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Lowell Point Road damaged by 13.7′ high tide and surf

Lowell Point Road damaged by 13.7′ high tide and surf

Waves pummeled Lowell Point Road today, flinging rocks and woody debris clear across the road. Motorists navigated cautiously between the ocean spray, road rubble, deep puddles, and falling rocks. At particularly narrow spots, timing was essential to dart past before the waves returned to slam into the roadside. Several sections […]

13.7′ High Tide Batters Shoreline

13.7′ High Tide Batters Shoreline

The highest tide of the year, 13.7′, peaked at 1:05 pm today. The Seward Harbor ramps down to the docks were almost level. Fortunately the harbor waters were protected and calm. Combined with a strong surf and south wind, the wild ocean battered Seward’s shoreline. Powerful waves shot up all […]

Baby Beluga update

Baby Beluga update

Tyonek, the rescued baby Beluga whale, is growing! When he was admitted to the ASLC on September 30 at about a month old, he weighed 142 pounds. At 10 weeks, he weighs 205 pounds, and is 5 1/2 feet long. Experts from facilities all across the country have contributed to […]

Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers

Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers

Members of the Seward Iditarod Trail Blazers cleaned up their “Adopt a Highway” mile-plus on Exit Glacier Road this morning under cloudy skies with intermittent light rain. The group noted that overall, the quantity of trash seemed less than in some previous years, and only one abandoned tent full of nasties […]

Saving Lowell Point Road bridge

Saving Lowell Point Road bridge

After several days of heavy rain, a swollen Lowell Creek turned dark with sediment, gravel, and rocks. Once again, Seward Public Works crews battled to save the Lowell Point Road bridge. On Thursday, an excavator scooped out the basin below the thundering Diversion Tunnel waterfall as a loader carried bucket […]

Hidden in Plain Sight: fish storm drains

Hidden in Plain Sight: fish storm drains

Sunshine is hard to remember now, but earlier in October when morning shadows were long, I happened to notice a very cool fish design on a storm drain at Third and Jefferson. I have passed this remarkable design a zillion times without seeing it.”Dump No Waste! Drains to Waterways. Made in USA” Curious, […]

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 […]