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Baby walrus update

Baby walrus update

According to the Alaska Sealife Center October Newsletter released today: “Aku will be moved out of his current location soon. Aku was rescued from Nome, Alaska on June 14th. If you would like to see Aku, be sure to visit by Sunday, October 15.” I visited again today, just before […]

Seward Student Science Challenge Scholarships Update

Seward Student Science Challenge Scholarships Update

Hello! I just wanted to let you know we’ve raised $2500 in scholarship funding! Many Thanks goes to Chugach Electric, Marathon Constructors Inspector Services, First National Bank, Cooper Landing Chamber of Commerce, and the Seward Chamber of Commerce. While this is exciting and we are so grateful, we are still […]

Snow River Glacier Dam Jökulhlaup

Snow River Glacier Dam Jökulhlaup

The snow river glacial dam has burst and is in the process of draining, dumping millions of gallons of water into Snow River.   Also known as a Jökulhlaup: A glacier outburst flood resulting from the failure of a glacier-ice-dam, glacier-sediment-dam, or from the melting of glacier ice by a volcanic […]

Alaska Mumps Outbreak

By Dr. Ross Van Camp, Seward Community Health Center In the five years before 2016 there were one or less mumps cases diagnosed in Alaska. In July 2016, two cases were diagnosed in the Fairbanks area. In 2017 there have already been eight cases diagnosed, most in the Anchorage area. […]

Exit Glacier retreat continues

Exit Glacier retreat continues

I  checked out Exit Glacier on Saturday, joining the many other visitors from all around the world. The glacier has retreated an astounding 264 feet since last August, in part due to a dramatic change in the outflow of water from the ice field and glacier. The toe of the […]

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Pretty but nasty Bird Vetch

Beware of a pretty purple-blue flower that is blooming and producing seeds in unsuspecting public sites, homeowners’ gardens, along the alleys, disturbed grassy areas, and unmowed roadsides. Bird Vetch (Vicia cracca) is an invasive, harmful weed that spreads rapidly by seed and underground roots. It climbs over other flowers, grasses, and […]