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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Power Outage Scheduled on April 5

April 2, 2014 3:14 pm0 comments
Power Outage Scheduled on April 5

 CITY OF SEWARD         ELECTRIC DEPARTMENT POWER OUTAGE   The Seward Electric Department has scheduled a power outage for necessary repairs on Saturday, April 5th, from 9:00am thru 11:00am.  The affected areas are from Grouse Lake Road to Sealion Dr. Also Leierer Rd. and Alameda Rd. and portions of Port Ave. For further information call please call the City of Seward Electric Department 907-224-4073

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Pink Cheeks Triathlon Volunteers Needed

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SPRD is seeking adult volunteers to host the Polar Bear Pink Cheeks Triathlon Friday and Saturday, May 2 and 3rd. All the jobs are crucial to the success and safety of the event and participants. Volunteer jobs are: lap counters and timers in the swimming pool on Saturday morning to afternoon; traffic control/flaggers; finish line crew; bike queue helpers and monitors; check-in helpers on Saturday morning; chip check-in following the race; clean-up crew throughout the day and other great jobs. To volunteer, please call Shari Adelmann, 224.4057 or Maggie Wilkins, 224.5472. Go towww.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094EADAB2BA13-pink3/3444643 or email sprd@cityofseward.net. Thank you! The whole community is encouraged to cheer on the hundreds of participants on […]

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“I wouldn’t have missed it for the world”

April 1, 2014 9:56 am2 comments
“I wouldn’t have missed it for the world”

The 64 Earthquake Commemoration – Heidi Zemach for SCN – The 50th anniversary of the March 27 1964 Good Friday Earthquake was marked by an event at the Seward Museum Library that was heartfelt, upbeat, and where many stories were shared and questions asked. A standing-room crowd of all ages packed the Community Room and foyer Thursday afternoon at the same time as the earth began to shake fifty years ago. Some 15-20 of the hundreds there had experienced the quake first-hand, while the rest were learning about its lasting impacts for the first time. The commemoration began at 5:30 […]

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Last Weekend to Register for the PFD

March 28, 2014 10:56 pm0 comments
Last Weekend to Register for the PFD

Last weekend to register for your PFD, Alaska! Donate to SOS Pets via Pick.Click.Give and be entered to win a 2nd PFD check! Even if you already registered, you can go back and donate. Go to http://pfd.alaska.gov/ and click on the green button. Thanks for all your support. Every dollar makes a difference to our local pets and their families.

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Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

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Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The breakwater project planned for across the bay at Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) will soon get underway. The Seward City Council paved the way at Monday’s March 24th council meeting, passing a resolution to put the first $10 million from the State of Alaska grant into the City’s bank account and another to accept a state transportation department bond for $10 million. Council also voted to spend nearly $1.4 million more on a contract to its engineering firm, R&M Consultants to complete the coastal marine engineering it started, and to start putting out bids to […]

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Earthquake Preparedness

March 27, 2014 9:03 am0 comments
Earthquake Preparedness

 By Heidi Zemach for SCN – How many of us are truly prepared for the next big earthquake or tsunamis? The folks that deal regularly in earthquake and emergency preparedness are taking time to mark the 50th anniversary of the March 27th 1964 Earthquake in Alaska, with preparedness drills, education and commemorations. At 10:15 this (Thursday) morning there will be a live test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning Sirens and emergency warning system. Later today, many businesses and local schools will practice diving under their desks or most solid areas and holding on. Only a small audience of about a […]

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Tsunami Swim-a-Thon Friday

March 26, 2014 12:02 pm0 comments
Tsunami Swim-a-Thon Friday

It’s here! The last days before the Tsunami swimmers go into the pool for their two hours of time to attempt to complete 200 lengths of the pool! Final pledges are being taken for Swim-a-Thon. Tsunami swimmers can be sponsored two ways for this event; flat/one time amount or by the length. So, if a sponsor gives a per-length sponsorship of .50 per length and the Tsunami swimmer was able to do 40 lengths of the pool, it would be a $20 sponsorship. Many choose to sponsor per length, it is encouragement to the swimmers, they try for as many […]

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Hurry, it’s the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!!!….Deadline is April 5th!

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I ve been asked by the folks at epicurious.com to help spread the word about the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. This was the recipe contest for kids that Rowan and I took part in last summer. It was an unbelievable experience. If the ideas of eating and cooking healthy foods for kids wasn’t enough, the first lady hosted a state dinner at the white house for all the winners. It was truly a Willy Wonka experience. They told me that Alaska entries are low and need help getting some kids and parents stoked SO here it is….http://www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com Get in there […]

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Gray Whale Watch Tours begin this Friday, March 28th

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Every year, the Gray Whales return to Alaska! Witness the amazing annual migration of California Gray Whales, traveling over 5,000 miles from Baja California to the nutrient-rich waters of Alaska’s Bering Sea! Get a front row seat as these magnificent mammals pass by the mouth of Resurrection Bay. Join our captains as they observe Gray Whales on one of the longest migrations of any mammal on earth. Kenai Fjords Tours will begin running their Gray Whale Watch Tours starting this Friday, March 28th. The Gray Whale Watch Tour runs Fridays and Saturdays starting March 28th; daily April 25th-May 16th. Call […]

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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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Domestic violence effort needs your help

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Domestic violence effort needs your help

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Glance  through a month or two of  daily Seward Police Journals, and you will find numerous reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. Many other incidents are never reported. Do you ever wonder if you are were sexually assaulted, or beaten up by your partner and made to live in fear, where you would go to escape, and whether the help you need be available? SeaView Community Services’ Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) program Director Dawn McDevitt is doing her best to pull off another “Choose Respect” rally and march through […]

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SPRD Bulletin March 21

March 21, 2014 6:48 pm0 comments
SPRD Bulletin March 21

Wed, Mar 19 the Competitive Volleyball Season came to an end with Tony’s Bar walking away with the trophy and Norm Regis taking home the MVP. Essential 1 came in a close 2nd place. And the sportsmanship award was given to the Lumpsuckers. Thanks to all the teams for a great season!! Pink Cheeks Triathlon! Join us Sat, May 3rd for a 5K run, 10K bike and 600 yd swim. Sign up early for the best rates as a team or a solo. Online registration only Go to www.signmeup.com/98343 LUAU Theme… Costumes Encouraged!!!! Terry Pollard Memorial Exit Glacier Run Sat, […]

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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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Borough Assembly Report

March 19, 2014 7:56 am0 comments

18 March 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure – March is one of four months each year that the Assembly meets only one time, rather than two.  Our committee meetings (which are open to the public) began at 3 PM, during which we may ask questions of the administration or sponsors of legislation, prior to the regular meeting.  If you are hearing our meetings on the radio and it seems that we don’t discuss much or ask many questions, it is because of our committee structure.  One interesting item from the Policies and Procedures meeting was the report […]

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New D-float Almost Ready

March 18, 2014 7:36 pm0 comments
New D-float Almost Ready

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – After laboring all fall and winter, Orion Marine Contractors Inc. has nearly completed a spanking-new floating dock in Seward’s small boat harbor. Workers didn’t even take a break for St. Patrick’s Day. With a scheduled completion date April 15 bearing down hard, they couldn’t afford to. Orion finished the heavy lifting a while ago, but final details remain. The City of Seward engaged Orion to replace tired, 50-year old, wooden D-float. After building a new float and barging it here from Puget Sound, Orion began tearing out old D-float in September of 2013. R […]

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SBCFSA Regular Board Mtg April 7th

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The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area will hold a regular meeting Monday, April 7th at 7:00 pm, at the KPB Annex office in SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122.  The agenda will include Correspondence from Lowell Point Community Council (LPCC) Regarding Coastal Flood Zones and the Spring Newsletter. The board will also be setting Work Session Topics for April and May. Everyone is invited to the April 17th Agency Information & Permitting Day at the Library from 11:00 to 3:00. Meeting agendas are available at the SBCFSA Office at 302 Railway Ave, Suite 123 between 9AM and 3PM Monday thruThursday or on the SBCFSA Website at http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/service-areas/sbcfsa/sbcfsa-meetings. Please note the […]

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Clare Sullivan is new Spring Creek Superintendent

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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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