Economics

Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Heidi Zemach for SCN - Friends of Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) members celebrated, and filmed themselves talking about their victory at Monday night’s meeting after the Seward City Council agreed to transfer the old national historic building orphanage and land upon which it sits to their organization for “less than the appraised value,” meaning for practically nothing except closing costs. Meanwhile, […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·

P & Z Commission Barely Musters Quorum, Considers Options

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Seward city code specifies a seven-member Planning and Zoning Commission with four needed for a quorum, but Seward currently has only four members in total and this causes problems, said Assistant City Manager Ron Long at a recent City Council Meeting. P & Z Commission Chair Cindy Ecklund agrees. After having canceled its last meeting […]

by · July 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Advisory Board Supports Proposed Harbor Upgrade

Advisory Board Supports Proposed Harbor Upgrade

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – In a meeting rescheduled to June 18, Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board gave consensus support to a City Administration proposal to replace B-, C- and S-floats in the small boat harbor. The project comes with an estimated cost of $5.6 million. City Manager Jim Hunt plans to sponsor a resolution before the City […]

by · June 19, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Homer Citizens Rally to repeal SB21

Rally To Repeal from Bjørn on Vimeo. Submitted by Bjorn Olson – On June 14th, a diverse group of concerned Alaskans gathered in Homer to support repealing SB21 – a corrosive oil tax bill that threatens to bankrupt Alaska. Nearly 200 people attended to hear Alaska constitutional framer Vic Fisher speak and march down Homer’s Pioneer Street to the LIO […]

by · June 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Borough Assembly Report

3 June 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure We began the day at 2 PM with committee meetings, which included discussions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that had been presented by Mayor Navarre. Public testimony and discussions began at about 8 PM, and ended with the budget ordinance being enacted at about 10:30. There are few changes […]

by · June 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Flood Board Meets: Reaffirms Support for Mil Rate Increase

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 2, Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board again voiced support for a 50 percent increase in the tax mil rate as a special assessment on property within the service area. Currently set at 0.5 mils, the proposed increase would hike it to 0.75 mils.  Kenai […]

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council lowers cost of city day camps

Council lowers cost of city day camps

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Those still looking for a safe, supervised, fun and affordable day camp to send their children this summer can breathe a sigh of relief. With the Seward City Council’s stamp of approval, the Seward Parks and Recreation Department has been allowed to lower 2014 summer camp fees back to pre- 2011 levels, when the camp had […]

by · May 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
The view of the harbor from the deck of Chinooks Cask and Compass Bar.

Cask and Compass Bar Set to ‘Elevate’ Harbor Saloon Scene

By Jason Aigeldinger for SCN – Chinooks owners Captain Dan Butts and Lori LeMaster are about to take local beverage culture to the next level. Literally. Earlier this month, the couple opened the Cask and Compass Bar, located on the second floor of the popular restaurant situated in the Seward small boat harbor. Patrons can expect unobstructed views of the […]

by · May 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Drydock Sale on Track Despite Soil Contamination

Drydock Sale on Track Despite Soil Contamination

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The most recent Vigor Industries-commissioned assessment of soil and water at Seward Ship’s Drydock shows the presence of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) in shallow sediments near the ship lift across Resurrection Bay from Seward. Investigators also found heavy metals and petroleum by-products other than PAHs. The findings have not changed Vigor’s plans to purchase […]

by · May 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Board Continues Push for New crane

Board Continues Push for New crane

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular meeting on May 7, Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board learned that city administration would not support  PACAB’s recommendation that City Council fund the installation of a public-use crane in the small boat harbor. Assistant city manager Ron Long explained that replacing worn out infrastructure such as harbor floats had higher […]

by · May 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Insalaco presents the city a plan to conserve and grow renewable energy

Insalaco presents the city a plan to conserve and grow renewable energy

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Mike Insalaco presented a well-argued, commonsense approach to why the city should get behind the concept of supporting alternative energy, establish an energy efficiency plan, and create a renewable energy fund for the City of Seward.   While speaking at the April 28th 2014 City Council meeting on behalf of the Alternative Energy Group’s new […]

by · May 6, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Hubbard Trial Goes to Jury, More Charges Dismissed

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Shortly before 4:00 pm on Tuesday the 15, the case of State of Alaska v. James T. Hubbard and Rhonda K. Anderson-Hubbard went to jury. Judge Anna M. Moran read aloud to the jury each count against the Hubbards. She gave them their final instructions and sent them to deliberate amongst themselves as to […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – Between 100 and 200 persons, mainly students, attended the annual job fair hosted by Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward on Monday, April 7. At least six maritime employers handed out applications and company information. Several said they had hired from AVTEC programs in the past. Riki Clark, crewing administrator for Crowley […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Port and Commerce Advisory Board Meets, Hears Input, Expresses Frustration

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 […]

by · April 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Kenai Fjords Tours Adds to Fleet

Kenai Fjords Tours Adds to Fleet

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Local marine tour operator, Kenai Fjords Tours last week greeted the arrival of its newest vessel, M/V Callisto Voyager in the Seward small boat harbor. The shiny new catamaran brings to 10 the number of large, tour vessels operated by KFT out of Seward. Callisto joins its sister ships, Aialik and Orca in the voyager […]

by · April 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Dredge creates access to seafood plant

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

by · March 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Board Advises Crane for Harbor

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 […]

by · March 20, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Borough Assembly Report

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.  […]

by · March 19, 2014 · 0 comments ·
New D-float Almost Ready

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, […]

by · March 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

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 […]

by · March 11, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

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 […]

by · February 19, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Nonprofit Organizations to Attend Fundraising Training

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 […]

by · February 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward Chamber of Commerce presents awards

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 […]

by · January 28, 2014 · 1 comment ·

PTA Membership Meeting Tuesday January 28

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday January 28th at 6:30 for the PTA monthly membership meeting in the High School Library. Items to be discussed will be: – Investing funds in the Seward Community Foundation –PTA High School representation at the legislative Fly In during the legislative session in Juneau which is held in February. – Discussion of the Site Council […]

by · January 24, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
Holland America helps fund the Ocean Sciences Club

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.

by · December 13, 2013 · 1 comment ·
Governor nixes Medicaid expansion

Governor nixes Medicaid expansion

Governor Sean Parnell announced that Alaska will not participate in Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. He held a news conference today (Friday November 15th ) and called the longtime federal program “a failed experiment.” The Medicaid program was “broken and unsustainable,” he said. The governor also called Medicaid one of Alaska’s costliest programs, and said many parts of […]

by · November 15, 2013 · 8 comments ·

Halibut Meeting with IPHC Executive Director in Seward

Halibut Meeting with IPHC Executive Director in Seward The Executive Director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Bruce Leaman, will be hosting an open forum meeting in Seward on Saturday, September 14th at the Seward Community Library at 12pm. The meeting is open to the public. Any person with questions or feedback regarding the halibut resource is strongly encouraged to attend.

by · September 6, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·

Mayor Mike Navarre in Seward Today

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will be visiting Seward on Wednesday, August 28, with KPB Human Resources Director Stormy Brown. He will be available for informal discussion and questions with community members from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Seward Annex, in the Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway Avenue, Suite 122. Mayor Navarre welcomes input and discussion on issues […]

by · August 28, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·