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Sailing Vessel Tlingit Wins 2014 Rum Doodle Race

Sailing Vessel Tlingit Wins 2014 Rum Doodle Race

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – As she did in 2011, S/V Tlingit won this year’s Rum Doodle Race and will have her name inscribed on the Rum Doodle Cup trophy, currently housed at the William H. Seward Yacht Club (WHSYC) in the small boat harbor. Tlingit, a 44-footer handily took first place in both heats of the all-women sailboat […]

by · August 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Rum Doodle Sailboat Race Invites All

Rum Doodle Sailboat Race Invites All

NOTICE OF RACE! WILLIAM H. SEWARD YACHT CLUB PRESENTS: The Rum Doodle Race ( ALL WOMEN) Saturday, August 23, 2014 This year’s “Women-Only” Rum Doodle Race will take place on August 23 in Seward on beautiful Resurrection Bay. This is your Notice of Race!!! Entrants Thus Far 1. S/V Tlingit ( Marcy Baker) 2. S/V Radiance ( Laurence Blakely) 3. […]

by · August 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Expedition Yacht visits Seward on world cruise

Expedition Yacht visits Seward on world cruise

Anchored serenely offshore of the busy Waterfront Campground, the impressive expedition yacht Dorothea III dwarfed the six-packs zooming back to the boat harbor with their silver salmon bounty. The 147′ vessel is on a spectacular world cruise from Australia to the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Singapore. After visiting Alaska, it will go through the Panama Canal and […]

by · August 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward Silver Salmon Derby Day 1 Results

Seward Silver Salmon Derby Day 1 Results

August 9, 2014 – Jim Corttell from Anchorage Alaska is the current leader in the 2014 Seward Silver Salmon Derby after catching a 16.66 lb silver on the CoHo LoCo near Caines Head. Second place is held by Gene Duillo of Springfield, Missouri, with his 15.93 lb silver salmon. Emma Johnson of Anchorage, Alaska, is back and fishing to keep […]

by · August 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Icebreaker docks in Seward

Icebreaker docks in Seward

The United States Coast Guard celebrated its 224th birthday on Monday, August 4, 2014, and invited area residents and visitors to tours of the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang and the Coast Guard Cutter Healy. The CGC Healy is a medium icebreaker designed for scientific research in both the Arctic and Antarctic poles. Measuring approximately 420 feet in length, it  can accommodate […]

by · August 6, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Poor Drainage Reported at SMIC

Poor Drainage Reported at SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – When snow melts and forms ice ponds on city property leased to private businesses, who has responsibility to drain the problem? City of Seward has spent about $35 million over the years to develop Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC), but serious problems due to inadequate drainage persist, according to at least some tenants at […]

by · August 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council reverses move to sell SMIC parcel to Harmon

Council reverses move to sell SMIC parcel to Harmon

  In a rare turnaround, the Seward City Council this week reversed a unanimous decision, made at the July 14th meeting, to direct administration to begin negotiating the sale of a city parcel leased by Larry Harmon, at Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) to Harmon, so he could build four boat-storage warehouses there in partnership with another influential local businessman, […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 1 comment ·
CGC Mustang & CGC Healy Open for Tours August 4

CGC Mustang & CGC Healy Open for Tours August 4

The public is invited to help the Coast Guard celebrate a happy birthday by opening up the Coast Guard Cutter Healy and the Coast Guard Cutter Mustang for public tours from 1pm-5pm on August 4. Please come and wish the Coast Guard a Happy Birthday!  

by · July 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
From South Africa to Seward by Sail

From South Africa to Seward by Sail

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   Over a perfectly lovely cup of Sri Lankan tea in the literate saloon of their homey sailboat, Rainbow Gypsy, Cherry and Alec Yarrow recounted their voyage starting in Durban, South Africa that has landed them in Seward. Their voyage began six years ago with many roundings, setbacks, frights and delights along the way. […]

by · July 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

Conservation Groups Release Dust Monitoring Findings

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At a press conference held in Anchorage on July 17, Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, Alaska Community Action on Toxics and Global Community Monitoring released results of a 1.5-year-long, airborne dust sampling and analysis effort. Key findings from the 15-page report “Coal Dust in Alaska: Hazards to Public Health” by Heidi Zimmer 2014, include that […]

by · July 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
SMIC, Harbor Improvements Dominate Council Agenda

SMIC, Harbor Improvements Dominate Council Agenda

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The City of Seward will spend $1.4 million to purchase a new 330-ton boat lift for Seward Marine Industrial Center, and will increase the cost of lifting these large boats out of the water by about 25 percent. Seward City Council passed a resolution at Monday night’s July 14 regular meeting allowing the city administration […]

by · July 16, 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 […]

by · June 19, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Plan addresses workforce needs of Alaska’s maritime industry

Plan addresses workforce needs of Alaska’s maritime industry

By Kris Norosz, Julie Decker and Doug Ward -  With our massive land endowment and bragging rights as the largest state in the nation, it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact – Alaska is a maritime state. We have more miles of coastline than all other U.S. coastal states combined. Alaska’s Arctic coast makes the U.S. an Arctic […]

by · June 6, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Comment Period Ends, Five Comments Made on City Dredge Permit at SMIC

Comment Period Ends, Five Comments Made on City Dredge Permit at SMIC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The public comment period for City of Seward’s permit application to dredge and discharge at Seward Marine Industrial Center closed in late April. Five parties commented. According to Public Affairs Specialist Curt Bieberdorf of the Corps of Engineers, the agency that would issue the permit, the Corps has the application under review and has […]

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords Tours Receives Trip Advisor Award of Excellence

Kenai Fjords Tours Receives Trip Advisor Award of Excellence The world’s largest travel site, TripAdvisor, has awarded Kenai Fjords Tours and Talkeetna Alaskan Lodge with their prestigious Award of Excellence. Only 10 percent of worldwide businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious accolade, which honors hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments consistently achieving outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor. […]

by · May 26, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Seward Chamber of Commerce and ADF&G Release Smolts into Lagoon

Seward Chamber of Commerce and ADF&G Release Smolts into Lagoon

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – On Friday the 23, two hefty trucks from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Wm. Jack Hernandez fish hatchery lumbered up to the Seward Lagoon and released their shimmering cargo of 95,000 quite lively coho salmon smolts into the brackish water. Those that survive north Pacific rigors will return as adults in August […]

by · May 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Mariners’ Memorial Committee prepare for busy Summer

Mariners’ Memorial Committee prepare for busy Summer

Judy Christiansen proudly displays the Seward Mariners’ Memorial quilt she won at a raffle drawing May 17 at Chinooks during the Harbor Opening dance. Donated by the Seward Area Quilters, the group invested more than 14 hours in their creation featuring the memorial lighthouse replica surrounded by Celtic knots. Even though many quilters were involved in the project, members Tammy […]

by · May 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
More charter boats, less halibut

More charter boats, less halibut

Heidi Zemach for SCN- The charter boat fishing fleet adds great value to Seward’s economy, said Crackerjack Charters captain Andy Mezirow. Anglers fill up local hotels and campgrounds, dine at local restaurants, and shop at the stores. Mezirow, an instructor at AVTEC Maritime Training Center, and a longtime representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council Advisory Panel, spoke recently […]

by · May 15, 2014 · 2 comments ·
Council paves the way to a new shipyard era

Council paves the way to a new shipyard era

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council unanimously approved a resolution at Monday night’s May 12th meeting authorizing the assignment of the city lease for two city lots at Seward Marine Industrial Center, currently leased to Seward Ship’s Drydock, Inc. through June 2040, to the large and multifaceted shipbuilder Vigor Alaska-Seward LLC. That, provided that Seward is […]

by · May 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
All Hail M/V Tustumena

All Hail M/V Tustumena

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Longtime Sewardites can never forget and all patriotic Alaskans ought to salute the M/V Tustumena, not too long ago home ported here in Port City and recently overhauled at Seward Ship’s Drydock. As a workhorse ferry in rough, north Pacific waters, she has few peers. A tour of displayed mementoes on her bulkheads reveals […]

by · May 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
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 […]

by · May 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Port and Commerce Advisory Board: Seawater Heat Pumps Work Session May 21

Port and Commerce Advisory Board: Seawater Heat Pumps Work Session May 21

by · May 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·
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 […]

by · May 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Harbor Opening Weekend May 17

Harbor Opening Weekend May 17

by · May 7, 2014 · 0 comments ·
As Summer draws near, Resurrection Bay comes alive

As Summer draws near, Resurrection Bay comes alive

On Tuesday afternoon the Kenai Fjords Tours vessel Coastal Explorer departed from the Seward Small Boat Harbor to head into Resurrection Bay in hopes of seeing the ever elusive gray whales on their migration route from Mexico to the Chukchi Sea.  Driven by Captain Chris Overbeck, the Coastal Explorer found more than just a gray whale, it found Resurrection Bay coming […]

by · April 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·