Outdoors

Subway Tri-Harder-Thon Letter of Thanks!

Subway Tri-Harder-Thon Letter of Thanks!

Seward Parks and Recreation hosted Seward’s 4th Adventure Challenge Sat, July 25th. Tri-athletes from around the state paddled 5 miles on Kenai Lake, ran 6 miles on the Iditarod trail (Long Lake) to Meridian trailhead then hopped on their bikes and rode 15 miles to the finish line at the Wellington picnic area. Congrats to all the competitors! Everyone crossed […]

August 1, 2015 ·
Potential Flood Hazard in Bear Glacier Lagoon

Potential Flood Hazard in Bear Glacier Lagoon

In recent years, Kenai Fjords National Park has been documenting annual glacier lake outburst floods affecting Bear Glacier Lagoon. This documentation can be found at http://www.nps.gov/kefj/learn/nature/bear-glacier-outburst-flood.htm. Recent observations indicate that the source lake is full of water, and there exists a potential hazard of sudden release of this water resulting in down-glacier flooding again this summer. The sudden input of […]

July 29, 2015 ·
Something to Talk About: Facilitated Dialogue at Kenai Fjords National Park

Something to Talk About: Facilitated Dialogue at Kenai Fjords National Park

Visitors are talking.  There is a new interpretive program in town that is engaging visitors in a new way and allowing them to share their experiences with the ocean and ocean issues.  The first program, titled Our Role in Ocean Stewardship: A Facilitated Dialogue, launched on Friday, June 19, 2015.  The program uses several dialogic techniques to engage participants in a meaningful conversation about the […]

July 28, 2015 ·
Kenai Crewsers compete at the Moose Nugget Regatta

Kenai Crewsers compete at the Moose Nugget Regatta

  Press Release – Seward’s local rowing club, Kenai Crewsers, traveled to Wasilla last weekend for the Moose Nugget Regatta on Wasilla Lake in Newcomb Park. The Moose Nugget is hosted by Anchorage Rowing Association and is a two day event with dozens of 1000 meter sprint races in many different categories. Four rowing clubs were represented, besides ARA and KCRC, […]

July 26, 2015 ·
A Day in the Life of a Student Conservation Association (SCA) Intern at Kenai Fjords National Park

A Day in the Life of a Student Conservation Association (SCA) Intern at Kenai Fjords National Park

I wake up every day and walk outside into a postcard. Kenai Fjords National Park is one of the most spectacular natural places I have ever seen. I graduated in December from San Diego State University and I was positive that an intern position through the Student Conservation Association (SCA) was my next step in my journey.  After many applications, […]

July 21, 2015 ·

Environmental Assessment Open for Public Review and Comment: Herman Leirer (Exit Glacier) Road Flood Mitigation Project

An Environmental Assessment (EA) for flood mitigation work on the Herman Leirer Road (formerly known as the Exit Glacier Road) is now available for public review and comment.  The comment period closes August 17, 2015. Annual seasonal flooding of the NPS-managed road from milepost seven to eight has resulted in temporary road closures, public safety concerns, as well as road […]

July 21, 2015 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park alive with bubble netting whales

While on Major Marine Tours’ vessel Yukon Queen, John Coffey shot video of humpback whales bubble netting near Cheval Island in Kenai Fjords National Park.

July 9, 2015 ·

The Bookin for Books Race is Back July 18, 2015

The Bookin for Books trail race is back this year, offering two race options; 3.8 miles from Divide (Mi.12) to Grayling or 6.4 miles from Primrose to Grayling Lake Trailhead.  Come run an enchanting and rolling trail through the Chugach Mountains to benefit the Seward/Moose Pass Imagination Library, bringing free books to children ages 1-5. Training for the Tri-harder-athon? Come run […]

July 7, 2015 ·
2015 Mount Marathon Race in Pictures – Full

2015 Mount Marathon Race in Pictures – Full

By Steve Fink for SCN – To see just the highlights of the 2015 Mount Marathon Race in pictures, go here.  Seward City News, with the support of Seward Brewing Company, was able to shoot over 3,500 pictures for this year’s event.  In the image gallery below you will find 888 pictures of a large portion of the 2015 Mount Marathon […]

July 5, 2015 ·
FREE showing of PADDLE TO SEATTLE this Wednesday, 7/8/15 !!!

FREE showing of PADDLE TO SEATTLE this Wednesday, 7/8/15 !!!

If you have not yet seen “Paddle to Seattle”, an adventure comedy kayaking movie, created by our own Josh Thomas and JJ Kelley… then you’re missing out!  Come to the FREE screening of this incredibly entertaining movie on Wednesday night (July 8) at the Rae Building in downtown Seward. Put on by the Seward Paddling Association, and hosted by Josh […]

July 5, 2015 ·
European Couple Break Men’s and Women’s Mount Marathon Records

European Couple Break Men’s and Women’s Mount Marathon Records

SEWARD, Alaska – Today Kilian Jornet of spain and his girlfriend Emelie Forsberg of Sweden became the newest record holders of the annual Mount Marathon Race. Jornet clocked an official time of 41:48 and Forsberg came in at 47:48.  Winning the Junior division was Luke Jager of Anchorage, Alaska with a time of 27:39 (half mountain).  The official race results can be […]

July 4, 2015 ·
Expedition Alaska to take on Mount Marathon July 5

Expedition Alaska to take on Mount Marathon July 5

  On Sunday, July 5, beginning at 9AM, teams from throughout the world will take on Mount Marathon as part of Expedition Alaska, a 7-day, multi-sport, 380 mile adventure race through Alaska. The race began on June 28 at Eklutna and will end in Seward on July 5. Twenty co-ed teams have been kayaking, traversing glaciers, mountain biking, trekking and packrafting their way […]

July 2, 2015 ·
“3022 ft.” to premier in Seward as anticipation builds for this year’s Mount Marathon Race

“3022 ft.” to premier in Seward as anticipation builds for this year’s Mount Marathon Race

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – A new hour-long documentary about Seward’s annual Mount Marathon Race highlights the 2014 races and the stories of nine individuals who run, and what motivates them to take on the brutal mountain challenge. “3022 ft.” will premier July 1st at the UAF Marine Science “Rae Building” on Third Avenue at 6:30 p.m., after […]

July 1, 2015 ·
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 ·