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Seward International Friendship Association Alaska

The Seward International Friendship Association [SIFA] will hold a meeting on Thursday April 3, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the K.M. Rae Building 125 Third Avenue. We will work on fundraising and activity plans for the Student Exchange program for 2014. Ryan Johnson has been selected as the first exchange student for this cycle, but we encourage other students in the Seward-Moose […]

by · March 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Last Weekend to Register for the PFD

Last Weekend to Register for the PFD

Last weekend to register for your PFD, Alaska! Donate to SOS Pets via Pick.Click.Give and be entered to win a 2nd PFD check! Even if you already registered, you can go back and donate. Go to http://pfd.alaska.gov/ and click on the green button. Thanks for all your support. Every dollar makes a difference to our local pets and their families.

by · March 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
50 Years of Tremors

50 Years of Tremors

SEWARD, Alaska – By Alexis De Leon For Seward City News – In memoriam of the Great Alaska Earthquake of 1964 It had been a long wait for winter to end, when the sun finally peaked out over the snowed covered mountains, waking up the citizens of Alaska, March 27, 1964. The weekend was well under way as cheerful Alaskans […]

by · March 27, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Where were you on March 27, 1964?

http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/GG/Blue_Ervin_-_Alaska_Earthquake.mp3 Enjoy this song about the quake. Just a kid in Kodiak, I remember this day very well. Chill, It’s a Drill! Mary Tougas

by · March 27, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake Preparedness

 By Heidi Zemach for SCN – How many of us are truly prepared for the next big earthquake or tsunamis? The folks that deal regularly in earthquake and emergency preparedness are taking time to mark the 50th anniversary of the March 27th 1964 Earthquake in Alaska, with preparedness drills, education and commemorations. At 10:15 this (Thursday) morning there will be […]

by · March 27, 2014 · 3 comments ·
Tsunami Swim-a-Thon Friday

Tsunami Swim-a-Thon Friday

It’s here! The last days before the Tsunami swimmers go into the pool for their two hours of time to attempt to complete 200 lengths of the pool! Final pledges are being taken for Swim-a-Thon. Tsunami swimmers can be sponsored two ways for this event; flat/one time amount or by the length. So, if a sponsor gives a per-length sponsorship […]

by · March 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Hurry, it’s the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!!!….Deadline is April 5th!

I ve been asked by the folks at epicurious.com to help spread the word about the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. This was the recipe contest for kids that Rowan and I took part in last summer. It was an unbelievable experience. If the ideas of eating and cooking healthy foods for kids wasn’t enough, the first lady hosted a state […]

by · March 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Gray Whale Watch Tours begin this Friday, March 28th

Every year, the Gray Whales return to Alaska! Witness the amazing annual migration of California Gray Whales, traveling over 5,000 miles from Baja California to the nutrient-rich waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea! Get a front row seat as these magnificent mammals pass by the mouth of Resurrection Bay. Join our captains as they observe Gray Whales on one of the […]

by · March 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Domestic violence effort needs your help

Domestic violence effort needs your help

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Glance  through a month or two of  daily Seward Police Journals, and you will find numerous reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. Many other incidents are never reported. Do you ever wonder if you are were sexually assaulted, or beaten up by your partner and made to live in fear, where […]

by · March 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·

ADOT&PF Seeks Public Review of 2014-15 Winter Ferry Schedule

  ADOT&PF Press Release (JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities proposed Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) schedule pattern for fall, winter and spring 2014-2015 is now available online for public review. The documents can be accessed through a link on the AMHS homepage at FerryAlaska.com or directly through the following address: dot.alaska.gov/amhs/share/schedule/considerations.pdf This is an opportunity for communities to […]

by · March 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Backcountry Camera Exposes Coastal Predator

SEWARD, Alaska – Researchers at Kenai Fjords National Park captured this sequence of events with a time-lapse camera at a Black Oystercatcher nest during the summer of 2013.  They are studying the productivity and chick-rearing habits of these shorebirds.

by · March 24, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Oil Spill prevention much better, but will it be enough?

Oil Spill prevention much better, but will it be enough?

SEWARD, Alaska – By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Jim Herbert, a mariner and commercial fisherman who serves as Seward’s representative on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, spoke about oil spill response capabilities in his modest home on Third Avenue, as his aging budgie chimed in. He spoke on the approach of the 25th anniversary of the […]

by · March 24, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Fukushima Monitoring Project off to Good Start!

Fukushima Monitoring Project off to Good Start!

Thank you everyone in Seward who has taken an interest and generously helped out with the Fukushima Project. The project has received a lot of attention and interest about the well being of Resurrection Bay. So far, over half of the funding necessary has been raised for the proposed water sampling analysis. In addition, several new Alaska communities have decided […]

by · March 23, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Alaska Top 3 in the Nation for Maritime Jobs Per Capita

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today joined with the Transportation Institute, along with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), to highlight new data from a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers that shows Alaska ranks third in the nation in per capita maritime jobs. The study […]

by · March 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – February 2014

The Kenai Fjords area saw a return to more typical temperatures in February when the average monthly temperature dropped below freezing, yet remained slightly above the 30-year normal (1981-2010) for the month. Precipitation amounts dried up significantly from the previous month. While January received 150% of normal precipitation, February received only 10% of normal. The little measurable precipitation that was […]

by · March 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Exciting recap of Iditarod 2014 by Danny Seavey

Take a few minutes to read this excellent and riveting report by Dallas Seavey at https://www.facebook.com/notes/danny-seavey/there-are-no-words-iditarod-2014-recap/10152304001310990 or do a Google search for Seavey’s IdidaRide Sled Dog Tours and look for Danny Seavey’s report on Facebook.  You don’t have to be a Facebook member to read it. Congratulations to Dallas, Mitch, Danny, and the whole extended Seavey family! Cheers! Carol Griswold

by · March 18, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Clare Sullivan has been appointed Superintendent of the Spring Creek Correctional Center. The appointment makes her the first woman to hold that particular post at the facility. Sullivan replaces former Spring Creek Superintendent Craig Turnbull, who retired February 28, 2013 after serving as superintendent there since 2001, and working his way up through the ranks […]

by · March 18, 2014 · 3 comments ·
Brown & Hawkins to continue in new hands

Brown & Hawkins to continue in new hands

Heidi Zemach for SCN – John and Julie Staser, the owners of Mountain View Sports  Center in Anchorage, have leased two of the stores in the historic Seward Brown & Hawkins building for the next three years, and will open a clothing, fishing, hunting and camping store there April 10. They also run a store called Adventure Apparel in the Captain […]

by · March 14, 2014 · 1 comment ·
AVTEC under new leadership

AVTEC under new leadership

Fred Esposito  AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology Director, has retired after 17 years, and has been temporarily replaced by former two-term Kenai Peninsula Senator John Torgerson. Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Dianne Blumer appointed Torgerson Interim Acting Director, and he took the helm of the Seward-based vocational facility on March 6th. Dick Harrell remains second in command. Esposito’s retirement was […]

by · March 13, 2014 · 3 comments ·
“Chill, It’s a Drill” March 27

“Chill, It’s a Drill” March 27

Chill, It’s a Drill! On Thursday, March 27 between 10:15 AM and 10:45 AM you may hear tsunami sirens and, if you are watching TV or listening to the radio, you may hear or see a message that a tsunami warning has been issued for all of Alaska.  However, it’s just a test to make sure that the tsunami warning […]

by · March 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Our Local Governments Deserve More Respect

I am often asked how I differ from Governor Parnell. One significant difference is how we view local governments. Over the past six years, a pattern has developed with Parnell disrespecting our local governments.  Here are a few examples. Veiled Funding Threats: Parnell recently threatened fiscal retaliation against the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for filing litigation regarding education funding after the […]

by · March 12, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Zach Seligman finds the line.

Skiing the scenery: Mount Alice

By Chad Harder for Seward City News – SEWARD, Alaska – Anyone moving to Seward should catch on pretty quick that the best way through our long dark winter is to make the most of it. Skiing, dogsledding, skating, hiking, snowmachining, whatever, the key to avoiding cabin fever is to head outside, get some weather on your face and challenge […]

by · March 12, 2014 · 3 comments ·
Free Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

Free Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

Free Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a free one-day cold- water safety and drill conductor workshop in Seward on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM at AVTEC, 809 2nd Avenue. Instructors, Jerry Dzugan and Rick Petersen, will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion […]

by · March 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Avalanche Closure Notification

State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Avalanche Closure Notification Tuesday March 11, 2014 There will be intermittent closures today on the Seward Highway for avalanche hazard reduction work between Girdwood and Bird (mileposts 99-90), Girdwood and Portage (milepost 88-83), and Portage Valley road (mp3-5).  Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 10:00 AM and 2:00 […]

by · March 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Mount Marathon Race 2014 Logo Winner Announced

Mount Marathon Race 2014 Logo Winner Announced

Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release -  The Mount Marathon Race 2014 Logo Winner is Caitlin Campbell. Cait Campbell fell in love with Seward in the summer of 2012, when she came to work for Kenai Fjords National Park. Watching the end of the Mount Marathon Race from the cliffs section, what stood out to her wasn’t the runner’s arduous […]

by · March 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Daylight Savings Reminder

Daylight Savings Reminder

This is a reminder to “Spring Ahead” one hour for Daylight Savings Time starting at 2AM, March 9.    

by · March 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Swim-a-Thon for Seward Tsunami’s

Swim-a-Thon for Seward Tsunami’s

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 […]

by · March 5, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Eighteen teams are competing today, Friday Feb 28th through the weekend at the 17th Annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. About 200 people are expected to attend, with another hundred volunteering to help out at the event in jobs such as timing, judging, scoring, cooking, creating art-work, and much more.  It’ll be a quick […]

by · February 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·