Borough Assembly Report

March 19, 2014 7:56 am0 comments

18 March 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure – March is one of four months each year that the Assembly meets only one time, rather than two.  Our committee meetings (which are open to the public) began at 3 PM, during which we may ask questions of the administration or sponsors of legislation, prior to the regular meeting.  If you are hearing our meetings on the radio and it seems that we don’t discuss much or ask many questions, it is because of our committee structure.  One interesting item from the Policies and Procedures meeting was the report […]

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SBCFSA Regular Board Mtg April 7th

March 18, 2014 4:02 pm0 comments

The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area will hold a regular meeting Monday, April 7th at 7:00 pm, at the KPB Annex office in SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122.  The agenda will include Correspondence from Lowell Point Community Council (LPCC) Regarding Coastal Flood Zones and the Spring Newsletter. The board will also be setting Work Session Topics for April and May. Everyone is invited to the April 17th Agency Information & Permitting Day at the Library from 11:00 to 3:00. Meeting agendas are available at the SBCFSA Office at 302 Railway Ave, Suite 123 between 9AM and 3PM Monday thruThursday or on the SBCFSA Website at http://www.borough.kenai.ak.us/service-areas/sbcfsa/sbcfsa-meetings. Please note the […]

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Tsunami Swim-a-Thon is coming!

March 17, 2014 12:39 pm0 comments
Tsunami Swim-a-Thon is coming!

Tsunami’s have only days left to reach out and find their sponsors/pledges for Swim-a-Thon and many young swimmers have been working up their endurance to try for the 200 lengths limit during the two hour swim time. The event will be March 28, at the Seward pool. STSC has been providing an aquatic swim program in Seward for over 20 years and many of our Seward community are alumni of the Seward Tsunami swim program. STSC’s aquatic program is the only sport in Seward that combines ages 5 to 18 into one group. The program promotes healthy exercise, team building, […]

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AVTEC under new leadership

March 13, 2014 2:11 pm3 comments
AVTEC under new leadership

Fred Esposito  AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology Director, has retired after 17 years, and has been temporarily replaced by former two-term Kenai Peninsula Senator John Torgerson. Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development Dianne Blumer appointed Torgerson Interim Acting Director, and he took the helm of the Seward-based vocational facility on March 6th. Dick Harrell remains second in command. Esposito’s retirement was abrupt and reportedly has to do with differences over economic challenges at AVTEC, and the need to find new sources of funding for the vocational institute. SCN was not able to reach AVTEC officials, or Esposito as of this posting […]

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Fishing Lodge Burns

March 7, 2014 11:31 am0 comments

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Fish Whisperer Lodge, a lodge located at Seward Highway mile 6.5 that offers its visitors sports fishing charters, was badly damaged in a fire early Thursday morning, March 6th. The roof was already on fire, and flames were shooting out of the north and south side of the upper floor of the building by the time Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department arrived on scene at about 6:30 a.m. There was a vehicle parked outside, and firefighters had no idea whether anyone was inside, so their main concern at first was getting inside and searching the building, […]

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Swim-a-Thon for Seward Tsunami’s

March 5, 2014 5:42 pm0 comments
Swim-a-Thon for Seward Tsunami’s

This year, the Seward Tsunami Swim Club’s annual Swim-a-Thon kicked off on February 24th. Swimmers have the month of March to gather pledges for their two hour swim on Friday, the 28th. This is the club’s sole fundraiser with donations pledged to young athletes who earn them by swimming for two hours straight. By the time their two hours are over, they could have swum up to 200 lengths of the pool or 5000 yards or 2.8 miles and burned over 500 calories and have been kept afloat by orange wedges, parents’ cheers, community financial support, and the promise of […]

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Borough Assembly Report

February 26, 2014 6:48 am0 comments

2-25-2014 By Sue McClure One agenda item, Resolution 2014-017, dominated nearly three hours of our 4 ½ hour-long meeting.  Originally on the consent agenda, this resolution would have put the question of funding the “non-departmentals” to an advisory vote at the regular fall election.  Twenty-two people testified, and all but two spoke in favor of continued funding the five groups in question:  Kenai Peninsula Community College, Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, Small Business Development, Center Central Area Rural Transit, and Kenai Peninsula Tourism and Marketing Council.  After assembly discussion and several failed amendments, the resolution was defeated by a 7-2 […]

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Refuge to Close to Snowmachine Use at Midnight Sunday, February 2nd

January 31, 2014 7:34 pm0 comments
Refuge to Close to Snowmachine Use at Midnight Sunday, February 2nd

With near-spring like conditions rapidly reducing snow cover on the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), will soon close to snowmachine use. Deputy Refuge Manager Steve Miller, said that the closure will take place at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, February 2nd. Given the time of the year this closure has taken place, Miller said, there is the possibility that the Refuge could re-open to snowmachining should conditions significantly improve. Although the closure will not occur until Sunday, snowmachine users are cautioned that most stream crossings are currently unsafe and trail conditions are extremely poor. For more information about this […]

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Warm January Prompts Extension of Kenai Peninsula Lynx Trapping Season

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Warm January Prompts Extension of Kenai Peninsula Lynx Trapping Season

Alaska Department of Fish & Game Press Release -  (SOLDOTNA) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has extended the lynx trapping season in Kenai Peninsula Game Management Units (GMUs) 7 and 15. The current lynx trapping season was scheduled to end at midnight January 31, but has been extended to end at midnight February 15, 2014. Lynx trapping seasons in GMUs 7 and 15 are managed using a harvest tracking strategy. When snowshoe hare populations (the main food source for lynx) are low, trapping seasons are closed. As snowshoe hare populations increase, so do lynx numbers and trapping is […]

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December at the Library

December 19, 2013 12:23 pm0 comments
December at the Library

The Wish Tree is up and is filled with book wishes!  This is the one time a year the library has out selections of books that staff would like to have new on the library shelves. Book selections are for all different age levels and interests.  Stop by to browse the ‘Ornament’ selections during library hours. For $20, you can sponsor one of these new books over the holidays and have your family name, or in memory of a loved ones name, placed on the book plate.  It’s fun to see the book plates inside the sponsored books  when browsing […]

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Hunting and Net Pens Discussed

December 4, 2013 3:34 pm0 comments
Hunting and Net Pens Discussed

By Heidi Zemach for SCN –   Hunting and trapping takes place in the Seward area and beyond, all along the entire Kenai Peninsula, although old-timers often grumble that the tradition isn’t nearly what it used to be, either in terms of the numbers of accessible wildlife, or the number of hunters participating.  Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Biologist Jeff Selinger, who works out of Soldotna and Jason Herreman, working of Homer attended the Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee Meeting November 14th to give some of the most current harvest numbers.  The committee also discussed some statewide fishing […]

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Seward MS/HS Winter Music Concert- Date Change

December 2, 2013 3:58 pm1 comment

Join our Seward MS and HS music groups for cookies and festive cheer at their 2013 Winter Concert on our NEW DATE Monday, December 11th, 7pm at the Seward HS Auditorium.  This concert will feature a variety of student accompanists, solos, and group numbers. We hope to see you there!

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Brown Bear hunt emergency closure debated

November 25, 2013 11:12 pm0 comments
Brown Bear hunt emergency closure debated

  HEIDI ZEMACH for SCN – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge managers recently put into effect a 30-day closure of the brown bear sport hunt on federal land when, in its opinion too many brown bears, especially females of reproductive age, were harvested. Thursday they held a public hearing in Anchorage to gather comments and provide their justification for the action taken. Monday night, they held another hearing on the Kenai Peninsula to hear from local residents there about the closure. About 14 people spoke at the Anchorage meeting, braving some pretty severe winter conditions to be there, said Steve Miller, […]

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Clothes for the Philippines

November 18, 2013 2:45 pm0 comments

While driving to and from Anchorage this weekend, the radio announced that New Sagaya grocery, in Anchorage, is collecting used clothing to go to the Philippines.  Watching the news about Typhoon Haiyan and the total loss of life and homes made an impact and thoughts of ‘What can I do to help?’  Listening to the radio and New Sagaya’s announcement put my thinking to work. This week and next, a collection site for used clothing will be set up at the Hertz of Seward building.  The van used by the food bank ‘He shall Provide’, locally, will be loaded up […]

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Swim Club Start Up A Fun Time

November 13, 2013 9:53 am0 comments
Swim Club Start Up A Fun Time

Swimmers started their season with the Seward Tsunami Swim Club (STSC) with a fun filled day at the pool. Head coach Matt Hershock with assistant coaches Emilee Sawyer and Katie Cornwell started the day with a review of the swimmers code of conduct. A document that all swimmers and parents read and sign stating that they will be kind, courteous and good sports with others and especially their team mates. Then, it was swim, swim, swim. The Seward Tsunami’s head coach Matt Hershock begins his eighth season with the club. He has seen many of his swimmers start out as […]

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Seward Tsunami Swim Club starts today

November 11, 2013 10:32 am0 comments
Seward Tsunami Swim Club starts today

Today, November 11, 2013, is the first day of the Seward Tsunami Swim Club (STSC) swimming. SEWARD TSUNAMI SWIM CLUB (STSC) is a developmental and competitive swim team that provides a supervised aquatics program for Seward area youth ages 5-18. STSC is a member of Alaska Swimming, Inc., Alaska committee of United States Swimming (USS), which in turn is the national governing body for the sport and the organization which registers and insures athletes, sanctions events, and conducts competitions and development programs. STSC is a non-profit organization, tax-exempt under section 501 (c) (3) of the IRS code. Swimmers (40+ swimmers […]

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Box Canyon diversion repairs on the way

October 29, 2013 12:47 pm0 comments

The Kenai Peninsula Borough is bringing in two heavy-equipment trucks this afternoon (Tuesday, Oct 29) to repair the lower portion of the Box Canyon water diversion structure which breached yesterday. Water was just flowing down off the mountain into Resurrection River, and was not expected to affect neighborhoods beyond and below the structure, said Stephanie Presley, Coordinator with the Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service office. Meanwhile, the borough had dedicated folks in the field monitoring all the flood-prone areas, and making KPB officials aware of any potential flood situation that needed to be addressed, said Emergency Management Public Information Officer Brenda […]

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SBCFSA Board Work Session & Mtg Oct 21

October 9, 2013 12:41 pmComments Off

The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area board will hold a work session followed by a regular meeting Monday, October 21 at 6:00PM, at the KPB Annex office in SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122.  The work session topic will be Mitigation Projects & Priorities for State Flood Mitigation Grant.  The regular meeting will begin at 7:00PM.  Meeting agendas are available at the SBCFSA Office at 302 Railway Ave, Suite 123 between 9AM and 3PM Monday thru Thursday or on the SBCFSA Website at www.sewardbearcreekfloodservicearea.org.  

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Attention

October 7, 2013 1:15 pmComments Off

The Seward Bear Creek Flood Board meeting tonight has been canceled. The next meeting is Monday October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Sea View Plaza. Thank you.

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Opportunity To Serve!

October 2, 2013 10:08 amComments Off

There are open seats on the Seward Bear Creek Flood Board. You can be in the city limits of Seward or out of the city limits to serve. The board meets twice a month and works on plans to mitigate flood problems. This is a great way to serve and learn a lot about all that goes into working with the environment and the government to protect our properties. The deadline to submit an application for appointment is Thursday at 3:00 PM. The forms are available in the KPB Seward Annex office in the Sea View Plaza today and tomorrow […]

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