Technology

DOT Plans Seward Highway Upgrades Near and Through Moose Pass

DOT Plans Seward Highway Upgrades Near and Through Moose Pass

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities plans two rehabilitation projects for the Seward Highway that together may cost an estimated $127 million and will affect Kenai Peninsula general economy and quality of life, especially in Moose Pass. Start of construction lies two to five years away, but surveying, data gathering, and designing have already […]

December 12, 2015 ·
AVTEC students Alex Pahno and Brett ___ with their solar demonstration project. Heidi Zemach photo.

Seward energy fair showcases the proven and the possible

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The second Seward Energy Forum and Fair drew a wealth of exhibitors, presenters, school students, and interested local residents to AVTEC, Alaska Institute of Technology Student Services’ Center on Friday Oct 9th  and Saturday Oct 10th. Many of the speakers, exhibiting agencies, and attendees were experts in the cutting edge of alternative energy technologies, or […]

October 15, 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 ·
Seward approves grant for ocean-warmed clean energy project

Seward approves grant for ocean-warmed clean energy project

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward recently moved an important step closer to reducing its energy dependence and fostering renewable energy by agreeing to apply for an $850,000 grant for an innovative ocean-warmed heat-district system from the Alaska Energy Authority Renewable Energy Fund, and promising that the city would contribute $85,000. Seward has the lucky distinction of being located […]

September 13, 2015 ·
U.S. Coast Guard cutter reaches North Pole during historic expedition

U.S. Coast Guard cutter reaches North Pole during historic expedition

ARCTIC OCEAN — U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Healy, homeported in Seattle, arrived at the North Pole Sept. 5, 2015, becoming the first U.S. surface ship to do so unaccompanied. This is also only the fourth time a U.S. surface vessel has ever reached the North Pole, and the first since 2005. Healy’s crew and science party, totaling 145 people, departed […]

September 8, 2015 ·
Middle Schoolers: Get to Know Sqord Pizza Party

Middle Schoolers: Get to Know Sqord Pizza Party

Open to all Middle School Age kids and their families and FREE!!! Come learn about the Sqord Booster and how you can get one for free. Saturday, September 5th @ 11:30 In the Community Room of the Seward Community Library and Museum. “The Sqord Booster is the all-new, go anywhere waterproof, practically indestructible, long life replaceable battery, sync with your […]

September 2, 2015 ·
Obama’s announcement from Seward: More Icebreakers [Video]

Obama’s announcement from Seward: More Icebreakers [Video]

SEWARD, Alaska – Seward City News reporter Rick Smeriglio captured President Obama’s announcement from Seward, that the USA needs more icebreakers plying the Arctic Ocean.

September 1, 2015 ·

2015 Seward Energy Forum & Fair to be Held at AVTEC in October

Seward, Alaska August 24, 2015 – The City of Seward and the Seward Alternative Energy Group (SAEG) are hosting their second annual Seward Energy Forum & Fair on October 9th & 10th, 2015. The 2015 Seward Energy Forum & Fair – Taking Steps to a Sustainable Community will be held at AVTEC – Alaska’s Institute of Technology from 10 to […]

August 24, 2015 ·
Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

Drilling Seward waterfront for ocean heat

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – Denali Drilling, a firm contracted by the City of Seward, is drilling a 300’ deep vertical bore hole at the Seward Waterfront about 120-feet along the bike path near Branson Pavilion. Beginning Monday, July 27, they will drill a 6” steel casing to the depth believed to contain saltwater, in a project expected […]

July 27, 2015 ·
Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

Tickets on Sale for World Oceans Day Cruise

 

May 19, 2015 ·
Work progresses at Lowell Point Lagoon

Work progresses at Lowell Point Lagoon

Major progress was made today as new bio domes were lowered into Lowell Point Lagoon by helicopter as a major part of the cleaning and upgrade process to the lagoon.

May 18, 2015 ·
What is tatting?

What is tatting?

May 1st, during the First Friday Art Walk, tatting will be the center of activity for folks at A Flyin’ Skein. The history of tatting goes back 2000 years to fisherman using shuttles and heavy cord to weave nets. Through the ages fisherman and sailors passed these knots on. With lace making or tatting, the shuttles are smaller, the threads […]

April 29, 2015 ·
Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

Calling all bibliophiles, the tomes are waiting

INTO THE LAST HOUR OF OUR BOOK SALE!! BOOK BONANZA TIME. BAG OR BOX OF BOOKS FOR $2. OPEN UNTIL 4PM The Used Book Sale is ready! Come on over to the Community Room of the Seward Library Museum and browse the tomes we have waiting. Coffee will be on, snacks out, kids corner open so moms and dads can […]

April 17, 2015 ·
Pet First Aid Classes this Month

Pet First Aid Classes this Month

SOS Pets is hosting two Pet First Aid Classes this month.  Learn how to safely deal with some of the accidents and illnesses your dog or cat may encounter. Tuesday, April 21 OR Wednesday, April 29th 6:00—7:30 pm at the Seward Library Community Room $10 donation per person For ages 12 years and up. Please, do not bring your pets to […]

April 4, 2015 ·

Alaska should learn from Kodiak’s energy independence

A forward from Seward Alternative Energy Group Source: Alaska Dispatch News – Opinion Comment by Carey Restino http://www.adn.com/article/20150315/alaska-should-learn-kodiaks-energy-independence At the recent meeting of leaders from around southwest Alaska, there was much conversation about the need for affordable energy in rural Alaska. In fact, that’s pretty much led every conversation in every meeting in rural Alaska when more than a few […]

March 16, 2015 ·
Master of Research Vessel Sikuliaq Michael J. Hoshlyk sits at the joystick helm. Photo by R. Smeriglio

Sikuliaq Tour Reveals Details

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The day before R/V Sikuliaq’s ceremonial commissioning in Seward on Saturday, March 7, Master and Captain Michael J. Hoshlyk and Associate Dean of UAF Graduate School Dr. Michael A. Castellini conducted tours of the newest ship in the US academic research fleet. Beyond their obvious pride and pleasure at having such a sophisticated platform […]

March 11, 2015 ·
UAF Partners with Alutiiq Pride Hatchery for Research, Restoration, and Business

UAF Partners with Alutiiq Pride Hatchery for Research, Restoration, and Business

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — The Alutiiq Pride Shellfish Hatchery lies tucked into a seaside corner with University of Alaska Fairbanks, Seward Marine Center and the Alaska SeaLife Center very near the place where the city of Seward began. Resurrection Bay still provides clean seawater to all. Through a sharing of resources and personnel, a desirable symbiosis has furthered […]

March 10, 2015 ·
New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

New Travel Lift at SMIC Passes First Heavy Test

  By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Shortly after high tide on Tuesday, city of Seward’s new 330-ton travel lift successfully lifted the Mary J out of the water at Seward Marine Industrial Center. A big-boned gal, Mary J weighs about 250 tons. This simple feat becomes simply remarkable when one considers that just one week earlier, the lift arrived […]

March 6, 2015 ·
Seward Economic Growth Plan (SEGP) SMIC Group Visits the AVTEC Maritime Academy Simulator

Seward Economic Growth Plan (SEGP) SMIC Group Visits the AVTEC Maritime Academy Simulator

Text and images by Seward Chamber of Commerce – Lucky for the SMIC – Seward Marine Industrial Center – Group, one of the members is a former employee at AVTEC.  Steve Fink suggested that the group visit the AVTEC Maritime Academy to “board” the simulators to see what it would be like to navigate the entrance to the new SMIC harbor.  What fun!  So […]

March 3, 2015 ·
Seward Chamber Launches a New Community Calendar

Seward Chamber Launches a New Community Calendar

The Seward Chamber of Commerce, Conference and Visitors Bureau proudly announces the launch of its new Community Events Calendar! We invite you all to take advantage of this exciting opportunity to share and promote your upcoming events effectively and efficiently within the Seward community and beyond! To access the calendar, participants can visit the website: http://events.seward.com/. The S.C.O.C. Community Events Calendar allows […]

February 13, 2015 ·
P & Z Commission Approves Large Water Tank for Gateway Subdivision

P & Z Commission Approves Large Water Tank for Gateway Subdivision

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At its regular meeting on Feb. 3, Seward Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved issuing the city public works department a conditional-use permit to construct and operate a 600,000-gallon water tank and pumping facility on a 1.4-acre city-owned vacant lot at 2301 Hemlock Street. After a public hearing during the meeting and after hearing reports from […]

February 9, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Homecoming Celebration March 6-8

R/V Sikuliaq Homecoming Celebration March 6-8

  Join the University of Alaska Fairbanks as they celebrate the homecoming of the R/V Sikuliaq in Seward: March 6: Ship tours, 1-4:30 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) March 7: Commissioning ceremony and reception, 11 a.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) Ship tours, noon-5 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey Terminal (railroad dock) March 8: Ship tours, 1-4 p.m., Dale R. Lindsey […]

February 2, 2015 ·
Inefficient Five-bulb light systems on Third Avenue in Seward. Heidi Zemach photo.

Switching to LED lights isn’t an easy choice for City of Seward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Transitioning city lights downtown to LED is a great idea if one hopes to improve the city’s energy-efficiency and save city taxpayers money in the long run. But when Seward City Council members recently decided it was a good way to go, beginning with the 24 decorative lights downtown that needed maintenance, they soon […]

January 4, 2015 ·
R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

R/V Sikuliaq Conducts Science and Helps Film Crew During Maiden Voyage to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — At a well-attended Seward Chamber of Commerce luncheon on December 5, Project Manager Dan Oliver enthusiastically presented the Research Vessel Sikuliaq story so far. The 261-foot long ship has joined the American academic-research fleet and features specialized equipment that makes it especially suited to arctic research. According to Oliver, the National Science Foundation paid […]

December 9, 2014 ·

GCI to offer the new rugged Cat® S50 smartphone to Alaskans

GCI First in United States to Offer Rugged Cat® S50 Smartphone Ideal for Alaskans New Android device can withstand below-zero temperatures, precipitation and being dropped onto concrete, among other features ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – GCI is excited to be the first carrier in the nation to offer Cat Phones’ new Cat® S50, a rugged 4GLTE smartphone designed for use in challenging […]

December 2, 2014 ·
Coding takes another step forward

Coding takes another step forward

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward Elementary schoolteacher Leigh Ray has helped the school secure a $10,000 award from Code.org., an international non-profit organization bent on furthering students computer science education and coding literacy. The award will provide the elementary school with computer hardware and accessories. Each award goes to one school per state, and the school is selected […]

December 2, 2014 ·