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.
Submitted by: Dot Bardarson Its done! Mural art delegates are home from Japan. The mural they painted was a success. ...
By: Karoline Ernst “My Tale of the Two Sister-Cities” It was the best of trips; it was the worst of trips. The worst...
By: Meret Beutler Konnichiwa! The Seward Sister City Exchange to Obihiro, Japan was the highlight of my summer. It was...
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 224-8000Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 BardarsonRead more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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.” […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
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 […]Read more ›
By Heidi Zemach for SCN One of the cruise ship companies that docks in Seward every week has decided to give its train passengers a bit of a break. Every day during the May- September tourist season, the Alaska Railroad train comes into the Seward Depot at about 11:00 a.m., filled with passengers. During cruise-ship days, some of those passengers bound for Vancouver via southeast Alaska leave the Port Avenue train station on foot. They drag their own baggage four-tenths of a mile, or almost a kilometer along industrial Port Avenue to the cruise-ship terminal facility, often through high wind […]Read more ›
Major Marine Tours is proud to announce the acceptance of the “Certificate of Excellence” from TripAdvisor
Happy Solstice Weekend Seward! Major Marine Tours is excited to announce that it is a Certificate of Excellence 2013 WINNER We here at Major Marine strive to provide our guests with a uniquely Alaskan experience. The beautiful scenery and wildlife of the Kenai Fjords National Park, Resurrection Bay and Prince William Sound coupled with the outstanding customer service of our staff and crew have allowed us to become one of the top 10% of business listed on TripAdvisor. So, we would like to say a big “Thank You!” to our guests and the local Seward community! You have embraced […]Read more ›
Please join us for a Wildlife Cruise Fundraise Major Marine Tours is partnering with American Red Cross of Alaska Disaster Relief Fund for a Fundraiser. With the recent spring floods on our minds why not join us for a cruise to benefit the relief effort. 100% of the ticket sales benefit American Red Cross of Alaska Disaster Relief Fund courtesy of Major Marine Tours. Major Marine Tours is donating the operation of the Star of the Northwest and the crew for this event. The Wildlife Dinner Cruise will be: Sailing on Saturday, June 15, 2013. From 6:00 to 10:00pm In Seward, Alaska […]Read more ›
The road to Exit Glacier will open to the end of the road on Friday, May 24, 2013. The Exit Glacier Nature Center hours of operation will be 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily starting Saturday, May 25 through Labor Day. Several inches of snow still cover the trails and rubber boots are highly recommended. For current conditions, please visit the park’s website at http://www.nps.gov/kefj/planyourvisit/road-and-trail-conditions.htmRead more ›
By Dot Bardarson The friendship between our sister city, Obihiro, Japan and Seward will be strengthened this year by the gift of involvement. We have been friends for a long time, when 45 years ago, Seward and Obihiro became sister cities. Then in 1973 we began the student exchange program. This has expanded to include an adult exchange program. Realizing the exchange of physical gifts has been a bit lop-sided, the city of Seward felt it was time for a major gift to its friend across the ocean. We have so enjoyed the Japanese Tea House that adorns our beach-side […]Read more ›
Welcome Crystal Symphony, Seward’s first cruise ship of the season! Most of the passengers were in Seward today on a port of call and will continue on to Southeast Alaska and then to Vancouver, B.C. Several new passengers joined the ship in Seward for this voyage to Vancouver. This is the only time a Crystal Cruises ship will come to Seward in 2013. Built in 1995 and refurbished in 2009, the Crystal Symphony can carry up to 952 passengers and 566 crew. More information is at their website. Click here for the 2013 cruise ship schedule.Read more ›
Environmental Assessment on Herman Leirer Multi-Modal Trail Feasibility Available for Public Comment
An Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluating alternatives for the feasibility of an interagency multi-modal trail along the Herman Leirer Road is now available for public comment. A multi-use trail (bicycle, pedestrian and ski) is being considered along the Herman Leirer Road, starting from the Seward Highway and ending at the Exit Glacier Nature Center in Kenai Fjords National Park. The approximately 8.2 mile trail would pass through public lands and right-of-ways managed by the State of Alaska, United States Forest Service, and National Park Service. No private lands would be involved, but in some areas private lands would be adjacent to […]Read more ›