Outdoors

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 […]

2017 Silver Salmon Derby Update

2017 Leader Board 1. 13.96 Jennifer Shelton Soldotna, AK 2. 13.82 Edward Robbins Anchorage, AK 3. 13.78 Sherrie Miller Seward, AK 4. 13.35 Tony Shandy Chugiak, AK 5. 13.29 Carey Schreiber Palmer, AK 6. 13.12 Robert Orrill Colorado Springs, CO 7. 12.80 Debra Hunt Kenai, AK 8. 12.73 Darrell Lamping […]

Blueberry Festival at Alyeska Resort August 19 and 20

Blueberry Festival at Alyeska Resort August 19 and 20

It’s blueberry season, and there’s no better way to celebrate Alaska’s annual crop than with Blueberry Festival at Alyeska Resort! The 10th Annual Blueberry Festival will be Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20 from 11am to 8pm in the Hotel Alyeska Courtyard. Free entry! (Please, no dogs.) The 10th […]

Backcountry Layer Cake. Photo: Allison Sayer.

Backcountry Layer Cake: Celebrate!

by Allison Sayer for Seward City News- I feel especially fortunate to have marked many special occasions in the Alaska backcountry. Birthdays and bachelorette parties have been my favorite celebrations. Of course, being in the backcountry does not mean going without an awesome cake!  This no-bake option creates a beautiful […]

Kelly Lund and Ally Coucke with Loki and Bailey in front of one of Seward's Raven murals on 4th Avenue. Photo: Kelley Lane

Meet Loki the Wolfdog

Two weeks ago, I heard from my housemate, Sydney Bolin, that Loki the Wolfdog was in Seward. Bolin, who works at the Sea Life Center, follows Loki on Instagram and thus recognized Loki, his owner Kelly Lund, Kelly’s girlfriend Ally Coucke, and her dog Bailey who is also a wolfdog. They […]

A fisherman in waders tries his luck in the Soldotna section of the Kenai River.

In Celebration of Alaska’s Wild Salmon Day

by Kelley Lane for Seward City News- August in Alaska means salmon: in the rivers, the bays and steadily filling our freezers. The Kenai Peninsula brims full of visitors who come to fish recreationally, many of them buying spots on charter boats that go out into the Gulf of Alaska […]

Calm Waters. Photo: Allison Sayer.

Around the Horn on Knight Island

by Allison Sayer for Seward City News- This past spring, I was invited to join a group of women paddlers on a kayak trip out of Whittier starting on July 4. As the day of our trip approached, the forecast was almost too good to be true: variable winds up […]

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Beware of a pretty purple-blue flower that is blooming and producing seeds in unsuspecting public sites, homeowners’ gardens, along the alleys, disturbed grassy areas, and unmowed roadsides. Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) is an invasive, harmful weed that spreads rapidly by seed and underground roots. It climbs over other flowers, grasses, and […]

Underwater Footage of Resurrection Bay

Underwater Footage of Resurrection Bay

Ever wondered what Resurrection Bay looks like underwater? In a nutshell, it’s just as amazing as it is above the water! Seward Ocean Excursions owners Captain/Dive Instructor Bixler McClure and Captain/Divemaster Krystin McClure, who have been SCUBA diving in Alaska for years, have been exploring the bay recently with a […]

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Invasion of the Giant Slug!

Late in the evening on July 26, a giant slug as long as a fireweed leaf and stout as a spruce cone mysteriously appeared cruising on the sidewalk of the 400 block of Third Avenue. The alert discoverer, Deb Kurtz, ran home, called me, came back with a container, and […]

Making strides for wildlife response:  Annual ASLC Wildlife Rescue Run fundraiser takes place Saturday, July 29. Volunteers welcome and needed!

Making strides for wildlife response: Annual ASLC Wildlife Rescue Run fundraiser takes place Saturday, July 29. Volunteers welcome and needed!

 The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is hosting the 19th Annual 5K Wildlife Rescue Run & Walk on Saturday, July 29. The annual family-friendly race is a fundraiser to support the Center’s Wildlife Response Program. This has been another busy year for the Program, which has received 221 distressed animal calls […]