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Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival June 21 & 22

Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival June 21 & 22

LIVE MUSIC!   GREAT FOOD!   BEER GARDEN!   BAKE SALE!   VENDORS! MUGS & T-SHIRTS!   AUCTION!   RAFFLE!   CARNIVAL! LOTS OF FUN FOR EVERYONE! ———————————————————————- MOOSE PASS Summer Solstice Festival June 21st & 22nd, 2014   MUSIC FOR SATURDAY the 21st Gill Hernandez     Noon – 12:30PM Pretty Damn Close Band     12:30 – 2PM […]

by · June 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Summer Solstice Cruise with American Red Cross of Alaska

Summer Solstice Cruise with American Red Cross of Alaska

Celebrate the summer solstice with the American Red Cross of Alaska.  Board Major Marine’s Star of the Northwest and enjoy a 4 hour wildlife cruise, door prizes, dinner buffet, and a silent and live auction.  You can purchase tickets for the wildlife cruise at the Alaska SeaLife Center’s ticketing counter.  If you buy your tickets at the SeaLife Center, the American Red […]

by · June 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·

SBCFSA regular board meeting July 7

The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area will hold a regular board meeting Monday, July 7, 2014 at 7:00 pm, at the KPB Annex office in Sea View Plaza, 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122. The agenda includes a letter from FEMA to Mayor Navarre, a Flood Hazard Mapping Fact Sheet from FEMA for the Kenai Peninsula Borough, and a local projects update. […]

by · June 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
"Youth Sailing" kicks off the first week with calm waters on Bear Lake

Youths Sail on Bear Lake

Alexis De Leon for Seward City News – Before planes, trains and automobiles there was sailing. The craft dates back to one of the earliest civilizations in Mesopotamia. Today however Devin Putney is bringing the ancient art to the youth of Seward. Putney had the idea to teach sailing for sometime. After a bit of help from local businesses and […]

by · June 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Mount Marathon Race Committee Seeks Trail Sweepers

Press Release – The Mt. Marathon Race Committee is seeking hearty, fit individuals who are willing to perform the duty of sweeping the race trail at the completion of each race, Junior, Women’s and Men’s,  on the Fourth of July.  Interested volunteers please contact Erin Lemas at the Seward Chamber of Commerce at 907-224-8051 or email to events@seward.net.

by · June 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Call to Artists: 3rd Annual Forest Art Walk July 19

Call to Artists: 3rd Annual Forest Art Walk July 19

by · June 17, 2014 · 0 comments ·
When Threatened By Wildland Fire, Will Your Home Survive?

When Threatened By Wildland Fire, Will Your Home Survive?

Save the date!  Come to the Community Firewise Workshop at the Bear Creek Fire Department on Saturday, June 28 from 10:00am – 2:30pm to learn about simple steps you can take to reduce the wildland fire threat to your home and community. Workshop participants will also learn about wildland fire, local fire history, fire management in Alaska, wildland fire prevention […]

by · June 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·

More Hardware Installed on Mount Marathon

On a recent run up the mountain yesterday, I noticed that the “hardware” that was previously installed on the lower waterfall has been expanded. Instead of just a couple of rickety steel hand-holds (I saw one popped off a while ago), there are now sections of rebar and rubber house to “guide” people up and down the mountain. I have […]

by · June 12, 2014 · 4 comments ·
Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge Launches Interactive Culinary Program

Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge Launches Interactive Culinary Program

CIRI Alaska Tourism Corporation Press Release -  Overnight guests at the newly renovated Kenai Fjords Wilderness Lodge on Alaska’s remote Fox Island now have the opportunity to not only enjoy the local wild salmon on their plate, but also learn how to prepare the salmon belly. In an interactive cooking class, lodge chefs teach guests about wild Alaska seafood, specifically the five types of […]

by · June 12, 2014 · 0 comments ·

MMR Race Preview

A group of veteran runners will lead a race course preview on Mount Marathon from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday June 21. This is the only date and time offered this year unlike in years past. The tours will focus on helping participants travel safely on the bottom third of the mountain. Tour leaders will guide uphill until “Squirrel’s Inn” and downhill through the […]

by · June 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Burn Suspension Lifted

The following press releases were submitted to SCN from Alaska Division of Forestry and City of Seward: State The Division of Forestry has lifted its open burning suspension as of 11:00 am, June 10th 2014.  The area is forecasted to receive high winds so we are urging the public to strictly follow the specifications provided on the Burn Permit.  Attached is […]

by · June 11, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Bear’s Den B&B Bear Bell Run Results

Bear’s Den B&B Bear Bell Run Results

SPRD Press Release -  56 kids ranging from 3 to 12 years of age and their parents enjoyed wonderful weather, friendship and fun at the annual Bear’s Den B&B Bear Bell Run. This race ‘just for kids’ had a record number of participants, with 22 kids signing up the day of. SPRD thanks the Adelmann family and the many other […]

by · June 9, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Brown Bears spotted in Questa Woods

Brown Bears spotted in Questa Woods

There is a mother brown bear and her two cubs hanging around the Questa Woods area near Vinewood Lane. Questa Woods residents please be cautious around your neighborhood.

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Flood Board Meets: Reaffirms Support for Mil Rate Increase

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular monthly meeting on Monday, June 2, Seward Bear Creek Flood Service Area Board again voiced support for a 50 percent increase in the tax mil rate as a special assessment on property within the service area. Currently set at 0.5 mils, the proposed increase would hike it to 0.75 mils.  Kenai […]

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Funny River Fire Update June 3

Alaska Interagency Incident Management Team, Type2 Press Release -  Still at 59% contained with 193,597 acres with 555 personnel. Fire behavior yesterday was limited to isolated smoldering pockets in very sheltered fuels with crews working in a grid fashion to identify and extinguish heat sources. The western flank is in monitor status and unstaffed. Structure protection continued for remote cabins in the […]

by · June 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·

The 2014 Seward Halibut Tournament!

Seward Chamber of Commerce Press Release -  Seward, Alaska, June 2, 2014 – The 2014 tournament began yesterday June1st 2014! Our Current leader is Patrick Hankins from Anchorage, AK with a 134.2 lb Halibut caught on The Tia Rose. Come on down to Seward and make sure you get your Halibut Tournament ticket! Running through the entire month of June, daily tickets […]

by · June 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Weather Summary – April 2014

If there’s anything we learned from last month, it’s that we don’t always need April showers to bring May flowers, especially when there is little to no snow remaining on the ground. The dry spell that began in February continued through April with little precipitation recorded at the Seward airport. Without any late-season snowstorms to contribute to an already thin […]

by · June 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Kenai Fjords National Park Lifts Burn Restrictions

Weekend storms brought substantial rain to Kenai Fjords National Park, moderating fire danger enough that park officials are lifting the burn closure. While campfires are allowed in the park, visitors should minimize impact using existing campfire rings or building their campfires on beaches or gravel bars where water and ice will wash evidence away. Always ensure fires are cold to […]

by · June 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·

The Burn Closure for the Kenai Peninsula has been lifted

Department of Natural Resources Press Release – The Burn Closure for the Kenai Peninsula has been lifted  (Fairbanks, AK) – Due to recent rainfall, increased relative humidity, and favorable changes in the Canadian Forest Fire Danger Rating System (CFFDRS) indices, the burn closure on federal, state and private lands within Game Management Units 7 and 15 (the entire Kenai Peninsula) […]

by · June 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Funny River Fire Update

June 1, 2014 9:30 AM The Kenai Peninsula and the Funny River Fire received wetting rain Saturday along with 15 to 25 mile per hour winds that were gusting to 45 mph. The winds knocked out electric power and blew down trees on the fireline.  Fire crews were pulled back from the lines to protect them from falling green and burned trees.  […]

by · June 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·
FUNNY RIVER FIRE UPDATE May 31

FUNNY RIVER FIRE UPDATE May 31

Alaska Incident Management Team Press Release -  FUNNY RIVER FIRE UPDATE 193,243 acres with 54% containment Alaska Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell will be visiting the ICP this afternoon and available at the 1:30pm Media briefing. Fire crews took advantage of the cool and damp conditions as they continued to “mop-up” (extinguish all burning material) up to 300’ from the firelines. […]

by · May 31, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Wolf Pups Find Permanent Home at Minnesota Zoo

Wolf Pups Find Permanent Home at Minnesota Zoo

Department of Natural Resources Press Release -  (ANCHORAGE) – Five wolf pups rescued from the massive Funny River Wildfire have found a new home. The Minnesota Zoo, located south of Minneapolis-St. Paul in Apple Valley, Minn., has offered to accommodate the entire litter and will receive a permit to house them permanently. The pups – two females and three males […]

by · May 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Tyonek Fire Summary, May 29

(Palmer, AK) – The Tyonek Fire started May 19th and burned 1,906 acres between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga.   Containment of the fire was achieved yesterday by fire personnel. Containment status of a wildfire means that a control line has been completed around the perimeter of the fire.  Containment does not necessarily mean the fire is out. Smoke is […]

by · May 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Funny River Fire Update May 29

Funny River Fire Update May 29

Alaska Incident Management Team Press Release -  FUNNY RIVER FIRE UPDATE 192,831 acres with 46% containment No evacuation notices or alerts are in effect for the fire area. The Lower Skilak Lake Campground and boat launch are now open; burn ban remains in effect. Fire crews are taking advantage of the recent cooler and moist conditions as they continue to […]

by · May 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Department, Alaska Zoo Team to Provide Safe Haven for Wolf Pups  Plucked from Kenai Wildfire

Department, Alaska Zoo Team to Provide Safe Haven for Wolf Pups Plucked from Kenai Wildfire

Department of Natural Resources Press Release -  (SOLDOTNA) – Responding to a report of an animal den with living occupants found in the smoldering debris of the Funny River Horse Trail Wildfire on Tuesday, May 27, Alaska Department of Fish and Game Wildlife Biologist Jeff Selinger didn’t know what to expect. Firefighters who happened upon the scene had detected movement […]

by · May 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Funny River Fire behavior moderates

Funny River Fire behavior moderates

Department of Natural Resources Press Release -  (Soldotna, AK)  Fire is still an active part of the Kenai Peninsula’s environment; even as temperatures cool and the relative humidity increases. The extreme fire behavior of the Funny River Fire has moderated with the recent change in the weather.  A significant amount of rain fall would be needed before forestry and fire […]

by · May 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Tyonek Fire update May 28

Department of Natural Resources Press Release – Containment lines completed on the Tyonek Fire   (Tyonek, AK) – The Tyonek Fire started May 19th and burned between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga.  It is currently mapped at 1,906 acres and is considered 100% contained.  Significant numbers of resources have been release with many reassigned to the Funny River Fire […]

by · May 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Tyonek Fire Update May 27

From the Alaska Division of Forestry – May 27, 2014 Tyonek fire receives steady rain (Tyonek, AK) – The Tyonek Fire, which started May 19th and burned between the villages of Tyonek and Beluga, is currently mapped at 1,906 acres. No additional growth is expected. The fire is considered to be 85% contained, and full containment is expected by end-of-day […]

by · May 27, 2014 · 0 comments ·