Economics

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 ·
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 ·
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 ·