By Heidi Zemach for SCN Hunting and trapping takes place in the Seward area and beyond, all along the entire Kenai Peninsula, although old-timers often grumble that the tradition isn’t nearly what it used to be, either in terms of the numbers of accessible wildlife, or the number of hunters participating. Alaska Department of Fish and Game Area Biologist Jeff Selinger, who works out of Soldotna and Jason Herreman, working of Homer attended the Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee Meeting November 14th to give some of the most current harvest numbers. The committee also discussed some statewide fishing and […]
Chugach Arts Council has announced it’s upcoming projects and Calls for Art. Artists of all ages and abilities...
HEIDI ZEMACH for SCN - Kenai National Wildlife Refuge managers recently put into effect a 30-day closure of the...
SEWARD, Alaska – Rebecca R. Lasell, with 18 years land management experience, has been selected as the new Superintendent...
The road to Exit Glacier will close to vehicle traffic at Box Canyon Bridge (mile 1.3) at 0800 on Thursday, November 14 due to icy road conditions. Enjoy the winter season in the Exit Glacier area!Read more ›
Fifteen teachers from communities across Alaska, located along the Iditarod National Historic Trail, gathered in Seward, ground zero of the famous trail recently to attend a training on how to better connect students with their outside world. The training’s focus is to get students outside more, make environmental education, history and culture relevant to their lives, and give them a sense of stewardship of their community service projects. iTREC!, or “Iditarod Trail to Every Classroom” program.is a place-based learning training program created by schoolteachers and communities along the Iditarod Trail. The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance is the lead partner, and it is coordinated […]Read more ›
Autumn conditions persisted throughout October as temperatures remained warm and rains intensified. These conditions resulted from the Pineapple Express, a jet stream pattern characterized by strong and persistent flow of atmospheric moisture from as far south as Hawaii. This formed when a persistent ridge of high pressure over the Pacific Northwest diverted the jet stream forcing warm, tropical air north, causing above average temperatures and heavy precipitation in southcentral Alaska and dry, sunny conditions in the Pacific Northwest. Results of this phenomenon led many communities in southcentral Alaska to set new monthly average record high temperatures including Anchorage, Homer and King Salmon. Although temperatures […]Read more ›
Kenai Fjords experienced nearly normal temperatures and above normal precipitation during the month of September. Measurable precipitation was received on 23 days of the month, making for consistently rainy conditions throughout the month. Daily maximum temperatures were above 50 degrees F on all but two days of the month with a maximum temperature of 65 degrees F recorded on September 15th. Daily minimum temperatures (nighttime lows) remained above 50 degrees F on eight days. Temperatures at the Seward airport remained above freezing throughout the month. As recorded at the Seward airport, total precipitation for the month was 11.21 inches […]Read more ›
Bear Attack Survivor and Author to Speak in Moose Pass in November Dan Bigley, survivor of a 2003 brown bear attack at the Russian River, will speak at the Moose Pass Sportmen’s Club on Thursday, November 14th at 7:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. This event is free and open to the public courtesy of a grant from the Moose Pass Sportsmen’s Club. Dan Bigley, author of “Beyond the Bear: How I Learned to Live and Love Again after Being Blinded by a Bear” will be in Moose Pass to talk about his book, offer a question and answer […]Read more ›
SEWARD, Alaska - by Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The sawdust flew thick and fast as people with chainsaws furiously cut and removed free “personal-use” firewood from a staging area near the Chugach National Forest Seward Ranger District office at Crown Point. The forest service made an estimated 150-200 cords of green wood available on Thursday, October 24th, 2013 from trees that had been cut from along a five-mile section of the Seward Highway during recent Alaska Department of Transportation road-paving work. By Friday, some 50 area residents had already picked up permits, and were selecting up to four cords of wood apiece […]Read more ›
NOAA researchers achieved the first experimental release of hatchery-reared red king crabs in Alaska on September 25, 2013, to assess the importance of outstocking density on survival. The juvenile crabs, from broodstock (egged females) collected at Alitak Bay, Kodiak Island, were reared at the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery and transported to the NOAA Kodiak Laboratory. The release site, at Cozy Cove near the village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island, was selected because it is well sheltered with plenty of red king crab habitat. To begin the release process, researchers created 12 plots on a transect line along the shoreline […]Read more ›
SEWARD, Alaska - The life of an orphaned black bear cub that was captured by Alaska State Troopers at Spring Creek Correctional Center has been spared. The young cub was transported yesterday to his new home in Sitka, at the Fortress of the Bear, a nonprofit, educational sanctuary where brown bears rule. Thursday afternoon family members of the Fortress owners, who live in Anchorage, picked up the cub from the Seward Animal Shelter where the cub has been kept since last Wednesday. They drove it out to the airport, where it was to be flown to Sitka in its kennel. “This is an unusual circumstance, […]Read more ›
NEW RELEASE Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a “Spooky Season” event on Saturday, October 26, 2013. The Environmental Education Center will be set up as a drop-in discovery room w/hands on activities from 3PM – 7:30PM to dispel many of the common phobias/fears people have such as bats, spiders, insects, snakes, owls, the dark, the night sky, and more. A 1/4 mile spooky trail will be set up from 6:30PM – 7:30PM. It will be lit by luminaries and along the trail will be stations where you will learn some more fun facts about owls, bats, ravens, and get […]Read more ›
Seward, Alaska – A happy outcome may be in sight for the black bear cub of the year whose mother was shot, and presumably killed by Seward Police last week in the Spring Creek parking area. Tony Kavalok, Assistant Director for the Wildlife Conservation Division of Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game said his department was still working Monday to find a suitable facility for the cub. It is working with Fortress of the Bears, a relatively new bear sanctuary in Sitka that is willing to accept the black bear cub, to determine whether that facility meets the state’s standards required […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A small black bear cub of the year, believed to have been recently orphaned, was captured near Spring Creek Correctional Facility Wednesday night, and is being held captive while the Alaska Department of Fish and Game searches for a licensed home willing to take it. The cub is believed to be one of three cubs seen wandering the parking area since the Seward Police shot and wounded an adult black bear that was trying to get into employees vehicles last weekend. That bear, probably the cub’s mother, ran off into the woods after being shot, […]Read more ›
The Seward Bear Creek Flood Board meeting tonight has been canceled. The next meeting is Monday October 21, 2013 at 7:00 PM in the Sea View Plaza. Thank you.Read more ›
There are open seats on the Seward Bear Creek Flood Board. You can be in the city limits of Seward or out of the city limits to serve. The board meets twice a month and works on plans to mitigate flood problems. This is a great way to serve and learn a lot about all that goes into working with the environment and the government to protect our properties. The deadline to submit an application for appointment is Thursday at 3:00 PM. The forms are available in the KPB Seward Annex office in the Sea View Plaza today and tomorrow […]Read more ›
This Friday, October 4, Wiley Evans from the UAF SFOS Ocean Acidification Research Center will give a seminar titled “Ocean Acidification in the Gulf of Alaska: status report from the Ocean Acidification Research Center”. It will begin at 1 pm in the K.M. Rae Building auditorium located at 125 Third Avenue. The public is invited to come hear what this group has been doing and will be doing as they monitor the water that comes into the D.W. Hood Lab and the Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery.Read more ›
See what students in our Ocean Sciences Club are saying about the ocean and what it means to them in this great video they made! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjqO2ktcjvA The Alaska SeaLife Center’s Ocean Sciences Club for Seward secondary students began in September 2012, thanks to the Seward Community Foundation and Alaska Airlines Foundation. Over the course of the school year, students dug into a wide range of ocean topics — including a seabird necropsy, a comparative dissection of cephalopods, sea ice studies, Steller sea lion physiology, and other hands-on explorations. A mini-grant from NOAA provided the club with video cameras to record […]Read more ›
The Seward Brewing Company is hosting the Ducks Unlimited Bar Night on Saturday, September 14th, from 7 – 10 pm to help raise money for wetlands conservation. There will be gun raffles, live music, games of skill and luck, and a silent auction. At the end of the evening, they will be a special raffle for a Para 1911 Special Ducks Unlimited Edition .45. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee. You do not have to be a member of DU to partake in the festivities, so come on down and join in the fun while raising money for […]Read more ›
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 1003 AM AKDT TUE SEP 10 2013 THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A FLOOD ADVISORY FOR RESURRECTION RIVER AT SEWARD UNTIL 4:00 PM WEDNESDAY * AT 1000 AM AKDT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS CAUSED THE RESURRECTION RIVER NEAR SEWARD TO APPROACH MINOR FLOOD STAGE. BETWEEN THREE AND FOUR INCHES OF RAIN HAS ALREADY FALLEN AND ANOTHER INCH IS PREDICTED FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS. ALTHOUGH THE MOST INTENSE RAIN HAS ALREADY PASSED…WATER LEVELS ARE EXPECTED TO RISE TO MINOR FLOOD STAGE LATE TUESDAY INTO WEDNESDAY MORNING. SMALL STREAMS IN THE AREA WILL ALSO BE NEAR OR […]Read more ›
Know a teen who might like to join the Ocean Sciences Club? Tell them to check out our club blog, oceansciencesclub.tumblr.com, or just come to a meeting – Wednesdays from 5-6:30 PM at the Alaska SeaLife Center. It’s never too late to join!Read more ›
Alaska Road Builders, Inc., has submitted an application to the City of Seward for a Conditional Use Permit to extract gravel from Japp Creek and operate an asphalt plant on Lots CL and CK, Forest Acres Subdivision, and up and down Japp Creek alongside several homes. PUBLIC HEARING: AUGUST 20, 2013, 7 PM, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, SEWARD, ALASKA Details, photos, maps, documents, and petition online at http://forestacres.blogspot.com/. Please see links to the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of pollutants that come from such plants, and to its requirements for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, which should be required of this applicant. Ah! How the […]Read more ›