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Alaskan Political Cartoon by Strine

Alaskan Political Cartoon by Strine

January 26, 2016 ·
Murkowski Secures Official Name Change of Alaska Pollock

Murkowski Secures Official Name Change of Alaska Pollock

Change Will Protect Both Fisheries and Consumers  WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its list of acceptable market names for seafood as a direct result of Senator Murkowski’s successful efforts to include a provision in the year-end budget bill to allow only pollock caught in Alaskan waters to be marketed as “Alaska Pollock”. This change […]

January 21, 2016 ·
Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – Seward Rotary gets Proactive

Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – Seward Rotary gets Proactive

By Brandii Holmdahl, Borough Assembly Representative – Over the course of the next few years, the Seward area will be impacted by the transfer of over 1000 acres, mostly in the Bear Lake area, from State to Borough ownership. The borough will be tasked with classifying this land according to municipal ordinance. This acreage encompasses several expanses of land suitable to residential housing developments or commercial activities. Public comment […]

January 21, 2016 ·
Seward's assistant fire chief Sean Corrigan (l.) receives the 2015 Alaska Firefighter of the Year Award from Acting State Fire Marshall Lloyd Nakano (r.). Photo by R. Smeriglio

Rest of Peninsula Recognizes Seward at Council Meeting; Civic Business as Usual Fills Out Agenda

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Politicos from the Kenai Peninsula flatlands attended Monday’s City Council meeting to recognize Seward achievers and to float some interesting ideas. Before and after the ceremony and recognition, Council attended to the nuts and bolts of managing a small city on a large bay. When not busy with Alaska state business, Speaker of the […]

January 14, 2016 ·
Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

Murkowski Continues Fight Against Frankenfish, Moves to Block FDA Commissioner Nominee

Senator: “Voluntary Labelling of GE Salmon is Not Adequate”  WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) continued her fight against genetically engineered (GE) salmon by announcing in the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee that she would block confirmation proceedings of the nominee to be FDA Commissioner, Dr. Robert Califf, on the Senate floor if her concerns […]

January 13, 2016 ·
Part Two: Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – the Kenai Peninsula

Part Two: Alaskan Lands for Alaskans – the Kenai Peninsula

By Brandii Holmdahl,  KP Borough Assembly Representative – ** This is the second of a three-part story discussing the history and future impact of land entitlements to the Seward community. Part 1 is HERE. For  two years the Kenai Peninsula borough has been working to secure the remaining 44,000 acres of municipal entitlement land granted under the state constitution, formation of incorporated boroughs. Resolution […]

January 13, 2016 ·
Who Owns Alaska?

Who Owns Alaska?

By Brandii Holmdahl – Communities of the Eastern Peninsula are going to be impacted by land decisions that have been generations in the making. Current land ownership in Alaska has been impacted by three major events in history. The first occurred on October 18, 1867, when Russia sold the Alaska Territory to the United States. From 1867 until 1959 the […]

January 4, 2016 ·
Aging diversion tunnel inside view at low water flow, March 24th inspection. photo credit Corps of Engineers.

Lowell Canyon Funding Update

By Jim Hunt, City Manager – As reported here on SCN in a well-detailed article by Heidi Zemach, the City of Seward is responsible for an approximate cost-share of $1.2 million dollars for the creation of an Army Corps of Engineer’s feasibility/scoping study of Lowell Canyon alternatives. I have been working closely for several weeks with Mr. John Hozey in […]

December 17, 2015 ·
Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

Behind the scenes of Reality TV special with Obama

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Running Wild, Stranded in the Alaska Wilderness, the hour-long reality television show filmed while President Barack Obama was visiting Exit Glacier in Seward September 1st, airs Thursday evening, December 17th on NBC.  It airs at 10 p.m. EST. Viewers won’t see the U.S. President doing the gross, sensational survival stuff that Bear Grylls’ reality show […]

December 15, 2015 ·
Alaska Governor Bill Walker

New Sustainable Alaska Plan

By Governor Bill Walker & Lt. Governor Byron Mallott – Dear Alaskan, Between the time we filed to run for office and the day we were sworn in, oil prices dropped in half, taking with it most of our state’s revenue. When your income falls in half, you have to take stock of your spending. Working with lawmakers, we cut […]

December 10, 2015 ·
State Senator Peter Micciche at a Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon November 2015. Photo by R Smeriglio

Senator Micciche Addresses Alaska’s Budget Problem

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — State of Alaska’s fiscal woes and what to do about them will continue to occupy a place at center stage in the Legislature according to Senator Peter Micciche – District O (including Seward, Soldotna, Kenai and northern Kenai Peninsula). At last week’s Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon, Senator Micciche gave a brief outline of […]

November 25, 2015 ·
Visitors at Seward Resort pose with the wild fish they caught in, and around Resurrection Bay this summer. Heidi Zemach file photo.

Seward Fishing Community dismayed by FDA approving genetically modified fish

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- Word that the Food and Drug Administration had approved the human consumption of a genetically modified animal for the first time ever Thursday, the dreaded “Frankenfish,” traveled fast in Alaska. Several Seward residents SCN spoke with were not happy about its implications, either for the Alaska fishing industry, or for consumers. In a town that prides […]

November 21, 2015 ·
Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of Genetically Engineered Salmon

Alaska Delegation Responds to FDA Approval of GE Salmon Marks First Ever Approval of GE Animal for Human Consumption Washington, D.C. – After years of pushback from consumers, scientific experts and fishing interests, today the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced the first ever “approval for a genetically engineered animal intended for food, AquAdvantage Salmon.” The Alaska Congressional Delegation, […]

November 19, 2015 ·
Seward women waging peace are pleased about community support

Seward women waging peace are pleased about community support

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Some local women have taken it upon themselves to put their efforts toward building peace in their own lives, in the lives of the community, schools, criminal justice system, and they even hope to foster international peace and prevent global crises. Seward’s Lori Draper, Jennifer Carr, and Sharon Ganser participate in the Peace Alliance, […]

November 10, 2015 ·
An Interview with Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy LLC

An Interview with Andy Baker of Your Clean Energy LLC

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After his presentation at the Seward Energy Forum and Fair last weekend, professional engineer Andy Baker, owner of Your Clean Energy, sat down for an interview with SCN. Baker serves as project manager for City of Seward’s ocean energy project, which proposes to heat four city buildings with heat from Resurrection Bay seawater. Baker […]

October 12, 2015 ·
Official City of Seward Election Results for October 6, 2015 Election

Official City of Seward Election Results for October 6, 2015 Election

October 9, 2015 ·
Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee Meets October 15th

Seward Fish and Game Advisory Committee Meets October 15th

The Seward Fish & Game Advisory Committee will meet in Seward on Thursday, October 15th at 7 pm at the Seward City hall. Agenda will include BOF statewide proposals, discussion of waterfowl emergency regulations, potential attendance at upcoming Board meetings, and any other items that may properly come before the committee. For more information contact Jim McCracken at 362-3701. Meetings […]

October 7, 2015 ·

Unofficial Election Results for the Seward/Lowell Point Precinct (29-170)

From the City Clerk – City of Seward Ballot: Mayor Race (one seat) 240         Jean Bardarson 44           Tim McDonald 8              Write-Ins   Seward City Council (three seats open) 246         Sue McClure 238         David Squires 193         Deborah Altermatt 29           Write-Ins   Kenai Peninsula Borough Ballot:   Assembly Seat 6 (one seat) 139         Brandii Holmdahl 137         Kenn Carpenter 2              Write-Ins   Seward […]

October 6, 2015 ·

Please Vote Today

By Cheryl Seese – I am voting for Jean Bardarson as Seward City Mayor. She has served our community very well for many years on the City Council. As Mayor, this last year, she has continued to serve us well. She listens and reads everything that comes before the council. She is thoughtful and focused on what is best for […]

October 6, 2015 ·

Opinion: VOTE TUESDAY 10/6/15

By Cheryl Seese – I am voting for Jean Bardarson as Seward City Mayor. She has served our community very well for many years on the City Council. As Mayor, this last year, she has continued to serve us well. She listens and reads everything that comes before the council. She is thoughtful and focused on what is best for […]

October 5, 2015 ·
Kenn Carpenter

Vote for Kenn Carpenter on October 6

Hello my name is Kenn Carpenter.  I am seeking your vote October 6, 2015 to be a voice for “Seward, Moose Pass, Hope, Cooper Landing and the north end of Sterling.” Raised in Eagle River, Alaska and been a resident 30+ years. Residing in Seward since 2006. Married to Linda Carpenter for 22 years, father of four children, grandfather of […]

October 2, 2015 ·
Groups Ask State for Money: Senator Highlights Fiscal Gap

Groups Ask State for Money: Senator Highlights Fiscal Gap

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The State of Alaska currently spends $2.7 billion more than it takes into its unrestricted general accounts. Nonetheless, the unincorporated community of Moose Pass and the Seward/Bear Creek Flood Service Area have requested funds from the State for capital improvements. Statewide, many others have as well. At a meeting in Moose Pass last Saturday, […]

October 2, 2015 ·
City of Seward Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

City of Seward Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR)

To see the city’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for 2014, see this link to their web site: http://www.cityofseward.us/DocumentCenter/View/2445

September 29, 2015 ·

Senior Citizen Survey Results for District 6 Candidates

Thank you District 6 candidates Kenn Carpenter and Brandii Holmdahl for participating in this Senior Citizen Survey. In addition to the economic issues facing our state and boroughs, there are several issues of particular importance to our KPB Senior population. Seniors on the peninsula number approximately 10,000 and provide a significant contribution to the KPB economy and volunteer community. A […]

September 24, 2015 ·
Council okays income-based senior housing

Council okays income-based senior housing

Heidi Zemach for SCN- At its recent meeting, Sept 14, the City of Seward City Council agreed to allow two of the six senior houses planned for a proposed new six-plex facility on city-donated land, to be based on income. The vote was 6-1, with Councilmember Iris Darling voting in opposition to making some units income-based. The plan for the […]

September 22, 2015 ·
KPB Mayor Mike Navarre

Navarre Fiscal Plan Op-Ed

By Borough Mayor Mike Navarre Announcement of the annual Permanent Fund dividend is one of Alaskans’ most anticipated events of the year. Dividends are clearly important to Alaska residents and also have a significant and positive effect on our economy. This year’s anticipated record dividend comes at the same time as Alaska faces its largest budget shortfall in history. Maybe there’s […]

September 20, 2015 ·