Politics

Every vote counts

In Alaska, we like our elections razor-thin – particularly in the primary when most of the electorate stays home. Four years ago was a particularly good year for close elections. Despite a white-hot U.S. Senate race and an important abortion ballot measure, only a third of the electorate bothered to vote in the primary. That was the primary that saw […]

by · July 31, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Council agrees to sell Jesse Lee, hears lagoon concerns

Heidi Zemach for SCN - Friends of Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) members celebrated, and filmed themselves talking about their victory at Monday night’s meeting after the Seward City Council agreed to transfer the old national historic building orphanage and land upon which it sits to their organization for “less than the appraised value,” meaning for practically nothing except closing costs. Meanwhile, […]

by · July 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
NOTICE OF FILING DATES & OFFICES TO BE FILLED

NOTICE OF FILING DATES & OFFICES TO BE FILLED

2014 SEWARD REGULAR MUNICIPAL ELECTION   Notice is hereby given that any qualified voter living within the Seward city limits for at least one year prior to August 15, 2014 may file a declaration of candidacy for one of four available council seats, three seats with two-year terms and one seat with a one-year term that will be filled at the regular […]

by · July 28, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Voter Registration Deadline is Sunday, July 20

Office of the Lieutenant Governor Press Release -  July 14, 2014, Anchorage, AK – Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell reminds Alaskans that this Sunday, July 20 is the deadline to register to vote, update voter registration, or change political party affiliation for the upcoming August 19 primary election. “Voting is a fundamental American right,” Treadwell said. “Protect and exercise your freedom by registering today.” The […]

by · July 15, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Begich promises a tough campaign and talks about Alaska issues in Seward

Begich promises a tough campaign and talks about Alaska issues in Seward

Heidi Zemach for SCN- Alaska Senator Mark Begich spoke with about 45 Seward residents at the Resurrect Art Coffee House and Gallery Tuesday afternoon, July 1st, after visiting Seward’s new federally-qualified community health clinic. The campaigning senator showed up 30-minutes late, casually dressed in a green shirt and jeans. Speaking rapidly to a diverse group of residents, he thanked everyone […]

by · July 3, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Meet Mark Begich July 1 at the Res Art

Meet Mark Begich July 1 at the Res Art

by · June 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Walker campaigns to become Alaska Governor

Walker campaigns to become Alaska Governor

Bill Walker, a lifelong Alaskan who describes himself as “a construction worker with a law degree,” is making a serious bid to get on the ballot as an Independent in an attempt to unseat Gov. Sean Parnell, R, and his Democratic challenger, Byron Mallott. Walker secured the unsolicited support of the Alaska Independence Party, although he doesn’t agree with all […]

by · June 30, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Join Bill Walker for a Pizza Party June 24

Join Bill Walker for a Pizza Party June 24

by · June 23, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Fresh young Alaska candidate challenges Young

Fresh young Alaska candidate challenges Young

  By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Before you sigh and repeat the worn old mantra that Alaska’s lone Congressman Don Young, its longest serving Republican is unbeatable in this state, don’t discount the potential power of this energetic, smart, savvy young man with considerable Alaska credentials going for him. Forrest Dunbar, a 29-year-old attorney who calls Cordova home, is running […]

by · June 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Homer Citizens Rally to repeal SB21

Rally To Repeal from Bjørn on Vimeo. Submitted by Bjorn Olson – On June 14th, a diverse group of concerned Alaskans gathered in Homer to support repealing SB21 – a corrosive oil tax bill that threatens to bankrupt Alaska. Nearly 200 people attended to hear Alaska constitutional framer Vic Fisher speak and march down Homer’s Pioneer Street to the LIO […]

by · June 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Vote No on 1 informational lunch

Soldotna — Vote yes? Vote no? The Kenai Peninsula Republican Women (KPRW) invites everyone (women and men) to an informative buffet luncheon in Kenai on Friday, June 20, 2014, to learn about Ballot Measure No. 1: Referendum, An Act Relating to the Oil and Gas Production Tax, Interest Rates on Overdue Taxes, and Tax Credits Voters desire to make excellent […]

by · June 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Plan addresses workforce needs of Alaska’s maritime industry

Plan addresses workforce needs of Alaska’s maritime industry

By Kris Norosz, Julie Decker and Doug Ward -  With our massive land endowment and bragging rights as the largest state in the nation, it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact – Alaska is a maritime state. We have more miles of coastline than all other U.S. coastal states combined. Alaska’s Arctic coast makes the U.S. an Arctic […]

by · June 6, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Borough Assembly Report

3 June 2014 Borough Assembly Meeting Report By Sue McClure We began the day at 2 PM with committee meetings, which included discussions of the Fiscal Year 2015 budget that had been presented by Mayor Navarre. Public testimony and discussions began at about 8 PM, and ended with the budget ordinance being enacted at about 10:30. There are few changes […]

by · June 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Campaign Signs Come with the Season

City of Seward Press Release – You might see them just about anywhere in town, those placards planted in the ground along streets and in yards to increase a candidate’s name recognition among voters. Whether you like them or not, campaign signs are a traditional part of the political process and come with the election season. Before you place a […]

by · June 2, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Discussion on Oil Tax referendum civil but changes no minds

Discussion on Oil Tax referendum civil but changes no minds

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – In today’s polarized political atmosphere, one might imagine that a public discussion on the pros and cons of Ballot Measure No. 1, the referendum to repeal SB 21 on the Alaska primary election ballot August 19, might get a little heated. But, although there were food and drinks handy at the “Let’s Talk Seward” […]

by · May 14, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Senator Selects Ten Alaskan High School Graduates to Join her Senate Team

April 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Lisa Murkowski today announced the names of her first session summer interns who will work in her Washington, D.C. office next month. Just weeks after graduating from high school, these young Alaskans will participate in the operations of a fast-paced Senate office and get an up-close view of the legislative process. “Being a […]

by · May 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Board Continues Push for New crane

Board Continues Push for New crane

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular meeting on May 7, Seward’s Port and Commerce Advisory Board learned that city administration would not support  PACAB’s recommendation that City Council fund the installation of a public-use crane in the small boat harbor. Assistant city manager Ron Long explained that replacing worn out infrastructure such as harbor floats had higher […]

by · May 8, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Ballot Measure 1 Community Discussion May 9

Let’s Talk Alaska… The most important vote Alaskans will cast since statehood! Your vote on Ballot Measure 1: A Referendum to Repeal oil tax legislation (SB 21) will determine Alaska’s financial future. Learn more about this complicated issue and discuss it with fellow citizens.   Date:                    Friday May 9, 2014 Time:          6:30 to 8:30 pm Location:     Seward Library Museum, Community Room […]

by · May 1, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Mayor Navarre Available Here In Seward!

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will be visiting Seward on Tuesday, April 15. He will be available for informal discussion and questions with community members from 9:30 am until noon at the Seward Annex, in the Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway Avenue, Suite 122. Mayor Navarre welcomes input, insights and discussion on issues that affect the Seward area, including surrounding […]

by · April 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Land Swap

Planning and Zoning Commission Recommends Land Swap

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – At its regular meeting on April 1, Seward Planning & Zoning Commission voted to recommend that city of Seward dispose of a narrow lot in harbor subdivision by negotiation solely with Alaska Railroad. By unanimous vote of four commissioners present, SP&ZC passed resolution 2014-04 regarding the trade of city-owned Lot 1, Block 6 of […]

by · April 3, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Alaska Top 3 in the Nation for Maritime Jobs Per Capita

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The American Maritime Partnership (AMP), the voice of the domestic maritime industry, today joined with the Transportation Institute, along with Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), Senator Mark Begich (D-Alaska) and Congressman Don Young (R-Alaska), to highlight new data from a study by PricewaterhouseCoopers that shows Alaska ranks third in the nation in per capita maritime jobs. The study […]

by · March 21, 2014 · 0 comments ·

SBCFSA Regular Board Mtg April 7th

The Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area will hold a regular meeting Monday, April 7th at 7:00 pm, at the KPB Annex office in SeaView Plaza, 302 Railway Ave, Suite 122.  The agenda will include Correspondence from Lowell Point Community Council (LPCC) Regarding Coastal Flood Zones and the Spring Newsletter. The board will also be setting Work Session Topics for April and May. Everyone is […]

by · March 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Iris Darling Appointed to Council

Iris Darling Appointed to Council

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Faced with the difficult decision of choosing from among three well-respected, and well qualified Seward women, and after repeated paper-ballot votes, the Seward City Council approved Iris Darling, longtime owner of Brown and Hawkins, to fill the seat held by the late councilwoman Vanta Shafer. “They’re going to be tough shoes to fill,” Darling commented […]

by · February 24, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Three apply for vacant council seat

Three women, Deborah Altermatt, Sandie Roach and Iris Darling have applied for the a vacant seat on the Seward City Council. The seat was vacated with the recent death of longtime council member and former mayor Vanta Shafer. The term of the seat expires in October, 2014, at which point the seat will go before the voters at the October 2014 […]

by · February 19, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

JUNEAU, Alaska – Senator Mark Begich Press Release February 18, 2014 – In response to concerns from the community, U.S. Senator Mark Begich today urged Alaska Governor Sean Parnell to use available federal funds to restore the Seward Airport “long” runway to full capacity instead of short-term repairs that will jeopardize public safety and economic growth.  The longer runway has […]

by · February 19, 2014 · 1 comment ·
Seward City Council Notice of Vacancy

Seward City Council Notice of Vacancy

The Seward City Council is seeking applications from city residents interested in serving on the City Council.  One seat has become available with the term of this seat expiring in October, 2014.  At the October 2014 municipal election, this seat will be noticed as a one year term. The qualifications to serve are; you must be an elector of the […]

by · January 28, 2014 · Comments are Disabled ·
Begich Meets with “Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn on Government Shutdown

Begich Meets with “Deadliest Catch” Captain Keith Colburn on Government Shutdown

Begich Press Release: With the Bering Sea King Crab season set to open in just four days, U.S. Sen. Mark Begich today met with Captain Keith Colburn, of the popular Discovery Channel Show “The Deadliest Catch,” to discuss the devastating effect the government shutdown could have on the Alaska crab industry. The Bristol Bay Red King Crab is scheduled to […]

by · October 11, 2013 · 3 comments ·
Council candidates showcase their differences at chamber forum

Council candidates showcase their differences at chamber forum

Three incumbent council members and one challenger are vying for votes to win three two-year seats on the Seward City Council in Tuesday October 1st Municipal Election. All of the people up at the dais Wednesday night were familiar to council watchers, however, and it’s not a very heated race as witnessed during the Meet the Candidates night at City Hall. […]

by · September 27, 2013 · Comments are Disabled ·