Outdoors

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 ·
Dall’s Porpoises in Rez Bay

Dall’s Porpoises in Rez Bay

Several pods of 10-20 Dall’s Porpoises have been cruising Resurrection Bay the past few weeks. Watch for their characteristic “rooster tails” as they exuberantly speed through the water chasing fish and racing boats. Yesterday, the sun highlighted their spray, making them visible from Lowell Point to Fox Island. Submitted by Carol Griswold      

February 12, 2015 ·
Reared red king crab from Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery survive well when released into the wild

Reared red king crab from Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery survive well when released into the wild

Alaska King Crab Research, Rehabilitation and Biology (AKCRRAB) February News Flash – Trident Basin, near Kodiak, is now home to a group of hatchery-reared red king crab. NOAA researchers Chris Long, Pete Cummiskey, and Eric Munk released 11,250 crab into experimental plots in August 2014, and have tracked their survival and movement. The released juveniles were reared at the Alutiiq Pride […]

February 12, 2015 ·
High seas for fishing boats and USCG Mustang

High seas for fishing boats and USCG Mustang

Continuing strong north winds whipped up a frothing bay today. Despite the rough seas, two small fishing boats slammed through the waves to deliver their catch, safe in port. The US Coast Guard Cutter Mustang, also covered in freezing spray, returned home safe. Submitted by Carol Griswold    

February 6, 2015 ·
Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited Presents Ice Fishapalooza

Kenai Peninsula Trout Unlimited Presents Ice Fishapalooza

February 6, 2015 ·
Flood Board Proposes Budget, Sets Priorities for Coming Year

Flood Board Proposes Budget, Sets Priorities for Coming Year

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a combination work session and regular meeting on Feb. 2, the Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area board approved its proposed and projected budgets for fiscal years 2015 through 2019. The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has final approval authority over the budget. For the remainder of FY 2015 (ending June 30) SBCFSA expenditures come […]

February 6, 2015 ·
Moose Pass Hockey Pictures

Moose Pass Hockey Pictures

On a beautiful Saturday at Moose Pass, Jason Aigeldinger captured some hockey action on Trail Lake.  

February 3, 2015 ·
Free Alaska Film Premiere

Free Alaska Film Premiere

January 26, 2015 ·
Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2015 Summer Season

Kenai Fjords National Park YCC Program Announces Openings for 2015 Summer Season

If you are 15-18 years old, like the outdoors, and are looking for a fun summer job, this opportunity is for you! This summer Kenai Fjords National Park is offering several positions to local youth interested in working for the Federal Youth Conservation Corps (YCC).  Students will have a chance to engage visitors, learn what it takes to maintain the […]

January 26, 2015 ·

Putting Poems in State Parks: Poems in Place invites you to join us

Poems in Place Kickoff Events in Seward February 6th & 7th Poems in Place places poems by Alaskan writers on permanent signs in two of Alaska’s State Parks each year. This year we are seeking poems for Caines Head State Recreational Area, Seward and Fort Abercrombie State Historical Park, Kodiak. ~ An Evening of Poetry will be held at Resurrect […]

January 22, 2015 ·

An Invitation for Poetry Submissions for Alaska’s State Parks

What might happen when the old knowing that lives inside poetry marries the voices of wind, river, forest, the pull of the tide, or the quiet rhythm of a lake and is available to all who pass by? From February 1 to April 1, 2015, Poems in Place invites Alaskans to submit poems for Caines Head Recreation Area, near Seward […]

January 22, 2015 ·

Oil/Chemical Tanker Loses Propulsion Near Anchorage

US Coast Guard Petty Officer First Class, Shawn Eggert reports that Pyxis Theta, a 600-foot oil/chemical tanker lost propulsion after leaving Port of Anchorage on Wednesday, Jan. 21. Coast Guard has no reports of injuries or pollution linked to the incident. Eggert said that USCG did not deploy assets to the scene. Tugs Glacier Wind and Stellar Wind escorted Pyxis […]

January 22, 2015 ·

Winter Weather Advisory for Western Kenai Peninsula

WESTERN KENAI PENINSULA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…KENAI…SOLDOTNA…HOMER… COOPER LANDING 408 PM AKST WED JAN 21 2015   …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THURSDAY TO 6 PM AKST FRIDAY…   THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THURSDAY TO 6 PM AKST FRIDAY. […]

January 21, 2015 ·
Freighter Loses Power in Cook Inlet

Freighter Loses Power in Cook Inlet

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Near the end of its run from Tacoma, Wash. to Anchorage, Alaska, motor vessel Midnight Sun partially lost power and proceeded to Kachemak Bay under orders from US Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Western Alaska, Paul Mehler III. Radio and e-mail logs at the Homer Harbormaster’s office indicate that the 839-foot M/V […]

January 21, 2015 ·
State Seeks Quick Input on Land Conveyances Around Moose Pass and Beyond

State Seeks Quick Input on Land Conveyances Around Moose Pass and Beyond

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — In a preliminary decision signed Jan. 6 by Alaska Department of Natural Resources section chief Bruce Phelps, state of Alaska said yes to some (but no to much) state land near Moose Pass and around the peninsula transferring into Kenai Peninsula Borough ownership. Although the public process of selection started years ago, KPB, its […]

January 20, 2015 ·

Wilderness First Responder Classes in Seward: April 2015

Kayak Adventures will again be sponsoring a WFR class and a WFR Re-cert class in April this year.  Please be in touch any time with questions, or to reserve a space in the class!! Contact Trent at fun@kayakAK.com or 907.224.3960. Wilderness First Responder When :  April 18 – 26, 2015 Where :  Windsong Lodge, Seward AK Cost :  $645 More Info […]

January 17, 2015 ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – December 2014

December was another warmer-than-normal month in Kenai Fjords National Park and surrounding areas. As recorded at the Seward airport, the monthly average was 5.8 degrees F above normal, the same temperature departure that was recorded in November.  Daily high temperatures were above freezing every day except one and ranged from 31 degrees F (December 26th) to 47 degrees F (December […]

January 14, 2015 ·
Local Guide Business Charged With Numerous Violations

Local Guide Business Charged With Numerous Violations

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — On New Year’s Eve of last year, State of Alaska charged Miller’s Landing Inc., and the company’s owner Michael Allen Miller age 64, with nine, class-A misdemeanors related to a guided sport-fishing trip that occurred on August 22, 2013. State of Alaska also charged Shane D. Ring, age 20, with five class-A misdemeanors connected […]

January 6, 2015 ·