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Winter Weather Advisory for Western Kenai Peninsula

WESTERN KENAI PENINSULA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…KENAI…SOLDOTNA…HOMER… COOPER LANDING 408 PM AKST WED JAN 21 2015   …WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THURSDAY TO 6 PM AKST FRIDAY…   THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THURSDAY TO 6 PM AKST FRIDAY. […]

January 21, 2015 ·

Seward Highway closed at Mile 108

From the Alaska State Troopers – Following an accident that overturned a tractor trailer containing salvaged items at Milepost 108 of the Seward Highway, both northbound and southbound lanes of highway traffic are blocked. Only one driver was involved and no injuries are reported. Check for updates with Alaska 511 at http://511.alaska.gov/alaska511/mappingcomponent/index

January 12, 2015 ·
Seward Highway Milepost 17-22.5 Design Update and Outreach Recap

Seward Highway Milepost 17-22.5 Design Update and Outreach Recap

Alaska Department of Transportation Press Release – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will rehabilitate and improve the safety of 5.5 miles of the Seward Highway between the communities of Moose Pass and Seward, Alaska.   Public Involvement Recap This year, the DOT&PF project team has participated in several […]

January 11, 2015 ·

Western Kenai Peninsula Freezing Rain Advisory

…FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO NOON AKST THURSDAY ALONG THE INLET… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 3 AM TO NOON AKST THURSDAY. * LOCATION…ALONG THE INLET. * ICE ACCUMULATION…BETWEEN ONE TENTH TO TWO TENTHS OF AN INCH…GREATEST ACCUMULATIONS NORTH OF CLAM GULCH. * TIMING…LIGHT FREEZING […]

January 8, 2015 ·

AMHS Fares to Increase Summer 2015

Alaska Department of Transportation News Release – (JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) announced today that fares on the Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) will increase 4.5 percent for travel beginning May 1, 2015. The new fare structure will go into effect January 1, 2015. The rate increase will not affect reservations made prior to […]

December 19, 2014 ·

2015 High School Exchange Program with Obihiro, Japan

The City of Seward and the Seward International Friendship Association (SIFA) are seeking up to four high school students to participate in the student exchange with Obihiro, Japan.  Japanese students will come to Seward in late July/early August, then the Seward students will travel to Obihiro for approximately two weeks in August. Applications are available at the high school through Martha […]

December 16, 2014 ·

Seward Highway Avalanche Control Milepost 18-22, Expect Delays

State of Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities Avalanche Closure Notification There will be intermittent traffic delays today on the Seward Highway for avalanche hazard reduction work between mileposts 18 and 22 near Kenai Lake south of Moose Pass.  Motorists should expect delays of up to 45 minutes between 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM. Updates will be posted on […]

December 16, 2014 ·
The Obihiro Mural is Up!

The Obihiro Mural is Up!

By Dot Bardarson – December signals the end of a marathon project involving two countries, and lots of volunteers.  In September, our sister city, Obihiro, sent us six Japanese artists along with their design for a new mural, their gift to the City of Seward. (Last year we sent 7 artists to Obihiro to do the same for them.) The […]

December 4, 2014 ·

Freezing Rain Advisory

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE ANCHORAGE AK 608 AM AKST MON DEC 1 2014 INCLUDING THE CITIES OF…WHITTIER…SEWARD…GIRDWOOD… MOOSE PASS   …FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS EVENING TO NOON AKST TUESDAY FOR INLAND AREAS… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN ANCHORAGE HAS ISSUED A FREEZING RAIN ADVISORY…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 9 PM THIS […]

December 1, 2014 ·
Video – “Heart of Alaska” Kickstarter Campaign

Video – “Heart of Alaska” Kickstarter Campaign

“[A feature film] – What does the future hold for Alaska? One family walked and packrafted over 3 months and 800 miles to gain insight. From March through July of 2013 Hig, Erin, Katmai and Lituya walked and packrafted over 800 miles of Alaska coastline, around the edge of Cook Inlet. They fastidiously documented their adventure and have returned home […]

November 28, 2014 ·
Sneak Peak: Alaska Starts Here

Sneak Peak: Alaska Starts Here

The Travel Channel will be airing a special on Seward named Alaska Starts Here. The premier is tomorrow Sunday, November 23rd at 9 PM according to their schedule HERE. From the Travel Channel: “Alaska Starts Here The weathered, worn, time-hardened port city of Seward, AK, explodes to 10 times its population every summer, offering untamed, raw Alaska adventures like wrestling monster […]

November 22, 2014 ·
Reminder: Civil Air Patrol Open House & BBQ November 16

Reminder: Civil Air Patrol Open House & BBQ November 16

November 16, 2014 ·
Online Open House for Seward Highway Mileposts 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project Ends November 16

Online Open House for Seward Highway Mileposts 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project Ends November 16

  The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will rehabilitate and improve the safety of 5.5 miles of the Seward Highway between the communities of Moose Pass and Seward, Alaska.   Reminder:  Online Open House  open through November 16 Our Online Open House, currently accessible on the project website,  provides an opportunity […]

November 11, 2014 ·
Road to Exit Glacier Closed to Vehicle Traffic for the Winter Season

Road to Exit Glacier Closed to Vehicle Traffic for the Winter Season

On Wednesday, October 22, the gate at the Box Canyon Bridge (mile 1.3 on Herman Leirer Road) will close to vehicle traffic due to deteriorating driving conditions.  Visitors can continue to access Kenai Fjords National Park using other modes of transportation. For the safety of visitors and wildlife, bikes and dogs are welcome on the road and in the Exit […]

October 21, 2014 ·
Seward Highway Improvements studied

Seward Highway Improvements studied

Heidi Zemach for Seward City News – The Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities’ open house at the Seward Community Library Museum last week was well-attended. The project is to improve and widen the Seward Highway from Mileposts 17 to 22.5, including two 12-foot lanes and 6.5 foot paved shoulders. The current roadway is 28 feet wide, with two […]

October 21, 2014 ·

Your used books are wanted

The Friends of the Library Museum are needing your used books. Used book sales helps the Friends support library programs, like the Summer Reading Program, purchase of new books for all age groups and more. Our shelves are almost empty! With fall in the air, we are all getting our lawns, yards and homes ready for winter. Bag those already […]

October 15, 2014 ·
Seward Hwy Milepost 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Open House October 15

Seward Hwy Milepost 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Open House October 15

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF), in cooperation with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) will rehabilitate and improve the safety of 5.5 miles of the Seward Highway between the communities of Moose Pass and Seward, Alaska. Project team members will be hosting a Public Open House to share information about the project’s scope, schedule and current design. […]

October 10, 2014 ·
Alaska DOTPF Plans Highway Upgrade, Holds Meeting in Moose Pass

Alaska DOTPF Plans Highway Upgrade, Holds Meeting in Moose Pass

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN – Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities held an open-house meeting in Moose Pass to share information about plans to rehabilitate the Seward Highway between mileposts 17 (Primrose Spur Road) and 22.5 (south of Ptarmigan Creek). About a dozen citizens attended. Mostly federal dollars with some state support will pay for the roughly $50- […]

October 7, 2014 ·
My Summer in Obihiro

My Summer in Obihiro

By Ryan Johnson – This summer I was selected to be a part of the Seward-Obihiro program where I got to visit and tour Japan for a week. There I got to experience many things like tasting new foods, observing Japanese lifestyle and being able to tour around Obihiro. The experience was very great and enjoyable and I would most […]

October 3, 2014 ·
Flooding isn’t Seward Airport project’s only concern

Flooding isn’t Seward Airport project’s only concern

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The little Seward Airport doesn’t seem to get much public traffic. But some of the traffic it does get: Medevac aircraft collecting people with serious health emergencies, Coast Guard helicopters refueling during stopovers, or helicopters used to search and rescue missing boaters or hikers, can be vital to the town. When major flooding undermined the runway […]

September 18, 2014 ·
Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc Returns to Seward

Tall Ship Cuauhtémoc Returns to Seward

By Rick Smeriglio with translation by Luzan Quintero for SCN – After an absence of over nine years, Mexican tall ship Cuauhtémoc (two syllables before the ‘t’ with stress on the “te¢ ”) docked at the port of Seward shortly after 10:00 am on Monday. As she does on all ceremonial occasions, Cuauhtémoc “manned the yards”, a nautical term which […]

September 18, 2014 ·
Distance hiker’s journey of self discovery

Distance hiker’s journey of self discovery

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Seward middle and high school students were given another reason to follow their dreams, however difficult and unlikely,  as they listened to the interesting stories of Jennifer Pharr Davis, a hiker, author and young role model, at a special assembly Tuesday afternoon September 9th. Davis, an avid  distance hiker, the 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of […]

September 10, 2014 ·