. Heidi Zemach file photo.

Seward Fishing Community dismayed by FDA approving genetically modified fish

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Word that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the human consumption of a genetically modified animal for the first time ever Thursday, the dreaded “Frankenfish,” traveled fast in Alaska. Several Seward residents SCN spoke with were not happy about its implications, either for the Alaska fishing industry, or for consumers. In a town that prides […]

November 21, 2015 ·
Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of GE Salmon Marks First Ever Approval of GE Animal for Human Consumption Washington, D.C. – After years of pushback from consumers, scientific experts and fishing interests, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first ever “approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon.” The Alaska Congressional Delegation, […]

November 19, 2015 ·
Aging diversion tunnel inside view at low water flow, March 24th inspection. photo credit Corps of Engineers.

Why Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel is such a priority

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward area residents often keep an eye on the Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel, and its outflow known locally as the “waterfall.” Especially during flood season or when it’s been raining hard for days or weeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s pre-World War II-era tunnel is both admired and feared because, although the aging […]

November 18, 2015 ·

ASLC Family Science Night – “Eyes on Eiders”

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s next Family Science Night will be held Friday, November 20, from 6:00-7:00 PM! This event is free for Seward families and residents. Come learn more about the magnificent Steller’s eider and how the Alaska SeaLife Center is working to boost this population in the wild. Family Sciences Nights are made possible this winter by the generous support of […]

November 13, 2015 ·

Obama’s ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ set to air December 17

Save the Date:  Obama’s ‘Running Wild with Bear Grylls’ is set to air on Thursday, December 17 at 10 pm PST on NBC. For more information: http://deadline.com/2015/11/obama-running-wild-bear-grylls-visit-december-17-nbc-1201615755/

November 12, 2015 ·
Woody, Seward’s Sea Lion

Woody, Seward’s Sea Lion

I was fortunate to see Woody in September, swimming with two sleek females in the sunny, outdoor pool. My family enjoyed watching Seward’s first sea lion grow up from a frisky 5 year old to a massive, magnificent adult. Countless visitors enjoyed his antics and grace, awed by his presence gliding past the habitat viewing window. Scientists gained valuable information about his […]

November 11, 2015 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of Steller Sea Lion, Woody

Alaska SeaLife Center Mourns Passing of Steller Sea Lion, Woody

Seward, Alaska (November 10, 2015) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is saddened to announce the passing of Woody, a 22-year-old male Steller sea lion who was one of the Center’s original residents. Woody was humanely euthanized Monday following a rapid decline due to age-related complications. In the wild, male Steller sea lions almost never live beyond their teens. As […]

November 10, 2015 ·
Seward women waging peace are pleased about community support

Seward women waging peace are pleased about community support

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Some local women have taken it upon themselves to put their efforts toward building peace in their own lives, in the lives of the community, schools, criminal justice system, and they even hope to foster international peace and prevent global crises. Seward’s Lori Draper, Jennifer Carr, and Sharon Ganser participate in the Peace Alliance, […]

November 10, 2015 ·

ATIA Announces Tourism Scholarship Opportunities

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA), the state’s leading tourism membership organization, is encouraging all Alaska students interested in pursuing education related to the tourism industry to apply for one of its scholarship opportunities through the ATIA Foundation. The ATIA Foundation scholarship deadline is January 31, 2016. “ATIA members are dedicated to encouraging local hire within Alaska’s growing […]

November 9, 2015 ·

Community-Based Participatory Research in the Arctic: Sources of Environmental Contaminants on St. Lawrence Island

Tuesday, November 10, 9:00 am – 10:00 am (teleconference) Sign up Join scientists and community representatives for a discussion of exposure-assessment projects that have been conducted on St. Lawrence Island in response to community concerns over increases in the levels of cancers, reproductive problems, and thyroid disease on the island. A legacy of two Cold War military sites abandoned in […]

November 9, 2015 ·

2016 Mt. Marathon Race Logo Contest

The Seward Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce it is sponsoring an artwork design contest for the 2016 Mt. Marathon Race®/ 4th of July festivities. The chosen design may be reproduced on t-shirts, hoodies, hats, patches, and posters. Keep in mind that the patches might be round. The Design must fit on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of […]

November 4, 2015 ·
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Film Festival

Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Film Festival

Join your snow-starved friends at the UAF Marine Center Rae building on Saturday, November 14 to watch the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival with 9 short ski and snowboard films. Beverages, bread and soups available at 5:30 pm. Films begin at 7:00. Admission to films is free for Seward Nordic Ski Club members; $5 for non-members. The Weight of […]

November 4, 2015 ·

Alaska SeaLife Center accepting nominations for Ocean Leadership Awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The Alaska SeaLife Center established the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards to give recognition to those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska. Nominations for the 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards are open now through December 7, 2015. Please see the attached press release […]

November 4, 2015 ·
KMTA board members discuss projects to fund, hear reports. Heidi Zemach photo

National Heritage Area meets to approve future projects

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward historian Doug Capra will be paid to write and promote another new book of interesting local history. Marc Swanson will be able to teach the history of local places and events that he designed for children, in local classrooms. And Iditarod trailblazer Jujiiro Wada will be memorialized with a bronze statue along the Seward […]

November 3, 2015 ·
Jeanette Nienaber joins SCHC

Jeanette Nienaber joins SCHC

Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) is pleased to announce that Jeanette Nienaber, a licensed and certified Physician Assistant (PA), has recently joined its staff as a permanent medical provider and member of the community. Jeanette, who started at the Health Center on August 31, is seeing both new and established patients. She will be providing a full range of family […]

October 28, 2015 ·
The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A wolf with an ermine in its mouth stood at a clearing at the edge of Seward Highway, about a mile and a half from the spot where the 74-foot Lutz spruce tree stood, waiting. It stared toward the coach carrying Alaska reporters, sponsors, and dignitaries to the Capitol Christmas “People’s Tree” cutting. Later, […]

October 27, 2015 ·
John Schank 2014 Driver of the Year, Stands next to trailer with cradle ready to accept US Capitol Christmas Tree. Photo by H. Zemach

Private Sector Takes US Capitol Christmas Tree to D.C.

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Getting the US Capitol Christmas Tree from the Snow River floodplain to the west lawn of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. costs the taxpayers very little. About 52 sponsors nationally, including some locally, have once again donated the wherewithal to transport an evergreen behemoth cross-country in one piece with celebratory stops along the […]

October 26, 2015 ·
Recess at 20 Below is a blast

Recess at 20 Below is a blast

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Elementary School students, and a mixed audience of children and adults learned what it’s like for the kindergartners of Delta Junction, one of America’s coldest places in the wintertime, when they go out to recess at 20 below. Even though they’re Alaskan, our local youngsters aren’t used to the kind of weather that […]

October 21, 2015 ·