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 that Mr. Hubbard’s actions satisfied all four conditions needed for a guilty verdict. On the misdemeanors of falsifying information on fish tickets, the jurors could not agree that the Hubbards intended to deceive anyone. State of Alaska has not announced […]
Justice has been served. I thank all the jurors and judge for their commitment to work toward a just end. I am grateful...
By Rick Smeriglio for SCN - Shortly before 4:00 pm on Tuesday the 15, the case of State of Alaska v. James T. Hubbard...
By Heidi Zemach for SCN The Seward City Council has awarded First Student, the local school bus company, another two-year...
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 that allegedly violated their Alaska Department of Fish & Game license as direct marketers of fish. State of Alaska alleges eight felonies and nine misdemeanors in total against the Hubbards and against their business as a separate entity. In the […]Read more ›
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 system. Shipbuilder Marinette Marine Corporation of Wisconsin will put the vessel into a graving dock in Sturgeon Bay, WI on Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12. The delay to fix the problem may take 3 weeks and add about […]Read more ›
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 Maritime Corporation, said she had hired one person on the spot that day. Although various freight-, research- and cruising-related companies had limited positions currently open, one new operation in Seward had six open. Vigor Industries, likely purchaser of the shipyard […]Read more ›
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 it reached its completed form. The box will serve as a cover to an onboard intertidal aquarium used aboard the M/V Alaskan Explorer. This is the 20th anniversary of the Marine Science Explorer Program. During that time over forty-four thousand students […]Read more ›
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 of Seward docks, including charter fishing, tour, water taxis and guides currently pay $3.50 per passenger into the fund. The HEF, which obtains money from various sources, helps finance improvements such as new floats, fish cleaning-stations and harbor enlargements. Between […]Read more ›
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 907 224-3138. City of Seward will open sealed bids at 1 pm, April 14, 2014.Read more ›
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 small boat harbor subdivision. One commissioner had an excused absence and two positions on the commission remain vacant. The lot currently sustains parking, utilities and access points to ARR parcels in the north harbor area. The lot has a shape […]Read more ›
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 family. KFT General Manager, Ron Wille said that Callisto Voyager will complement the rest of the fleet by giving national park tours starting at 11:30 am and lasting 6 hours. Wille expects the first tour to cast off by mid […]Read more ›
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 state transportation department bond for $10 million. Council also voted to spend nearly $1.4 million more on a contract to its engineering firm, R&M Consultants to complete the coastal marine engineering it started, and to start putting out bids to […]Read more ›
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 a live test of the Alaska Tsunami Warning Sirens and emergency warning system. Later today, many businesses and local schools will practice diving under their desks or most solid areas and holding on. Only a small audience of about a […]Read more ›
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 GriswoldRead more ›
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 March 24th 1989 Exxon Valdez Oil Spill in Part II of the series for Seward City News. “While there could certainly be an oil spill again, and may well be in the future, it would not happen the same way. […]Read more ›
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 as a coastal resident and fisherman he felt intimately connected to. “There’s been an ecosystem change,” Linville said. “Biologically, its not the same place that it was before the spill. The murres were vastly reduced, and the herring have never […]Read more ›
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 showed that thousands of Alaskan jobs are directly related to the domestic maritime industry and account for more than $1 billion in economic impact. Alaska’s own navigable waterway network of more than 5400 miles is the largest in the country […]Read more ›
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 engineering firm Moffatt and Nichol would cost about 30,000 dollars. A complete project from design through installation would cost about 300,000 dollars. City of Seward could save money by using city workers and equipment for installation. Users would pay to […]Read more ›
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, but final details remain. The City of Seward engaged Orion to replace tired, 50-year old, wooden D-float. After building a new float and barging it here from Puget Sound, Orion began tearing out old D-float in September of 2013. R […]Read more ›
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 suits and PFDs; emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts, and abandon ship procedures. The workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, thanks to funding from […]Read more ›
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 only the ship’s maiden voyage from the shipyard in Singapore. It was also the first coal ship of the year for the city, which considers the Alaska Railroad Corporation and coal transfer facility important economic engines. Those greeting the ship’s […]Read more ›
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 Fire Department, and others had been searching all week for Billie Hawke, 57, of Palmer, who disappeared last weekend, and had not been seen since Saturday night. They were close to calling off the search when they received word of […]Read more ›