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Expensive Medevac flight in store if hurt in Seward

Expensive Medevac flight in store if hurt in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Unlike other more rural, isolated parts of Alaska, Seward has a pretty decent road system heading to cities like Anchorage. But if you’re hurt in Seward, and need to be taken to Anchorage hospitals, or those with a higher level of emergency medical assistance, you’ll probably be flown there at great expense, when simply a […]

March 23, 2015 ·

Why Hire a Professional Home Stager?

There are lots of simple things homeowners can do on their own to decorate their homes to sell. They can get rid of clutter, repaint, clean or put out fresh flowers. So why hire a home stager?   Many homeowners are unsure of what paint colors to choose or where to move the clutter. The process of selling a home […]

March 22, 2015 ·

Alaska should learn from Kodiak’s energy independence

A forward from Seward Alternative Energy Group Source: Alaska Dispatch News – Opinion Comment by Carey Restino http://www.adn.com/article/20150315/alaska-should-learn-kodiaks-energy-independence At the recent meeting of leaders from around southwest Alaska, there was much conversation about the need for affordable energy in rural Alaska. In fact, that’s pretty much led every conversation in every meeting in rural Alaska when more than a few […]

March 16, 2015 ·
PACAB Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council

PACAB Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council

Public Notice ___________________________________________________________________________________ NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that The Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board’s (PACAB) regularly scheduled meeting on April 1st 2015 is hereby substituted with a Joint Work Session with the Seward City Council with the discussion topic of How to attract more fishing vessels to Seward At noon in Council Chambers. The PACAB Regular Business meeting will […]

March 13, 2015 ·

PACAB Hears from City Administration and Public

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At the regular Port and Commerce Advisory Board meeting on March 4, assistant city manager Ron Long briefed board members on a city administration initiative to modify the system by which city of Seward taxes vessels kept within city limits. Code requires the city to tax personal property such as a vessel, at its true […]

March 13, 2015 ·
Governor Walker Announces Strong Year for Alaskan Exports 

Governor Walker Announces Strong Year for Alaskan Exports 

March 9, 2015 ANCHORAGE—Governor Bill Walker announced today Alaska exported more than $5.15 billion of goods in 2014—the second highest year ever for Alaskan exports, and a 13.8 percent increase over the previous year.  Nationally, exports rose 2.8 percent in 2014. “Alaskans across the state support the industries whose exports strengthen our economy,” Governor Walker said.  “Our Alaskan exporters applied […]

March 11, 2015 ·

Home Staging Helps Buyers See the Real Potential in a Property

Some home sellers may be hesitant to hire a home stager because they see staging as a deceitful practice intended to disguise real problems with a home. This is not the case. Home staging is about letting a home’s best features shine through, not hiding serious problems that need to be addressed. There are some homes that look like “fixer […]

March 9, 2015 ·
Bell in the Woods B&B Open House!

Bell in the Woods B&B Open House!

We are re-opening for the 2015 summer season. Bell in the Woods was originally built in 1997 by a local family and designed to be a bed and breakfast, the house is ideally suited for guests and was successfully run as a b&b for 12 years by the Woods family and then the Ray family. After 5 years of enjoying […]

March 7, 2015 ·
New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Shortly after high tide on Tuesday, city of Seward’s new 330-ton travel lift successfully lifted the Mary J out of the water at Seward Marine Industrial Center. A big-boned gal, Mary J weighs about 250 tons. This simple feat becomes simply remarkable when one considers that just one week earlier, the lift arrived […]

March 6, 2015 ·
Seward Economic Growth Plan (SEGP) SMIC Group Visits the AVTEC Maritime Academy Simulator

Seward Economic Growth Plan (SEGP) SMIC Group Visits the AVTEC Maritime Academy Simulator

Text and images by Seward Chamber of Commerce – Lucky for the SMIC – Seward Marine Industrial Center – Group, one of the members is a former employee at AVTEC.  Steve Fink suggested that the group visit the AVTEC Maritime Academy to “board” the simulators to see what it would be like to navigate the entrance to the new SMIC harbor.  What fun!  So […]

March 3, 2015 ·
Susan and Dorothy next to their infamous cast brass and oak model year 1908 National brand cash register, Jan 27, 2015.  The register still works.  Photo by Jason Aigeldinger.

Selling Success in Seward, the First 100 Years

By Jason Aigeldinger for SCN – Bob Shafer of the Seward Journal wrote an excellent article highlighting Urbach’s 100th anniversary. Although there is some redundant information in the Q&A that follows below, I share with you the interview I did last month with Dorothy Urbach and her daughter Susan. I felt the frank wisdom and humor that shows through in […]

February 25, 2015 ·
Council approves warehouses in resource zone and costlier audit

Council approves warehouses in resource zone and costlier audit

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council Monday Night unanimously approved the construction and use of warehouses for the storage and distribution of goods, products, materials, supplies and equipment storage, use and distribution inside in the Resource Management Zoning District by means of a Conditional Use Permit. All but the storage of flammable, explosive or hazardous materials […]

February 25, 2015 ·

Home Staging Boosts Demand for Rental Properties

At one time investors flocked to real estate, anticipating guaranteed and speedy returns. If you were one of the people who purchased rental properties to create the “passive income stream” that most get-rich-quick gurus recommend, you’ve probably become more nervous about that investment, especially if you’re relying on rental income to offset your mortgage costs. Whether you have investments in […]

February 24, 2015 ·
Save the Date!

Save the Date!

February 18, 2015 ·
Resurrection Bay Baptist Church moves into Legends building

Resurrection Bay Baptist Church moves into Legends building

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Resurrection Bay Baptist Church has purchased the former Legends Restaurant and moved into the two story, 7,000 square foot property at 412 Washington Street in the heart of downtown Seward. Until recently the building was occupied by the Kenai Fjords National Park, but was put on auction by the U.S. General Services Administration […]

February 17, 2015 ·
Council supports pet shelter, debates lights

Council supports pet shelter, debates lights

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council documented its support for the construction of a new animal shelter and promising to provide city land for the project, and in-kind contributions by unanimously passing a resolution at Monday night’s February 9 meeting. Council members Christy Terry and Dale Butts who introduced the resolution, said it would help the nonprofit […]

February 13, 2015 ·

Wells Fargo customers can now redeem credit card rewards at ATMs

Wells Fargo News Release – New redemption option is industry-leading for consumer cardholders; rewards can now be redeemed for account credit or cash at more than 12,500 Wells Fargo ATMs nationwide   SAN FRANCISCO, February 4, 2015 Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) customers participating in The Wells Fargo Rewards® Program can now redeem their rewards at more than 12,500 […]

February 11, 2015 ·
KPBSD and other agencies worry about state budget deficit impacts

KPBSD and other agencies worry about state budget deficit impacts

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – No matter where I go these days, the Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Seward City Council Meeting, Legislative Information Office, or even the grocery store, people are talking about the state’s multibillion dollar budget deficit reductions, and their ramifications for the Seward area. Kenai Peninsula School District Interim Superintendent Sean Dusek was the Seward […]

February 11, 2015 ·
Anna Johnson of Seward Windsong Lodge receives Guest Services Manager of the Year Award

Anna Johnson of Seward Windsong Lodge receives Guest Services Manager of the Year Award

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation Press Release – Seward, AK:  Anna Johnson of Seward Windsong Lodge has been recognized as the Guest Services Manager of the Year.  Anna was recognized at the Alaska Hotel and Lodging Association at the annual Stars of the Industry Event, January 24, 2015.  This award is open to any Alaska hospitality employees and is voted on […]

February 7, 2015 ·
How to Get a Great Logo for Your Business

How to Get a Great Logo for Your Business

Are you in need of a great logo for your business or project, or want to update your image?   I recently graduated from the Staging Diva Home Staging Training program. The program offers a great step by step plan to set up and market a home staging business as well as tons of inspiration! Some advice from the program was […]

February 6, 2015 ·

Home Staging Means Buyers Shouldn’t Have to Stretch Their Imaginations

Thinking of selling your home in the near future? Consider this expert advice by Debra Gould. “Homebuyers have less imagination than you might think. That’s why home staging can make such a difference in the selling price of a home and the length of time it takes to sell. During the few minutes that homebuyers typically spend in a house, […]

February 2, 2015 ·
Poems in Place Kickoff February 6

Poems in Place Kickoff February 6

February 2, 2015 ·
Book of Art Benefits Animal Welfare

Book of Art Benefits Animal Welfare

Book of Art Benefits Animal Welfare Creating awareness & support for organizations that care for animals   Artists from around the country joined together to create this beautiful book of art and stories to bring awareness to the needs of animals.  It is part of a network of events to generate awareness & support for animal welfare organizations. The book […]

January 31, 2015 ·
Get your tickets for the Community Awards Night!

Get your tickets for the Community Awards Night!

  Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release – Join Us for the 2014 Annual Community Awards Night! Seward, Alaska January 30, 2015 Friday, February 13, 2015, the Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference and Visitors Bureau will recognize six individuals and businesses nominated for their outstanding contributions and service to the Seward community in 2014. Award categories include: Person of the […]

January 30, 2015 ·
Seward Community Foundation reaches new milestone

Seward Community Foundation reaches new milestone

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Community Foundation’s endowment investment fund, now entering its sixth year, has continued to thrive and grow, even as state and federal funding to nonprofits shrink. At a press event at the Breeze Inn Thursday night, the foundation announced that it is willing to spend more than $120,000 in its 2015 grant cycle, which […]

January 25, 2015 ·

8 Steps to Turn Your House into a Hot Property!

On your mark, get set…SELL! How can a home stand out from the competition when there are several homes for sale at similar prices in the neighborhood, or worse on the same street? Consider these home staging tips for home sellers, provided by home staging expert Debra Gould, also known as The Staging Diva®: 1. Use higher-wattage bulbs. Bright rooms […]

January 24, 2015 ·