Alaska

“Orphaned” Wildlife Best Left Alone

“Orphaned” Wildlife Best Left Alone

“Don’t touch!” That’s a phrase worth remembering from now through early July as newborn moose calves, young bear cubs and other wildlife babies start appearing in Alaska’s backyards, urban greenbelts, and along popular trails. Tug-at-your-heartstrings cute, they may appear helpless and abandoned, but a protective mother is likely nearby. Cow […]

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Now, before the leaves emerge, is a good time to visit Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park to view bears and mountain goats. On Monday morning I just missed seeing three black bear cubs high in a tree waiting for their mom near the glacier overlook. Visitors from all […]

2017 Mount Marathon Logo

Calling All 2017 Mt Marathon Volunteers!

We are now recruiting volunteers to fill positions on the evening of July 3rd, and all day on July 4th for the 2017 race, and hope you’ll be able to join us for another great event. This year, we once again are asking most race volunteers to register and choose jobs via SignUp Genius.  […]

Spot Prawns. Photo: AMCC Catch of the Season CSF

Fish Factor: NOAA Fisheries Economics, Hope for Tanner Fishery, Seafood for Alaskans, Chris Oliver Takes NMFS Top Post

By Laine Welch- NOAA Fisheries Economics Report The U.S. seafood industry’s contribution to the nation’s economy sank a bit, while Alaska’s output increased slightly and dollar values held steady. An eagerly anticipated annual report released last week by NOAA Fisheries measures the economic impacts of U.S. commercial and recreational fisheries. […]

Ever seen a 32-foot-tall puffin?

Ever seen a 32-foot-tall puffin?

Seward’s newest murals, by master artist Liza McElroy, will be unveiled at Harbor 360 Hotel, 1412 4th Avenue, on Saturday, May 20. On hand for the excitement will be Seward-born author Jackie Pels, with her book Framed by Sea & Sky: Community art in Seward, mural capital of Alaska. Come […]

Future of Alaska Railroad Docks & Terminal

Future of Alaska Railroad Docks & Terminal

On Tuesday evening, Alaska Railroad (AKRR) staff led by Project Manager Brian Lindamood presented current information about the Railroad’s plans to replace and expand the Dale R. Lindsey Cruise Ship terminal and the Alaska Railroad owned docks. A group of approximately fifty Seward citizens listened attentively as Lindamood presented the […]

This photo, found at the Seward Community Library, depicts Hankins' picnic spot during the railroad era.

Seeking Solitude in Seward

Seeking Solitude in Seward is an essay by Michael Hankins depicting the Seward area in the late 1960s. Mr. Hankins grew up in Alaska and graduated from East High School in Anchorage in 1972. He wrote this essay out of a desire to share his experiences with the current Seward community, […]

Hummingbirds are Back!

Hummingbirds are Back!

I  spotted a flashy male Rufous Hummingbird this afternoon at the beach at Lowell Point State Recreation Site, sitting at the very tip of a small spruce tree, checking out the scene. Weighing less than a nickel, this tiny wonder recently flew 2000 miles or more, following the Pacific coast from wintering […]

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Two humpback whales cruised along the Waterfront and Lowell Point Road yesterday. What a thrill to hear their explosive breath, see the vapor plumes erupt, and watch the enormous dark back and dorsal fin slide up then back into the water. Steller sea lions also surged along the shore, surfacing […]

Four Valleys Community School Summer Intensives are one of KMTA's new grants.

National Heritage Area Grants Build Bridges

From a new steel beam bridge across California Creek in Girdwood to a storytelling project between elders and youth in Seward, Kenai Mountains Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area awarded grants to connect people to places and their stories at the April 12 KMTA Board meeting. National Heritage Area grants are […]