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“Blood Moon” tonight

“Blood Moon” tonight

With clear skies, the second total lunar eclipse of the year should be visible from Seward.  The lunar eclipse will start at 12:45 A.M. and become total at 2:30. The eclipse will complete at 3:30 AM.. The “blood phase” will only be visible for approximately 10 minutes. What is a “blood moon”?  According to Sky and Telescope a blood moon is when, instead […]

October 7, 2014 ·
Senator Lisa Murkowski Visits Seward Middle School

Senator Lisa Murkowski Visits Seward Middle School

On Monday morning U.S .Senator Lisa Murkowski paid a visit to Seward Middle School before continuing her plans to also visit AVTEC, Aurora Energy, and meet with members of city council. Students and faculty pleasantly greeted Senator Murkowski for several minutes prior to a 30 minute two-way conversation with the sixth to eight graders in the audience. The Senator began by […]

October 7, 2014 ·
Candidate Tom Bearup Meets Public at Seward Restaurant

Candidate Tom Bearup Meets Public at Seward Restaurant

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) Mayor, Tom Bearup, spent all day Thursday in Seward and ended with a 3-hour session at Christo’s Palace restaurant to talk about whatever the public wanted to talk about. Many patrons in the regular, weekday-evening crowd did not seem to notice the free pizza and talkative candidate in […]

October 4, 2014 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center releases harbor seal pup

Alaska SeaLife Center releases harbor seal pup

Gobi, a female Pacific Harbor Seal pup that was found abandoned near Resurrection Bay Seafoods on July 3 of this year, was released by Alaska SeaLife Center staff at Lowell Point this afternoon. Through rehabilitation efforts, Gobi was deemed fit for release after she learned how to socialize with other seals and forage for her own food. After some hesitation about […]

October 2, 2014 ·

AVTEC Job Announcement: Food Service On-call Position

Food Service Sub Journey On-call Substitute Hours:  on-call, as needed Pay Rate: $14.13/hour + $2.10/hour non-perm pay Job Description:  Sub for absent employees as needed to include but not limited to:  wash dishes, flatware, pots, pans, keep up with health code by changing water and cleaning products at appropriate times.  Empty garbage cans as needed, keep work areas clean and […]

October 1, 2014 ·

NIEHS and Environmental Health Disparities in Alaska

Free teleconference: 9:00 am – 10:00 am, Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Join Dr. Linda Birnbaum, Director of National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) and National Toxicology Program (NTP) for an update on NIEHS priorities, challenges, and current initiatives and to hear her reflections on her recent visit to Alaska communities. Dr. Birnbaum traveled to St. Lawrence Island and other […]

September 30, 2014 ·
“A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska” book signing October 2

“A Guide to the Notorious Bars of Alaska” book signing October 2

  The Lower 48 have created myths and legends about all things Alaskan: Things in Alaska are bigger, colder, wilder, fiercer. However, the one legend that claims Alaskan bars stand head and shoulders above bars anywhere else just might be true. Doug Vandegraft began his notorious bars of Alaska research project in 1999, while living in Anchorage. He relocated to […]

September 30, 2014 ·
Vigorous Housecleaning Underway at Shipyard

Vigorous Housecleaning Underway at Shipyard

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The relative absence of junk first strikes the eye. Compared to their appearance in June, fence lines around the shipyard at SMIC (Seward Marine Industrial Center) now look clean and lack jumbles of metal clutter as before. Fall has arrived and so has new owner, Vigor Alaska, a subsidiary of Vigor Industrial. In addition […]

September 30, 2014 ·
The 2015 Alaska Railroad Print

The 2015 Alaska Railroad Print

Alaska Railroad Corporation Press Release –  Alaska Railroad sets annual print sale-and-sign events 2015 artwork features Whittier for the first time ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The Alaska Railroad (ARRC) will release its 2015 annual poster/print at four public sale-and- signing events featuring artist Dawn Gerety who will sign the prints and posters. ANCHORAGE: Saturday, November 1, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., […]

September 26, 2014 ·

Opinion: New NPFMC management plan should prioritize bycatch reduction

By Pete Wedin – The summer of 2014 represented a different kind of summer for Alaska fishermen. While commercial halibut fishermen have had their catch limits reduced for a number of years, this year the reductions hit charter fishermen in Southcentral Alaska as well. Anyone who went out on a charter boat out of Homer, Whittier, Seward, or Kodiak knows […]

September 26, 2014 ·

6.1 Earthquake hits Southcentral Alaska

From the National Tsunami Warning Center in Palmer – A 6.1 earthquake has hit Southcentral Alaska from 60 miles Southwest of Talkeetna. A tsunami is not expected.

September 25, 2014 ·
Flooding isn’t Seward Airport project’s only concern

Flooding isn’t Seward Airport project’s only concern

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The little Seward Airport doesn’t seem to get much public traffic. But some of the traffic it does get: Medevac aircraft collecting people with serious health emergencies, Coast Guard helicopters refueling during stopovers, or helicopters used to search and rescue missing boaters or hikers, can be vital to the town. When major flooding undermined the runway […]

September 18, 2014 ·
Harbor seal pup release postponed

Harbor seal pup release postponed

The Alaska SeaLife Center’s release of Gobi, the harbor seal pup rescued near Resurrection Bay Seafoods on Lowell Point Road, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. There has been a slight turn in Gobi’s health, but ASLC staff are highly optimistic that it is temporary. The new release date will be announced later. Keep checking the ASLC Facebook […]

September 18, 2014 ·
Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc Returns to Seward

Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc Returns to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio with translation by Luzan Quintero for SCN – After an absence of over nine years, Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc (two syllables before the ‘t’ with stress on the “te¢ ”) docked at the port of Seward shortly after 10:00 am on Monday. As she does on all ceremonial occasions, Cuauhtémoc “manned the yards”, a nautical term which […]

September 18, 2014 ·
This year’s dividend announced : $1,884

This year’s dividend announced : $1,884

Read more at the Alaska Dispatch here: http://www.adn.com/article/20140917/years-permanent-fund-dividend-check-1884

September 17, 2014 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center to Release Harbor Seal Pup in Seward September 19

Alaska SeaLife Center to Release Harbor Seal Pup in Seward September 19

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, AK – September 16, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the release of a female Pacific harbor seal pup on Friday, September 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. We cordially invite the public and media to observe this exciting and memorable event. What: Harbor Seal Release When: Friday, September […]

September 16, 2014 ·
Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

Alaska Nellie Tombstone Stabilized

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The headstone on Alaska Nellie’s grave has been stabilized and given a bit of an uplift thanks to the extensive volunteer effort of some fellow birders who care about preserving local history. Jim Herbert and Kerry Martin were attending one of local historian Lee Poleske’s annual Solstice cemetery tours this summer, when he mentioned that […]

September 15, 2014 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Welcomes Sea Otter to I.Sea.U

Alaska SeaLife Center Welcomes Sea Otter to I.Sea.U

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Seward, AK – September 11, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) transferred a female sea otter pup to its I.Sea.U this week. Visitors to the Center can watch the activities of the otter and its care- givers through viewing windows near the Discovery Touch Pool. The pup, now a healthy 10-pound, 2-month old […]

September 12, 2014 ·
Mike Navarre Meet & Greet Today, September 12

Mike Navarre Meet & Greet Today, September 12

September 12, 2014 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – August 2014

The six month run of below-average monthly precipitation came to an end in August when the Seward airport received more precipitation in one month than it did from February-July 2014 combined. Most of this precipitation occurred early in the month when storms delivered impressive amounts of rain, particularly on August 8th when daily totals ranged from 1.59 inches at the Seward […]

September 11, 2014 ·
Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Name of Steller Sea Lion Pup

Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Name of Steller Sea Lion Pup

Alaska SeaLife Center Press Release – Alaska SeaLife Center’s male Steller sea lion pup Forrest.  Forrest, born on July 20, 2014, is the first male Steller sea lion to be born in North American collections since the 1980s. Photos taken on September 5, 2014 from his public debut at the Alaska SeaLife Center.

September 11, 2014 ·
FEMA Announces New Flood Maps, Hears from Lowell Pointers

FEMA Announces New Flood Maps, Hears from Lowell Pointers

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   At an open house/informational meeting in Seward on Tuesday, September 9, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) displayed and explained new flood-hazard maps of the Seward waterfront from Lowell Point around to the industrial center at Fourth of July Creek. Based on new LIDAR (light detection and ranging) mapping of the topography and […]

September 11, 2014 ·
Norm Casagranda stands in front of job notices at the Alaska Job Center. Heidi Zemach photo.

Seward Job Center Reduced Hours and Days Closed

SEWARD JOB CENTER WILL OPERATE ON REDUCED HOURS: Monday, Sept. 15th                                                          10:30am – 4:30pm Tuesday, Sept. 16th                                                          08:00am – 3:00pm Wednesday, Sept.17th                                                   10:30am – 3:00pm Tuesday, Sept. 23rd                                                         10:30am – 4:30pm Wednesday, Sept. 24th                                                  08:00am – 3:00pm Tuesday, Sept. 30th                                                          10:30am – 4:30pm Wednesday, Oct. 1st                                                       08:00am – 3:00pm   SEWARD JOB CENTER WILL BE CLOSED: September 12th, […]

September 11, 2014 ·
MEXICAN SAILING SHIP “CUAUHTÉMOC” IS ARRIVING TO SEWARD, ALASKA

MEXICAN SAILING SHIP “CUAUHTÉMOC” IS ARRIVING TO SEWARD, ALASKA

Consul of Mexico in Anchorage Press Release – On April 9, 2014, the Mexican Navy Tall Ship “Cuauhtémoc”, affiliated to the Ministry of the Navy of Mexico, began their training cruise called “America 2014″, sailing from its home port of Acapulco, Guerrero. Under this framework, this ship will arrive to Seward, AK, USA on September 15, where it will remain until September 18, […]

September 10, 2014 ·
Distance hiker’s journey of self discovery

Distance hiker’s journey of self discovery

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward middle and high school students were given another reason to follow their dreams, however difficult and unlikely,  as they listened to the interesting stories of Jennifer Pharr Davis, a hiker, author and young role model, at a special assembly Tuesday afternoon September 9th. Davis, an avid  distance hiker, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of […]

September 10, 2014 ·