Dr. Jane Lubchenco seminars available in Seward

March 11, 2014 8:36 pm0 comments

Dr. Jane Lubchenco, former Under Secretary of Commerce and NOAA Administrator, will be in Fairbanks next week.  She will give two presentations, a research seminar and a public lecture. Both talks will be video-conferenced to Seward and be available to the public free of charge in the K.M. Rae Marine Education Building at 125 Third Avenue. Jane’s research seminar is titled “Science serving society: achieving real-world solutions” and is scheduled for Thursday, March 13 at 1:00 pm. She will give a public seminar on Thursday, March 13, at 6 pm. The title of this talk is: “The silly to the […]

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Swim-a-Thon for Seward Tsunami’s

March 5, 2014 5:42 pm0 comments
Swim-a-Thon for Seward Tsunami’s

This year, the Seward Tsunami Swim Club’s annual Swim-a-Thon kicked off on February 24th. Swimmers have the month of March to gather pledges for their two hour swim on Friday, the 28th. This is the club’s sole fundraiser with donations pledged to young athletes who earn them by swimming for two hours straight. By the time their two hours are over, they could have swum up to 200 lengths of the pool or 5000 yards or 2.8 miles and burned over 500 calories and have been kept afloat by orange wedges, parents’ cheers, community financial support, and the promise of […]

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Engineering their futures

March 4, 2014 2:26 pm1 comment
Engineering their futures

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – How many of you, dear readers, ever created and programmed a working elevator, chocolate cookie topper machine, solar-powered vehicle or a robotic cable winder while you were in high school? I would bet that not many of you have, unless you’re still in your teens or a recent graduate. Well, students at Seward High School are doing just that, with the help of a district-wide grant for Science and Engineering (STEM)-related education. They are well into their second semester of a class taught by Stephanie Cronin, who is working hard to try to remain […]

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Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

February 28, 2014 11:41 am0 comments
Seward High School teeming with Marine Science Experts

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Eighteen teams are competing today, Friday Feb 28th through the weekend at the 17th Annual Alaska Region National Ocean Sciences Bowl. About 200 people are expected to attend, with another hundred volunteering to help out at the event in jobs such as timing, judging, scoring, cooking, creating art-work, and much more.  It’ll be a quick economic shot in the arm for the Seward community during the off-season, but for the students involved it’s much more. The original written research projects that each group produces provides students the opportunity to work closely with professionals in the […]

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Fukushima fallout, what can Seward do?

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Fukushima fallout, what can Seward do?

A report from the American Geophysical Union, Ocean Sciences Section, was released earlier this week. Current findings show that water-borne plume of “radiation from Japan’s Fukushima nuclear disaster may reach the U.S. West Coast within weeks”. The cesium-134 laced fallout has steadily made its way across the Pacific Ocean via the Kuroshio current. Once it reaches North America, the plume will first travel along our Alaska coast and then down to British Columbia. It will continue down to California and out to Hawaii. As of right now there is little data available to forecast whether this radioactive plume is hazardous […]

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Guitar and Fiddle Workshop March 8

February 27, 2014 8:03 pm0 comments
Guitar and Fiddle Workshop March 8

Guitarist Danny Booth and fiddle player Amanda Kerr will hold a workshop for aspiring musicians on Saturday March 8 from 10 am – 12 noon. The first hour will be spent in separate groups, one group working on guitar skills and the other on fiddle. During the second hour, the two groups will come together to learn about accompanying, jamming, and playing together. The workshop is aimed at intermediate players who already know the basics of how to get around on their instrument. Both Danny and Amanda are award-winning musicians and experienced instructors. Danny is currently the bass player in […]

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Reminder about our Wilderness First Responder Classes this spring…

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Kayak Adventures will again be sponsoring a WFR class and a WFR RECERT class in April this year.  Please be in touch any time with questions, or to reserve a space in the class!! Contact Wendy at fun@kayakAK.com or 406.980.0762. Wilderness First Responder When :  April 19 – 27, 2014 Where :  Windsong Lodge, Seward AK Cost :  $625 More Info :  http://www.kayakak.com/wildernessmedicineclasses/ Wilderness First Responder RECERTIFICATION When :  April 12 – 14, 2014 Where :  Windsong Lodge, Seward AK Cost :  $275 More Info :  http://www.kayakak.com/wildernessmedicineclasses/  

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Lego Robotics & Basic Programming

February 25, 2014 6:50 am0 comments

The Seward Code Club is currently offering its Spring 2014 sessions. Lego Robotics “We Do” is being offered to current 3rd & 4th graders only who have not yet participated in the Club’s robotics classes.  Basic Programming is new and exciting this spring, offering more choices to 6th through 12th graders who wish to dabble in programming in a supported environment. All classes are held on Monday afternoons beginning in March at the Seward Community Library. Details & online registration forms are available at www.sewardcoding.com.

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PTA meeting Tuesday, February 25th

February 24, 2014 12:55 pm0 comments

Just a friendly reminder that this coming Tuesday is the monthly meeting of the Seward PTA at 6:30 in the High School library. Would love to see you there.

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Suicide Prevention Training at AVTEC a beginning

February 20, 2014 2:39 pm0 comments
Suicide Prevention Training at AVTEC a beginning

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Thirty-nine faculty and staff members from AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology, and three others from SeaView Community Services and the Seward Boys & Girls Club attended a QPR Gatekeeper Training suicide prevention training at AVTEC last week during in-services. The class was provided by the UAA Center for Human Development’s Training Coordinator Eric Boyer, using instructions designed by suicide prevention expert Paul Quinnett. It had been planned a while ago, but came at a time of increased awareness about the issue of suicide in Seward following the recent death of two young teens in January. […]

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RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

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RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek.  Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this.  Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G field biologist & visiting high school youth groups placed minnow traps in several areas along the length of the creeks in order to capture smolt.  The trapping was a success and they were able to document Dolly Varden & Coho […]

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Drama, debate, forensics team shines at state championship

February 19, 2014 9:33 am1 comment
Drama, debate, forensics team shines at state championship

Seward High School’s Drama Debate and Forensics team, now 20 members strong, did their school proud at the 2014 Alaska State Drama Debate and Forensics Championship tournament at East High School in Anchorage Feb 14-16th, winning nine awards. The team won 1st place in the small schools in Drama events, 2nd place in small schools Overall, and the Sportsmanship Award. They also won many individual/group awards. Hayden Tiner, Emily Brockman, Josephine Braun and Robin McKnight won the state championship for Reader’s Theater performance for a skit called “Bad Actors.” Hayden Tiner took 2nd place in Dramatic Interpretation. Team members received […]

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AVTEC’s Culinary Academy Scholarship Dinner

February 18, 2014 9:08 am0 comments
AVTEC’s Culinary Academy Scholarship Dinner

  AVTEC’s 14th Annual Culinary Academy Scholarship Dinner is scheduled for Friday, May 9, 2014, beginning with no host bar at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and silent and live auctions during event.  Featuring cuisine prepared by the Culinary Academy’s students.  Funds raised are applied to culinary scholarships and student competitions nationwide.  In the past, scholarship checks have been awarded to two or four culinary students a year.   12 corporate tables are available for $1500 per table, which includes six seats. One table sold in three individual pairs of 2 seats each for $500 a pair.  AVTEC is seeking auction donation items for live and silent […]

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COLLEGE GOAL ALASKA EVENT -Tuesday Feb. 18,2014

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Need Financial Aid for school next school year?? Please join us for : COLLEGE GOAL ALASKA February 18, 2014   from  4 pm – 7 pm AVTEC First Lake Building at 809 2nd ave. Upstairs in the Business and Office Technology Computer Lab. Get Ready The FAFSA is the first and most important step for federal, state, and even some private financial aid. You can get free help filling out the form through College Goal Alaska. To get the most out of the event, get ready! Go to FAFSA online and apply for a PIN code before attending College Goal Alaska. […]

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Nonprofit Organizations to Attend Fundraising Training

February 17, 2014 8:54 pm0 comments
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 pick up the cost of attendance for qualified nonprofits. You will need to register on Foraker’s website at www.forakergroup.org.              

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Seward Vendors….

February 13, 2014 1:16 pm0 comments

The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition hosted by UAF SFOS Seward Marine Center will be held between Feb 28-March 2. ALL 150+ participants, coaches, visitors, chaperones etc will be on their own for lunch on Friday Feb 28th, and throughout the weekend have opportunity to venture into our town.  We always put together a welcome packet for all participants and if your business is interested in placing any advertisements (coupons, brochures, menus, etc) in the packet please call 224-5261 for more information.  You can also drop off items at the Seward Marine Center @ 201 Railway Avenue. We are […]

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Skiers Hit the Ground Ice at Boroughs

February 11, 2014 8:20 am0 comments
Skiers Hit the Ground Ice at  Boroughs

By Marc Swanson – Even within the spectrum of comic tragedies, Shakespeare himself may not have had the guts to draft this one. It’s been a great season for the Seahawks ski team minus one rather critical element….yeah, the white stuff.  Since the season started the first of November we’ve been able to squeeze off perhaps a dozen practices on snow.  This has meant mixing it up with dryland, running, bounding up the Jeep Trail and, when possible, ice skating.  Meets have been far and few between.  Our last meet was the oatmeal slush 3 weeks ago.  Since then meets […]

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4H Meetings in Moose Pass

February 5, 2014 1:05 pm0 comments

By Anna Milligan It has been a very busy year for the Moose Landing 4H club. We have club meetings every second Tuesday of the month at the Moose Pass Community Hall. At meetings we learn about health and safety, and talk about what we are learning. We also play games and have a good time with each other. Wendy Bryden is coaching the First Lego League robotics team for 4H. The “Moosebots” robot table came in tenth place out of twelve teams at a competition in November. By the next competition in January, their robot table placed fourth out […]

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HISTORIC PHOTOS NEEDED

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By Marc Swanson – I am just wrapping up an exciting DVD project commissioned by KMTA (Kenai Mtns Turnagain Arm National Heritage Area).  The end result is 12 episodes teaching elementary (and older ages as well) the history of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula.  The project uses historic photos along with narration / music / interviews to get a glimpse of the unique history of this area.  (Think Ken Burns format). Anyhow, the area museums and libraries and friends have supplied hundreds of photographs for this project…. but I’m still needing some key photos (see list below) to help tell the […]

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SHS Debate, Drama and Forensics team prepares for state championship

February 4, 2014 5:14 pm0 comments
SHS Debate, Drama and Forensics team prepares for state championship

  Heidi Zemach for SCN – The oratory flew thick and fast. So much so that those in the audience not used to processing information at that rate of speed could barely take in its meaning. Nevertheless, they were impressed by the extensive memorization and academic prowess displayed as students vied with one another not only with words but facts. Now well into its third year, the Seward High School Debate, Drama, and Forensics Team, led by Agusta Lind, showcased their talents and skirmished at the SHS Auditorium last Thursday before a small audience of parents and interested community members. […]

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Native Art Classes return to Qutekcak for 2014

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Native Art Classes return to Qutekcak for 2014

Qutekcak will be starting the 2014 season of the Alaska Native Art classes on Wednesday February 12th 2014.  The classes will run through May and be held every Wednesday and Friday at the Qutekcak Native Tribe office at 221 Third Ave.  They are sponsored through grants from Chugachmiut and Holland America Line. Tools and materials will be available for all who wish to join. Some of the projects will include…… Wood Carving- masks, halibut hooks, kayak paddles- Skin Sewing, moccasins, mittens, trapper hats, beading Grass basket weaving. A primitive fire making workshop will be held outdoors in May. Glass Arts […]

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AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC April 1-6

January 31, 2014 11:46 am0 comments
AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC April 1-6
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KPBSD Public Budget Meeting February 18

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The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding a Public Budget Meeting on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. in the Seward High School library.  Everyone interested is encouraged to attend.  If there are questions, please contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.  

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Seward Elementary Jump Rope for Heart February 14

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Seward Elementary Jump Rope for Heart February 14
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