SEWARD, Alaska – (Heidi Zemach for SCN) A six-member jury in Seward District Court convicted Seward resident Allen Lloyd McCarty, age 62, of three class-A misdemeanor charges of oil pollution, after McCarty dumped oily bilge water (the dirty water that collects at the bottom of a vessel) from the M/V Dutch Harbor into the Seward Small Boat Harbor, off E dock, on January 21st, 2012. McCarty was convicted of one count of Pollution of Water, one count of Oil Pollution, and one count of Failure to Report a Discharge after a two-day trial that ended on November 21, 2013. After […]
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Vessel owners using Seward Municipal Industrial Center’s city boatyard now have a new wash-down...
By Heidi Zemach for SCN - At Monday’s October 14 Council Meeting the City Council made arrangements for the clerk...
People are filling the cruise ship depot for three days of music, dance and other great entertainment, food, crafts...
Alaska State Senator to host round-table discussion 1000 AM monday morning At the request of the Southeast Alaska Guides Organization (SEAGO), Alaska State Senator Lesil McGuire (R-Anchorage) will host and moderate a special round-table discussion on potential 2014 halibut management measures for areas 2C and 3A. Members of the Charter Management Implementation Committee will assist Sen. McGuire with facilitating the discussion. The meeting is meant to serve as an informal conversation for Alaska charter operators to share their recommendations for potential management measures in 2014 The meeting will be on Monday, September 30th from 10 am to 12 pm. The meeting will be […]Read more ›
Halibut Meeting with IPHC Executive Director in Seward The Executive Director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission, Bruce Leaman, will be hosting an open forum meeting in Seward on Saturday, September 14th at the Seward Community Library at 12pm. The meeting is open to the public. Any person with questions or feedback regarding the halibut resource is strongly encouraged to attend.Read more ›
Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release As the Seward Silver Salmon Derby came to an end on Sunday August 18th, eager anglers gathered at the Breeze Inn Lobby for the 58th Annual Seward Silver Salmon Derby Awards. Rich Taro from Anchorage, AK was fishing on the Florette C when he reeled up the 3rd largest fish to be recorded and turned in during the Seward Silver Salmon Derby. His 21.25 lb Silver salmon took first place in the derby earning him $10,000! 2013’s numbers reflect not only more visitors but bigger fish than the last 2 years. A whopping 21,000 […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN That ill-fated 965-foot Celebrity Millennium cruise ship forced to stay in Seward for four days, along with three thousand passengers and crew members due to mechanical issues the Friday before last, continues to have similar problems with one of its two propulsion motors. The ship, which started out in Vancouver, was to have made several stops in Southeast Alaska, but was forced to return to Ketchikan late Sunday after problems with its motor recurred. The line is providing chartered air flights out of Ketchikan, is refunding all 2,200 of its passenger’s the full price of […]Read more ›
Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release As of 5PM on Saturday, August 17, Taro Rich Caught a 21.25 lb Silver caught on the Florette C in Thumbs Cove and is the current leader. Therin Ferrin brought in a 17.65 lb caught on the North 1 in Resurrection Bay. None of the tagged fish have been brought into derby headquarters. The 2013 Silver Salmon Derby ends tomorrow, August 18, at 12PM.Read more ›
Press Release from the Seward Chamber of Commerce As The 58th Seward Silver Salmon Derby passes the halfway mark, the average Silver salmon being weighed is 9.5 lbs. The weather broke Tuesday night and has been faring well for all of the anglers. Reports from happy anglers include excellent fishing weather and plenty of nice fat, feisty Silvers. Top 10 standings as of 8/15/2013: Don Childs of Wasilla, AK caught his 17.13 lb Coho at Thumb Cove on Monday. In second place is Steve Anderson from Anchorage, AK with a 16.92 pounder caught on Wednesday at Caines Head. Third place currently goes to Richard Jensen from […]Read more ›
Press Release from the Seward Chamber of Commerce Seward, Alaska, August 12, 2013 – As the 58th Seward Silver Salmon Derby kicked off on Saturday Aug. 10th Earl Cagle, Phillip Lazenby and Harold Foley (All past three Derby winners) stopped by the Derby Booth on opening morning to say Hi and buy tickets. Just This morning Don Child from Wasilla took the lead with a 17.13lb Silver, caught in Thumb Cove on the Troublemaker. In 2nd place Richard Jensen from Palmer caught a 16.67 lb Silver on the Horndog just south of Thumb Cove. Cathleen Vestal of Anchorage, Alaska is currently leading for women and […]Read more ›
Some people judge the end of summer by the weather, some by events. For all you die hard Fishermen and women out there you know summer is coming to an end when the Seward Salmon Derby rolls around. The last big event for the summer, so plan for it! August 10th-18th. Prizes include a 2013 Chevy Silverado, Tagged fish worth thousands of dollars, $10,000 for the heaviest fish overall; and that is just to name a few. Top 20 fish reap rewards as do a variety of daily winners, and of course everyone is still talking about that elusive $50,000 […]Read more ›
Just a few spots remaining! Don’t wait, call Shelby today: 224-8051 so you won’t miss out! Volunteer T-Shirts are collector’s items! Kick-off party will once again be held at the Derby Booth on Friday, August 9th with the 58th SSD beginning at 6:00 am on Saturday, August 10th. The most famous nine day fishing event in all of Alaska will end at noon on Sunday, August 18th, with catered Awards Ceremony that afternoon at The Breeze Inn. Please call today to find out what spots are available!Read more ›
Edwin Logan, age 73 of Chico, California, died July 23rd, 2013 after a 25 foot cliffside fall onto the rocks below at Humpey Cove, near Seward. He was transferred via Life Med Helicopter to Providence Seward Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. Troopers report that no foul play is suspected. At a little after eight p.m., the Seward Volunteer Fire Department sent five people and Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps sent two EMTs out on the Fire Boat John Foster to Humpy Cove, which is a 20-25 minute ride away on the boat, which can do about 40 knots […]Read more ›
On June 1, the Rasmuson Foundation awarded a $20,000 challenge grant to the Seward Mariners’ Memorial project. Through this grant, the Rasmuson Foundation will match dollar-for-dollar each contribution raised from now until May 31, 2014, up to $20,000. The Seward Mariners’ Memorial is located on undeveloped city property on the south harbor uplands with a panoramic view of Resurrection Bay. Memorial plaques honoring the memory of Seward mariners or individuals who have contributed to our local seafaring history or maritime industry line the inside walls of the lighthouse.Harmon Construction began work on the 75-foot diameter compass rose landscape platform surrounding the […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN One of the cruise ship companies that docks in Seward every week has decided to give its train passengers a bit of a break. Every day during the May- September tourist season, the Alaska Railroad train comes into the Seward Depot at about 11:00 a.m., filled with passengers. During cruise-ship days, some of those passengers bound for Vancouver via southeast Alaska leave the Port Avenue train station on foot. They drag their own baggage four-tenths of a mile, or almost a kilometer along industrial Port Avenue to the cruise-ship terminal facility, often through high wind […]Read more ›
2013 Seward Halibut Tournament Official Press Release Talk about a dramatic show down at the end of the month long, the 2013 Seward Halibut Tournament! From June 20 – 26 the lead was held by angler Kristine Jordahl Fishing on the Cisco Kid and on June 27th just days before the tournament’s end Angler James Boyer Fished with Captain Chris from the charter Tia Rose landed what looked to be a sure winner with a 204.2 pound halibut. In a dramatic turn of events just a day before the end of the event Angler David Law Fished with Captain Andy Mezirow on […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Raibow Fiberglass & Boat Repair LLC, a business on Alameda Street, an alley off Port Avenue, north of Seward Fisheries is doubling its business, and needs some additional property to expand into. The company, owned and run by David Phillips, a commercial fisherman who has owned the company in Seward for the past two years, is proposing to lease a rectangular gravel lot, a third of an acre in size vacant land from the City of Seward at SMIC. The parcel, known as Lot 4, Block 3 at the Fourth of July Creek subdivision is […]Read more ›
By Nancy Erickson May was a busy and exciting month for the Seward Mariners’ Memorial Committee. Harmon Construction crews have begun work on Phase 2 – the compass rose— thanks to receipt of two grants and some fantastic community fundraising efforts. The Mariners’ Memorial was awarded a $5,000 grant from the Seward Community Foundation and $10,000 from the Kenai Mountain-Turnagain Arm Corridor Communities Association (KMTA-CCA). The Seward Community Foundation is an affiliate of The Alaska Community Foundation, a statewide non-profit organization that manages charitable funds allowing donors to advance a cause, support an organization or provide flexible support for community […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News Seward Mariner’s Memorial organizers held the second annual Memorial Service this weekend, Harbor Opening Weekend. They recently added five or six more plaques to the dozen or so that were already up at the new light-house style structure. The plaques are in memory of mariners who have died, but those memorialized don’t have to have died at sea, organizers said. They could be for anyone who had loved to fish or sail out of Seward, or they could be in any way related to the local boating or the fishing industry, including those […]Read more ›
May 18 & 19th, 2013 8:30-10 am Sailors’ Breakfast, at Sailing Inc., open to public. 10am-2pm Sailors Swap Meet-sponsored by Kenai Fjords Yacht Club, Sailing Inc. in the parking lot. 11am-3pm Open House aboard Yachts-pick up boarding pass and list of open boats at Sailing Inc. 12pm-6pm Silent Auction at Breeze Inn to benefit Mariner’s Memorial 3pm Seward Mariner’s Memorial Plaque Installation Service 4pm Boat Parade and Blessing of the Fleet-boats sail from harbor along beachfront to sea life center and back. 7pm-11pm Harbor Plaza Dance at Chinook’s Restaurant with Live Music, Dancing, Prizes, No host bar. Proceeds benefit the […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN Celebrity Cruises has confirmed that during its last sailing to Seward Friday, May 10th, the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship experienced “an elevated number of people with a gastrointestinal illness.” Over the course of the sailing, 164 of its 1,963 passengers and 30 of its 935 crew members experienced the illness, thought to be norovirus. Those affected by the short-lived stomach illness responded well to over-the-counter medication being administered onboard the ship, said Cynthia Martinez the director of Global Corporate Communications for Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. “At Celebrity Cruises we have high health standards for all […]Read more ›