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Sneak Peak: Alaska Starts Here

Sneak Peak: Alaska Starts Here

The Travel Channel will be airing a special on Seward named Alaska Starts Here. The premier is tomorrow Sunday, November 23rd at 9 PM according to their schedule HERE. From the Travel Channel: “Alaska Starts Here The weathered, worn, time-hardened port city of Seward, AK, explodes to 10 times its population every summer, offering untamed, raw Alaska adventures like wrestling monster […]

November 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Switch on to Alternative Energy at the Seward Energy Fair

The City of Seward and the Seward Alternative Energy Group (SAEG) are hosting their first Seward Energy Fair on November 15, 2014. The fair will be held at AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology Student Service Center from 12 to 5 pm.  This free event is being held in order to educate and update our local community members about the […]

November 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Seahawk Waxathon to be held during Ski Swap

The temperature’s getting colder and the snow’s beginning to fly. The mighty SeaHawk ski team is biting at the bit ready to begin some time on the snow. No doubt you are too. So better get those Nordic skinny skis tuned up. The Seahawks will once again be hosting the annual Waxathon in conjunction with the SNCS Ski Swap on […]

November 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Bold new energy plan urged for City

Bold new energy plan urged for City

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Alternative Energy Group, a group of locals knowledgeable in, or interested in energy matters, and concerned with the high price of energy in Seward, held a Seward City Council work session Monday afternoon, and gave the council much food for thought. Mike Insalaco, an engineer who runs Alaska Efficient Energy Solutions, which […]

October 31, 2014 · 2 comments ·
[Video] “3,022 ft.” the movie  & fund raiser

[Video] “3,022 ft.” the movie & fund raiser

A documentary about the Mount Marathon Race titled “3,022 ft.” is in post-production and is targeting Spring 2015 for release.  The movie focuses on the 2014 event and is being is being crowd funded, although it is well short of its goal. For more information watch the trailer above, visit their campaign page here  or visit their web site at 3022ft.com .

October 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council often refuses to take stands on controversial state ballot measures, but last night it passed a resolution by a 5-2 vote voicing its opposition to passage of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska, and urging voters to do the same. The vote was […]

October 14, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Small bubble aerators are a welcome sight at the City of Seward's passive wastewater lagoon lagoon. Heidi Zemach file photo

Lagoon work timing worries Lowell Point business owners

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Merrell Brothers, Inc., the lowest of three contractors to bid on the City of Seward project to drain, dredge and remove sludge from the two Seward lagoons, and conduct needed repairs, has told city officials it plans to begin working on the $3.9 million project in Seward next April. That information was disturbing to […]

August 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Alaskans Vote No on Ballot Measure No. 1. Existing Taxes on Oil Production Remain in Place

With 100 percent of precincts now having reported, Alaska Division of Elections reported on Wednesday at 3:03 p.m. that 52.2 percent of voters rejected attempts to repeal 13SB21, the existing tax structure on oil production that its critics regarded as too low. Only 31.7 percent of registered voters participated in the election. Of 154,136 total votes cast in the matter […]

August 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward CHC feels shortage of primary care physicians

Seward CHC feels shortage of primary care physicians

The Seward Community Health Center opened a clinic inside the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building five months ago, replacing the outpatient clinic there. To date the SCHC has seen 600 patients for 1000 visits, and the numbers are climbing, said Patrick Linton, SCHC’s new executive director. But since opening March 10th, Seward’s new community health center has been […]

August 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
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, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

May 13, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
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 […]

May 12, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
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 […]

May 8, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

April 10, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·

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 […]

April 4, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
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 […]

April 1, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
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

March 25, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·