Iris Darling Appointed to Council

February 24, 2014 11:39 pm1 comment
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 beneath her breath as she came forward to be sworn into office, for a term that expires October 2014. Many people had phoned her and had encouraged her to run, Darling said. Her personal work load had been lightened with […]

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Three apply for vacant council seat

February 19, 2014 10:29 am1 comment

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 municipal election. At that election, the seat will be noticed as a one year term. The deadline to apply was noon Tuesday. All three are well known, well respected figures in the local business community and have great familiarity with the […]

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Begich Urges Parnell to Use Federal Funds to Fix Seward Runway

9:00 am1 comment
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 not been fully usable since floods last fall undermined the underlying soil, preventing heavier aircraft from landing safely. “The state is considering several options including the removal of the longer runway or repairs that don’t bring the runway up to […]

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Seward City Council Notice of Vacancy

January 28, 2014 3:36 pm0 comments
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 city and shall have resided within the city continuously for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding the date of filing. The Council meets regularly on the second and fourth Monday of each month beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the City […]

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

October 11, 2013 10:22 amComments Off
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 open Tuesday with a quota of 8.6 million pounds, worth $100 million, but since the NOAA biologists who issue needed permits are furloughed, fisheries cannot open. “Alaska prides itself on its fishery management, and our fishermen and fishing communities depend […]

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Council candidates showcase their differences at chamber forum

September 27, 2013 12:07 pmComments Off
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. David Squires, the recently-retired Seward Fire Chief is running for a seat against incumbents Christy Terry, Vanta Shafer and Bob Valdatta. Perhaps because incumbents are usually favored to win reelection, unless there’s a good deal of public controversy, only Squires and […]

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Meet the Candidates September 25

September 20, 2013 4:15 pmComments Off
Meet the Candidates September 25
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Plenty at Stake in Borough Elections

September 19, 2013 9:24 am5 comments
Plenty at Stake in Borough Elections

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Kenai Peninsula Borough voters have the chance to decide some important issues via four ballot propositions at the upcoming elections October 1st. Absentee in-person voting began on Monday, Sept 16th at the Seward City Clerk’s office and continues Monday through Friday, 8 am – 5 pm through September 30th for city and borough elections. Proposition 1, placed on the ballot via a citizen’s initiative spearheaded by Fred Sturman, of Soldotna, who some may remember as one of the candidates who ran for the Borough Mayor’s seat last year, would increase the residential property tax exemption from $20,000 to $50,000. While effectively […]

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Mayor Mike Navarre in Seward Today

August 28, 2013 9:59 amComments Off

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will be visiting Seward on Wednesday, August 28, with KPB Human Resources Director Stormy Brown. He will be available for informal discussion and questions with community members from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Seward Annex, in the Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway Avenue, Suite 122. Mayor Navarre welcomes input and discussion on issues that affect the Seward and Bear Creek communities, and always looks forward to hearing ideas and solutions. Please call Michele Aranguiz at 907-714-2150 to reserve a time slot to talk with Mayor Navarre or Stormy Brown.

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Mayor Navarre’s Visit Tomorrow

August 27, 2013 11:31 amComments Off

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will be visiting Seward on Wednesday, August 28, with KPB Human Resources Director Stormy Brown. He will be available for informal discussion and questions with community members from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Seward Annex, in the Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway Avenue, Suite 122. Mayor Navarre welcomes input and discussion on issues that affect the Seward and Bear Creek communities, and always looks forward to hearing ideas and solutions. Please call Michele Aranguiz at 907-714-2150 to reserve a time slot to talk with Mayor Navarre or Stormy Brown.

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Mayor Mike Navarre’s Visit Wednesday

August 26, 2013 10:08 amComments Off

Kenai Peninsula Borough Mayor Mike Navarre will be visiting Seward on Wednesday, August 28, with KPB Human Resources Director Stormy Brown. He will be available for informal discussion and questions with community members from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm at the Seward Annex, in the Seaview Plaza, 302 Railway Avenue, Suite 122. Mayor Navarre welcomes input and discussion on issues that affect the Seward and Bear Creek communities, and always looks forward to hearing ideas and solutions. Please call Michele Aranguiz at 907-714-2150 to reserve a time slot to talk with Mayor Navarre or Stormy Brown.

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Asphalt Plant in Forest Acres?

August 12, 2013 6:19 am23 comments

Alaska Road Builders, Inc., has submitted an application to the City of Seward for a Conditional Use Permit to extract gravel from Japp Creek and operate an asphalt plant on Lots CL and CK, Forest Acres Subdivision, and up and down Japp Creek alongside several homes. PUBLIC HEARING: AUGUST 20, 2013, 7 PM, COUNCIL CHAMBERS, CITY HALL, SEWARD, ALASKA Details, photos, maps, documents, and petition online at http://forestacres.blogspot.com/. Please see links to the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of pollutants that come from such plants, and to its requirements for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans, which should be required of this applicant. Ah! How the […]

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Parnell Administration: Alaska’s Salmon Streams open for Coal Mining

July 29, 2013 9:07 amComments Off

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 29, 2013 Contact: Judy Heilman, Chuitna Citizens Coalition, 907.583.2277 Bob Shavelson, Cook Inletkeeper, 907.299.3277 Parnell Administration: Alaska’s Salmon Streams open for Coal Mining State denies wild salmon stream protections ANCHORAGE — Governor Parnell and the Alaska Department of Natural Resource rejected a petition on Friday filed by local citizens seeking to protect wild Alaska salmon streams from coal strip mining in Upper Cook Inlet. “This is a horrible precedent for Alaska wild salmon and the countless families they support. PacRim Coal’s mining plans would remove miles and miles of wild Alaska salmon streams to a depth of over 300 feet,” said Judy […]

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Oil tax referendum arrives in Seward

June 29, 2013 12:28 am3 comments
Oil tax referendum arrives in Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN The statewide campaign to put a public referendum on the ballot repealing Senate Bill 21, the reduction in state taxes for oil companies in Alaska, is picking up steam as it heads into its final weeks. It arrived in Seward this week. SB 21 was enacted by the Alaska state legislature April 14, 2013. The grassroots campaign to place a repeal referendum on the August 2014 ballot, and thus revert Alaska back to the way oil taxation had been under ACES, needs to collect 30,000 signatures by July 13th.  Within that number, the campaign needs […]

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Senate Bill 21 Petition Signing

June 22, 2013 11:18 amComments Off
Senate Bill 21 Petition Signing
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Maddox joins diverse delegation lobbying for clean air

May 29, 2013 10:19 am42 comments
Maddox joins diverse delegation lobbying for clean air

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News Russ Maddox, a local, state, and national clean air and water advocate who works with Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance, the Sierra Club and other conservation groups, recently joined with former Seward resident Father Michael Oleksa to represent Alaska on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. Father Oleksa is a much beloved Russian Orthodox Priest and Alaskan storyteller, a leader in the development of cross-cultural education in Alaska, and an esteemed student of Alaska Native languages and cultures who seeks to foster greater understanding across boundaries of race and culture. The two were part of a […]

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How a sequester may affect the NPS

February 28, 2013 3:24 pmComments Off

U.S. lawmakers appear at a standstill on avoiding $85 billion in automatic budget cuts that are to hit the federal government on Friday. The sequester cuts were created by lawmakers and the White House, and were slated to take effect unless they managed to arrive at a compromise U.S. government budget. The next politically-created fiscal crisis is a partial government shutdown at the end of March unless lawmakers act to prevent it by March 27. The impacts will be felt in a variety of places, and in many different ways. Jeff Mow, National Park Superintendent with KFNP, was asked to detail for […]

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March against domestic violence sexual assault

February 15, 2013 2:19 pmComments Off
March against domestic violence sexual assault

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Some 13 Seward residents, the majority of them affiliated with SeaView Community Services or related organizations, marched from City Hall to the Alaska SeaLife Center to take a stand against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. There were similar marches and events taking place throughout the United States and across the globe. SeaView’s Domestic Violence Sexual Assault Coordinator Dawn McDevitt, who joined SeaView just last month, organized the event. Prior to the march she stood at the top of the steps near the entrance to City Hall, and gave this speech: “One in three women on this […]

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Legislator Information for Seward

January 31, 2013 2:14 pmComments Off

Seward has new representation in the Alaska Legislature this year due to redistricting. The new district is N 28. N is the Seward Senate district. We are being represented by Senator Cathy Giessel. Her contact information in Juneau is: 800-892-4843. The number 28 stands for the Seward House District. Representative Mike Chenault, who is also the Speaker of the House, is Seward’s new representative. Representative Chenault’s toll free # is 800-469-3779. Constituent concerns for Representative Chenault’s office will be handled by Wendy Focose, who can be reached at 283-7223. The Legislature is in full swing and holding many hearings that […]

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Seaton’s bill to repeal CPA audit requirements for Pick.Click.Give

January 30, 2013 1:10 pmComments Off
Seaton’s bill to repeal CPA audit requirements for Pick.Click.Give

By Heidi Zemach for SCN HB 75, repealing the audit requirement for organizations participating in Pick.Click.Give, an option on your Permanent Dividend Fund application, will have its first hearing at 8:00 a.m. this Thursday in the House State Affairs Committee. Dana Paperman, director of the Seward Senior Center, will be testifying, and paying close attention to the progress of this bill, sponsored by our former Representative Paul Seaton, R, Homer. Currently the Alaska Statute requires all organizations with a total annual budget that exceeds $250,000 to have a financial audit by a CPA in order to participate in the Pick.Click.Give […]

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