Politics

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, […]

by · August 29, 2014 · 0 comments ·

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 […]

by · August 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Division of Elections Reports Primary Election Results at 2:12 a.m. Wednesday

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – With 98.6 percent of  precincts having counted and reported their vote tallies, Alaska Division of Elections reported the following election results in races of importance to Seward and surrounding areas. Readers should note that percentages refer to proportion of candidate’s party, not the overall electorate. For clarity, SCN has left out losing candidates within […]

by · August 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·

Preliminary Election Results Reported at 10 p.m. by Division of Elections

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – The state of Alaska Division of Elections released its first batch of unofficial election results Tuesday evening for the statewide primary election. With only 59,000 votes counted, in about 32 percent of precincts, Ballot Measure One, to repeal or to retain the current tax structure on oil production, appeared tied between the yes and […]

by · August 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Alaska State Primary Tuesday, August 19

Alaska State Primary Tuesday, August 19

  Tuesday, August 19, is the Alaska State Primary Election day. Polls are open from 7AM-8PM. Voters registered for the Seward/Lowell Point precinct can cast their ballots at the K.M. Rae building at 125 3rd Avenue. Voters registered for the Bear Creek precinct can cast their ballots at the Bear Creek Fire Department at Mile 5 of the Seward Highway. For more […]

by · August 18, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Sewage lagoon blamed for health concerns

Sewage lagoon blamed for health concerns

Ten area residents and business owners of the Lowell Point area, including a few downwind or upwind from the city’s main aerated, passive sewage lagoon, described their symptoms at Monday night’s regular city council meeting: headaches; stinging, swollen, watery eyes; difficulty breathing, coughing and other respiratory ailments; reduced oxygen levels; stomach upset; and even mental confusion—all of which have been […]

by · August 12, 2014 · 1 comment ·

Candidate Packets

Candidate Packets for Service Area Boards and Borough Mayor are available at the Borough Annex office in the Sea View Plaza suite 122. Hours are Mon-Thu from 9:00 to 3:00. They are due by August 15th at 4:30. Cheryl Seese is a notary, for your convenience.

by · August 5, 2014 · 0 comments ·

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 · 5 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 ·