State Charges Hubbards With Felony, Rests Case

April 15, 2014 6:44 am0 comments
State Charges Hubbards With Felony, Rests Case

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – State of Alaska has charged James T. Hubbard, age 58, and his wife Rhonda Anderson-Hubbard, age 52, with perjury, a class C felony, and several misdemeanors in connection with their fishing business, J&R Fisheries of Seward. In a trial that began April 7, the State presented witnesses that testified to actions the Hubbards took that allegedly violated their Alaska Department of Fish & Game license as direct marketers of fish. State of Alaska alleges eight felonies and nine misdemeanors in total against the Hubbards and against their business as a separate entity. In the […]

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Zudy’s Offers a Solution to Local “Soup Dilemma”

April 14, 2014 10:27 pm0 comments
Zudy’s Offers a Solution to Local “Soup Dilemma”

By Jason Aigeldinger for Seward City News – Homemade soups full of healthy ingredients will anchor down the menu at one of Seward’s newest dining establishments. Zudy’s, the brainchild of Moose Pass residents Judy and Jan Odhner, will be open for business later this month. The establishment is situated in the old railroad depot east of the Alaska Sealife Center. The couple signed a lease February 24 and have been hard at it preparing the space. Future patrons can expect a bright, smartly furnished dining room located on the west side of the historic structure. A fine setting to enjoy […]

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Lemonade Day Alaska Kicks off its 4th year in Alaska!

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Lemonade Day Alaska Kicks off its 4th year in Alaska!

Lemonade Day Alaska Kicks off its 4th year in Alaska! Lemonade Day Alaska teaches kids about starting a business, but also about the importance of financial literacy and giving back to the community.  Program participants are allowed to keep all of the money they raise from operations, but are encouraged to “spend a little, save a little, and share a little with their community”. Lemonade Day Alaska recognizes that the leaders of tomorrow are shaped by the actions of today. Lemonade Day first came to Alaska in 2011.  Now in its fourth year, Lemonade Day Alaska has grown from 1,000 […]

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Game Changer: Local Culinary Couple Take the Helm at Seward Brewing Company

April 12, 2014 10:17 pm0 comments
Game Changer: Local Culinary Couple Take the Helm at Seward Brewing Company

By Jason Aigeldinger for  Seward City News – They’ve both been around town awhile. There is a real solid chance you’ve enjoyed a meal he’s prepared. She has no doubt poured you a drink or two at some point over the past eighteen summer seasons. And now they have a brewery to call their own. Chef Erik Slater and General Manager Hillary Bean are buying the Seward Brewing Company situated in the old Elk’s Lodge building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Seward. The brewery plans to be open to the public on May 8th. The husband and wife team said that they plan […]

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Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

April 10, 2014 6:09 pm0 comments
Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – Between 100 and 200 persons, mainly students, attended the annual job fair hosted by Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward on Monday, April 7. At least six maritime employers handed out applications and company information. Several said they had hired from AVTEC programs in the past. Riki Clark, crewing administrator for Crowley Maritime Corporation, said  she had hired one person on the spot that day. Although various freight-, research- and cruising-related companies had limited positions currently open, one new operation in Seward had six open. Vigor Industries, likely purchaser of the shipyard […]

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Mayor Navarre Available Here In Seward!

April 9, 2014 10:06 am0 comments

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will be visiting Seward on Tuesday, April 15. He will be available for informal discussion and questions with community members from 9:30 am until noon at the Seward Annex, in the Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway Avenue, Suite 122. Mayor Navarre welcomes input, insights and discussion on issues that affect the Seward area, including surrounding communities, as well as the Kenai Peninsula Borough. Individual appointments may be scheduled by calling Michele Aranguiz in the mayor’s office at 714-2157. The Borough Assembly is holding its regular meeting in Seward that evening. The agenda is posted on […]

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Port and Commerce Advisory Board Meets, Hears Input, Expresses Frustration

April 4, 2014 8:42 pm0 comments

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – City of Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board met in council chambers for a work session on April 2. After hearing reports from Alaska Railroad and Seward Harbormaster, PACAB heard input about increases in a passenger fees that city of Seward collects and deposits into the Harbor Enterprise Fund. Passenger vessels that use city of Seward docks, including charter fishing, tour, water taxis and guides currently pay $3.50 per passenger into the fund. The HEF, which obtains money from various sources, helps finance improvements such as new floats, fish cleaning-stations and harbor enlargements. Between […]

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Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Land Swap

April 3, 2014 3:52 pm1 comment
Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Land Swap

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular meeting on April 1, Seward Planning & Zoning Commission voted to recommend that city of Seward dispose of a narrow lot in harbor subdivision by negotiation solely with Alaska Railroad. By unanimous vote of four commissioners present, SP&ZC passed resolution 2014-04 regarding the trade of city-owned Lot 1, Block 6 of small boat harbor subdivision. One commissioner had an excused absence and two positions on the commission remain vacant.  The lot currently sustains parking, utilities and access points to ARR parcels in the north harbor area. The lot has a shape […]

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Alaskans set new Pick.Click.Give. donation records. $2.7 million pledged to nonprofits in 2014

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Anchorage, AK –Alaskans set a record in 2014 for donations made to local nonprofits through Pick.Click.Give. More Alaskans than ever before participated in the Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD) charitable donation program, sharing millions of dollars with Alaska’s nonprofits. According to the Alaska Department of Revenue, as of April 1, 26,773 Alaskans donated $2,771,400 from their PFDs, which is $325,950 or 13% more than last year. The average amount donated per person was also record‐breaking, increasing by 11% from $94 in 2013 to $104 in 2014. Overall, 4.8% of Alaskans who filed online for the PFD made donations through Pick.Click.Give. Three […]

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Kenai Fjords Tours Adds to Fleet

April 1, 2014 2:50 pm0 comments
Kenai Fjords Tours Adds to Fleet

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Local marine tour operator, Kenai Fjords Tours last week greeted the arrival of its newest vessel, M/V Callisto Voyager in the Seward small boat harbor. The shiny new catamaran brings to 10 the number of large, tour vessels operated by KFT out of Seward. Callisto joins its sister ships, Aialik and Orca in the voyager family. KFT General Manager, Ron Wille said that Callisto Voyager will complement the rest of the fleet by giving national park tours starting at 11:30 am and lasting 6 hours. Wille expects the first tour to cast off by mid […]

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Dredge creates access to seafood plant

March 25, 2014 8:33 pm0 comments
Dredge creates access to seafood plant

Work began yesterday to dredge the access in front of Resurrection Bay Seafoods on Lowell Point Road. During the  2013 flood, Lowell Creek deposited enough gravel and silt to make fishing boat deliveries to the seafood plant difficult. Submitted by Carol Griswold

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Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

March 21, 2014 7:48 pm5 comments
Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthone  will be offering OB/GYN services to the residents of Seward, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing two days a month, beginning April 9th. And to answer the big question that everyone will ask-NO, she will not be delivering any babies in Seward. However, women are welcome to have their deliveries with her in Soldotna at Central Peninsula Hospital. Dr. Hawthorne is a board certified OB/GYN originally from Greenville, Tennessee with over 25 years of experience.  She graduated from The Medical Collage of Georgia and is a Fellow of the American College […]

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Alaska Top 3 in the Nation for Maritime Jobs Per Capita

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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 showed that thousands of Alaskan jobs are directly related to the domestic maritime industry and account for more than $1 billion in economic impact. Alaska’s own navigable waterway network of more than 5400 miles is the largest in the country […]

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Board Advises Crane for Harbor

March 20, 2014 4:05 pm1 comment
Board Advises Crane for Harbor

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its meeting on March 19, Port and Commerce Advisory Board unanimously passed a resolution that city of Seward fund the design of an 8-ton, stationary crane at the end of I-dock in the small boat harbor. PACAB recommend that funds come from the raw-fish tax collected from commercial fishers. A design by the engineering firm Moffatt and Nichol would cost about 30,000 dollars. A complete project from design through installation would cost about 300,000 dollars. City of Seward could save money by using city workers and equipment for installation. Users would pay to […]

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Alaska SBDC – April 17 & 18 Workshops

March 19, 2014 11:55 am0 comments

Our FREE 2 hour, Starting a Business workshop on Thursday, April 17, 2014 from Noon to 2 p.m.  at the AVTEC First Lake Facility, 2nd floor Conference Room .  This workshop will allow Bryan Zak to answer your basic questions on starting a business in Seward, on the Kenai Peninsula, while preparing YOU for a productive relationship with Alaska Small Business Development Center. Come and learn about AKSBDC and our partner programs and why you should ALSO sign up for our free counseling services. Deadline to register online is Friday, April 11th. You may also want to attend the Marketing […]

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Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

March 18, 2014 1:47 pm3 comments
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 for the preceding decade. Sullivan is an active and well-respective longtime member of the Seward community, along with her husband Mike, known especially for their affiliation and leadership with American Legion Post 5. Sullivan has served as its Post Commander for more […]

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Spenard Builders Supply suffers fire damage

March 17, 2014 12:51 pm0 comments

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Spenard Builder’s Supply, on the Seward Highway at Herman Leirer (Exit Glacier) Road, suffered a minor fire early Saturday morning in its paint department. Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Seward Fire Department, and the Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to notification that came in at 8:00 a.m. immediately after the store’s automated fire alarm system went off. It was thanks to that alarm notification that the responders were able to put out the fire so quickly, while it was still in the early stages, said Mark Beals, the BCVFD Fire Chief. They were on […]

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Brown & Hawkins to continue in new hands

March 14, 2014 2:16 pm1 comment
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 Cook Hotel building, and a third store in the seaside California town of Carmel. The three-year lease,  will enable them to test the waters here in Seward, they say but they also have an option to buy the place. For […]

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Spring Breakup Festival this weekend!

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Spring Breakup Festival this weekend!

Hey folks don’t forget about the festival this weekend. Here is the schedule, we have more events that aren’t on the flyer. Please go to sewardevents.com for a complete schedule and https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seward-Spring-Break-Up-Festival/160583607432269  

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AVTEC under new leadership

March 13, 2014 2:11 pm3 comments
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 abrupt and reportedly has to do with differences over economic challenges at AVTEC, and the need to find new sources of funding for the vocational institute. SCN was not able to reach AVTEC officials, or Esposito as of this posting […]

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