Outdoors

17th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run to be held August 1

17th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run to be held August 1

  The Alaska SeaLife Center is hosting its 17th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run/Walk on Saturday, August 1. This fundraiser supports the rescue and rehabilitation mission of the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. The race route follows a generally flat course along the scenic Seward waterfront.  Pre-register at www.alaskasealife.org  Race Day Schedule Registration and check-in begins at 9:00 am. Walkers start […]

June 30, 2015 ·
Burn closure lifted for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s

Burn closure lifted for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s

THE STATE Department of Natural Resources DIVISION OF FORESTRY/DIRECTORS OFFICE RELEASE –  As of 0800 hours this morning June 30th 2015 the BURN CLOSURE for campfires and charcoal BBQ’s is being lifted.  The Burn Suspension for debris pile burning and burn barrels will remain in place until we receive significant precipitation.  

June 30, 2015 ·
Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Caring for Our Coast: Marine Debris Cleanup in Kenai Fjords National Park

Have you seen large white bags on Kenai Fjords National Park’s remote outer coast?  These bags contain 2.66 tons (5,320 pounds) of marine debris.  The bags were a collection effort made possible through a partnership with Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Fjords National Park, Ocean Alaska Science and Learning Center, Port Graham Corporation, and Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance.  The bags will […]

June 29, 2015 ·
Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Reminder: Kenai Peninsula Burn Closure still in Effect

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Release – June 26, 2015 – Soldotna, Alaska – The Burn Closure activated earlier this month is still in effect.  This means that there is No Open Burning allowed. This includes campfires, warming fires, signal fires, burn barrels and charcoal fires.  A gas or electric BBQ grill or fish smoker is permissible. Also, fire officials want […]

June 26, 2015 ·
Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Eastern portion of Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area now open

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge News Release – June 25, 2015 – Effective at noon today, Thursday June 25, 2015, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is reopening the following campgrounds within the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Skilak Wildlife Recreation Area: Hidden Lake Campground Upper Skilak Campground Engineer Lake Campground Lower Ohmer Campground Jean Lake Campground Kelly Lake Campground Peterson Lake […]

June 26, 2015 ·
Mark Ramboa takes the lead in the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Mark Ramboa takes the lead in the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Mark Ramboa of Michigan is currently in the lead of the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament with his 291.2 lb halibut caught on the Fish House’s F/V Perseverance on June 22. Also caught was a tagged fish that landed Mark Wilson of Minnesota a $1,000 John Deere gift certificate donated by Seward Heavy Industrial Power. Wilson’s fish was caught on Saltwater Safari’s F/V […]

June 24, 2015 ·

Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter

Chugach National Forest News Release – Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter   Cooper Landing – On Monday evening, June 22, a firefighter working on the Juneau Lake Fire in Chugach National Forest encountered a bear and sustained minor injuries. Due to the remote location of the encounter, the most direct transport was a life med helicopter which airlifted […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Department of Natural Resources News Release – (Fairbanks, AK) – Despite a burn closure that is in effect for pretty much the entire state, Division of Forestry firefighters continue to chase down reports of campfires, debris burns and other activities currently prohibited due to the high fire danger that persists throughout Alaska. There were 152 new fires reported in Alaska […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

The annual Herman Leirer Road community weed pull is scheduled for this Friday, June 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. What to Bring: Wear bright colors.  Bring protective gloves, lunch, and WATER. Where to Meet: Herman Leirer Road mile 6.5 at the Resurrection River Trailhead Come out and help keep your public lands free of invasive weeds! Questions?  Contact […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Stetson Creek & Juneau Lake wildfire update

Stetson Creek & Juneau Lake wildfire update

United States Forest Service and Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 Release – Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires FIRE UPDATE:   June 20, 2015, 2100 Fire Information Email:  stetsoncreekfire2015@gmail.com Phone:  907-595-1244 Information hours:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm   Incident Management Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Type 2 IMT Incident Commander:  Brian Goff   Incident Command Post Cooper Landing […]

June 21, 2015 ·
Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Even though the incoming, fire-management team only arrived on scene in Cooper Landing at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, it had begun working the fire much earlier according to new incident commander Brian Goff. Oregon Interagency Management Team 4, a group of nine experienced professionals, had received briefings while in Anchorage and had started to […]

June 20, 2015 ·
Afternoon winds flare up Stetson Creek wildfire

Afternoon winds flare up Stetson Creek wildfire

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After skulking quietly all night and into the morning because of lower temperature and higher humidity, the Stetson Creek fire flared under press of wind starting about four in the afternoon Thursday. Two water scooping/dropping aircraft (tail numbers 42 and 52) led by their spotter plane arrived on scene within minutes and began their repetitive […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires Remain Uncontained, Acreage Totals in Doubt

Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires Remain Uncontained, Acreage Totals in Doubt

In a sharp downward revision of the estimate of burned acres, the US Forest Service now reports that slightly over 300 acres have burned on Stetson Creek fire up through Wednesday afternoon.  On the Juneau Lake fire, the FS reports about 100 burned acres up through the same time period. Both fires remain uncontained and continue to burn on Thursday, June 18. The FS plans another mapping […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As the smoke of three wildfires lent unsettling tang to the air in Cooper Landing, structural firefighters filled portable water tanks near businesses along the Sterling Highway while small crews of wildland fire fighters attacked two blazes ignited yesterday. Public affairs specialist for the Chugach National Forest, Mona Spargo said that as of about […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – ALL BURNING IS PROHIBITED  (Anchorages, AK) – Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  The Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forester determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Lightning Ignites Two New Fires Near Cooper Landing, US Forest Service Scrambles for Resources

Lightning Ignites Two New Fires Near Cooper Landing, US Forest Service Scrambles for Resources

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Despite the ban on open burning, lightning bolts ignited two new fires yesterday near Cooper Landing. With crews and other resources already deployed to the Card Street and Sockeye fires and with high temperatures and low humidity in the forecast, these latest fires come at a particularly bad time. According to Mona Spargo, […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

From the KPB Office of Emergency Management – Forestry provided the following update: Approximately 1200 acres have burned. Three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft and 50 crew are assigned to the fire. Air attack and retardant will resume this morning. Five hot shot crews are arriving late afternoon today and the Type 2 team is expected tomorrow. Six structures […]

June 16, 2015 ·
Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – June  15,  2015  -­‐  7:45  p.m. (Fairbanks,  AK)  –An  explosive  wildland  fire  on  the  Kenai  Peninsula  forced  the  evacuation  of  hundreds  of  homes   and  burned  at  least  six  structures on Monday. The  640-­‐acre  Card  Street  Fire  was  reported  as  a  1-­‐acre  fire  by  Alaska  State  Troopers  at  1:52  p.m.  near  the   community […]

June 15, 2015 ·

KPB Office of Emergency Management Sterling Wildfire Evacuation Update

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management Release – The evacuation area has been expanded to include residents living in the area  of Salmon Run Drive to the end of Fisherman’s Road and Dow Island. The evacuation is still active for all subdivisions off of Feuding Lane to Sterling Hwy and Kenai Keys to the Kenai river. Residents should use […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Wildfire along Sterling Hwy Milepost 76-77

Reported from Alaska 511, the Sterling highway from Milepost 76-77 is open to traffic, but use caution when traveling. Emergency Vehicles are on the road. The Peninsula Clarion reports of the fire spreading in Sterling. Read more here: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-06-15/fire-spreads-in-sterling.  

June 15, 2015 ·
Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – Soldotna, AK – The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has issued a burn permit suspension for the Kenai Peninsula due to warm, dry weather conditions. The suspension includes the burning of debris and burning in burn barrels, as outlined in the burn permits provided at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Campfires are allowed […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Burn Suspension in Place

A Notice from the Seward Volunteer Fire Department – As of 0700 hours 6/15/15 Due to current and forecasted weather conditions open burning has been suspended at this time. This includes the use of burn devices such as burn barrels. The use of campfires is still allowed, the maximum size for a campfire is 3 feet in diameter by 3 […]

June 15, 2015 ·
Matt Lewallen of Anchorage leads the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Matt Lewallen of Anchorage leads the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release – Seward, Alaska, June 1, 2015 – Anglers in this year’s tournament look forward to exciting action on the water as they compete for tagged fish prizes as well as cash prizes for heaviest fish turned in this month. As of June 12th  Matt Lewallen of Anchorage continues to lead with his 138.2 lb […]

June 12, 2015 ·

Seward’s family of rough terrain unicyclists featured on Alaska Public Media’s Indie Alaska

George, Kris, and Katie Peck of Seward were recently featured on Alaska Public Media’s Indie Alaska spotlighting their rough terrain unicycling family tradition. See the video here: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/06/11/pioneering-rough-terrain-unicycling-indie-alaska/

June 11, 2015 ·
KPB Considers Amending Salmon Ordinance

KPB Considers Amending Salmon Ordinance

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Since its original enactment in 1996 and its most recent amendment two years ago, Kenai Peninsula Borough’s, Anadromous Waters Habitat Protection Ordinance has required property owners along certain water bodies to get a borough permit before taking actions within 50 feet of the water, that could degrade fish habitat. If enacted, KPB Ordinance 2015-14 would […]

June 11, 2015 ·

Winning Poems Chosen for Alaska’s State Parks

The Poems in Place steering committee recently selected four winning entries from poems written by Alaskans. Leslie Leyland Field’s poem, “Tideline” and Fred Stager’s poem, “The Compass Rose”, will be placed in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak.  Aleria Jensen’s poem, “A Soldier’s Station”, and Justine Pechuzal’s poem, “Pilgrims”, will be installed at Caines Head State Recreational Area, Seward. […]

June 8, 2015 ·