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Moose Pass musher finishes Jr. Iditarod

Moose Pass musher finishes Jr. Iditarod

Conway Seavey has won the 2014 Jr. Iditarod. He crossed the finish line at Happy Trails Kennel in Big Lake, Alaska at 7:50 a.m. this morning (Sunday Feb 23rd) with 10 dogs on his team.  Seavey, 17, of Sterling, Alaska has Seward roots. He is the youngest son of last year’s Iditarod Champion Mitch Seavey and mother Janine, and grandson […]

by · February 23, 2014 · 1 comment · Alaska, Moose Pass News, Outdoors
Moose Pass 14 year-old set to race Jr. Iditarod

Moose Pass 14 year-old set to race Jr. Iditarod

“My name is Ashley Guernsey, and as many of you know I will be running the Jr. Iditarod this year.  I just wanted to say a quick thank you to everyone that has helped me by cheering for me, sponsoring me and just making my life better every day.  I really appreciate everything that everyone has done for me.  The […]

by · February 21, 2014 · 0 comments · Moose Pass News, Outdoors
National Park’s new leader greets the public

National Park’s new leader greets the public

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Rebecca (Bekki) Lasell, the new Kenai Fjords National Park Superintendent and some of her staff members met with the Seward public Tuesday evening at the Seward Community Museum Library. It was a friendly, catered affair,  and the many who showed up also  took the opportunity to chat with Kenai Fjords National Park staff such as […]

by · February 21, 2014 · 1 comment · Alaska, Outdoors
The Lynx and the Hare

The Lynx and the Hare

Chugach National Forest employees working at the USFS compound at Crown Point, off Kenai Lake, glimpsed some wonderful creatures Tuesday afternoon. Irene Lindquist took this photography of a Lynx. After watching him for about 10 minutes from their office, she and Alex followed his tracks behind the building to see where he had gone. Not long after the lynx ran off into […]

by · February 20, 2014 · 2 comments · Local Photography, Moose Pass News, Outdoors
RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

RBCA Salmon Surveys a success!

This fall Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (RBCA) worked in conjunction with the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s (ADF&G) Kenai office to conduct surveys of salmonid species in 2 tributaries of Japanese Creek.  Although both were suspected of being anadramous, neither one had been surveyed in the past to verify this.  Matt Gray, RBCA’s watershed coordinator, along with an ADF&G […]

Wednesday Night Lights

Wednesday Night Lights

 The skies cleared and the northern lights finally came out last night.  

by · February 20, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Local Photography, Outdoors

Exit Glacier Area Open to Snowmachine Use

Kenai Fjords National Park announces that the Exit Glacier area is now open for snowmachine use.  The opening is months later this year due to warm temperatures that prevented the accumulation of adequate snow depth necessary to ensure resource protection.  Please recreate responsibly to avoid damaging park resources. Snowmachines are now permitted in the park’s developed area, specifically the road […]

by · February 19, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Announcements, Outdoors, Travel

Meet Kenai Fjords National Park New Superintendent, Bekki Lasell

Kenai Fjords National Park is happy to announce the arrival of our new superintendent, Bekki Lasell.  The park will be hosting a gathering at the Seward Community Library on Tuesday, February 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an opportunity for the community to meet Bekki and connect with National Park Service staff.  Light refreshments will be served. No […]

by · February 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Events, Outdoors
A Seedy Group

A Seedy Group

The Resurrection Bay Garden Club gives thanks to UAF Cooperative Extension Agent Lydia Clayton for her terrific talk on soil and the publications she provided! Almost two dozen participants learned a great deal about soil structure, nutrient and microorganism needs, soil testing and much more. The seed swap that followed was marvelous – thousands of seeds were up for grabs, […]

by · February 17, 2014 · 0 comments · Events, Health, Outdoors
Morning tea on Marathon

Morning tea on Marathon

Finally, a break in the mid 40′s , rainy, cloudy, Seward winter gloom. The night before the Superbowl was here and tomorrow held the promise of  not just football, junk food, and beer, but also a cool sunny day on the Kenai Peninsula. Oh the possibilities! After weighting all the options, I decided to take a peek up the jeep […]

by · February 11, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Local Photography, Outdoors

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – January 2014

January 2014 saw the arrival of a new year coincide with the arrival of a new weather pattern that brought unprecedented warm temperatures and wetter than normal conditions to the Kenai Fjords area. Weather across the country made national news as the Midwest and East Coast experienced continuous extreme cold temperatures while Alaska thawed. Despite the variability and broad geographical […]

by · February 10, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Outdoors
Yellow Brick gets ready to film movie in Seward

Yellow Brick gets ready to film movie in Seward

SEWARD, Alaska –  Filming for Yellow Brick Film’s fifth movie production, “Sugar Mountain,” an independent drama thriller set in and around Seward, will start March 3rd, and will run through April 11th. The 10 people who have come to Seward to set things rolling; the director, cinematographer, costumer, designer and production team, have already discovered many spectacular locations in which […]

by · February 9, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Arts, Outdoors
Another beautiful Saturday in Seward

Another beautiful Saturday in Seward

 

by · February 8, 2014 · 0 comments · Local Photography, Outdoors
Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

Alaska SeaLife Center Announces Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – February 5, 2014 – The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) is proud to announce the 2014 Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. These awards are given annually to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the awareness and sustainability of the state’s marine resources. Following are this year’s award winners: The prestigious Walter J. and Ermalee Hickel Lifetime […]

by · February 7, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Announcements, Events, Outdoors, Science
About town, before the “blizzard”

About town, before the “blizzard”

     

by · February 6, 2014 · 0 comments · Local Photography, Outdoors

Worm Composting for Winter

Winter Composting with Worms Composting in the winter is no fun!  The weekly long, slow trudge out to the compost pile at 20 F below isn’t even an Alaskan’s idea of a good time. Fortunately there is an easy, fun alternative for composting during the Alaskan winter: Vermicomposting! Vermicomposting is the feeding of kitchen food scraps to worms.  In addition […]

Meet Kenai Fjords National Park’s New Superintendent, Bekki Lasell

Kenai Fjords National Park is happy to announce the arrival of our new superintendent, Bekki Lasell.  The park will be hosting a gathering at the Seward Community Library on Tuesday, February 18 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. for an opportunity for the community to meet Bekki and connect with National Park Service staff.  Light refreshments will be served. No […]

by · February 3, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Outdoors

Kenai Fjords National Park’s Weather Summary – December 2013

 Kenai Fjords’ December weather was characterized by cold temperatures and very low precipitation, a continuation of the dry, windy weather experienced in November. The persistence of this weather pattern resulted in a thin, early-season snowpack but good ice development on local waterbodies for winter recreationists to enjoy. As indicated by the 30-year normal (1981-2010), December typically ranks as the second […]

by · February 3, 2014 · 1 comment · Alaska, Outdoors
Mt Marathon training starts early

Mt Marathon training starts early

On a beautiful, clear, calm  afternoon, a solitary runner powered his way up the Mt Marathon race trail to the top of the world. The down trail, though partially filled with snow, was too icy so the runner quickly completed his descent down to the Bowl, Bench Trail and home. What a great run! Carol Griswold

by · February 3, 2014 · 1 comment · Local Photography, Outdoors
Flood insurance picture improves

Flood insurance picture improves

Heidi Zemach for SCN -  The U.S. Senate has approved a national flood insurance bill that would delay by at least three years steep increases in premiums underwritten by the National Flood Insurance Program. The scheduled increases, a result of the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, were intended to offset the growing debt of the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), but lawmakers said […]

by · February 3, 2014 · 1 comment · Alaska, Outdoors
Refuge to Close to Snowmachine Use at Midnight Sunday, February 2nd

Refuge to Close to Snowmachine Use at Midnight Sunday, February 2nd

With near-spring like conditions rapidly reducing snow cover on the Kenai Peninsula, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge), will soon close to snowmachine use. Deputy Refuge Manager Steve Miller, said that the closure will take place at 11:59 p.m., Sunday, February 2nd. Given the time of the year this closure has taken place, Miller said, there is the possibility that […]

by · January 31, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Announcements, KPB, Outdoors, Sports
Warm January Prompts Extension of Kenai Peninsula Lynx Trapping Season

Warm January Prompts Extension of Kenai Peninsula Lynx Trapping Season

Alaska Department of Fish & Game Press Release -  (SOLDOTNA) – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has extended the lynx trapping season in Kenai Peninsula Game Management Units (GMUs) 7 and 15. The current lynx trapping season was scheduled to end at midnight January 31, but has been extended to end at midnight February 15, 2014. Lynx trapping seasons […]

by · January 31, 2014 · 0 comments · Alaska, Announcements, KPB, Outdoors
Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2014 Summer Season

Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2014 Summer Season

    The 2013 YCC crew visits the fjords for a day. 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 (YCC).  Students will have […]

by · January 27, 2014 · 1 comment · Alaska, Announcements, Education, Outdoors

RBCA Schoolyard Habitat Project Update

The Schoolyard Habitat Project is beginning to show signs of life with the recent spat of warm wet weather.  This massive community undertaking has two more years of funding, and a host of other projects to tackle.  Last summer’s efforts, led by Matt Gray, transformed the elementary school’s front yard into a vibrant, inviting habitat.  Volunteer gardeners included The Seward […]

by · January 26, 2014 · 0 comments · Announcements, Education, Outdoors, Seahawks