Outdoors

Alaskans Reminded to be Bear Aware

Alaskans Reminded to be Bear Aware

A Message from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game – Governor’s Proclamation, Spring-like Weather Remind Alaskans to Be Bear Aware (Statewide) – Gov. Bill Walker has proclaimed April “Bear Awareness Month” and with many parts of Alaska experiencing unseasonably warm temperatures, bears will be emerging from their dens at any time. To keep bears wild and neighborhoods safe, biologists […]

April 3, 2015 ·

Kayaking Practice at the High School Pool April 25

Kayaking Practice Sat Apr 25   10:00 – 12:noon Bring your own boat, test your equipment, practice safety skills for a safe boating season. Only cleaned kayaks allowed. There will be a limit on amount of boats in pool at a time. $10 per boat, $3 per person. Lap swim will be 9 – 10  am on this Sat. Call 224- […]

April 2, 2015 ·
Fish and Game Launches Improved Online Store, Offers Print-and-Go Licenses

Fish and Game Launches Improved Online Store, Offers Print-and-Go Licenses

Alaska Department of Fish & Game Press Release –                                                            March 31, 2015, JUNEAU – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) recently launched a new online store where the public can purchase sport fishing and hunting licenses, commercial crewmember licenses, king salmon stamps, duck stamps, […]

March 31, 2015 ·

Alaska Community Forest Council seeks new members

Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – March 26, 2015   Alaska Community Forest Council seeks new members (Anchorage, AK) – The Alaska Community Forest Council is seeking to fill six council seats in 2015. The council is a nonprofit organization and advisory body to the Division of Forestry that works to improve Alaskans’ quality of life by expanding […]

March 28, 2015 ·
Burn permits required starting April 1

Burn permits required starting April 1

Alaska Department of Natural Resources News Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25, 2015 (FAIRBANKS, AK) – Alaska’s wildland fire season officially begins on April 1, and on this date, burn permits will become necessary for the open burning of brush, grass, slash and yard debris. State law requires burn permits for open burning from April 1 to August 31. […]

March 27, 2015 ·
Kenai Fjords Tours Season Starts!

Kenai Fjords Tours Season Starts!

  Spring has sprung and the season has begun! Kenai Fjords Tours will be running its first Gray Whale Watch Tour this Friday, March 27th. It’s time to get out on the water and enjoy the return of all of our favorite critters! The Gray Whale Watch Tour runs Fridays and Saturdays starting March 27th with an additional trip added […]

March 24, 2015 ·
Lost Lake Run Registration Opens April 1

Lost Lake Run Registration Opens April 1

Full registration for the Lost Lake Run opens at 6 am on April 1st, 2015. At 6 am ADT,  a link will be available on the home page of the Lost Lake Run website (www.LostLakeRun.com) that will take you directly to registration. Last year was sold out in 40 minutes, so if you are planning to participate this year, please […]

March 20, 2015 ·
Travis Beals finishes at #11

Travis Beals finishes at #11

Lifetime Seward resident and musher Travis Beals, 22, crossed the finish line in Nome last night at 11:18 PM, earning 11th. place in the 2015 Iditarod sled dog race. At the time of this writing, there are still 48 musher on the trail. Beals also raced the 2013 and 2014 Iditarod, placing 37 in both. For more information on Travis […]

March 19, 2015 ·
Public encouraged to nominate poems celebrating Alaska’s state parks

Public encouraged to nominate poems celebrating Alaska’s state parks

State of Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – (Anchorage, AK) – For the third and final year of the statewide Poems in Place Project, Alaskans are invited to submit poems for installation on permanent signs in two state parks in coastal Southcentral Alaska. The goal of the Poems in Place Project is to install poems that celebrate Alaska’s […]

March 18, 2015 ·
Dallas Seavey Wins Iditarod

Dallas Seavey Wins Iditarod

Early this morning Dallas Seavey crossed the finish in Nome marking his third Iditarod win in four years.  His time was 8 days 18 hours 13 minutes and 6 seconds.  His father Mitch is likely to take second place and will mark the first ever father/son top-two win in Iditarod history.  Dallas and Mitch were both raised in Seward.  Currently Dallas […]

March 18, 2015 ·
Tuesday Treat

Tuesday Treat

What a brilliant, blue sky day today and what a contrast to yesterday’s storm! The early morning fog soon burned off, and the fresh snow on the mountains sparkled. Hoards of kittiwakes surged after herring in the calm bay, like a feathered blizzard, and bald eagles grabbed fistfuls of the silvery fish. This day was a fabulous St Patty’s Day treat! […]

March 17, 2015 ·
Wood Bison Restoration Reaches Final Stage

Wood Bison Restoration Reaches Final Stage

News Release Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center and Alaska Department of Fish & Game. March 17, 2015 Contact: Scott Michaelis, AWCC Cathie Harms, ADF&G 952-836-7719; scott@alaskawildlife.org – (907) 987-6111; cathie.harms@alaska.gov Wood Bison Restoration Reaches Final Stage The next step in bringing Wood bison back to the wilds of Alaska is here. Starting Sunday, March 22, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will […]

March 17, 2015 ·

Dallas Seavey in the Lead at Elim, Mitch Seavey Close Behind

Midnight March 16 – With 3 of the 19 Iditarod checkpoints left for Dallas Seavey, he leads the pack at Elim.  Mitch Seavey is in 3rd Place at the time of this writing, and Seward’s Travis Beals in the #17 position. http://iditarod.com/race/2015/standings/

March 17, 2015 ·
Blizzard Warning in Effect

Blizzard Warning in Effect

From the National Weather Service http://www.arh.noaa.gov/zonefcst.php?zone=125 WESTERN PRINCE WILLIAM SOUND- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHITTIER…SEWARD…GIRDWOOD… MOOSE PASS 410 PM AKDT SUN MAR 15 2015 …BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON AKDT MONDAY… * LOCATION…PORTAGE VALLEY AND EASTERN TURNAGAIN ARM. LOCAL AREAS OF BLIZZARD CONDITIONS MAY ALSO OCCUR ALONG THE SEWARD HIGHWAY FROM MOOSE PASS NORTHWARD. […]

March 15, 2015 ·

Coast Guard Tows Disabled Vessel near Whittier, Alaska

NEWS RELEASE – US Coast Guard 17th District, March 9, 2015 KODIAK, Alaska — A Coast Guard Station Valdez 45-foot Response Boat – Medium crew assisted three recreational mariners aboard the disabled 24-foot Bayliner Herrisea in Blackstone Bay near Whittier, Alaska, Sunday. The rescue boat crew rendezvoused with the Herrisea and safely towed the vessel to Whittier. Watchstanders from Coast […]

March 14, 2015 ·

Public Scoping Open for Herman Leirer Road Flood Mitigation Project Environmental Assessment

This is a public notice that Kenai Fjords National Park is seeking public comments regarding a proposed construction project in 2016 on the National Park Service (NPS)-managed portion of Herman Leirer Road, in Seward, Alaska. Annual seasonal flooding of the NPS-managed road from milepost 7 to 8 has resulted in temporary road closures, public safety concerns, as well as road […]

March 12, 2015 ·
Bald Eagles fish and feast on herring

Bald Eagles fish and feast on herring

I counted over 30 Bald Eagles fishing and feasting on herring in the middle of Rez Bay this afternoon. Some were mere specks high in the blue sky. The powerful wind allowed these giant birds to hover effortlessly, waiting for the herring to rise within reach, then they snatched fistfuls of the silvery little fish. Up they rose, munched on herring […]

March 11, 2015 ·
Iditarod Race Standings

Iditarod Race Standings

Go to this link at Iditarod.com to track the racers

March 11, 2015 ·
Beals Ceremonial Start

Beals Ceremonial Start

Image submitted by Kyle Campbell of 9oh7photography

March 10, 2015 ·

Free Backcountry Safety Classes

  Contact: Andy Romano North America Outdoor Institute andy@naoiak.org – 907-376-2898   Debra McGhan FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   Alaska Avalanche Information Center dmcghan@alaskasnow.org – 907-982-0332   www.naoiak.org www.alaskasnow.org   BACKCOUNTRY SAFETY AWARENESS Be prepared for your Alaskan Adventures   It generally happens in the blink of an eye, the unexpected occurs and suddenly your great outdoor adventure has the potential to turn […]

March 6, 2015 ·
Forest Service Firewood Availability Mid-Summer

Forest Service Firewood Availability Mid-Summer

March 5, 2015 ·

ALERT: Seward Highway manhunt underway, do not pick up hitchhikers

Saturday a pursuit on the Seward Highway resulted in the fugitive escaping into the woods near Turnagain Pass.  For more information, see this article at adn.com and YouTube video of the suspect in pursuit as filmed by passerby

February 28, 2015 ·
Midnight Mountain Rescue

Midnight Mountain Rescue

Late last night, a Pavehawk/Blackhawk thundered over town to Mt Marathon. Three hikers had called in around 6 pm, reporting one with injuries on the treacherous south side of the mountain. The Seward Volunteer Fire Department and Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps personnel were dispatched to hike up to the site to stabilize the hiker. Around 10:30 pm, the giant helicopter located the hikers […]

February 20, 2015 ·

Freshwater springs found beneath the face of Columbia Glacier

Prince William Sound Regional Citizen’s Advisory Council Press Release – Researchers working with the Prince William Sound Regional Citizens’ Advisory Council have found what are believed to be the first documented freshwater springs at the base of a tidewater glacier in Alaska. This investigation was conducted by the Prince William Sound Science Center in support of ongoing Council research focused […]

February 17, 2015 ·
Second Moose Pass Rendezvous a success despite warm spell

Second Moose Pass Rendezvous a success despite warm spell

By Jason Aigeldinger for SCN – In this, a most fickle season devoid of snow but rich in ice, a group of winter enthusiasts in Moose Pass took a chance and put on a celebration. The weather was not ideal. But at the end of the day it didn’t really matter. Friends and neighbors from the Kenai Peninsula and beyond […]

February 16, 2015 ·

IDITAROW 2015 …..come join the fun!

IDITAROW is BACK!!!!!!! This year (2015) marks the 9th Iditarow!  The event is being hosted this year by 5th Ave Fitness at 231 5th Ave here is Seward, Alaska (Thank you 5th Ave fitness!!!). This a great way to get together with some friends (both old and new), co-workers or family for a few days of team work, fun and […]

February 15, 2015 ·