SPRD Race Season Approaching

March 18, 2014 7:52 am0 comments
SPRD Race Season Approaching

Polar Bear Pink Cheeks Triathlon! Join us Sat, May 3rd for a 5K run, 10K bike and 600 yard swim. Sign up early for the best rates as a team or a solo. Online registration only, go towww.signmeup.com/98343 LUAU Theme… Costumes Encouraged!!!!   Terry Pollard Memorial Exit Glacier Run Sat, May 17th online registration is now open! Join us for Seward’s 32nd 5K or 10K run. Go to www.signmeup.com/99255 race begins at 10am and is held in conjunction with the torch run. Early bird Fee before April 28th $25 (Adult); $15 (17 and under); $75 (Families 4 – 6 members).   SUBWAY Tri-Harder-Thon Sat, July 26th! Seward’s Own Adventure Triathlon…5 Mile Kayak, […]

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Tsunami Swim-a-Thon is coming!

March 17, 2014 12:39 pm0 comments
Tsunami Swim-a-Thon is coming!

Tsunami’s have only days left to reach out and find their sponsors/pledges for Swim-a-Thon and many young swimmers have been working up their endurance to try for the 200 lengths limit during the two hour swim time. The event will be March 28, at the Seward pool. STSC has been providing an aquatic swim program in Seward for over 20 years and many of our Seward community are alumni of the Seward Tsunami swim program. STSC’s aquatic program is the only sport in Seward that combines ages 5 to 18 into one group. The program promotes healthy exercise, team building, […]

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SPRD Bulletin March 14

March 15, 2014 9:49 am0 comments
SPRD Bulletin March 14

SPRD Bulletin… 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, May 17th online registration is now open! Join us for Seward’s 32nd 5K or 10K run. Go to www.signmeup.com/99255 race begins at 10am and is held in conjunction with the torch run. Earlybird Fee before April 28th $25 (Adult); $15 (17 and under); $75 (Families 4 – 6 members) Dr. […]

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A Ready Seward Starts with YOU!

March 14, 2014 2:46 pm1 comment

“Winging it is not an emergency plan,” is the theme of a current FEMA campaign. Sadly, national statistics indicate less than 20% of households are prepared for emergencies. March 27, 1964 is proof that disasters happen and in a big way in Alaska. If you have been procrastinating making a plan, making a kit, and haven’t been informed about emergency preparedness, “A Ready Seward Starts with YOU!” is designed with you in mind. Investing two hours of your time on March 17, 6:00 p.m., at the K.M. Rae Auditorium, will help you learn how to move from “winging it” to nailing […]

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Join the Skiesta and help support the Seward Animal Shelter

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Seward folks, come one, come all and join the “Skiesta!” (just think fiesta with skis!). Skiesta is a fun fundraiser for the Seward Animal Shelter. It will be held on Saturday March 22nd at noon on Exit Glacier Road. Participants will ski, walk, snowshoe, run, crawl, etc. down Exit Glacier road and be entertained with some Mexican themed stations along the way. There is no entrance fee but participants are encouraged to make a monetary donation to the shelter or to bring a much needed supply like canned cat or dog food, cat litter pellets, or dish/laundry soap. It is […]

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Our Local Governments Deserve More Respect

March 12, 2014 3:26 pm2 comments

I am often asked how I differ from Governor Parnell. One significant difference is how we view local governments. Over the past six years, a pattern has developed with Parnell disrespecting our local governments.  Here are a few examples. Veiled Funding Threats: Parnell recently threatened fiscal retaliation against the Ketchikan Gateway Borough for filing litigation regarding education funding after the Borough exhausted other avenues for resolution with the State. The Fairbanks North Star Borough has since voted unanimously to participate in that suit and no doubt is also on alert for legislative retaliation. I first became involved in local government […]

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Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

March 11, 2014 6:25 pm0 comments
Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council’s regular Monday meeting March 10th, was interesting in that we heard about the difficult working conditions in which the city finance department finds itself, without working software and lacking experienced staff. We also learned more about the latest finances of Providence Seward Medical & Care Center, and briefly met four of the other Anchorage-based attorneys from the firm of longtime city attorney Cheryl Brooking, who is leaving the city’s employ. Brooking’s annual council review took place recently, in executive session. Eric E Wohlforth, the senior attorney and founding […]

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New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

March 9, 2014 11:31 am1 comment
New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The new Community Health Clinic, (CHC) opens its doors in Seward Monday, March 10th, in the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building, exactly where the former clinic was. Patients who spoke with Sharon Montagnino, the CHC board and clinic interim executive director at a meet and greet Thursday evening were saddened to learn that none of the people working at the former clinic have transferred over to the new clinic facility, especially their provider Ellen O’ Brien, an advanced practice nurse. The clinic has hired two new front desk workers, however, an outreach […]

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First coal ship to Seward celebrated

March 7, 2014 11:58 am2 comments
First coal ship to Seward celebrated

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The captain and some of the 19 crew members from Crimson Monarch, a brand new cargo ship sailing under the Singapore flag, were feted with frosted cake, plaques and proclamations by the Seward Chamber of Commerce and City of Seward Monday, March 3rd, at Chinook’s Waterfront Restaurant. The trip to Seward was not only the ship’s maiden voyage from the shipyard in Singapore. It was also the first coal ship of the year for the city, which considers the Alaska Railroad Corporation and coal transfer facility important economic engines.  Those greeting the ship’s […]

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REVISED: Public Opening of Request For Proposals Monday, March 10, 2014

March 6, 2014 9:28 am1 comment

UPDATE: Correction to the notice sent out yesterday: The City of Seward will NOT be publicly opening any Request For Proposals submitted for the electrical engineering services for the generator relocation portion of the Seward Power Plan Integration Project.  This notice was sent in error.  While bids are required to be opened publicly, City Code states regarding Request For Proposals, the register and proposals are only public after a notice of intent to award has been issued by the city.  This is to avoid disclosing any contents to a competing proposer during the process of negotiation. We apologize for this error and […]

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CHANGE YOUR CLOCK, CHECK YOUR SMOKE ALARM

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Seward Fire Department Press Release Alaska State Fire Marshal Kelly Nicolello is reminding Alaskans and the men and women of the Seward Fire Department would like to remind Seward Residents to test and check the batteries in their smoke and CO (Carbon Monoxide) alarms when they change their clock for Daylight Savings Time this Sunday, March 9th. Operating smoke and CO alarms can give Alaskans the precious time needed to exit the home in case of a devastating fire or carbon monoxide emergency. Many homes have smoke and CO alarms with batteries that should be replaced annually. Daylight Savings Time […]

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Seward Community Health Center Informational Night March 6

March 3, 2014 7:24 am0 comments

Seward Community Health Center will be holding an informational night on Thursday, March 6 from 6 to 7 pm in the waiting room at the Health Center site. This opportunity is for all new patients to have questions answered about services, making appointments and how to register for  the discount  fee program.  

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SPRD Bulletin February 28

March 2, 2014 10:01 am0 comments
SPRD Bulletin February 28

March Events for Middle & High School: Mardi Gras “Fat Tuesday” Potluck for Middle & High School students and parents March 4th 5:30-7:30. Bring your favorite dish to share and check out the Rec Room! First Friday Fun event (theme TBA) at the Rec Room Friday, March 7th  open to Middle & High School. Middle Schoolers join TYC for Roller Skating at AVTEC from 5:30-7pm on March 14th. Meet at TYC at 5:20 to get a ride and we’ll pay for you! Middle Schoolers join TYC for AVTEC Gym Games (Dodgeball, Volleyball, Wallyball to name a few) on Friday March […]

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Iris Darling Appointed to Council

February 24, 2014 11:39 pm1 comment
Iris Darling Appointed to Council

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Faced with the difficult decision of choosing from among three well-respected, and well qualified Seward women, and after repeated paper-ballot votes, the Seward City Council approved Iris Darling, longtime owner of Brown and Hawkins, to fill the seat held by the late councilwoman Vanta Shafer. “They’re going to be tough shoes to fill,” Darling commented beneath her breath as she came forward to be sworn into office, for a term that expires October 2014. Many people had phoned her and had encouraged her to run, Darling said. Her personal work load had been lightened with […]

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Seward Senior Center Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

February 20, 2014 2:39 pm0 comments
Seward Senior Center Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

The Annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, with a theme of “Dapper Trapper” became an afternoon of delightful laughter. From Mike’s famous fish fry to polishing off with Volunteer baker, Beth Jonhson’s Gold Nugget Brownies and Klondike Gold Bars was only the beginning. Following lunch, the camera lights came on, grips ready to hand over props, and the dressing room was busy with wool felted hats, buckskins and fur shawls being passed around.  Ready! Camera!  Action!

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RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

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RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek.  Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this.  Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G field biologist & visiting high school youth groups placed minnow traps in several areas along the length of the creeks in order to capture smolt.  The trapping was a success and they were able to document Dolly Varden & Coho […]

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Seward Fire Department announces promotion

February 19, 2014 2:25 pm2 comments

The Seward Fire Department is proud to announce that the following promotion occurred within its ranks and would like to publicly acknowledge and congratulate the following individual: Firefighter Jilian Chapman – to Lieutenant Please join us in congratulating Jilian Chapman on her accomplishment.  

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Three apply for vacant council seat

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Three women, Deborah Altermatt, Sandie Roach and Iris Darling have applied for the a vacant seat on the Seward City Council. The seat was vacated with the recent death of longtime council member and former mayor Vanta Shafer. The term of the seat expires in October, 2014, at which point the seat will go before the voters at the October 2014 municipal election. At that election, the seat will be noticed as a one year term. The deadline to apply was noon Tuesday. All three are well known, well respected figures in the local business community and have great familiarity with the […]

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Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

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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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SEWARD CHC TO OPEN NEW HEALTH CENTER ON MARCH 10, 2014

February 18, 2014 5:15 pm3 comments

SEWARD, Alaska – PRESS RELEASE from the Seward Community Health Center February 18, 2014 After more than three years of work by the community, the Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will become a reality next month. The Seward CHC is working diligently to prepare for opening its doors on Monday, March 10th.  Many details will be taken care of in the next few weeks in order to be ready to open the clinic.  The space is currently being painted and set up with supplies.  Equipment is expected to arrive after the first of March. Hiring of providers and staff is […]

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Black smoke report raises more questions

February 13, 2014 6:46 pm2 comments
Black smoke report raises more questions

  Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – At Monday night’s City Council meeting, Seward City Manager Jim Hunt described the results of his own internal investigation into the controversial three-day burn of materials that produced black smoke from January 9-11on Alaska Railroad property. Citizen’s photographs and video taken throughout the three-day burn show creosote-treated timbers and poles, and what also appears to be railroad ties in flames, generating clouds of black smoke. Hunt revealed that a Parks and Recreation employee, after talking to Seward Fire Chief Eddie Athey, was directed by his department to take some treated timbers to […]

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SEWARD CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Monday, February 24, 2014.

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SEWARD CITY COUNCIL NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Monday, February 24, 2014     NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will conduct a public hearing on the following items of business at its regular meeting on Monday, February 24, 2014:   RESOLUTION 2014-022, AUTHORIZING THE CITY MANAGER TO PURCHASE BLOCK 13A, SEWARD TOWNSITE, CLIFF ADDITION BLOCK 13 REPLAT & VACATION, ACCORDING TO THE OFFICIAL PLAT THEREOF, FILED UNDER PLAT NUMBER 90-4, RECORDS OF THE SEWARD RECORDING DISTRICT, THIRD JUDICIAL DISTRICT, STATE OF ALASKA FOR $77,300.00, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS.   Essential terms and conditions of leases and all other […]

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Council approves sewage funds, city help for clinic and manager pay raise

February 12, 2014 10:56 am0 comments
Council approves sewage funds, city help for clinic and manager pay raise

Heidi Zemach for SCN -  The Seward City Council took the first step toward addressing the many deferred-maintenance problems at the city’s aging sewage lagoon at Lowell Point by transferring 500 thousand dollars from its Water Enterprise Fund to the Wastewater Enterprise fund, and appropriating those funds toward future mitigation efforts yet to be named. At Monday night’s Feb 10th council meeting City Manager Jim Hunt said they are still exploring what projects to fund, but the Public Works Department has not yet found a place to dispose of the more than 20 years’ worth of accumulated sludge. It might […]

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At The Senior Center This Week…

February 11, 2014 8:08 am0 comments

Greetings All!  This Friday at the Senior Center, foot care will be provided by Diane Hunt from 9 AM to 12 PM.  Foot care is provided on a first come, first served basis so come in early to secure your appointment.  Also on Friday, come on in and Celebrate Valentine’s Day with all of your friends here at the center, and bring a dessert to share!  On Monday, February 17th the center will be closed in observance of President’s Day.  Tuesday, February 18th the center will be celebrating its many, hardworking volunteers.  If you have lent a hand to the […]

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