Alaska

How you can help with the current fire situation

Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office Release – With the current wild land fire situation, many Alaskan’s want to know how they can help. With resources being stretched thin, the best thing we can do is not put ourselves into situations that require the intervention of emergency services. Many of the state’s emergency personnel are trained in several disciplines, including wildland […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

From the KPB Office of Emergency Management – Forestry provided the following update: Approximately 1200 acres have burned. Three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft and 50 crew are assigned to the fire. Air attack and retardant will resume this morning. Five hot shot crews are arriving late afternoon today and the Type 2 team is expected tomorrow. Six structures […]

June 16, 2015 ·
Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – June  15,  2015  -­‐  7:45  p.m. (Fairbanks,  AK)  –An  explosive  wildland  fire  on  the  Kenai  Peninsula  forced  the  evacuation  of  hundreds  of  homes   and  burned  at  least  six  structures on Monday. The  640-­‐acre  Card  Street  Fire  was  reported  as  a  1-­‐acre  fire  by  Alaska  State  Troopers  at  1:52  p.m.  near  the   community […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Wildfire along Sterling Hwy Milepost 76-77

Reported from Alaska 511, the Sterling highway from Milepost 76-77 is open to traffic, but use caution when traveling. Emergency Vehicles are on the road. The Peninsula Clarion reports of the fire spreading in Sterling. Read more here: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-06-15/fire-spreads-in-sterling.  

June 15, 2015 ·
Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – Soldotna, AK – The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has issued a burn permit suspension for the Kenai Peninsula due to warm, dry weather conditions. The suspension includes the burning of debris and burning in burn barrels, as outlined in the burn permits provided at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Campfires are allowed […]

June 15, 2015 ·
It’s the very definition of cool

It’s the very definition of cool

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Is anything better than paddle boarding around a glacier? Liquid Adventures, which was housed at The Barn at Lowell Point for the past 12 years, now has a new, more centrally located office at the “Train Rec” in the Seward Small Boat Harbor. The company  was recently purchased by Exit Glacier Guides owners Ryan Fisher and Brendan […]

June 11, 2015 ·
National Heritage Area Group Installs New Sign

National Heritage Area Group Installs New Sign

Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm “Discover the Story” sign was installed recently at MP 12.3 at the Snow River pull-out on the Seward Highway just in time to welcome directors of other National Heritage Areas from around the nation who visited Seward during a regional conference. The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area is becoming more widely known and a source of pride […]

June 8, 2015 ·
Coal Ship Double Progress loads up in Seward's Resurrection Bay.  The first coal ship of the year. Heidi Zemach photo.

First coal ship signals slow season ahead as U.S. Supreme Court denies appeal

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Since its arrival on Saturday, M/V Double Progress, the first coal ship to dock at Seward’s Alaska Railroad Terminal since last November, has been loading 72,000 metric tons of coal, bound for Japan. Aurora Energy Services, LLC says it will receive between two and four coal ships this year, or more if Usibelli Coal’s […]

June 8, 2015 ·
Homer man wanted by Alaska State Troopers

Homer man wanted by Alaska State Troopers

Location: Ninilchik Case number: AK15042309 Type: Robbery 1st, Assault 3rd, Theft 2nd Update: On 06-06-15, at 1302 hours, Sean Carpenter, 25 of Homer, was arrested without incident at a residence in Homer.  Carpenter was arrested and transported to the Homer Jail where he is being held without bail on the charges of Robbery 1st, Assault 3rd and Theft 2nd.  Troopers […]

June 8, 2015 ·
New seal pup born at SeaLife Center

New seal pup born at SeaLife Center

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska SeaLife Center staff are giving resident harbor seal, Atty and her newest newborn pup time to bond before putting the pup through an initial veterinary exam to determine its sex and weight. Atty gave birth to her third healthy pup on Monday morning, June 1st.  She also birthed Kordelia in June of 2011, and […]

June 5, 2015 ·
Coast Guard Cutter Munro Stands Ready for Patrol, Awaits Decommissioning

Coast Guard Cutter Munro Stands Ready for Patrol, Awaits Decommissioning

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Although Cutter Munro homeports in Kodiak, it makes port calls all over Alaska, including Seward. During its brief layover at the railroad east dock, crew of Cutter Munro gave public tours of non-sensitive parts of the 378-foot, high endurance cutter. Lieutenant junior grade Eric Ressel stands at the entrance to the helicopter hangar to […]

June 5, 2015 ·
Homer Electric Association reports phone scams

Homer Electric Association reports phone scams

Public Service Announcement DATE: May 16, 2015 Phone scams reported in southcentral Alaska Utilities, including Homer Electric, are getting reports from businesses regarding suspicious phone calls. The phone scam is targeting customers in Anchorage and on the Kenai Peninsula. The fraudulent caller impersonates a utility representative and requests payment for the customer’s supposed past due bill and threatens immediate disconnection […]

June 4, 2015 ·
New members sought for Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council

New members sought for Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council

Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – (Anchorage, AK) The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is inviting interested individuals to apply to join the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC).  There are three vacant seats to be filled on the nine member board, one of which represents the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Prince William Sound, and the other two […]

June 4, 2015 ·
US Coast Guard Cutter Munro open for public tours June 3

US Coast Guard Cutter Munro open for public tours June 3

The USCG Cutter Munro is happy to announce they will provide PUBLIC TOURS in Seward on Wednesday June 3, 2015 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.  The USCG Cutter Munro is docked on the east side of the Cruise Ship Dock at the Alaska Railroad Cruise Ship Terminal.   Public can park in front of the Seward Dale Lindsey Terminal and […]

June 2, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

June 2, 2015 ·
AVTEC instructors get their pink slips

AVTEC instructors get their pink slips

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Instructors and support staff at AVTEC, Alaska’s Institute of Technology, have been sent layoff notices advising of a “potential partial government shutdown,” and informing them that they will all be laid off on July 2nd unless the Alaska Legislature and Governor passes a fully funded budget, at which point AVTEC will rescind the layoff […]

June 2, 2015 ·
Founding Board Member of Heritage Conservation Group Retires

Founding Board Member of Heritage Conservation Group Retires

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Jim Richardson of Cooper Landing and Anchorage retired from the board of the Community Association of the Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area after having served since its establishment in 2009. Mr. Richardson loved the mountains between Indian, Hope, Cooper Landing, Seward and Whittier and worked to foster increased appreciation of the region. In […]

May 26, 2015 ·

Job Opening at the Alaska SeaLife Center

Sales and Cafe Agent This position is responsible for Front of House Reservations and Ticketing functions, Customer Service and Sales of all admission, tours, encounters, as well as visitor information capture and completion of the annual Visitor Survey. Café functions include taking and fulfilling orders in a timely, accurate and friendly manner, as well as cleaning and stocking of inventory. […]

May 25, 2015 ·

Coast Guard Cutter Mustang responds to fuel spill in Cook Inlet

United States Coast Guard District 17, Alaska News Release – Coast Guard, agency partners respond to fuel spill in Cook Inlet, Alaska ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Personnel from the Coast Guard, Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service, Alaska Department of Conservation, Bureau of Indian Affairs and Cook Inlet Regional Citizen Advisory Council are responding to a report of a […]

May 23, 2015 ·

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to Public Use Regulations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Press Release – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to Public Use Regulations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Rule aims to balance public use and safety with resource conservation May 20, 2015 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a proposed rule that maintains protections for the world-class natural resources of the Kenai […]

May 22, 2015 ·
Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day Weekend

Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day Weekend

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center News Release – May 20, 2015 Fairbanks, Alaska — With extreme fire danger levels around much of the state and no relief in sight heading into the Memorial Day Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska urge extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Lack of precipitation this spring and hot, dry weather […]

May 22, 2015 ·

SUNNY COVE SEA KAYAKING AWARDED 2015 TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

Recognized as a Top Performing Tour Company as Reviewed by Travelers on the World’s Largest Travel Site Seward, Alaska – May 21, 2015 –Sunny Cove Sea Kayaking today announced that it has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award. Now in its fifth year, the award celebrates excellence in hospitality and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve great traveler […]

May 21, 2015 ·

Job Opening at the Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center, which generates and shares scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems, is seeking applications for the following: Finance/Grants Analyst I/II/III This position is responsible for providing administrative and analytical support for grant and other external funds awarded to the Alaska SeaLife Center and in a fiscal agent capacity for other entities. Education […]

May 19, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

 

May 19, 2015 ·
Tom Malacek, new Seward District Ranger for the Chugach National Forest, introduces himself to residents who attended the recent forest plan  meeting. Heidi Zemach photo

District Ranger Answers SCN Questions and Announces Selection of Special Tree

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After a recent meeting in Moose Pass concerning revisions to the Chugach National Forest management plan, USDA Forest Service district ranger Tom Malecek agreed to a recorded, sit-down interview with SCN. Part of what Ranger Malecek said appears below. SCN: What have you heard about motorized versus non-motorized use on the Chugach? What has […]

May 18, 2015 ·
Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Planners with the Chugach National Forest spoke with the largest crowd to date in its Community Open House and Forest Plan Revision meeting Wednesday May 13, with nine residents in attendance in Seward, and seven attending in Moose Pass. The groups were larger than similar meetings that had taken place earlier in Girdwood and […]

May 16, 2015 ·