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AVTEC instructors get their pink slips

AVTEC instructors get their pink slips

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Instructors and support staff at AVTEC, Alaska’s Institute of Technology, have been sent layoff notices advising of a “potential partial government shutdown,” and informing them that they will all be laid off on July 2nd unless the Alaska Legislature and Governor passes a fully funded budget, at which point AVTEC will rescind the layoff […]

June 2, 2015 ·
Home Staging Aids Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Home Staging Aids Homeowners Facing Foreclosure

Foreclosure is an unpleasant topic, but one that some of us will have to deal with.   According to home staging expert Debra Gould, the key to avoiding foreclosure is to be proactive. “If you know that you will have difficulty making your mortgage payments in the near future, contact your lender immediately,” Gould states. “Explain your situation politely and […]

May 31, 2015 ·
Home Staging- What’s in it for you?

Home Staging- What’s in it for you?

For most of us, our home is our biggest financial asset. When it’s time to sell and move on, we want to sell it for as much as possible and as quickly as possible. None of want to spend any more on the house we our selling…. None of us want to continue to pay a mortgage and taxes on […]

May 10, 2015 ·
Isaac Osborn with the helmet he created that shows him what the GoPro, mounted on his drone is seeing---in this case himself. Heidi Zemach photo.

Seward student’s cool invention will help predict floods

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Isaac Osborn was the type of kid who’d scrounge up old television sets from the dump, pair them up with old VCRs he’d find, bring them home, repair and make them function together. As a junior in high school, he’s still that guy. But the things he’s making now are cutting-edge, with super practical […]

May 4, 2015 ·

2015 Swetmann Scholarship: Deadline, May 1st

Calling all Seward/Moose Pass students ages 16 to 21! The deadline for the Friends of the Seward Library’s Swetmann Scholarship is fast approaching. Students can be awarded up to $1,500 for a winning project. It is now easier than ever to apply: The Friends retooled the Swetmann Scholarship last year (see our website) to include an almost endless variety of […]

April 26, 2015 ·

UAF Seward Marine Center Maintenance Solicitation

Just and FYI…UAF has a SMC maintenance solicitation package on their website that I want everyone to know about. I didn’t realize it was due today @ 5pm but if a contractor you know would be interested in tossing a number at it for consideration, they should do it ASAP. https://www.uaf.edu/procurement/community/solicitations/current-solicitations/details/index.xml?id=199

April 21, 2015 ·
Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

INTO THE LAST HOUR OF OUR BOOK SALE!! BOOK BONANZA TIME. BAG OR BOX OF BOOKS FOR $2. OPEN UNTIL 4PM The Used Book Sale is ready! Come on over to the Community Room of the Seward Library Museum and browse the tomes we have waiting. Coffee will be on, snacks out, kids corner open so moms and dads can […]

April 17, 2015 ·
Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Used Book Sale, Saturday, April 18

Friends of the Seward Library are having the first used books sale in the new facility! All proceeds go to library programs. Saturday, April 18, 2015. There is still time to bring us your used books! (If you do it soon!) Seeking volunteers to help with our sale. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0a48afaa2ca5f85-used See our website for more information: www.friendsofsclm.org The used books are […]

April 7, 2015 ·
Seward Jail faces uncertain future

Seward Jail faces uncertain future

By Brent Ursel – Rumors. Let’s face it, they tend to run rampant in a small town. The juicier the better. And really, who hasn’t passed on some information that they heard from a “reliable source.” Some rumors have just enough truth to them to seem plausible: “Did you hear that the State of Alaska is running a huge budget deficit? […]

April 2, 2015 ·
Senior Housing Proposal

Senior Housing Proposal

By Marianna Keil – Phase One of the Senior Housing project takes .7 acres of the Williams Park area. It was a compromise proposal. It allows the Senior Housing group an opportunity to apply for a grant. The Council has not committed to Phase 2. Some people have proposed the Rec Camp for consideration. As I stated at the Council […]

March 27, 2015 ·
House Speaker Chenault Fields Questions at Town Hall Meeting

House Speaker Chenault Fields Questions at Town Hall Meeting

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Speaker of the Alaska House of Representatives Mike Chenault (R) District 29 answered questions from a group of 27 citizens at the Seward Library last Saturday. Questions came from the floor in no particular order and covered various topics, statewide and local. Speaker Chenault started by saying that he would discuss any issue, including […]

March 24, 2015 ·
Home Staging Helps Buyers See the Real Potential in a Property

Home Staging Helps Buyers See the Real Potential in a Property

Some home sellers may be hesitant to hire a home stager because they see staging as a deceitful practice intended to disguise real problems with a home. This is not the case. Home staging is about letting a home’s best features shine through, not hiding serious problems that need to be addressed. There are some homes that look like “fixer […]

March 9, 2015 ·
New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Shortly after high tide on Tuesday, city of Seward’s new 330-ton travel lift successfully lifted the Mary J out of the water at Seward Marine Industrial Center. A big-boned gal, Mary J weighs about 250 tons. This simple feat becomes simply remarkable when one considers that just one week earlier, the lift arrived […]

March 6, 2015 ·
Seward Economic Growth Plan (SEGP) SMIC Group Visits the AVTEC Maritime Academy Simulator

Seward Economic Growth Plan (SEGP) SMIC Group Visits the AVTEC Maritime Academy Simulator

Text and images by Seward Chamber of Commerce – Lucky for the SMIC – Seward Marine Industrial Center – Group, one of the members is a former employee at AVTEC.  Steve Fink suggested that the group visit the AVTEC Maritime Academy to “board” the simulators to see what it would be like to navigate the entrance to the new SMIC harbor.  What fun!  So […]

March 3, 2015 ·
Home Staging Boosts Demand for Rental Properties

Home Staging Boosts Demand for Rental Properties

At one time investors flocked to real estate, anticipating guaranteed and speedy returns. If you were one of the people who purchased rental properties to create the “passive income stream” that most get-rich-quick gurus recommend, you’ve probably become more nervous about that investment, especially if you’re relying on rental income to offset your mortgage costs. Whether you have investments in […]

February 24, 2015 ·
P & Z Commission Approves Large Water Tank for Gateway Subdivision

P & Z Commission Approves Large Water Tank for Gateway Subdivision

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At its regular meeting on Feb. 3, Seward Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved issuing the city public works department a conditional-use permit to construct and operate a 600,000-gallon water tank and pumping facility on a 1.4-acre city-owned vacant lot at 2301 Hemlock Street. After a public hearing during the meeting and after hearing reports from […]

February 9, 2015 ·
Seward's NOSB team last year. Heidi Zemach  photo.

Seward welcomes teams to the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl this weekend

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Nineteen high school teams from across Alaska will descend on Seward Thursday afternoon to participate in the 18th annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl. It’s a three-day regional science competition where teams of students pit their knowledge against one another in buzzer-style quiz-bowls, and present original research papers that display each teams’ insight into […]

February 5, 2015 ·
Home Staging Means Buyers Shouldn’t Have to Stretch Their Imaginations

Home Staging Means Buyers Shouldn’t Have to Stretch Their Imaginations

Thinking of selling your home in the near future? Consider this expert advice by Debra Gould. “Homebuyers have less imagination than you might think. That’s why home staging can make such a difference in the selling price of a home and the length of time it takes to sell. During the few minutes that homebuyers typically spend in a house, […]

February 2, 2015 ·
8 Steps to Turn Your House into a Hot Property!

8 Steps to Turn Your House into a Hot Property!

On your mark, get set…SELL! How can a home stand out from the competition when there are several homes for sale at similar prices in the neighborhood, or worse on the same street? Consider these home staging tips for home sellers, provided by home staging expert Debra Gould, also known as The Staging Diva®: 1. Use higher-wattage bulbs. Bright rooms […]

January 24, 2015 ·

SFC Press Release Event for Members of Non-profit Organizations

JOIN US FOR A PRESS RELEASE EVENT! Seward Community Foundation Announces Funds Available for 2015 Grant Awards WHAT: The Seward Community Foundation Advisors will announce the opening of the 2015 Grant Cycle and the amount of money available for granting this year. WHO: Members of Non-profit Organizations in the Seward and Moose Pass communities are invited to attend. WHEN: Thursday, January […]

January 21, 2015 ·
Small Business Management Class Starting in February!

Small Business Management Class Starting in February!

Objective planning is the key to successful small business management; whether you are ready to launch a new start-up, purchase an existing business or increase profitability in an existing enterprise.  This 12-week course will cover a wide range of topics for those considering making the leap into managing their own small business.  Instructor, Tom Tougas, will teach this series of classes and […]

January 13, 2015 ·
Inefficient Five-bulb light systems on Third Avenue in Seward. Heidi Zemach photo.

Switching to LED lights isn’t an easy choice for City of Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Transitioning city lights downtown to LED is a great idea if one hopes to improve the city’s energy-efficiency and save city taxpayers money in the long run. But when Seward City Council members recently decided it was a good way to go, beginning with the 24 decorative lights downtown that needed maintenance, they soon […]

January 4, 2015 ·
Students learn about the traditions of Chanukah

Students learn about the traditions of Chanukah

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Teachers often attempt to give their students a little broader understanding, and thus tolerance of other ethnic or racial group’s holiday traditions and cultures. To that end, local schoolteachers often invite Dave Paperman, who was brought up in the Jewish faith, to talk to their classes during the week of Chanukah, which is underway. […]

December 19, 2014 ·
Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

Alaska Railroad Corporation Obtains Grant, Plans Future of Terminal and Port of Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — ARRC has received a grant of $2.5 million from US Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD) to create a “master land-use plan” for the Seward Marine Terminal and surrounding 328 acres of railroad-reserve tidelands and uplands. ARRC contributed $500,000 as matching funds to the project it calls “Seward Marine Terminal Expansion Planning”. According to […]

December 18, 2014 ·
Gift Shop opening for holiday shopping

Gift Shop opening for holiday shopping

Aurora Charters Gift Shop will be open starting December 8th for holiday shopping. Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7pm. Be sure to stop in and browse the great gift items that could be that special something for your holiday gift giving. Free gift wrapping with your purchase. Located in the small boat harbor, address is 1302 4th Ave or […]

December 8, 2014 ·
Public and Private Sectors Plan to Develop Maritime Workforce

Public and Private Sectors Plan to Develop Maritime Workforce

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Regardless of where you live in Alaska, the health and pulse of the state’s maritime economy affects you. According to the Alaska Maritime Workforce Development Plan (AMWDP) issued May 2014, the maritime sector employs over 68,000 workers statewide, making it Alaska’s largest private sector employer. What Alaskans don’t catch, grow, dig up or make for […]

November 24, 2014 ·