Exit Glacier Area Open to Snowmachine Use

February 19, 2014 9:51 am0 comments

Kenai Fjords National Park announces that the Exit Glacier area is now open for snowmachine use.  The opening is months later this year due to warm temperatures that prevented the accumulation of adequate snow depth necessary to ensure resource protection.  Please recreate responsibly to avoid damaging park resources. Snowmachines are now permitted in the park’s developed area, specifically the road to Exit Glacier, parking areas, a designated route through the campground to Exit Creek, and within Exit Creek.   As long as there is adequate snow depth, snow density, and frozen soil that prevent damage to park resources snowmachine activity will […]

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Seward Vendors….

February 13, 2014 1:16 pm0 comments

The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl Competition hosted by UAF SFOS Seward Marine Center will be held between Feb 28-March 2. ALL 150+ participants, coaches, visitors, chaperones etc will be on their own for lunch on Friday Feb 28th, and throughout the weekend have opportunity to venture into our town.  We always put together a welcome packet for all participants and if your business is interested in placing any advertisements (coupons, brochures, menus, etc) in the packet please call 224-5261 for more information.  You can also drop off items at the Seward Marine Center @ 201 Railway Avenue. We are […]

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Group strives to promote local recreation

January 10, 2014 9:49 am0 comments
Group strives to promote local recreation

Heidi Zemach for SCN – The Seward Recreation Committee’s first meeting of the year 2014, which took place Wednesday Jan 8th over lunch at Apollo’s Restaurant, was a productive one. It was attended by 11 people, including a couple of community members. Most committee members offered enthusiastic suggestions for the future winter activities and events that it could become involved in helping to promote. It was apparent that about one year in, this ad-hoc advisory group, brought about by former city mayor David Seaward and appointed by the Seward City Council is still working out some details of its mission […]

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Holland America helps fund the Ocean Sciences Club

December 13, 2013 2:21 pm1 comment
Holland America helps fund the Ocean Sciences Club

Jillian Chapman is happy to accept a grant check from Holland America to help fund its Ocean Science Club.  This is an after school program open to Seward middle and high school students. The Club meets for an hour and a half every week.  If focuses on science and real data with a hands-on approach, sometimes working with the researchers.

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Obihiro Mural Completed

November 9, 2013 10:46 am0 comments
Obihiro Mural Completed

Submitted by: Dot Bardarson Its done!  Mural art delegates are home from Japan.  The mural they painted was a success.  Lots of people came to the dedication where children held tethers that were attached to a large sheet covering the mural.  On a backwards count of “san, ni, ichi” the tethers were dropped, the sheet slithered down to expose the colorful mural.  The audience cheered, “Awesome”  “Its so big”.  There were speeches by Obihiro Mayor Norihisa Yonezawa and Seward Mayor, David Seaward.  The master artist, Justine Pechuzal,  was introduced to explain the symbolism of the Alaska moose bringing Chrysanthemums across […]

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The 2013 Obihiro Student Exchange Part II

November 4, 2013 1:34 pm1 comment
The 2013 Obihiro Student Exchange Part II

By: Karoline Ernst “My Tale of the Two Sister-Cities” It was the best of trips; it was the worst of trips. The worst part was being without luggage for 4 days, and roasting in 90 degree weather; the best part… where do I begin?! One of the most beautiful places I visited while in Obihiro, Japan was the Millennium Forest botanical garden. There were rose gardens, pumpkin patches, lilies, very noisy cicadas, and a pretty stream running through the middle. A goat farm (that sold goat cheese) was also located there, and there was a small ice cream/gift shop, too. […]

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The 2013 Obihiro Student Exchange Part I

1:24 pm0 comments
The 2013 Obihiro Student Exchange Part I

By: Meret Beutler Konnichiwa! The Seward Sister City Exchange to Obihiro, Japan was the highlight of my summer. It was such an exciting experience and so much fun! The food was amazing (except for some odd flavors once in a while), and the people were great!  I hope that one day I will have the chance to return. But until then, I will have many great memories. I got to experience many great foods while visiting Japan. Of course I had a few interesting ones, but there were mostly great meals. Because of endless heat ice cream was the main […]

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Seward International Friendship Association Meeting October 16

October 14, 2013 10:37 amComments Off

There will be a meeting of the Seward International Friendship Association on October 16 at 7 pm at the K.M. Rae Marine Education Building, 125 Third Avenue.  The public is invited to come hear about the experiences of our Japanese sister city exchange students in Obihiro this past summer and learn about plans for next year’s exchange. For more information please call Jim Herbert at 224-8000

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Alaskan Adventurer and Author Slideshow at the Library

September 25, 2013 4:43 pmComments Off
Alaskan Adventurer and Author Slideshow at the Library

From the Author of A Long Trek Home… Small Feet Big Land Erin and Hig are best known for walking from Seattle to the Aleutian Islands, Join us for a free slideshow presentation and book reading hosted by the Seward Library Seward Library Saturday September 28th 2:00PM   Small Feet, Big Land follows the expeditions and daily life of a family of four: Erin McKittrick and her husband, Hig, lifelong adventure trekkers, set out to explore the vast and remote wild corners of Alaska with their two young children in tow. More: Book Page: Small Feet, Big Land: Adventure, Home, and […]

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September 21 Obihiro Mural Update

September 20, 2013 1:10 pmComments Off
September 21 Obihiro Mural Update

This photo was taken at the end of the first day of painting.  The animals have not been painted yet, nor details of mountains, signage etc. On the second day, a new group of Japanese artists arrived.  Here they are in what the Japanese call “the shed”, a spacious city garage.  Seward Art delegates were assigned 2 panels,  to oversee the painting. A Japanese high school student paints flowers on Sheila’s panel. A Japanese high school teacher discusses technique with 2 of her students painting the moose. Submitted by Dot Bardarson

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Obihiro Mural Update

September 18, 2013 7:50 am1 comment
Obihiro Mural Update

Submitted by Dot Bardarson Here is an update of progress on the mural that the city of Seward is giving to its sister-city, Obihiro. The Japanese artists gathered around for introductions and instructions for painting the panels.  We were provided with a spacious public works garage in which to work. Bethany Waggoner, one of the art delegates from Seward, shows Japanese artists how she wants them to paint the mural.  Japanese are very disciplined, listened carefully and did a fine job. Justine Pechuzal, the Master Artist for the mural, demonstrates a technique to the Japanese artists who eagerly wait to […]

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Local woman to raise money for Fiji

September 4, 2013 11:50 am1 comment
Local woman to raise money for Fiji

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Those who attend Swinefest at Chinook’s Waterfront Restaurant Oct 5, will not only enjoy a tasty meal made from two whole roasted pigs with all the fixings, and live music from Blackwater Railroad Company, they also will be helping some of the poorest rural villagers in the South Pacific Island of Fiji. Cathy Gonzalez, a waitress at Chinooks, and co-owner of Log Cabin Dreaming Bed and Breakfast in Old Mill Subdivision, will be making the humanitarian mission trip to Fiji in mid- October. Her employer is helping her accomplish her goals. Cathy and Ramon’s daughter […]

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Seward art delegates prepare for Obihiro

September 1, 2013 7:20 pmComments Off
Seward art delegates prepare for Obihiro

Submitted by Dot Bardarson With just a few days to go before take-off to Japan, the art delegates are tying up loose ends. Supplies that have been purchased here will be packed, along with the mural design and gifts for Japanese dignitaries. Schedules have been set up for Skype with the time difference in mind.  The final mural T-shirt order will be picked up in Anchorage the day before travel and shipped as luggage. The art delegates have met the Mayor of Obihiro and his staff when they were here for Seward’s 110th Founder’s Day, so they will not be […]

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Celebrity Millennium Stranded Again, Cancels rest of sailings

August 20, 2013 10:39 pmComments Off
Celebrity Millennium Stranded Again, Cancels rest of sailings

By Heidi Zemach for SCN That ill-fated 965-foot Celebrity Millennium cruise ship forced to stay in Seward for four days, along with three thousand passengers and crew members due to mechanical issues the Friday before last, continues to have similar problems with one of its two propulsion motors. The ship, which started out in Vancouver, was to have made several stops in Southeast Alaska, but was forced to return to Ketchikan late Sunday after problems with its motor recurred. The line is providing chartered air flights out of Ketchikan, is refunding all 2,200 of its passenger’s the full price of […]

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Airport runway restricted due to flooding

August 13, 2013 12:13 amComments Off

Even though Seward has a small airport that is only accessible by small aviation flights, with a longer and a shorter runway, and no airport terminal, state-mandated restrictions on its use can, and does impact the town. The recent flooding of Resurrection River onto the runway has occurred from time to time over the past few years. But only this summer, when it happened in June, was the Alaska Department of Transportation notified, and when it happened the state determined the runway to be unsafe for fixed-wing aircraft of 12,500 pounds or more. That’s more or less what the life-flight planes weigh […]

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Cruise Ship Delayed Till Tuesday

August 9, 2013 6:47 pmComments Off
Cruise Ship Delayed Till Tuesday

The Celebrity Millenium, which was to have taken off Friday, will remain in port in Seward until Tuesday due to engine trouble. It has 2,038 passengers on board and  1,364 crew members. The ship arrived four hours later than scheduled Friday morning after experiencing an electrical problem with one of the ship’s two propulsion motors, discovered while at sea yesterday.  The intricate repairs required to restore power to the motor will take several days, according to Celebrity Cruises. Passengers arriving in Seward to board the ship were alerted to the issue late afternoon and were invited to stay the night on the ship before deciding whether to stay […]

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A warm Seward welcome

July 31, 2013 3:37 pm2 comments
A warm Seward welcome

By Heidi Zemach for Seward City News   In halting, high voices, three shy 16-year old Obihiro students Maki Kimura, Chifumi Sato and Ayaka Hashizume read speeches that they had carefully written in English introducing themselves, their interests, and praising Seward’s beauty and kindness, and that of their host families. The Seward International Friendship Association, the City of Seward, and supporters of the Obihiro Sister-City student and adult exchange program, attended a community potluck at the UAF Science Center/K.M. Rae building  Tuesday evening to officially welcome the three teenagers, an adult visitor, and their translator. Gifts were exchanged, speeches of […]

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Review of “66-Days Adrift” author presentation

July 23, 2013 5:53 pmComments Off
Review of “66-Days Adrift” author presentation

By Heidi Zemach for SCN Four people in Seward attended a presentation by author Bill Butler at the Seward Community Library Museum Monday night, video teleconferenced between six Alaska libraries.  It was a rough experience to try to make out all the details of his rather garbled tale, told in person to a small Juneau library audience, but viewed in profile at our library. But not quite as rough as the perilous journey Butler was describing, based on his “true experiences “as told and his book “66 Days Adrift: A True Story of Disaster and Survival on the Open Sea.” […]

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Seward Highway temporarily closed Tuesday evening

July 16, 2013 8:01 pmComments Off

Courtesy of the Alaska Dispatch Septic truck dumps, closes Seward Highway: A septic truck rolled over Tuesday evening on the Seward Highway, closing the thoroughfare at Mile 27, between Moose Pass and Seward. The accident caused no serious injuries. The Alaska State Troopers say the septic truck spilled some of its smelly cargo onto the highway, forcing a temporary closure of the road and making nearby noses quiver. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation has been called in to decide how to clean up the mess, and traffic is now trickling past the accident scene in five-car groups. Read the original […]

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Tustumena Return to Service Delayed

July 11, 2013 2:01 pmComments Off
Tustumena Return to Service Delayed

For Immediate Release: July 10, 2013 Contact: Jeremy Woodrow, 907-465-8994, Jeremy.Woodrow@alaska.gov Tustumena Return to Service Further Delayed (JUNEAU, Alaska) – The Alaska Marine Highway System (AMHS) today announced that the M/V Tustumena has been rescheduled to return to service August 20, 2013. The vessel was previously slated to begin serviceJuly 23. The M/V Tustumena entered a federal capital improvement project on November 1, 2012 at the Seward Ship’s Drydock. The vessel was originally scheduled to return to service April 17, 2013. Due, in part, to unexpected discovery items, specifically steel work, two project extensions were approved for the shipyard to complete repairs to the vessel and […]

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