Economics

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 ·

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 ·
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 ·

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 ·

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 ·
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 ·
[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 ·
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 ·
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 ·

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 ·
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 ·
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 ·

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 ·
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 ·

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 ·

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 ·

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 ·