Seward Elementary School students from Pre-K through grade 6 have been participating this week in the largest-ever K-12 educational event, which includes approximately 12 million students from all around the world! It’s Computer Science Education Week, and students everywhere are doing an “Hour of Code” by logging on from laptops, iPads, iPhones, or desktop computers to www.code.org and participating in a variety of coding/programming activities. No experience necessary! (Even teachers need no experience.) These easy-to-follow tutorials that guide students through actual programming exercises in a fun, interactive, online environment were created by a variety of global leaders in computer science education […]
Five teachers from Seward, Moose Pass, and Hope, plus two parents, received their Lego Robotics Certification today...
I created a map of Seward attractions to hand out to my customers at my old business, The Seward Information Center. ...
After almost 32 years of dedicated service to the State of Alaska — and instructing over a thousand students —Mark...
Turn your FM radio dial to 91.7 these days and you’ll hear some interesting old ragtime, Dixieland, big band, swing, and variety of other music predating the 1960s, along with local weather, and international news. Seward’s own new community radio station KIBH-91.7 FM, with help from local radio techie and broadcaster Wolfgang Kurtz, started broadcasting from an antenna atop a building on Fourth Avenue in downtown Seward Tuesday, via a 100 watt low-power transmitter with a license assigned to Kenai Educational Media Inc. Kurtz’s low-power transmitter will be moved to another, much more powerful 1000 watt transmitter, and placed on […]Read more ›
Join the Club Today! There is still time and space to grab a place in our local coding club. If you are a student between the ages of 12 and 19, become a member of Seward’s own computer coding club and learn how to code! Dates: April 1 – May 20 Time: Monday afternoons from 4:00 to 5:30 Location: Seward Community Library Leaders: Leigh Ray, Valarie Kingsland If you would like to be part of this fun club, please fill out the interest survey today at www.sewardcodeclub.com. If these times do not work for you, please fill out the survey and let […]Read more ›
Press Release: Soldotna, October 16, 2012—More than 60 educational institutions will send representatives to meet with KPBSD high school students on Tuesday, October 23, 2012, from 10:00—1:00 at the Soldotna Sports Center in Soldotna, Alaska. That same evening, a financial aid informational program will be offered from 6:30—7:30 p.m. The third annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair is October 23, 2012, Soldotna Sports Center, 10:00—1:00 p.m. Juniors and seniors will attend with their schools. Connections students can sign-in at the door. Confirmed educational […]Read more ›
Cellular services, ACS & GCI, and long distance services seem to be having an outage problem. AT&T is working. Local calls 224 to 224 are working, but no long distance at this time. Folks are working to get full services restored at this time. The cause has not been identified yet. Post if you have information regarding this.Read more ›
After an intense eight days of physical and emotional challenges, four Civil Air Patrol cadets from the Seward Composite Squadron graduated from the 2012 Arctic Challenge. The encampment, held at Fort Richardson, was very similar to a military boot camp. Cadets were awakened at 5:00am to the sounds of whistles and screaming flight commanders, and they endured challenging physical training exercises every morning. They participated in military drilling, ate at the base dining hall, and ensured that their beds and lockers were in pristine condition for any unexpected inspections. Cadets even pushed through an extremely demanding obstacle course that the […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN AVTEC officially dedicated its new wind turbine Wednesday, June 13th, with a host of visiting state representatives and guests representing organizations and the wind engineers that helped make it happen. Ironically, the wind that has blown so steadily, and kept its blades producing energy for the weeks that it has been in operation, slowed to a standstill at the time of the dedication. They began slowly turning again, however, during the course of the celebration. “This is truly a milestone event for AVTEC, the City of Seward and the State of Alaska,” said AVTEC Director […]Read more ›
ACHP will be in Seward on June 9 & 10 at the Breeze Inn, teaching free to the public energy efficiency classes for residents and building professionals looking to improve the efficiency of their home. These classes are basic and very hands on–great for anyone participating in the energy rebate program as well.Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News AVTEC’s (Alaska’s Institute of Technology) Maritime Training Center has been in high demand lately, with maritime industry personnel, and job-seekers in the field making good use of its new three-bridge, Kongsberg™ Full-Mission Ship Simulator, and realistic full mission bridge rooms. The Seward facility is likely to become increasingly busy with the expected boom in maritime traffic to Alaska. Last week for instance, mock LNG tanker trials took place with Florida-based consultant Captain Greg Brooks, of ConocoPhilips, members of SWAPA, the Southwest Alaska Pilots Association, Crowley Marine, Inland Tug and Barge and the U.S. […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News It was a historic moment for Seward. By far the most impressive looking alternative energy source to come to Seward thus far has arrived! Northwind 100, a sleek new three-bladed 100 kilowatt wind turbine, standing about 121-feet tall, was erected adjacent to AVTECs diesel generator power plant over the weekend, within view of the Seward Highway. It is positioned directly in front of Auroras railroad coal pile, and the stacker-reclaimermaking for an interesting juxtaposition of traditional and alternative energy resources. Were just very excited to have it up the air, and look forward […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach On Monday 155 Alaska Institute of Technology students from across Alaska will come to school in Seward for the 2010 fall semester. They will spend the year learning trades that will prepare them for good jobs in todays economy; jobs that will qualify them as auto mechanics, electricians, pipe welders, chefs, and heavy equipment operators. Overall, enrollment at AVTEC has increased by about 10-15-percent over last year, perhaps the result of heavy recruiting at high schools, job and career fairs and at job centers. Nineteen of the students joining AVTEC are Seward residents, and 10 of them […]Read more ›
Our used Dell computers are looking for a new home. They are ready and willing to be of further service to you in your home. These computers still have plenty of life left in them (in an albeit limited capacity). A fresh, updated version of Windows XP has been installed, which will fully support student Google (g.kpbsd.org) accounts, making these great for browsing the Internet, sending email, chatting or doing school work. What you get Each computer comes with a keyboard, mouse and power cable. gx240 Seward El. 7/7 12pm-3pm 7/8 10am-3pm 7/9 10am-3pm More information is located at: […]Read more ›
A community grant from the Holland America Line Inc. Community Advisory Board, was awarded to Seward Tsunami Swim Club (STSC). The $1000 grant was received November of 2009, the start up of the swim season for STSC . The Seward Tsunami Swim Club grant was for the purchase of an underwater camera and recording system. It took some time to order and receive the system and it is now in place and giving the coaching staff a new view to see STSC swimmers at work and play. Coach Matt Hershock, using the system to view swimmers, says this system is […]Read more ›
Among the dozens of energy issues being debated in the Alaska State, the creation of an Emerging Energy Technology Fund stands out in its potential to promote innovation and diversification of Alaskas resource development portfolio. As an early supporter of an EETF in Alaska, the Denali Commission carried out a pilot program in 2009, selecting the SeaLife Center as one of their nine grant recipients and bringing a new, cost-effective heat source into Alaskas energy catalogue. Included in both the House and Senate omnibus energy bills, the Emerging Energy Technology Fund (EETF) would support undemonstrated cutting edge energy technologies. Selected […]Read more ›
(By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News) The City of Seward is ready to take by Eminent Domain property along the Seward Highway deemed necessary for the construction of a flood prevention levee. The project was one of several that resulted from a flood mitigation task force, developed at the request of FEMA following major flooding events in Seward over the past 20 years. The Forest Acres levee is meant to divert floodwater from flooding over the Seward Highway and the airport. At Mondays bi-monthly meeting the city council passed a resolution to take the property. The Track B Dieckgraeff-Gillespie […]Read more ›
The Alaska Center for Climate Assessment and Policy is pleased to announce a new climate information tool available to Alaskans. Communities now have access to climate change data focused on their own backyards, thanks to a community charts tool created by the Scenarios Network for Alaska Planning (SNAP) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. More than 350 places in Alaska are included in the charts, accessible at www.snap.uaf.edu/community-charts. Data is presented at low, medium and high future greenhouse gas levels. Concentration of the gases has a direct effect on how the Earth warms. The charts offer monthly average temperature and […]Read more ›
Many of our lives were put on hold late friday afternoon as mother nature shared with us our first big storm of the winter season. An avalanche crossed the Seward Highway near Mile 21.5 and closing the highway for about 24hrs. This 970mb low tracked into pws and the kenai mountains producing 19 of sweet chugach powder and 2.2 h20 in the past five days. In the past 36 hrs the Summit Creek weather station at 1400 ft recorded 1.0 water and 10 of new snow. Southeasterlies brought in our first maritime storm of the season and a dense snow […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN The Seward City Council recently told City Manager Phillip Oates to proceed with negotiations with Seward Ships Drydock, Inc to determine specific capital improvements that the shipyard wants to make, and whether they are appropriate for a lease extension beyond its current 2029 expiration. The shipyards managers are seeking assurance that the lease with the city at the Seward Marine Industrial Center will be extended for a longer period in order to justify the expense of planned capital improvements; and to obtain financing for future projects, said Jim Pruitt, SSD president. Since that Nov 10 […]Read more ›
This piece, written by Greg Hill is Fairbanks North Star Borough Library Director, ran in the Sunday edition of the FDNM. (Fairbanks Daily New Minor) OPINION ARTICLE By Greg Hill, FNSB Library Services Director, 459-1027 Last Sundays Anchorage Daily News ran a front page article, the online version is titled Are Local Libraries In Process of Checking out?, about the severe budget cuts threatening their public library systems existence. The article stated that The budget cuts come at a time when libraries around the country are rethinking their role in the 21st century and goes on to say that, besides […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News Ressurecton Bay beyond ASLC Most of us probably wouldnt imagine the seawater in Resurrection Bay to be warm. Not warm enough to heat local buildings during the cold winters. But we would be wrong. In fact, Resurrection Bay is a wonderful source of energy that stores large amounts of solar energy from the summer months that could help heat buildings in Seward while also reducing our dependence on more costly, polluting forms of energy. The Alaska SeaLife Center, located right on the bay, is preparing to put into operation […]Read more ›
What is the City of Seward doing in the electrical business? Well, as an enterprise fund it was once making good money at the expense of inflated electrical rates to its residents and businesses. However now the infrastructure is in great need of repairs to the questionable tune of $24 million. While the utility has enabled the city to meet past budgetary needs and wants, it failed to fund the future maintenance and repair account that is now catching up with us. Furthermore, given demands for alternative energy sources, infrastructure development, and the fast pace of new energy technology, Sewards […]Read more ›