Hurry, it’s the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge!!!….Deadline is April 5th!

March 26, 2014 9:40 am0 comments

I ve been asked by the folks at epicurious.com to help spread the word about the 2014 Healthy Lunchtime Challenge. This was the recipe contest for kids that Rowan and I took part in last summer. It was an unbelievable experience. If the ideas of eating and cooking healthy foods for kids wasn’t enough, the first lady hosted a state dinner at the white house for all the winners. It was truly a Willy Wonka experience. They told me that Alaska entries are low and need help getting some kids and parents stoked SO here it is….http://www.recipechallenge.epicurious.com Get in there […]

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Domestic violence effort needs your help

March 25, 2014 5:33 pm0 comments
Domestic violence effort needs your help

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Glance  through a month or two of  daily Seward Police Journals, and you will find numerous reports of domestic violence and sexual assault in the community. Many other incidents are never reported. Do you ever wonder if you are were sexually assaulted, or beaten up by your partner and made to live in fear, where you would go to escape, and whether the help you need be available? SeaView Community Services’ Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (DVSA) program Director Dawn McDevitt is doing her best to pull off another “Choose Respect” rally and march through […]

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Fukushima Monitoring Project off to Good Start!

March 23, 2014 12:22 pm0 comments
Fukushima Monitoring Project off to Good Start!

Thank you everyone in Seward who has taken an interest and generously helped out with the Fukushima Project. The project has received a lot of attention and interest about the well being of Resurrection Bay. So far, over half of the funding necessary has been raised for the proposed water sampling analysis. In addition, several new Alaska communities have decided to also register their local waters for this study. This will ultimately result in gathering more viable data to better assess any possible threat from radioisotope contamination of our local waters. The Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance is aiming to perform […]

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25 years later Exxon Valdez memories still stink

March 22, 2014 10:28 am0 comments
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 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 […]

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Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

March 21, 2014 7:48 pm5 comments
Dr. Hawthorne to begin OB/GYN speciality clinic in Seward

We are very excited to announce that Dr. Jo Lynn Hawthone  will be offering OB/GYN services to the residents of Seward, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing two days a month, beginning April 9th. And to answer the big question that everyone will ask-NO, she will not be delivering any babies in Seward. However, women are welcome to have their deliveries with her in Soldotna at Central Peninsula Hospital. Dr. Hawthorne is a board certified OB/GYN originally from Greenville, Tennessee with over 25 years of experience.  She graduated from The Medical Collage of Georgia and is a Fellow of the American College […]

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Current Happenings at the Seward Community Health Center

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Seward CHC Press Release Seward Community Health Center’s Board of Director’s would like to announce the appointment of Patrick Linton from Kamuel, HI, as their new Executive Director. Linton has a MS degree in Hospital and Healthcare Administration from the University of Minnesota and most recently served as the CEO for the Hamakua Health Center in HI.  Mr. Linton has extensive experience in healthcare systems predominantly focused on meeting the needs of rural populations and communities.  In addition to Patrick Linton other staff hired by the Health Center include, Bonnie Apperson and Anna Madosik front desk Receptionists, Charmaine Blaine Billing […]

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Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

March 11, 2014 6:25 pm0 comments
Council hears finance woes, upbeat medical news

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Seward City Council’s regular Monday meeting March 10th, was interesting in that we heard about the difficult working conditions in which the city finance department finds itself, without working software and lacking experienced staff. We also learned more about the latest finances of Providence Seward Medical & Care Center, and briefly met four of the other Anchorage-based attorneys from the firm of longtime city attorney Cheryl Brooking, who is leaving the city’s employ. Brooking’s annual council review took place recently, in executive session. Eric E Wohlforth, the senior attorney and founding […]

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New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

March 9, 2014 11:31 am1 comment
New Community Health Clinic opens Monday

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The new Community Health Clinic, (CHC) opens its doors in Seward Monday, March 10th, in the Providence Seward Medical & Care Center building, exactly where the former clinic was. Patients who spoke with Sharon Montagnino, the CHC board and clinic interim executive director at a meet and greet Thursday evening were saddened to learn that none of the people working at the former clinic have transferred over to the new clinic facility, especially their provider Ellen O’ Brien, an advanced practice nurse. The clinic has hired two new front desk workers, however, an outreach […]

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Seward Community Health Center Informational Night March 6

March 3, 2014 7:24 am0 comments

Seward Community Health Center will be holding an informational night on Thursday, March 6 from 6 to 7 pm in the waiting room at the Health Center site. This opportunity is for all new patients to have questions answered about services, making appointments and how to register for  the discount  fee program.  

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Fukushima fallout, what can Seward do?

February 28, 2014 10:51 am9 comments
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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Need Public Assistance?

February 27, 2014 12:33 pm0 comments
Need Public Assistance?

Need Public Assistance? Food Stamps Medicaid Adult Public Assistance Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) General Relief Native Assistance Heating Assistance   Applications available at the Qutekcak Native Tribe   Interviews available for native and non-native applicants   No wait time, walk-Ins welcome   Contact:   Mariah Johnson, Fee Agent Qutekcak Native Tribe P.O Box 1467 Seward, AK. 99664 907-224-3118 Ex: 5 N2N@qutekcak.org  

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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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SEWARD CHC TO OPEN NEW HEALTH CENTER ON MARCH 10, 2014

February 18, 2014 5:15 pm3 comments

SEWARD, Alaska – PRESS RELEASE from the Seward Community Health Center February 18, 2014 After more than three years of work by the community, the Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will become a reality next month. The Seward CHC is working diligently to prepare for opening its doors on Monday, March 10th.  Many details will be taken care of in the next few weeks in order to be ready to open the clinic.  The space is currently being painted and set up with supplies.  Equipment is expected to arrive after the first of March. Hiring of providers and staff is […]

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A Seedy Group

February 17, 2014 8:29 pm0 comments
A Seedy Group

The Resurrection Bay Garden Club gives thanks to UAF Cooperative Extension Agent Lydia Clayton for her terrific talk on soil and the publications she provided! Almost two dozen participants learned a great deal about soil structure, nutrient and microorganism needs, soil testing and much more. The seed swap that followed was marvelous – thousands of seeds were up for grabs, including highly impressive stashes that were generously shared by Weezingreens’ Carol Souza, Lydia Clayton, Lori Draper, Judy Rough, CJ Rea, Carol Conant, Katy Turnbull, Deanna Trobaugh, Rebecca Brown and others. Special thanks also go to the folks who helped with […]

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Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

February 14, 2014 8:23 am0 comments
Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots during transition.

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic will offer additional appointment slots beginning Monday Feb 17th-Friday Feb 28th to help ease the burden on those requiring health care while the transition from Providence Seward Family Practice Clinic to the new Seward Community Health Center is being undertaken and the  Providence outpatient clinic will be closed. The GFMC staff will endeavor to do their absolute best to help those that are sick and in need of care; but please remember, it is impossible for us to see our current patients plus the usual patient load seen at Providence Seward.  We may not be able to offer everyone […]

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Council approves sewage funds, city help for clinic and manager pay raise

February 12, 2014 10:56 am0 comments
Council approves sewage funds, city help for clinic and manager pay raise

Heidi Zemach for SCN -  The Seward City Council took the first step toward addressing the many deferred-maintenance problems at the city’s aging sewage lagoon at Lowell Point by transferring 500 thousand dollars from its Water Enterprise Fund to the Wastewater Enterprise fund, and appropriating those funds toward future mitigation efforts yet to be named. At Monday night’s Feb 10th council meeting City Manager Jim Hunt said they are still exploring what projects to fund, but the Public Works Department has not yet found a place to dispose of the more than 20 years’ worth of accumulated sludge. It might […]

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American Red Cross of Alaska Training in Seward

February 5, 2014 3:26 pm0 comments

American Red Cross of Alaska Shelter Operations Training will be held Saturday, Feb 8th 9am-5pm at the K.M. Rae Building.  Sheltering operations includes, shelter fundamentals and shelter management.  These classes compliment KPB CERT training and are given at no cost. This training is open to the public.  Please rsvp to Alex Fontey, alex.fonteyn2@redcross.org.

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Worm Composting for Winter

February 4, 2014 12:36 pm0 comments

Winter Composting with Worms Composting in the winter is no fun!  The weekly long, slow trudge out to the compost pile at 20 F below isn’t even an Alaskan’s idea of a good time. Fortunately there is an easy, fun alternative for composting during the Alaskan winter: Vermicomposting! Vermicomposting is the feeding of kitchen food scraps to worms.  In addition to cutting down on what goes to the trash bin, they can be effectively turned into rich compost that is beneficial as both a soil amendment and slow release fertilizer. Does it sound too good to be true?  It’s not! […]

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Seward Elementary Jump Rope for Heart February 14

January 31, 2014 9:05 am0 comments
Seward Elementary Jump Rope for Heart February 14
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Peninsula Health Community Services in Seward January 22

January 21, 2014 3:38 pm0 comments
Peninsula Health Community Services in Seward January 22

Peninsula Community Health Services of Alaska will be in Seward on Wed. Jan 22nd at the Library from 1 pm to 4 pm. We look forward to seeing you there.

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