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Baby walrus update

Baby walrus update

According to the Alaska Sealife Center October Newsletter released today: “Aku will be moved out of his current location soon. Aku was rescued from Nome, Alaska on June 14th. If you would like to see Aku, be sure to visit by Sunday, October 15.” I visited again today, just before […]

A Horse at the Post Office!

A Horse at the Post Office!

This afternoon, I spotted a very unusual sight: a horse on the Post Office lawn! I’ve never seen that before! Two lucky kids with dad in tow were allowed to pet the beautiful horse when the owner returned with the mail.  Then stow the mail, saddle up, and off they went […]

Lowell Creek flooding again

Lowell Creek flooding again

Days of heavy rain once again has Lowell Creek boiling with gravel and rocks from Lowell Canyon.  Seward Public Works has been working in Lowell Creek since Friday, clearing the burden of gravel from under the bridge and maintaining the channel to protect the bridge and minimize damage from erosion and flooding. […]

Crowley Maritime tug “Alert” puts on a show!

Crowley Maritime tug “Alert” puts on a show!

A large, bright yellow tug was spotted between rainsqualls yesterday cruising slowly down the west side of Resurrection Bay. Lucky boaters and bay watchers were treated to the sight of the Crowley Maritime’s tug “Alert” test its firefighting pumps. Higher and higher rose the powerful plumes of water, farther and farther they […]

Bird feeders are not for Bears

Bird feeders are not for Bears

As fall approaches, it’s tempting to put up bird feeders for our feathered friends. It seemed safe as no bears had been seen in town for a while, until recently. Now, a black bear momma with two adorable first-year cubs is cruising Seward neighborhoods, targeting bird feeders from Jesse Lee Subdivision to […]

Exit Glacier retreat continues

Exit Glacier retreat continues

I  checked out Exit Glacier on Saturday, joining the many other visitors from all around the world. The glacier has retreated an astounding 264 feet since last August, in part due to a dramatic change in the outflow of water from the ice field and glacier. The toe of the […]

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

RV Sikuliaq at homeport

The impressive, 261-foot oceanographic research ship Sikuliaq returned to Seward in early July. She is currently docked at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center at the base of Third and Railway Avenue. Carol Griswold  

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Love and Tough Love for Baby Walrus

Eleven days ago, the baby walrus was less than enthusiastic about feeding from a bottle. Today, he waited impatiently and watched anxiously as the Alaska Sealife Center staff prepared his bottle. It apparently took forever; he alternately drooped against the enclosure door, stood up on his hind legs for a […]

baby walrus

baby walrus

What a treat to watch the orphaned baby walrus at the Alaska Sealife Center. Every day, there is something new to see. Only about two weeks old when he first arrived from Nome, he immediately learned to seek love from the 24/7 ASLC staff, cuddling against their slick rain pants. Now […]

Racers train on Mt Marathon Race Trail

Racers train on Mt Marathon Race Trail

Parked vehicles lined Lowell Canyon Road and adjacent side streets today as Junior and Senior racers practiced on the rugged Mount Marathon race trail. Conditions were ideal under sunny skies with a nice south breeze and temperatures ranging from the high 50s to 65º. Race rules require that first-time racers must […]

Humpback whales lunge feeding

Humpback whales lunge feeding

It’s always a treat to hear humpback whales breathe, see the explosive misty plume, watch them majestically cruise along, then wave their powerful flukes before sounding. Today, I watched what appeared to be a mom and a juvenile do all of the above from shore. White clouds of kittiwakes and other gulls shrieked above them, diving on […]

Volunteer Fire Departments test water pumps

Volunteer Fire Departments test water pumps

The Seward and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Departments joined forces this afternoon to test the water pumps at Preacher Pond. According Seward Fire Chief Eddie Athey, this is an annual event. From the looks of the strong flow and high plumes of water, the pumps worked! Many thanks to our dedicated fire […]

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Bears and Mt Goats at Exit Glacier

Now, before the leaves emerge, is a good time to visit Exit Glacier in Kenai Fjords National Park to view bears and mountain goats. On Monday morning I just missed seeing three black bear cubs high in a tree waiting for their mom near the glacier overlook. Visitors from all […]

Hummingbirds are Back!

Hummingbirds are Back!

I  spotted a flashy male Rufous Hummingbird this afternoon at the beach at Lowell Point State Recreation Site, sitting at the very tip of a small spruce tree, checking out the scene. Weighing less than a nickel, this tiny wonder recently flew 2000 miles or more, following the Pacific coast from wintering […]

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Humpback whales along the Waterfront!

Two humpback whales cruised along the Waterfront and Lowell Point Road yesterday. What a thrill to hear their explosive breath, see the vapor plumes erupt, and watch the enormous dark back and dorsal fin slide up then back into the water. Steller sea lions also surged along the shore, surfacing […]

OUR town moose

OUR town moose

Many Sewardites enjoyed watching OUR town momma and calf as they rested peacefully in our yards or walked along our streets. I took photos of them near my house on February 12th. The little guy, guided by his good momma, survived a lot of brutal winter weather and almost made […]

Crazy Snowfall Contest Winner and Best Submissions

Crazy Snowfall Contest Winner and Best Submissions

Seward City News is happy to announce the winner of our first, and probably not last, Crazy Snowfall Picture Contest.  Valerie Swinson of Seward submitted a picture of her father John’s Thunderbird under what appears to be about six feet of snow. Valerie will receive a $50 gift certificate to […]