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Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets November  14, 2013,  in the City Council Chambers. Heidi Zemach photo.

Fish & Game Committee Opposes Closures and City Mulls Manager’s Pay *

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — In one of two matters of civic interest, the Seward Area Advisory Committee for Alaska Department of Fish & Game has reaffirmed its unanimous opposition to Alaska Board of Fish proposal 203 for 2015-2016. The proposal, crafted by several, statewide aquaculture associations, would give ADF&G expanded, emergency-order authority to close sport fishing in special harvest areas […]

February 9, 2016 ·
City Approves Equipment Purchases, Consolidates Sludge Removal Loans, and Refinances Bonds

City Approves Equipment Purchases, Consolidates Sludge Removal Loans, and Refinances Bonds

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After having considered the matter in greater detail at a work session two weeks earlier, City Council on Monday night unanimously approved spending up to $280,000 for a refurbished fire engine with a hydraulic ladder. Before finalizing a purchase, fire department personnel will travel to inspect the fire engine. City administration reports having […]

January 28, 2016 ·
Seward's assistant fire chief Sean Corrigan (l.) receives the 2015 Alaska Firefighter of the Year Award from Acting State Fire Marshall Lloyd Nakano (r.). Photo by R. Smeriglio

Rest of Peninsula Recognizes Seward at Council Meeting; Civic Business as Usual Fills Out Agenda

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Politicos from the Kenai Peninsula flatlands attended Monday’s City Council meeting to recognize Seward achievers and to float some interesting ideas. Before and after the ceremony and recognition, Council attended to the nuts and bolts of managing a small city on a large bay. When not busy with Alaska state business, Speaker of the […]

January 14, 2016 ·
Aging diversion tunnel inside view at low water flow, March 24th inspection. photo credit Corps of Engineers.

Why Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel is such a priority

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward area residents often keep an eye on the Lowell Creek Diversion Tunnel, and its outflow known locally as the “waterfall.” Especially during flood season or when it’s been raining hard for days or weeks. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s pre-World War II-era tunnel is both admired and feared because, although the aging […]

November 18, 2015 ·
Mayor Jean Bardarson recognizes former council members Iris Darling and Kristy Terry. Heidi Zemach photo

Council passes $11.4 million budget, fee increases; no funds for public crane

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Commercial fishermen and those who work in the fishing industry packed City Council Chambers at Monday Nights’ November 9th meeting to lobby once again for a public use crane at the Seward Small Boat Harbor. Their passionate plea for a five-ton crane to help them unload fish and gear, came too late to make it […]

November 11, 2015 ·
One-ton capacity crane seen at Resurrection Bay Seafoods dock. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Support for Harbor Crane Still Strong, Funding Remains Uncertain

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At Tuesday evening’s City Council work session to discuss funding a harbor crane, Seward’s mariners showed up in strength to once again demonstrate their support for the project. Of the many ideas batted around from the floor, none seemed to gain clear support from City Council or, almost as important, city administration. Administration has […]

November 11, 2015 ·
City Clerk Johanna Kinney administers oath of office to newly reelected Mayor Jean Bardarson. Heidi Zemach photo.

City raises service rates while decreasing subsidies to ASLC and Icicle

Heidi Zemach for SCN- At the October 26th meeting, Seward City Council held public hearings on and then passed resolutions raising rates for city electric, sewer and water services. They also approved special contracts with the largest users, Icicle Seafoods Inc, and the Alaska Sea Life Center that increase the amount each will have to pay for subsidized electric rates. Council also […]

October 30, 2015 ·
City Council members pour over every aspect of the budget at a recent worksession. Heidi Zemach photo.

City’s proposed two-year budget increases user fees, shows fiscal restraint

Heidi Zemach for SCN- The City Council, which has the final decision on city budgets, has been making some difficult choices lately. As state and federal funding sources decline, Seward’s General Fund is facing a $1.3 million dollar budget gap in each of the upcoming fiscal years, 2016 and 2017. Their choices on the biennial budget will be reflected at […]

October 23, 2015 ·
City Council's first biennial budget worksession, October 7, 2015. Heidi Zemach photo.

City ponders how to fill a $1.3 million GF shortfall

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Just a few weeks ago, the City of Seward announced it had ended the 2014 fiscal calendar year in strong financial position, while also making substantial improvements to capital infrastructure.  The General Fund (GF), the city’s main operating fund, coming primarily from tax dollars, ended the year with a fund balance of $4.7 million. The […]

October 12, 2015 ·
An Interview with Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy LLC

An Interview with Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy LLC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After his presentation at the Seward Energy Forum and Fair last weekend, professional engineer Andy Baker, owner of Your Clean Energy, sat down for an interview with SCN. Baker serves as project manager for City of Seward’s ocean energy project, which proposes to heat four city buildings with heat from Resurrection Bay seawater. Baker […]

October 12, 2015 ·
Official City of Seward Election Results for October 6, 2015 Election

Official City of Seward Election Results for October 6, 2015 Election

October 9, 2015 ·
City Administration Briefs PACAB on Crane, Grid and Floats

City Administration Briefs PACAB on Crane, Grid and Floats

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — For years, commercial fishers and other vessel owners have steadily pushed for a public crane and a tidal grid in Seward small boat harbor. City of Seward administration last Wednesday briefed the Port and Commerce Advisory Board on costs and locations for this infrastructure. Actual installation appears years away, if approved by City Council. […]

October 9, 2015 ·

Unofficial Election Results for the Seward/Lowell Point Precinct (29-170)

From the City Clerk – City of Seward Ballot: Mayor Race (one seat) 240         Jean Bardarson 44           Tim McDonald 8              Write-Ins   Seward City Council (three seats open) 246         Sue McClure 238         David Squires 193         Deborah Altermatt 29           Write-Ins   Kenai Peninsula Borough Ballot:   Assembly Seat 6 (one seat) 139         Brandii Holmdahl 137         Kenn Carpenter 2              Write-Ins   Seward […]

October 6, 2015 ·

Please Vote Today

By Cheryl Seese – I am voting for Jean Bardarson as Seward City Mayor. She has served our community very well for many years on the City Council. As Mayor, this last year, she has continued to serve us well. She listens and reads everything that comes before the council. She is thoughtful and focused on what is best for […]

October 6, 2015 ·

Opinion: VOTE TUESDAY 10/6/15

By Cheryl Seese – I am voting for Jean Bardarson as Seward City Mayor. She has served our community very well for many years on the City Council. As Mayor, this last year, she has continued to serve us well. She listens and reads everything that comes before the council. She is thoughtful and focused on what is best for […]

October 5, 2015 ·
Candidates forum showcases city, assembly races

Candidates forum showcases city, assembly races

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The Seward Chamber of Commerce’s candidates forum, held last week in advance of the Seward City and Kenai Peninsula Borough Regular Municipal Election Oct 6, was uneventful, although it did highlight some of the views and priorities of the candidates running in an unopposed city council race, a contested mayoral race, and a race between […]

October 2, 2015 ·
Council okays income-based senior housing

Council okays income-based senior housing

Heidi Zemach for SCN- At its recent meeting, Sept 14, the City of Seward City Council agreed to allow two of the six senior houses planned for a proposed new six-plex facility on city-donated land, to be based on income. The vote was 6-1, with Councilmember Iris Darling voting in opposition to making some units income-based. The plan for the […]

September 22, 2015 ·
Meet the Candidates night September 22

Meet the Candidates night September 22

September 15, 2015 ·
Notice of Special Meeting September 14

Notice of Special Meeting September 14

September 10, 2015 ·
City elections has a mayoral contest, and two Seward folks run for assembly seat

City elections has a mayoral contest, and two Seward folks run for assembly seat

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Tim McDonald, an outspoken critic of the local government actions, is challenging incumbent Seward’s City Mayor Jean Bardarson once again for the mayoral seat in the upcoming October 6th city election. Meanwhile, three council candidates, already active participants in local and borough politics, will go unchallenged for the three open council positions. Sue McClure, […]

August 22, 2015 ·
Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

Council learns drill rig coming from Cook Inlet and handles other pressing matters

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – During an eventful two-hour Seward City Council Meeting on Monday, July 27, the local public and council members learned from Seward City Manager Jim Hunt that the offshore oil drill Jackup rig that will be soon coming to dock in Seward is an offshore drilling rig called Spartan 151, operated by Furie Operating Alaska […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Denali Drilling, a firm contracted by the City of Seward, is drilling a 300’ deep vertical bore hole at the Seward Waterfront about 120-feet along the bike path near Branson Pavilion. Beginning Monday, July 27, they will drill a 6” steel casing to the depth believed to contain saltwater, in a project expected […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

Drill rig may be in Seward’s future

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward City Manager Jim Hunt says a large oil drill rig from a well-known company may come to Seward in the off-season and find safe harbor here for up to 9 months at a time. He hinted that it may even return for a second season the year after that, and that a second […]

July 23, 2015 ·
Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

Crumbling facade work shows potential of Seward’s code compliance program

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nobody can be pleased when they receive a “Beautification Notice” or “Compliance Notice” by a private attorney either by mail or pinned to the door on behalf of the City of Seward, politely asking them to trim their hedges, cut down their daisies and fireweed, remove their junked vehicles, or paint or renovate their […]

July 21, 2015 ·
Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

Council approves KFNP lease extension, adds new finance department position

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council last night unanimously approved a 60-year lease extension for the Small Boat Harbor property at 1212 Fourth Avenue where the Kenai Fjords National Park Visitor Center is located. The lease extension has an additional 5-year option. The NPS has leased the visitor center at its harbor location for the past […]

July 14, 2015 ·
Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

Council reconsiders federal application for health facility

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News- Seward City Council agreed Tuesday, June 30th in a special work-session, to take more time and careful deliberation when considering the needs of the year-old, rapidly growing Seward Community Health Clinic and increasingly cramped hospital, which Providence Alaska manages on the city’s behalf. They were meeting to discuss whether to move forward with a […]

July 2, 2015 ·