September marked the arrival of autumn in the Kenai Fjords area with relatively mild conditions including warmer than normal temperatures, slightly above-normal precipitation and no significant wind events. Daytime high temperatures remained in the 50s and 60s (degrees F) with a maximum high of 69 degrees F reached on September 7th. Nighttime lows were well above freezing on most nights, […]
By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – On October 31, the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied an appeal by Alaska Railroad Corporation and Aurora Energy Services, LLC, to have an entire 11-judge panel rehear their case rather than the three-judge panel that ruled against them on September 3, 2014. This appears to exhaust appeal avenues in the Ninth Circuit […]
The temperature’s getting colder and the snow’s beginning to fly. The mighty SeaHawk ski team is biting at the bit ready to begin some time on the snow. No doubt you are too. So better get those Nordic skinny skis tuned up. The Seahawks will once again be hosting the annual Waxathon in conjunction with the SNCS Ski Swap on […]
Local Committee Favors Reducing Lingcod Bag Limit, Tables Motion to Restrict Catch and Release of Kings
By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – By a vote of 6 yeas to 1 nay, Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee approved a resolution reducing the bag and possession limit for lingcod in Prince William Sound down to one per day and one in possession. By an additional 6 to 1 vote, SF&GAC approved another resolution recommending that commercial retention […]
Biologists from both Lake Clark and Kenai Fjords National Parks have nearly completed their field season investigating silver (coho) salmon in the upper Resurrection River system. Resurrection Bay drainages produce one of the state’s largest coho salmon sport fisheries, which is supported by a combination of hatchery-reared and wild stocks. Because wild Resurrection River coho salmon must migrate through this […]
A documentary about the Mount Marathon Race titled “3,022 ft.” is in post-production and is targeting Spring 2015 for release. The movie focuses on the 2014 event and is being is being crowd funded, although it is well short of its goal. For more information watch the trailer above, visit their campaign page here or visit their web site at 3022ft.com .
On Wednesday, October 22, the gate at the Box Canyon Bridge (mile 1.3 on Herman Leirer Road) will close to vehicle traffic due to deteriorating driving conditions. Visitors can continue to access Kenai Fjords National Park using other modes of transportation. For the safety of visitors and wildlife, bikes and dogs are welcome on the road and in the Exit […]
(Soldotna, AK) – Applications are currently being accepted for four state park advisory boards in Southcentral Alaska. Seats are currently available on the Southern Kenai Peninsula, Kachemak Bay, Seward, and Valdez state park advisory boards. State park advisory boards are the primary tool that state park officials use to involve the public in the management of state parks. “Public involvement […]
Alaska Department of Natural Resources Press Release – (Anchorage, AK) –The Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation has approved funding for snowmobile trail grooming and a renewed opportunity for a rural transportation safety project after receiving input from the Snowmobile Trails Advisory Council (SnowTRAC), the statewide citizen advisory board that reviews Snowmobile Trail Grant Program applications. A total of $218,858 […]
Reservations for Kenai Fjords National Park’s Willow Public Use Cabin are available starting today, Wednesday, October 15. Please call the park or visit our website at http://go.nps.gov/willowcabin for more information.
By Heidi Zemach for SCN – A civil wrongful death suit brought July 26th, 2013 by the estate of Michael LeMaitre, the rookie runner who disappeared without trace during the July 4, 2012 Mount Marathon race, against the Seward Chamber of Commerce has been settled out of court. The settlement of $20,000, a figure suggested by the Chamber’s insurance company […]
North Pacific Fishery Management Council Press Release – (ANCHORAGE) – The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) voted unanimously to move forward, for formal analysis, the “Catch Accountability Through Compensate Halibut” (CATCH) proposal by Alaska’s guided recreational sector. SouthEast Alaska Guide Organization (SEAGO) Executive Director, Heath Hilyard commented, “We’re pleased that the Council recognized the merit of this proposal. There […]
It’s telling Sean Parnell and (Senate) Dan Sullivan aren’t running on their record of endangering Alaska’s salmon and other fish for corporate profit. Who can blame them? In 2013 Parnell and (Senate Candidate) Sullivan pushed a bill letting toxic mines, like Pebble, take millions of gallons of water from our fishing streams. House Bill 77, passed by a GOP-run House, […]
Saturday, October 18th is the second annual Seward Seahawk Spirit Scamper. If you like to run/walk, want to support Seward High School Activities and get covered with green and gold in the process, then this is the event for you!! The Scamper will follow the same route as last year from in front of the Alaska Sealife Center down 4th […]
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Press Release – Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Keen Eye Peninsula Birders welcome your participation in the Fifth Annual Kenai National Wildlife Refuge “Big Sit”. The event will be held Saturday, October 11, from sunrise to sunset: (8:00 AM to 7:00 PM), along the Skilak Lake shoreline near the Lower Skilak Lake Boat Launch. A […]
The Alaska State Park Seward Citizen Advisory Board will meet on October 14th, from 5pm-7pm in the AVTEC Culinary building, upstairs in the Banquet room. The community is encouraged to attend and meet the board!
With clear skies, the second total lunar eclipse of the year should be visible from Seward. The lunar eclipse will start at 12:45 A.M. and become total at 2:30. The eclipse will complete at 3:30 AM.. The “blood phase” will only be visible for approximately 10 minutes. What is a “blood moon”? According to Sky and Telescope a blood moon is when, instead […]
Gobi, a female Pacific Harbor Seal pup that was found abandoned near Resurrection Bay Seafoods on July 3 of this year, was released by Alaska SeaLife Center staff at Lowell Point this afternoon. Through rehabilitation efforts, Gobi was deemed fit for release after she learned how to socialize with other seals and forage for her own food. After some hesitation about […]
Alaska Department of Fish & Game Press Release – October 2, 2014 – The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Aquatic Education Program and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will start this year’s “Salmon in the Classroom” program with two coho salmon egg-takes. The egg-takes will be at Bear Creek near Seward on Thursday, October 9, and at the […]
This event will involve a walk around the Alaska SeaLife Center as a group, with stops to pray for animals, staff, and some of Alaska’s environmental concerns. This is an ecumenical event and all are welcome.
The public is invited to see the release of Gobi, the rescued harbor seal pup at the Alaska SeaLife Center, that is now scheduled for October 2 at 4 pm from the public access boat launch at Lowell Point.
By Pete Wedin – The summer of 2014 represented a different kind of summer for Alaska fishermen. While commercial halibut fishermen have had their catch limits reduced for a number of years, this year the reductions hit charter fishermen in Southcentral Alaska as well. Anyone who went out on a charter boat out of Homer, Whittier, Seward, or Kodiak knows […]
The Alaska SeaLife Center’s release of Gobi, the harbor seal pup rescued near Resurrection Bay Seafoods on Lowell Point Road, has been postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date. There has been a slight turn in Gobi’s health, but ASLC staff are highly optimistic that it is temporary. The new release date will be announced later. Keep checking the ASLC Facebook […]