Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

February 19, 2014 9:00 am1 comment
Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

JUNEAU, Alaska – Senator Mark Begich Press Release February 18, 2014 – In response to concerns from the community, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today urged Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to use available federal funds to restore the Seward Airport “long” runway to full capacity instead of short-term repairs that will jeopardize public safety and economic growth.  The longer runway has not been fully usable since floods last fall undermined the underlying soil, preventing heavier aircraft from landing safely. “The state is considering several options including the removal of the longer runway or repairs that don’t bring the runway up to […]

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Nonprofit Organizations to Attend Fundraising Training

February 17, 2014 8:54 pm0 comments
Nonprofit Organizations to Attend Fundraising Training

The Seward Community Foundation invites local Seward and Moose Pass nonprofits to attend a video class presented by the Foraker Group on Thursday, February 20th from 5:30pm – 7:30pm at the Seward Community Library & Museum Conference Room. The topic  is Making the “Ask” and Stewardship.  This fund development class will help your organization learn techniques of fundraising.  SCF is pleased to pick up the cost of attendance for qualified nonprofits. You will need to register on Foraker’s website at www.forakergroup.org.              

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Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

February 14, 2014 8:23 am0 comments
Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots beginning Monday Feb 17th-Friday Feb 28th to help ease the burden on those requiring health care while the transition from Providence Seward Family Practice Clinic to the new Seward Community Health Center is being undertaken and the  Providence outpatient clinic will be closed. The GFMC staff will endeavor to do their absolute best to help those that are sick and in need of care; but please remember, it is impossible for us to see our current patients plus the usual patient load seen at Providence Seward.  We may not be able to offer everyone […]

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Alaska SBDC – Feb. 21, 2014 / 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – AVTEC First Lake Facility – 809 2nd Avenue

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On Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bryan Zak will present our workshop, “How To Write A Business Plan” at the AVTEC First Facility 2nd Floor Conference Room.   Learn methods for establishing financial projections, as well as creating and evaluating financial ratios that will help you measure your successes and also be an effective tool to obtain financing.  Fee is $50.  Online registration deadline is Monday, Feb. 17. We accept cash – check –  or you can use our safe UPAY for MasterCard – VISA  

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Alaska SBDC – Feb. 20, 2014 /1 to 3 p.m. AVTEC First Lake Facility 809 2nd Avenue -

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Our FREE 2 hour, “Starting a Business” workshop on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014  at  the AVTEC First Lake Facility, 2nd floor Conference Room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.  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 Monday, Feb. 17. You may also want to register if you […]

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Spring Breakup Festival – A Call Out to Seward Businesses

February 6, 2014 6:10 pm0 comments

The annual Spring Breakup Festival is rapidly approaching.  This years event will be March 14, 15, & 16. There will be a pub crawl, and other activities that may include a back country chef challenge, hot wing challenge, pirate costume contest, Wii Bowling competition, and much more.  (Note: not all activities including the for-mentioned have not been completely finalized and will be announced soon). The Spring Breakup Festival is a great way to promote your business. Local business are welcome to participate in the events themselves by offering venues, goods and services to participants, or offering gift prizes. If you are […]

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Seward Properties is Hiring

January 31, 2014 8:47 pm0 comments

Part Time Property Management Job with Long Term Career Possibilities in Seward Busy property management/ real estate business opening up new office in downtown Seward. 4th year of business and growing every year.  Customer service is our #1 priority and we take pride in friendly service. Customer service and business background a bonus though a candidate with the right attitude can be trained.  Computer skills a must. Experience in real estate a plus.  Employer willing to assist with cost of obtaining real estate license. Looking for someone who has already, or is willing to consider Seward their home for a […]

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Seward Ship’s Drydock negotiates sale

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Seward Ship’s Drydock negotiates sale

SEWARD, Alaska - Jim Pruitt, the owner of Seward Ship’s Drydock at Seward Marine Industrial Center, (SMIC),  has signed a “letter of intent” to sell the assets of the shipyard company to Vigor Industrial. Vigor, a Seattle-based firm with shipyards in Washington, Oregon and Alaska works with the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard  on large ships that ply the Pacific Northwest, the Polar Regions, and worldwide, and is also working with the Coast Guard to return American heavy icebreakers to the Arctic and Antarctic, and to build faster, more efficient patrol boats.    The two companies are currently negotiating the terms of […]

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Seward Chamber of Commerce presents awards

January 28, 2014 10:34 am1 comment
Seward Chamber of Commerce presents awards

From the Seward Chamber of Commerce – The dinner Community Awards presentations at Chinook’s Saturday evening was just a heck of a lot of fun.  Can’t wait to see what we might ‘cook up’ for next year! Maya Moriarty received the Person of the Year award, Joe Tougas of Catalyst Marine Engineering  was the designated Business Person of the Year, and Woody’s Thai Kitchen received the Business Site Improvement award.  Marie Fletcher, The Liberty Theater, received a plaque in appreciation of doing business in Seward for over 50 years; while Hugh and Iris Darling’s plaque read “Brown & Hawkins, over 100 […]

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DEC Issues Notice of Violation

January 27, 2014 12:51 pm1 comment
DEC Issues Notice of Violation

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s air and water quality divisions have issued a joint Notice of Violation (NOV) to the City of Seward over violations of water and air State statutes and regulations at the Lowell Point Wastewater Treatment Facility, also known as the Seward Lagoon. The passive wastewater lagoon, which takes human waste from city residents and businesses, had been stinking all summer and beyond after more than two decades since last being dredged, and lacking deferred maintenance. DEC has received 28 complaints (beginning September 4th) by 20 different Seward-area residents about the […]

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Seward Community Foundation to offer more

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Seward Community Foundation to offer more

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward Community Foundation will give $85,175 to nonprofit organizations to help them accomplish well-defined projects deemed to have the greatest impact on people in the Seward/Moose Pass communities. Grants are awarded in areas such as health care, education, human services, arts and culture, youth, and community development. The total available for the 2014 competitive grant cycle is almost $30 thousand dollars higher than the $56,000 that community foundation awarded in grants last year. Representatives of several local non-profits such as Alaska SeaLife Center, Independent Living Center, Seward Music Association, Seward Senior Center, […]

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State agency investigates open burn of Small Boat Harbor dock

January 17, 2014 3:23 pm8 comments
State agency investigates open burn of Small Boat Harbor dock

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation’s Division of Air Quality is investigating what occurred during an open burn when Orion Marine Services Contractors LLC (DBA West Construction)  burned the old Small Boat Harbor D-float dock and other materials on behalf of the City of Seward without a black-smoke burn permit. The burn, which took place on the north east (side of) private Alaska Railroad Corporation property in Seward January 9th-11th generated some dark smoke on all three days which brought concerned citizen’s questions and complaints to DEC and the local fire department contending that […]

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Dramatic movie soon to be filmed in Seward

January 14, 2014 12:28 pm0 comments
Dramatic movie soon to be filmed in Seward

SEWARD, Alaska – Heidi Zemach for SCN – Yellowbrick Films, an independent film company with four other successful movies to its name, has selected Seward as its top choice for filming its latest production. It’s called Sugar Mountain, and will be a drama thriller in the vein of Fargo or A Simple Plan, said Director Richard Gray, speaking from Los Angeles. The story is about two brothers, down on their luck, who fake a disappearance in the wilderness so that they’ll have a great survival story to sell, but the hoax turns out to be more real than they planned. Gray assures […]

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AVTEC students settle into new dorm

January 9, 2014 11:01 am0 comments
AVTEC students settle into new dorm

Heidi Zemach for SCN Three hundred and seven students from across Alaska have moved to Seward for a while and have begun attending the second semester offering of classes at AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology. After Orientation on January 5th,  their classes began January 6th. Those students who aren’t here already will be arriving by the end of the month for classes that begin later. The spring semester boasts a variety of programs including the construction trades program, which had been on a hiatus since instructor Bill Basinski retired last spring, said AVTEC Director Fred Esposito. New construction trades […]

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Rasmuson Foundation Announces Sabbaticals

January 7, 2014 5:38 pm0 comments
Rasmuson Foundation Announces Sabbaticals

  Anchorage -  Seven Alaska nonprofit leaders have been selected for the 2014 Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program. The recipients come from five communities across the state and include professionals in arts, community development, health and social services. They are: Kristin Carpenter, Copper River Watershed Project, Cordova Nancy DeCherney, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Juneau Barbara Dubovich, Camp Fire Alaska, Anchorage Brian Green, Christian Health Associates, Anchorage Meera Kohler, Alaska Village Electric Cooperative, Inc., Anchorage Mark Lackey, CCS Early Learning, Palmer Joan O’Keefe, Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc., Juneau The Rasmuson Foundation Sabbatical Program supports nonprofit leaders in time away from the job. The program’s goal is to retain exceptional […]

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Wilderness First Responder Classes in Seward : April 2014

January 4, 2014 10:48 am0 comments

Kayak Adventures will again be sponsoring a WFR class and a WFR RECERT class in April this year.  Please be in touch any time with questions, or to reserve a space in the class!! Contact Wendy at fun@kayakAK.com or 406.980.0762. Wilderness First Responder When :  April 19 – 27, 2014 Where :  Windsong Lodge, Seward AK Cost :  $625 More Info :  http://www.kayakak.com/wildernessmedicineclasses/ Wilderness First Responder RECERTIFICATION When :  April 12 – 14, 2014 Where :  Windsong Lodge, Seward AK Cost :  $275 More Info :  http://www.kayakak.com/wildernessmedicineclasses/  

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Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

December 23, 2013 10:38 am0 comments
Glacier Family Medicine Expanding Services

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is pleased and excited to announce that Susan Porter will be joining the team at Glacier Family to perform ultrasounds and also take x-rays. Susan has over 30 years of experience as a radiological/ultrasound technican and has lived in Seward for the past 22 years.  She was first employed by Seward General Hospital for her first 5 years in Seward and then later by Providence Seward Medical Center. For further information or to schedule an appointment call 224-8733.    

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Holland America helps fund the Ocean Sciences Club

December 13, 2013 2:21 pm1 comment
Holland America helps fund the Ocean Sciences Club

Jillian Chapman is happy to accept a grant check from Holland America to help fund its Ocean Science Club.  This is an after school program open to Seward middle and high school students. The Club meets for an hour and a half every week.  If focuses on science and real data with a hands-on approach, sometimes working with the researchers.

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Charges dropped against local fisherman

December 9, 2013 1:14 pm0 comments

A misdemeanor charge filed against Andrew Mezirow, 49, of Seward, of unlawfully retaining big skate as bycatch after the cutoff date, has been dropped. To learn more, visit Alaska Fisheries reporter Wesley Loy’s blog, the Brig: http://deckboss-thebrig.blogspot.com/2013/12/case-dismissed-against-seward-fisherman.html

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City asked to jump start Community Health Clinic

November 27, 2013 12:15 pm2 comments
City asked to jump start Community Health Clinic

HEIDI ZEMACH for Seward City  News – The Seward City Council held a work-session Monday evening to learn exactly what will be needed from them to prepare for establishing a Federally-Qualified Community Health Clinic, which is required to open its doors inside the Seward Providence Hospital building by February 28th.  Seward Community Health Clinic Board has hired an interim executive director named Sharon Montagnino, who is experienced with CHCs and has also worked in Alaska. She will help establish the new clinic until it opens and a permanent executive director hired. Meanwhile, Providence, which currently manages the Seward hospital, clinic […]

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Rasmuson Foundation Announces $9.7 Million in Awards and Projects

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Rasmuson Foundation Announces $9.7 Million in Awards and Projects

Anchorage -  Rasmuson Foundation’s board of directors met last week and made $9.7 million in awards to support nonprofit activities and continue Foundation initiatives aimed at strengthening the nonprofit sector and Alaska communities. The projects receiving funding were (organized by region):    Anchorage Affinityfilms, Inc., will advance the production and editing of ‘Backing Out of Time’, a documentary about those caring for family members with Alzheimer’s disease and relation dementia with a $75,000 award. Alaska Botanical Garden, Inc., will use $775,000 construct a new greenhouse and restrooms, design a new visitor center and build staff capacity to expand programs and services. […]

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Forest Service makes firewood available

October 31, 2013 10:02 am2 comments
Forest Service makes firewood available

SEWARD, Alaska  -  by Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The sawdust flew thick and fast as people with chainsaws furiously cut and removed free “personal-use” firewood  from a staging area near the Chugach National Forest Seward Ranger District office at Crown Point. The forest service made an estimated 150-200 cords of green wood available on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from trees that had been cut from along a five-mile section of the Seward Highway during recent Alaska Department of Transportation road-paving work. By Friday, some 50 area residents had already picked up permits, and were selecting up to four cords of wood apiece […]

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Burn the right fuel correctly

October 28, 2013 2:51 pm10 comments
Burn the right fuel correctly

Some Seward residents have been turning to coal because of its availability and cheaper cost when compared to wood, and certainly to the costs of fuel oil and electricity these days. There has been some debate at the Seward City Council level, and on Seward City News recently about residents complaining about its smell, health effects, and about how to get people to burn it properly, in the right stove. The Alaska Division of Fire and Life Safety has just issued a warning to all Alaskan’s to make sure that when burning “alternative heat sources” such as coal or wood […]

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McDonald runs for council, lagoon suggestions, harbor concerns

October 16, 2013 11:34 am1 comment
McDonald runs for council, lagoon suggestions, harbor concerns

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – At Monday’s October 14 Council Meeting the City Council made arrangements for the clerk to put out a call for qualified candidates to apply to fill the remainder of mayor-elect Jean Bardarson’s council seat, which ends in October of 2014. That person would be chosen by a paper ballot, and/or voice-vote, and approved by no less than four of the remaining council members during the first meeting November 12th. The person will be considered qualified to apply if they are registered to vote in city elections, and have lived in the city for at […]

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