Alaska

New hours at Seward CHC starting January 12

New hours at Seward CHC starting January 12

December 31, 2014 ·
The Travel Channel’s “Alaska Starts Here” will show again January 1

The Travel Channel’s “Alaska Starts Here” will show again January 1

The Travel Channel will again be airing a special on Seward named “Alaska Starts Here” on January 1, 2015, at 8PM.   From the Travel Channel: “Alaska Starts Here The weathered, worn, time-hardened port city of Seward, AK, explodes to 10 times its population every summer, offering untamed, raw Alaska adventures like wrestling monster fish out of the treacherous waters […]

December 31, 2014 ·
NW Think-tank publishes report on Seward coal issues

NW Think-tank publishes report on Seward coal issues

This article was posted with Sightline’s permission. Please don’t forget to click on the photo, video, and text links in the article. What a coal terminal means for a community. Northwest communities faced with the prospect of new or expanded coal terminals would do well to study their real-life impacts in other places. As Sightline has reported extensively, coal terminals […]

December 29, 2014 ·
Recreational Fish Stocking Plan Available for Comment

Recreational Fish Stocking Plan Available for Comment

Alaska Department of Fish & Game Press Release –  The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish is now accepting public comment on its statewide fish stocking plan. The Division, with assistance from private non-profit hatchery operators, plans to release approximately 7 million fish into the waters of Alaska every year for the next five years to […]

December 26, 2014 ·
In Memory of Jack Hoogland

In Memory of Jack Hoogland

John William “Jack” Hoogland died peacefully at Providence Seward Medical Center on Saturday, December 20th, 2014, of complications from pneumonia. He had recently celebrated his 83rd birthday. Jack was born in Huntley, Montana, on November 11, 1931, son of Marie (Plath) and Gerrit “Pop” Hoogland. His father came to Seward to work near the end of World War II and […]

December 24, 2014 ·

First National Bank Alaska’s contributions to Alaska communities surpass $208,000 in third quarter

Press Release – First National Bank Alaska gave $208,865 to communities across the state in July, August and September of 2014. This total includes charitable gifts, activity sponsorships, and community and business sponsorships distributed statewide by the bank and its employees. A portion of the third-quarter giving was First National’s continued support of the Alaska State Activities Association (ASAA), part […]

December 23, 2014 ·
Teens take welding seriously at AVTEC

Teens take welding seriously at AVTEC

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News –  Getting a jumpstart on a potentially lucrative career path, seven students from Seward High School and Connections home school program recently spent some evenings each week attending a basic welding and shop safety academy at AVTEC- Alaska’s Institute of Technology. Their class project was constructing four new tank stands for the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish […]

December 23, 2014 ·

Applications now open for the Ted Smith Conservation Intern Program

We are dedicated to building the next generation of leaders for Alaska’s conservation movement. To that end, Alaska Center for the Environment is proud to support Alaska Conservation Foundation’s Ted Smith Conservation Intern Program, which connects young adults to summer internships with conservation organizations across the state. Conservation Intern Program participants dedicate their summers to gaining invaluable skills through hands-on […]

December 20, 2014 ·

AMHS Fares to Increase Summer 2015

Alaska Department of Transportation News Release – (JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) announced today that fares on the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) will increase 4.5 percent for travel beginning May 1, 2015. The new fare structure will go into effect January 1, 2015. The rate increase will not affect reservations made prior to […]

December 19, 2014 ·
Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — ARRC has received a grant of $2.5 million from US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) to create a “master land-use plan” for the Seward Marine Terminal and surrounding 328 acres of railroad-reserve tidelands and uplands. ARRC contributed $500,000 as matching funds to the project it calls “Seward Marine Terminal Expansion Planning”. According to […]

December 18, 2014 ·
Youth organize on Climate Change

Youth organize on Climate Change

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, (AYEA) spent much of Saturday December 13, 2014 learning more about Climate Change, and discussing how they, as young people might help educate and inspire others to take statewide action in response to it.  The workshop, led by Griffin Plush, a Seward High School senior, was held at Seward […]

December 17, 2014 ·

Alaska State Parks increases fees

Department of Natural Resources Release –  (Anchorage, AK) – Fees for overnight camping and boat launching and the cost of annual passes for parking and boat launching at Alaska state park facilities will increase on Jan. 1. An updated list of state park fees and passes is at http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/asp/alaskastateparkfees.pdf. Annual passes for the 2015 calendar year are available for purchase […]

December 17, 2014 ·

Seward Highway Avalanche Control Milepost 18-22, Expect Delays

State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Avalanche Closure Notification There will be intermittent traffic delays today on the Seward Highway for avalanche hazard reduction work between mileposts 18 and 22 near Kenai Lake south of Moose Pass.  Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Updates will be posted on […]

December 16, 2014 ·
American Red Cross pilots preparedness project

American Red Cross pilots preparedness project

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The American Red Cross of Alaska chapter in Seward has been able to help out three or four local families following emergencies they suffered over the past year with emergency shelter, food and clothing, said Jeanette Hanneman its disaster assistance team captain. It’s rewarding to be able to help friends and neighbors in need […]

December 14, 2014 ·
City acts on potential geothermal heat for city buildings

City acts on potential geothermal heat for city buildings

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council took an important first step toward implementing renewable energy in Seward at the last meeting of the year Monday night. They authorized City Manager Jim Hunt to negotiate a $48,000 contract with Your Clean Energy, LLC, to develop an economic evaluation for heating the Seward Museum Library and City Annex […]

December 12, 2014 ·
Rare Opportunity to View Bearded Seal at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Rare Opportunity to View Bearded Seal at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, Alaska (December 11, 2014) – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is excited to announce it is currently home to a male bearded seal. Siku, named after the Inuit word for “sea ice,” is the first of his kind to reside at the Alaska SeaLife Center – in fact the first bearded seal to […]

December 11, 2014 ·
Make a wish come true at the Library Museum!

Make a wish come true at the Library Museum!

The annual Wish Tree has been placed in the library and ready for you to help us place new books on the shelves! Each beautiful vintage postcard holds a book wish with suggestions from patrons and the library staff. For $20, you can make a book wish come true! Stop by the library museum during open hours, take some time […]

December 10, 2014 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a well-attended Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on December 5, Project Manager Dan Oliver enthusiastically presented the Research Vessel Sikuliaq story so far. The 261-foot long ship has joined the American academic-research fleet and features specialized equipment that makes it especially suited to arctic research. According to Oliver, the National Science Foundation paid […]

December 9, 2014 ·

Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park Seeking Artists for Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program

The Yukon Arts Centre and National Park Service are seeking three visual artists – one from Canada, one from the United States and one regional (Yukon or Alaska) – to participate in a cross-border creative journey. The Chilkoot Trail Artist Residency Program invites artists to hike the famous Chilkoot Trail, passing through Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (Alaska) and […]

December 9, 2014 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – November 2014

Kenai Fjords National Park and surrounding areas experienced an unusually warm start to what is locally, though unofficially, considered early winter.  Daily high temperatures recorded at the Seward airport reached into the high 40s and low 50s the first three weeks of the month and were above freezing on all days in November except the 27th. Three new daily record […]

December 9, 2014 ·

Alaska State Parks Seward Citizens Advisory Board meets December 9

The Alaska State Parks Seward Citizens Advisory Board will meet upstairs at the Seward Public Library from 5pm-7pm on December 9, 2014.  The public is always welcome and encouraged to attend!

December 8, 2014 ·
Tour boat partially sinks in Seward Small Boat Harbor

Tour boat partially sinks in Seward Small Boat Harbor

The 85 foot catamaran Spirit of Adventure, which is owned and operated by Major Marine Tours, was discovered partially submerged by a passerby in Seward Small Boat Harbor this morning. Three of the rearmost compartments near the engines had flooded overnight until coming to rest on the bottom of the harbor and leaving the bow buoyant and pitched up at about a 40 […]

December 6, 2014 ·