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CATC Top Honors Best Places to Work in Alaska 2014

CATC Top Honors Best Places to Work in Alaska 2014

PRESS RELEASE: Anchorage, Alaska – CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation (CATC) ranked first in the 2014 Best Places To Work in Alaska program, conducted by the Alaska Journal of Commerce.  The surveys were taken by Best Companies Group last fall. CIRI Alaska Tourism Corp. took the top honor, and its parent company Cook Inlet Region Inc. (CIRI) ranked seventh among the […]

by · April 22, 2014 · 1 comment ·

A Statement from Jim & Rhonda Hubbard

Press Release – By 8pm Tuesday evening, April 15th, after a year long ordeal the jury deliberated the facts of our case and rightfully deemed us innocent on all counts of felony and misdemeanor charges “heaped”, (as quoted from lead investigator Hinton), upon us by the State. The bias by a few state workers and their 3.5 year investigation on us were […]

by · April 22, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Jury Finds Hubbards Not Guilty on All Counts

Jury Finds Hubbards Not Guilty on All Counts

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – At about 8:00 pm on Tuesday the 15, a jury of 12 returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty on all 12 counts against James T. Hubbard and Rhonda K. Anderson-Hubbard, who own J&R Fisheries and operate F/V Kruzof. On the most serious charge of attempted perjury, the jury could not agree […]

by · April 16, 2014 · 4 comments ·

Hubbard’s Found Not Guilty!

Justice has been served. I thank all the jurors and judge for their commitment to work toward a just end. I am grateful that our justice system does work. I am grateful to live here.

by · April 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Hubbard Trial Goes to Jury, More Charges Dismissed

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Shortly before 4:00 pm on Tuesday the 15, the case of State of Alaska v. James T. Hubbard and Rhonda K. Anderson-Hubbard went to jury. Judge Anna M. Moran read aloud to the jury each count against the Hubbards. She gave them their final instructions and sent them to deliberate amongst themselves as to […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

Council approves shuttle contract, rates for SMIC washdown pad

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council has awarded First Student, the local school bus company, another two-year contract to provide shuttle bus services during the busy tourist season that runs from mid-May to mid-September. It did so during Monday’s April 14th City Council Meeting. The service is paid from cruise ship head taxes, and primarily serves […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
State Charges Hubbards With Felony, Rests Case

State Charges Hubbards With Felony, Rests Case

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – State of Alaska has charged James T. Hubbard, age 58, and his wife Rhonda Anderson-Hubbard, age 52, with perjury, a class C felony, and several misdemeanors in connection with their fishing business, J&R Fisheries of Seward. In a trial that began April 7, the State presented witnesses that testified to actions the Hubbards took […]

by · April 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

R/V Sikuliaq Delayed by Mechanical Problems

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – During its acceptance trials on Lake Michigan in March, engineers discovered that Research Vessel Sikuliaq had lost proper lubrication in its starboard propulsion unit. According to Sikuliaq Project Manager Daniel Oliver, the fix will require re-engineering the suction system whereby the vessel circulates and cools lubrication oil in its sophisticated Z-drive propulsion […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

Maritime Industry Well Represented at Job Fair

By Rick Smeriglio for Seward City News – Between 100 and 200 persons, mainly students, attended the annual job fair hosted by Alaska Vocational Technical Center in Seward on Monday, April 7. At least six maritime employers handed out applications and company information. Several said they had hired from AVTEC programs in the past. Riki Clark, crewing administrator for Crowley […]

by · April 10, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Kenai Fjords Tours Thanks Seward Boys and Girls Club

Kenai Fjords Tours Thanks Seward Boys and Girls Club

Kenai Fjords Tours would like to thank the Seward Boys and Girls Club for contributing their lovely artwork to our Marine Science Explorer Program. With the guidence of Justine Pechuzal, amazing community artist, the students transformed a white box into an enchanting underwater look at Resurrection Bay. While studying the intertidal ecosystem in our backyard, students added paintings to the box until […]

by · April 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Port and Commerce Advisory Board Meets, Hears Input, Expresses Frustration

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – City of Seward Port and Commerce Advisory Board met in council chambers for a work session on April 2. After hearing reports from Alaska Railroad and Seward Harbormaster, PACAB heard input about increases in a passenger fees that city of Seward collects and deposits into the Harbor Enterprise Fund. Passenger vessels that use city […]

by · April 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Boat for Sale

Boat for Sale

Boat for Sale S/V Gipsy, classic Scandinavian sailing workboat of 50 feet, lying at end of F-float, made of old timber, iron and salt, character in the rigging, heartache in the hull, ratlines and baggywrinkle still good, smells of tar and rum, stories to tell, ideal boat for aging writer, by appointment only, if interested contact Seward Harbormaster at 907 […]

by · April 3, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Land Swap

Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Land Swap

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular meeting on April 1, Seward Planning & Zoning Commission voted to recommend that city of Seward dispose of a narrow lot in harbor subdivision by negotiation solely with Alaska Railroad. By unanimous vote of four commissioners present, SP&ZC passed resolution 2014-04 regarding the trade of city-owned Lot 1, Block 6 of […]

by · April 3, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Kenai Fjords Tours Adds to Fleet

Kenai Fjords Tours Adds to Fleet

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Local marine tour operator, Kenai Fjords Tours last week greeted the arrival of its newest vessel, M/V Callisto Voyager in the Seward small boat harbor. The shiny new catamaran brings to 10 the number of large, tour vessels operated by KFT out of Seward. Callisto joins its sister ships, Aialik and Orca in the voyager […]

by · April 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

Council puts over $20 million toward SMIC breakwater

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The breakwater project planned for across the bay at Seward Marine Industrial Center (SMIC) will soon get underway. The Seward City Council paved the way at Monday’s March 24th council meeting, passing a resolution to put the first $10 million from the State of Alaska grant into the City’s bank account and another to accept a […]

by · March 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Earthquake Preparedness

Earthquake Preparedness

 By Heidi Zemach for SCN – How many of us are truly prepared for the next big earthquake or tsunamis? The folks that deal regularly in earthquake and emergency preparedness are taking time to mark the 50th anniversary of the March 27th 1964 Earthquake in Alaska, with preparedness drills, education and commemorations. At 10:15 this (Thursday) morning there will be […]

by · March 27, 2014 · 3 comments ·
Dredge creates access to seafood plant

Dredge creates access to seafood plant

Work began yesterday to dredge the access in front of Resurrection Bay Seafoods on Lowell Point Road. During the  2013 flood, Lowell Creek deposited enough gravel and silt to make fishing boat deliveries to the seafood plant difficult. Submitted by Carol Griswold

by · March 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Oil Spill prevention much better, but will it be enough?

Oil Spill prevention much better, but will it be enough?

SEWARD, Alaska – By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Jim Herbert, a mariner and commercial fisherman who serves as Seward’s representative on the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council, spoke about oil spill response capabilities in his modest home on Third Avenue, as his aging budgie chimed in. He spoke on the approach of the 25th anniversary of the […]

by · March 24, 2014 · 1 comment ·
25 years later Exxon Valdez memories still stink

25 years later Exxon Valdez memories still stink

SEWARD, Alaska – By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Bob Linville was a commercial fisherman at the time of the March 24 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. He fished various places and setnetted in the bays of Prince William Sound. The oil spill, and its futile cleanup efforts left deep scars that forever changed the marine ecosystem, which […]

by · March 22, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Alaska Top 3 in the Nation for Maritime Jobs Per Capita

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today joined with the Transportation Institute, along with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), to highlight new data from a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers that shows Alaska ranks third in the nation in per capita maritime jobs. The study […]

by · March 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Board Advises Crane for Harbor

Board Advises Crane for Harbor

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its meeting on March 19, Port and Commerce Advisory Board unanimously passed a resolution that city of Seward fund the design of an 8-ton, stationary crane at the end of I-dock in the small boat harbor. PACAB recommend that funds come from the raw-fish tax collected from commercial fishers. A design by the […]

by · March 20, 2014 · 1 comment ·
New D-float Almost Ready

New D-float Almost Ready

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – After laboring all fall and winter, Orion Marine Contractors Inc. has nearly completed a spanking-new floating dock in Seward’s small boat harbor. Workers didn’t even take a break for St. Patrick’s Day. With a scheduled completion date April 15 bearing down hard, they couldn’t afford to. Orion finished the heavy lifting a while ago, […]

by · March 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Free Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

Free Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen

Free Cold-Water Safety Workshop for Commercial Fishermen The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association (AMSEA) will offer a free one-day cold- water safety and drill conductor workshop in Seward on Monday, April 7, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM at AVTEC, 809 2nd Avenue. Instructors, Jerry Dzugan and Rick Petersen, will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares, and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion […]

by · March 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·
First coal ship to Seward celebrated

First coal ship to Seward celebrated

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The captain and some of the 19 crew members from Crimson Monarch, a brand new cargo ship sailing under the Singapore flag, were feted with frosted cake, plaques and proclamations by the Seward Chamber of Commerce and City of Seward Monday, March 3rd, at Chinook’s Waterfront Restaurant. The trip to Seward was not […]

by · March 7, 2014 · 2 comments ·
AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC April 1-6

AMSEA Marine Safety Instructor Training at AVTEC April 1-6

by · January 31, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Police recover a second body

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Police Department personnel recovered the body of a female Sunday at 4:30 p.m. which was discovered floating in the waters of Fourth of July Creek. The body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office for a positive identification, and determination of cause of death, said SPD Chief Tom Clemons. The police, Seward Volunteer […]

by · January 27, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Seward Boat Harbor drowning, dive team searches for companion

Patrick Richard, a 51 year old Anchorage resident was found dead in the waters of the Seward Small Boat Harbor Sunday morning Jan 19th near a boat he was staying on. His companion is still unaccounted for. Seward Volunteer Fire Department and the Central Emergency Service Dive teams searched the harbor Sunday afternoon, but discontinued the search when it grew […]

by · January 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
The 29th Annual Polar Bear Jump

The 29th Annual Polar Bear Jump

Jumpers, Seward Firefighters, Alaska SeaLife Center divers, Harbor staff and Polar Bear Jump Volunteers brace themselves against the rain during the 29th annual Polar Bear Jump held earlier today in efforts to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Some jumpers took the plunge in lively costumes while others distinguished themselves with their unique twists, turns, somersaults, and flops as […]

by · January 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·