Politics

Opinion: Support Judge Estelle

By Ralph Hulbert – I am pleased to see our community’s strong support for retention of Judge Bill Estelle. We welcomed Bill’s homecoming to Palmer, where he was born and raised, to face the high expectations of his teachers, classmates, and community. His fellow judges’ recognition of his precise and thorough legal mind, excellent character, reputation, and fairness was no […]

October 21, 2014 ·

Opinion: Vote “YES” to retain Judge Estelle

Written by Renee Estelle – I am writing in support of Palmer’s Judge Estelle, up for retention vote this election cycle.  Over the years I have met several people who have worked professionally with my uncle.  They have all raved about what a good and fair judge he is and how much they enjoyed working with him.  However, there is […]

October 18, 2014 ·
Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

Seward City Reps Take Stand Against Legalizing Pot

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward City Council often refuses to take stands on controversial state ballot measures, but last night it passed a resolution by a 5-2 vote voicing its opposition to passage of Ballot Measure 2, the initiative legalizing the recreational use of marijuana in Alaska, and urging voters to do the same. The vote was […]

October 14, 2014 ·

Opinion: Parnell and Sullivan Fish Policies

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, […]

October 14, 2014 ·
Kenai Peninsula Borough Unofficial Election Results

Kenai Peninsula Borough Unofficial Election Results

  Election Summary Report Regular Municipal Election Summary For Jurisdiction Wide, All Counters, All Races KENAI PENINSULA BOROUGH UNOFFICAL RESULTS JURISDICTION WIDE OCTOBER 7, 2014 REGULAR ELECTION 10/07/14 21:52:23 Borough Mayor KPB Total Number of Precincts 29 Precincts Reporting 28 96.6% Times Counted 9091/42409 21.4% Total Votes 8957 NAVARRE, Mike 4794 53.52% BEARUP, Tom 3270 36.51% MARTIN, Carrol J. 846 […]

October 13, 2014 ·
Notice of Special Meeting October 13

Notice of Special Meeting October 13

From the City Clerk’s Office – NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Seward City Council will meet in a special meeting on Monday, October 13, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. for the purpose of: Go Into Executive Session To Discuss Matters Pertaining To Threatened Or Pending Litigation Regarding The Consent To Assignment To Seward Lodging III, LLC To The Lease Agreement […]

October 10, 2014 ·
City of Seward Final Election Results

City of Seward Final Election Results

Here are the final results from the October 7, 2014 Municipal Election for the City of Seward:   City Council, Two Year Term (Three Seats Open): Dale Butts:  250 Rissie Casagranda:  243 Marianna Keil:  216 John French:  136 Write Ins:  14   City Council, One Year Term (One Seat Open): Iris Darling:  274 Write Ins:  17   Results from the […]

October 9, 2014 ·
Senator Begich’s wife campaigns in Seward

Senator Begich’s wife campaigns in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Deborah Bonito, the wife of Alaska Senator Mark Begich, beat a trail to Seward on Monday. Bonito is a longtime small business woman, for two years chaired the Alaska Democratic Party and is an outspoken advocate for literacy, suicide prevention – particularly among returning veterans – and she’s been assisting in her husband’s uphill reelection […]

October 9, 2014 ·

Unofficial Election Results-Seward/Lowell Point Precinct

Registered Voters 1781 – Cards Cast 609 34.19% Num. Report Precinct 1 – Num. Reporting 1 100.00%   Borough Mayor KPB Total Number of Precincts 1 Precincts Reporting 1 100.0% Times Counted 311/1781 17.5% Total Votes 298 NAVARRE, Mike 190 63.76% BEARUP, Tom 85 28.52% MARTIN, Carrol J. 21 7.05% Write-in Votes 2 0.67%   SBCFSA – SEAT A KPB […]

October 8, 2014 ·
Seward & KPB Elections today!

Seward & KPB Elections today!

The polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The polling place for Seward/Lowell Point residents is at the KM Rae Building located at 125 Third Avenue in Seward, Alaska. Residents outside of city limits will need to vote at Bear Creek Fire Department.

October 7, 2014 ·
Senator Lisa Murkowski Visits Seward Middle School

Senator Lisa Murkowski Visits Seward Middle School

On Monday morning U.S .Senator Lisa Murkowski paid a visit to Seward Middle School before continuing her plans to also visit AVTEC, Aurora Energy, and meet with members of city council. Students and faculty pleasantly greeted Senator Murkowski for several minutes prior to a 30 minute two-way conversation with the sixth to eight graders in the audience. The Senator began by […]

October 7, 2014 ·
Candidate Tom Bearup Meets Public at Seward Restaurant

Candidate Tom Bearup Meets Public at Seward Restaurant

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough (KPB) Mayor, Tom Bearup, spent all day Thursday in Seward and ended with a 3-hour session at Christo’s Palace restaurant to talk about whatever the public wanted to talk about. Many patrons in the regular, weekday-evening crowd did not seem to notice the free pizza and talkative candidate in […]

October 4, 2014 ·

Thank you from Tom Bearup

By Peter Zuyus – Tom Bearup, candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough, had a great visit to Seward yesterday.  He met with residents all day as he walked and drove around town. Tom had coffee and cookies at the Van Gilder earlier in the day and served pizza to folks at Christos Palace later. Important issues residents brought to Tom were […]

October 4, 2014 ·
Tom Bearup Meet & Greet October 2

Tom Bearup Meet & Greet October 2

Tom Bearup Candidate for Borough Mayor  will be in Seward all day Thursday October 2, 2014 to meet and talk with residents coffee and cookies at the Van Gilder   THEN YOU ARE INVITED to A Meet and Greet Pizza Party hosted by Tom Bearup   Where:  Christos Palace When:   4:00 to 7:00 pm   You are invited , come […]

October 1, 2014 ·
Quick Resolution to Coal Loading Problem Satisfies Some, Not All

Quick Resolution to Coal Loading Problem Satisfies Some, Not All

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – [UPDATE AT 8:33 PM: State Signs and Issues Compliance Order by Consent ] Late in the day on Monday, September 29, in the matter of Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation vs. Aurora Energy Services, Director of ADEC Division of Water, Michelle Halle and Senior Assistant Attorney General, John A. Treptow, issued a legal order […]

September 30, 2014 ·
Comments by Mike Navarre, Incumbent KPB Mayor

Comments by Mike Navarre, Incumbent KPB Mayor

By Mike Navarre – I have been honored to serve as Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor for the last three years.  I have received a great deal of support and encouragement since I announced my plans to seek reelection and greatly appreciate all of the support – thank you. These past three years as mayor have gone by quickly and, for […]

September 23, 2014 ·
Comments by Tom Bearup, Candidate for KPB Mayor

Comments by Tom Bearup, Candidate for KPB Mayor

By Tom Bearup – My name is Tom Bearup, candidate for Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor.  My positions and opinions are based on Optimism, Respect and Accountability for and to the residents of the Kenai Peninsula. I have had experiences throughout my  life, in business, government and as former Mayor of the City of Soldotna that put me in the unique […]

September 22, 2014 ·
Willard Dunham (l.) Carol Griswold (c.) Mike Navarre (r.) Cindy Clock (far r.) seen at Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Borough Mayor Navarre Meets & Greets Public at Local Coffee House

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Fresh from a meeting in Cooper Landing, Borough Mayor and candidate for re-election Mike Navarre traveled to Seward in a downpour to meet the public and to hear what people had to say. Mayor Navarre spent about two hours at the on-the-register-of-national-historic-places, old church turned java joint, Resurrect Art Coffee House Gallery last Friday, […]

September 15, 2014 ·
Meet the Candidates Night September 25

Meet the Candidates Night September 25

September 15, 2014 ·
Mike Navarre Meet & Greet Today, September 12

Mike Navarre Meet & Greet Today, September 12

September 12, 2014 ·
$2.5 Million in funds granted towards Seward marine terminal expansion

$2.5 Million in funds granted towards Seward marine terminal expansion

Office of Mark Begich Press Release – Begich:  Foxx Visit to Alaska Results in $2.5 Million in TIGER Grant Funds Seward Terminal Expansion will Bring Jobs, Growth to the Local Economy U.S. Senator Mark Begich welcomed today’s news that the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded $2.5 million in planning funds to complete the master plan for expansion of the […]

September 9, 2014 ·
2014 Notice of Election

2014 Notice of Election

City of Seward Press Release –   CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA NOTICE OF REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7, 2014   NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, there will be conducted in the City of Seward, Alaska, a Regular Municipal Election in accordance with Seward City Code, Title 4.   CITY OFFICIALS The following candidates have filed for […]

September 9, 2014 ·
Mike Navarre Meet & Greet September 9

Mike Navarre Meet & Greet September 9

September 6, 2014 ·

Tom Bearup: An Alaskan Story

By Peter Zuyus Tom Bearup came to Alaska in the year 1975, settling in the town of Soldotna.  Very soon after arriving in Soldotna, Tom became a Soldotna Police Officer.   Tom soon met his future wife Adele, a local girl. She was raised in the Sterling/Soldotna area and graduated Kenai High School.  They were married in Kenai on June 24, […]

August 29, 2014 ·

Alaskans Vote No on Ballot Measure No. 1. Existing Taxes on Oil Production Remain in Place

With 100 percent of precincts now having reported, Alaska Division of Elections reported on Wednesday at 3:03 p.m. that 52.2 percent of voters rejected attempts to repeal 13SB21, the existing tax structure on oil production that its critics regarded as too low. Only 31.7 percent of registered voters participated in the election. Of 154,136 total votes cast in the matter […]

August 20, 2014 ·