Outdoors

Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Burn closure for Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough

Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – ALL BURNING IS PROHIBITED  (Anchorages, AK) – Past and prevailing weather conditions have caused extremely dry conditions for the Kenai Peninsula, Municipality of Anchorage and Matanuska-Susitna Borough.  The Alaska Division of Forestry and the State Forester determined that it is necessary to prohibit the use of all open fires and activities which […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Lightning Ignites Two New Fires Near Cooper Landing, US Forest Service Scrambles for Resources

Lightning Ignites Two New Fires Near Cooper Landing, US Forest Service Scrambles for Resources

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Despite the ban on open burning, lightning bolts ignited two new fires yesterday near Cooper Landing. With crews and other resources already deployed to the Card Street and Sockeye fires and with high temperatures and low humidity in the forecast, these latest fires come at a particularly bad time. According to Mona Spargo, […]

June 17, 2015 ·
Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

Update on resources and structures lost in Sterling wildfire

From the KPB Office of Emergency Management – Forestry provided the following update: Approximately 1200 acres have burned. Three helicopters and three fixed wing aircraft and 50 crew are assigned to the fire. Air attack and retardant will resume this morning. Five hot shot crews are arriving late afternoon today and the Type 2 team is expected tomorrow. Six structures […]

June 16, 2015 ·
Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

Wildland fire on Kenai Peninsula threatens hundreds of homes

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – June  15,  2015  -­‐  7:45  p.m. (Fairbanks,  AK)  –An  explosive  wildland  fire  on  the  Kenai  Peninsula  forced  the  evacuation  of  hundreds  of  homes   and  burned  at  least  six  structures on Monday. The  640-­‐acre  Card  Street  Fire  was  reported  as  a  1-­‐acre  fire  by  Alaska  State  Troopers  at  1:52  p.m.  near  the   community […]

June 15, 2015 ·

KPB Office of Emergency Management Sterling Wildfire Evacuation Update

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management Release – The evacuation area has been expanded to include residents living in the area  of Salmon Run Drive to the end of Fisherman’s Road and Dow Island. The evacuation is still active for all subdivisions off of Feuding Lane to Sterling Hwy and Kenai Keys to the Kenai river. Residents should use […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Wildfire along Sterling Hwy Milepost 76-77

Reported from Alaska 511, the Sterling highway from Milepost 76-77 is open to traffic, but use caution when traveling. Emergency Vehicles are on the road. The Peninsula Clarion reports of the fire spreading in Sterling. Read more here: http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-06-15/fire-spreads-in-sterling.  

June 15, 2015 ·
Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

Open Burning Suspended on the Kenai Peninsula

  Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – Soldotna, AK – The Alaska Division of Forestry, Kenai-Kodiak Area Office has issued a burn permit suspension for the Kenai Peninsula due to warm, dry weather conditions. The suspension includes the burning of debris and burning in burn barrels, as outlined in the burn permits provided at http://forestry.alaska.gov/burn. Campfires are allowed […]

June 15, 2015 ·

Burn Suspension in Place

A Notice from the Seward Volunteer Fire Department – As of 0700 hours 6/15/15 Due to current and forecasted weather conditions open burning has been suspended at this time. This includes the use of burn devices such as burn barrels. The use of campfires is still allowed, the maximum size for a campfire is 3 feet in diameter by 3 […]

June 15, 2015 ·
Matt Lewallen of Anchorage leads the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Matt Lewallen of Anchorage leads the 2015 Seward Halibut Tournament

Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release – Seward, Alaska, June 1, 2015 – Anglers in this year’s tournament look forward to exciting action on the water as they compete for tagged fish prizes as well as cash prizes for heaviest fish turned in this month. As of June 12th  Matt Lewallen of Anchorage continues to lead with his 138.2 lb […]

June 12, 2015 ·

Seward’s family of rough terrain unicyclists featured on Alaska Public Media’s Indie Alaska

George, Kris, and Katie Peck of Seward were recently featured on Alaska Public Media’s Indie Alaska spotlighting their rough terrain unicycling family tradition. See the video here: http://www.alaskapublic.org/2015/06/11/pioneering-rough-terrain-unicycling-indie-alaska/

June 11, 2015 ·
KPB Considers Amending Salmon Ordinance

KPB Considers Amending Salmon Ordinance

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Since its original enactment in 1996 and its most recent amendment two years ago, Kenai Peninsula Borough’s, Anadromous Waters Habitat Protection Ordinance has required property owners along certain water bodies to get a borough permit before taking actions within 50 feet of the water, that could degrade fish habitat. If enacted, KPB Ordinance 2015-14 would […]

June 11, 2015 ·

Winning Poems Chosen for Alaska’s State Parks

The Poems in Place steering committee recently selected four winning entries from poems written by Alaskans. Leslie Leyland Field’s poem, “Tideline” and Fred Stager’s poem, “The Compass Rose”, will be placed in Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park in Kodiak.  Aleria Jensen’s poem, “A Soldier’s Station”, and Justine Pechuzal’s poem, “Pilgrims”, will be installed at Caines Head State Recreational Area, Seward. […]

June 8, 2015 ·
New members sought for Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council

New members sought for Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council

Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – (Anchorage, AK) The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation is inviting interested individuals to apply to join the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC).  There are three vacant seats to be filled on the nine member board, one of which represents the Kenai Peninsula, Valdez and Prince William Sound, and the other two […]

June 4, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

June 2, 2015 ·
Public Comment Period Re-Opens for Salmon Creek 205 Project

Public Comment Period Re-Opens for Salmon Creek 205 Project

    Salmon Creek Public Notice ER-15-11        

May 31, 2015 ·
SPRD Bulletin May 29

SPRD Bulletin May 29

SPRD Bulletin… Exit Glacier Run Letter of Thanks! Thank you for the excellent outcome of the 2015 Terry Pollard Memorial Exit Glacier Race.  This was a great event this year, with competitive and good spirited racers, amazing weather, and a beautiful day to have fun with family and friends.  We are already looking forward to the 2016 race! Thanks to […]

May 29, 2015 ·
Lori Landstrom and Sharon Ganser - Photo by Dot Bardarson

The Seward Arts Council looking for financial support of new garden

Look around town.  You can tell its Spring! Gardens are sprouting. One of the town’s murals was being taken over by weeds, so the Seward Mural Society went into action, asking the Resurrection Bay Garden Club for ideas. Two of its members, got excited about putting in a beautiful garden at the base of the fishermen mural.  CJ Rae designed […]

May 28, 2015 ·

Refuge Celebrates Grand Opening of Visitor Center in Soldotna

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge News Release – May 27, 2015 – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will celebrate the Grand Opening of your new Visitor Center on Saturday, May 30, from 1:00- 5:00pm. At the top of Ski Hill Road in Soldotna, the new Visitor Center sits tucked into the hillside surrounded by boreal forest. The building features a sod roof, […]

May 28, 2015 ·

Firefighters battle 61-acre blaze near Hope

Firefighters battle 61-acre blaze near Hope, Alaska.  See the Peninsula Clarion for more information. http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2015-05-22/firefighters-battle-61-acre-blaze-near-hope

May 27, 2015 ·
COMMUNITY-WIDE POT LUCK ON MAY 29!!!

COMMUNITY-WIDE POT LUCK ON MAY 29!!!

The Seward Paddling Association is excited to announce that this year’s season kick-off pot luck will be this coming Friday, May 29!  Everyone is welcome to attend… let’s celebrate the 2015 summer! When :  Friday, May 29 2015 at 7:00 pm Where :  The waterfront pavilion in Seward Why :  To celebrate the summer & our love of water sports… […]

May 25, 2015 ·

First Trail Race of the Summer!

The Dixon/Holden Memorial Tonsina 5K Race will be held in May this year, on Sunday, May 31 at 10:00 am. In lieu of a registration fee, donations are accepted which go to endowments set up in memory of Jerry Dixon and his nephew, mountaineer Seth Holden. For all details, please go to dixonholden5k.weebly.com, or call Kipp Dixon at 362-1270. Family friendly event!

May 23, 2015 ·

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to Public Use Regulations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Press Release – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Proposes Changes to Public Use Regulations for Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Rule aims to balance public use and safety with resource conservation May 20, 2015 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today published a proposed rule that maintains protections for the world-class natural resources of the Kenai […]

May 22, 2015 ·
Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day Weekend

Be safe with wildland fire this Memorial Day Weekend

Alaska Interagency Coordination Center News Release – May 20, 2015 Fairbanks, Alaska — With extreme fire danger levels around much of the state and no relief in sight heading into the Memorial Day Weekend, wildfire officials in Alaska urge extreme caution with any kind of activity that could spark a wildfire. Lack of precipitation this spring and hot, dry weather […]

May 22, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

 

May 19, 2015 ·
Tom Malacek, new Seward District Ranger for the Chugach National Forest, introduces himself to residents who attended the recent forest plan  meeting. Heidi Zemach photo

District Ranger Answers SCN Questions and Announces Selection of Special Tree

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After a recent meeting in Moose Pass concerning revisions to the Chugach National Forest management plan, USDA Forest Service district ranger Tom Malecek agreed to a recorded, sit-down interview with SCN. Part of what Ranger Malecek said appears below. SCN: What have you heard about motorized versus non-motorized use on the Chugach? What has […]

May 18, 2015 ·
Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

Chugach NF plan revision draws diverse users

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Planners with the Chugach National Forest spoke with the largest crowd to date in its Community Open House and Forest Plan Revision meeting Wednesday May 13, with nine residents in attendance in Seward, and seven attending in Moose Pass. The groups were larger than similar meetings that had taken place earlier in Girdwood and […]

May 16, 2015 ·