Outdoors

Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee meets November  14, 2013,  in the City Council Chambers. Heidi Zemach photo.

Fish & Game Committee Opposes Closures and City Mulls Manager’s Pay *

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — In one of two matters of civic interest, the Seward Area Advisory Committee for Alaska Department of Fish & Game has reaffirmed its unanimous opposition to Alaska Board of Fish proposal 203 for 2015-2016. The proposal, crafted by several, statewide aquaculture associations, would give ADF&G expanded, emergency-order authority to close sport fishing in special harvest areas […]

February 9, 2016 ·
Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures Gearing Up For 2016!

Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures Gearing Up For 2016!

Looking for fun and adventure this summer? Stoney Creek Canopy Adventures is currently seeking local team members who are energetic, self-motivated & customer service oriented to fill our Zipline Guide, Office Staff and Driver positions.  Must be 18 yrs of age, training begins in mid May and tours operate late May through late September.  For more information and to download an […]

February 2, 2016 ·
Bear Lake area showing KPB lands in yellowish green with Iditarod Trail shown as red line. Image courtesy of Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Seward Rotary Launches Bear Lake Planning Effort

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As the beginning of a community service project intended to answer the question “What do we want for the Bear Lake area?”, Seward Rotary held a public meeting and distributed a survey to the public. Forty-two persons attended the publicly announced meeting held in Seward’s library. Many voiced concerned questions. No one advanced a […]

January 31, 2016 ·
Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2016 Summer Season

Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2016 Summer Season

If you are 15-18 years old, like the outdoors and are looking for a fun summer job this opportunity is for you! This year Kenai Fjords National Park will offer several positions to local youth interested in working for the Federal Youth Conservation Corps.  Students will have a chance to engage visitors, learn what it takes to maintain the park […]

January 25, 2016 ·
Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – Seward Rotary gets Proactive

Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – Seward Rotary gets Proactive

By Brandii Holmdahl, Borough Assembly Representative – Over the course of the next few years, the Seward area will be impacted by the transfer of over 1000 acres, mostly in the Bear Lake area, from State to Borough ownership. The borough will be tasked with classifying this land according to municipal ordinance. This acreage encompasses several expanses of land suitable to residential housing developments or commercial activities. Public comment […]

January 21, 2016 ·

Wilderness First Responder Courses in Seward: April 2016

Kayak Adventures Worldwide will again be sponsoring a Wilderness First Responder class and a WFR Re-cert class in April 2016.  Spots are limited and courses are filling up quickly. The Wilderness First Responder course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to evaluate medical emergencies and make decisions concerning field treatment and evacuation priorities. Wilderness First Responder is the current standard certification […]

January 15, 2016 ·
Project area of Seward Highway upgrade through Moose Pass. Image courtesy of Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Facilities

Highway Upgrade Through Moose Pass Has Complications

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities has announced its intent to upgrade the Seward Highway through Moose Pass, rather than build around it. The milepost 25.5 to 36 project has some difficulties that do not meet the eye. In addition to usual construction issues, the highway twice crosses Moose Creek, an anadromous stream, between […]

January 10, 2016 ·
What should you do with the murres?

What should you do with the murres?

If you see dead murres along the shoreline, the best thing you can do is leave them there. Monitoring networks are doing daily counts along all of the local beaches for programs such as COASST. You may see murre bodies marked – perhaps by yarn, plastic tags, or spray paint. This is helping researchers and volunteers determine which animals have already […]

December 31, 2015 ·
Alaska Sealife Center Common Murre Mini-Rehab

Alaska Sealife Center Common Murre Mini-Rehab

It’s hard to miss the bloody bird carcasses strewn about town, the black and white seabirds floating dead in the water, washed up at the boat harbor and on the beaches, or sitting quietly on snow, unable to get back to the ocean. Travelers on the Seward Highway have found dead and live Common Murres from Mile 3 to Mile […]

December 30, 2015 ·

Winter Storm Warning in Effect – 12/25/15

From the National Weather Service, 5 AM, Dec. 25, 2015: NWS LINK HERE URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 500 AM AKST FRI DEC 25 2015 AKZ125-260300- /O.CON.PAFC.WS.W.0005.151225T1800Z-151226T1500Z/ WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHITTIER…SEWARD…GIRDWOOD… MOOSE PASS 500 AM AKST FRI DEC 25 2015 …WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 9 […]

December 25, 2015 ·
Some more nice snowy seasonal photos

Some more nice snowy seasonal photos

   

December 13, 2015 ·
Gorgeous winter day!

Gorgeous winter day!

Blue-black clouds rolled in from the Gulf of Alaska all day in a series of squalls, delivering fat, swirling snowflakes. An unidentified skier took advantage of the accumulated snow to enjoy a beautiful ski along the bay on the waterfront path. Happy Winter! (click on photo to enlarge) Carol

December 12, 2015 ·

Avalanche Awareness Class

Avalanche Awareness Class Saturday December 12th, 2015 (9am-3pm) Location: Seward Community Library, 238 Fifth Ave, Seward AK (1st floor conference room) Topics covered will include human factors, snowpack, mountain weather, terrain, and avalanche rescue (including avalanche beacon training).  Bring your beacon if you have one to practice.  This will be a good time to learn about avalanches or to brush up […]

December 4, 2015 ·
Seward Ranger District will not open for winter motorized on Dec. 1

Seward Ranger District will not open for winter motorized on Dec. 1

Ladies and Gentlemen, please do not start your engines, Seward Ranger District will not open for winter motorized on December 1 due to lack of adequate snow cover to prevent resource damage. We monitor conditions daily and will open when conditions allow. Irene B. Lindquist Forestry Technician Forest Service Chugach National Forest, Seward RangerDistrict p: 907-288-7748 ilindquist@fs.fed.us

December 1, 2015 ·
Bonnie, the lucky boarder collie who was freed from a trap along a popular forest hiking trail. Photo credit Martha and David Story.

Dog narrowly escapes death in trap

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- A pleasant winter hike on Sunday, Nov 29, turned into a scary race against time for Martha and Dave Story, of Cooper Landing, and their 3 ½-year old Border Collie, Bonney. The Storys were hiking with another couple and four dogs, including Bonney, on Coyote Knob, a trail at about mile 45.5 off the Sterling […]

December 1, 2015 ·
Wild Turkeys strut about on Thanksgiving

Wild Turkeys strut about on Thanksgiving

These large, seemingly happy turkeys were seen strutting around their Camelot Subdivision neighborhood on Thanksgiving.

November 27, 2015 ·

Christmas Tree Cutting on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announces that the Refuge will open for Christmas tree cutting from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 26, 2015, through Christmas Day, Thursday, December 25, 2015. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household. Trees may be taken anywhere on the Refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, […]

November 27, 2015 ·
Chugach NF’s new District Ranger is happy to be on the job

Chugach NF’s new District Ranger is happy to be on the job

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Francisco B. Sanchez, the new District Ranger for the Chugach National Forest Seward ranger district, has a challenging job ahead. He will manage the forest and supervise 45 permanent full-time year-round employees, and another 50-55 summertime employees. Sanchez, who hails from New Mexico, has worked with the forest service for 30 years, progressing up […]

November 24, 2015 ·

High Wind Warning Today for Turnagain Arm

From the City Clerk and National Weather Service: HIGH WIND WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM AKST THIS EVENING FOR TURNAGAIN ARM AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS, THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A HIGH WIND WARNING,WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TODAY TO 9 PM AKST THIS EVENING. LOCATION,ALONG TURNAGAIN ARM AND HIGHER ELEVATIONS. WIND,SOUTHEAST WIND […]

November 19, 2015 ·

Reminder – SNSC Social at 5:30 tomorrow

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out Seward Nordic Ski Club Membership Social featuring: 11th Annual Back Country Film Festival Soup, Bread, Beer, Raffle Prizes Saturday, November 14th – 5:30 at the Rae Building We need people to bring soup and baked goods. Thanks for all your help! SNSC

November 13, 2015 ·

Wilderness First Responder Classes in Seward: April 2016

Kayak Adventures will again be sponsoring a Wilderness First Responder class and a WFR Re-cert class in April 2016.  Spots are limited and courses tend to fill up quickly. The Wilderness First Responder course equips participants with the knowledge and skills to evaluate medical emergencies and make decisions concerning field treatment and evacuation priorities. Wilderness First Responder is the current standard […]

November 10, 2015 ·

SNSC Social Next Saturday, Gear Swap Following Saturday

SNSC Membership Social, November 14th, Rae Building Featuring: Soup, Bread, Beer, Raffle Prizes 11th Annual Back Country Film Festival (Program) celebrating the human powered experience Saturday, November 14th – 5:30 at the Rae Building (5:30 to 6:30 membership and food) (6:30 to 8:30 movie, raffle) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B4-gQoc39YVBZ3A4bFl4V3JHZ3c/view?usp=sharing Seward Ski Club Outdoor Gear Ski Swap and Lunch Feast Saturday, November 21st Seward […]

November 9, 2015 ·
Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Film Festival

Backcountry Ski and Snowboard Film Festival

Join your snow-starved friends at the UAF Marine Center Rae building on Saturday, November 14 to watch the Winter Wildlands Alliance Backcountry Film Festival with 9 short ski and snowboard films. Beverages, bread and soups available at 5:30 pm. Films begin at 7:00. Admission to films is free for Seward Nordic Ski Club members; $5 for non-members. The Weight of […]

November 4, 2015 ·

Alaska SeaLife Center accepting nominations for Ocean Leadership Awards

Nominations are open for the 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The Alaska SeaLife Center established the Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards to give recognition to those who have made significant contributions to ocean sciences, education and resource management in Alaska. Nominations for the 2016 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards are open now through December 7, 2015. Please see the attached press release […]

November 4, 2015 ·
KMTA board members discuss projects to fund, hear reports. Heidi Zemach photo

National Heritage Area meets to approve future projects

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Seward historian Doug Capra will be paid to write and promote another new book of interesting local history. Marc Swanson will be able to teach the history of local places and events that he designed for children, in local classrooms. And Iditarod trailblazer Jujiiro Wada will be memorialized with a bronze statue along the Seward […]

November 3, 2015 ·
The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

The People’s Tree-a gift from Seward and Chugach NF

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A wolf with an ermine in its mouth stood at a clearing at the edge of Seward Highway, about a mile and a half from the spot where the 74-foot Lutz spruce tree stood, waiting. It stared toward the coach carrying Alaska reporters, sponsors, and dignitaries to the Capitol Christmas “People’s Tree” cutting. Later, […]

October 27, 2015 ·