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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 · 0 comments ·

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 · 0 comments ·

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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·

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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 1 comment ·
Reminder: Civil Air Patrol Open House & BBQ November 16

Reminder: Civil Air Patrol Open House & BBQ November 16

November 16, 2014 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·

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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 1 comment ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 1 comment ·
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 · 0 comments ·
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 · 0 comments ·

Airport Improvements Project Public Meeting September 11

The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) has initiated preliminary studies and is collecting information to prepare for designing improvements to the Seward Airport (Seward Airport Improvements Project #54857). Learn more at an upcoming public meeting (details below) or on the project website, coming soon: www.dot.state.ak.us/creg/sewardairport/.   OPEN HOUSE PUBLIC MEETING: September 11, 2014 STOP BY any time between 4 and 7 pm […]

September 9, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Hiker Author Jennifer Pharr Davis in Seward Sept 9th

Hiker Author Jennifer Pharr Davis in Seward Sept 9th

Jennifer Pharr Davis NPR interview – Jennifer Pharr Davis will be in Seward on Tuesday September 9, 2014. Mid day on Tuesday, Jennifer Pharr Davis will be doing a presentation for the high school students in the auditorium, in the evening starting at 6:30pm in the community room at the library museum. This event is co-sponsored by the Seward Arts Council […]

September 4, 2014 · 0 comments ·
2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to Visit Seward

2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis to Visit Seward

SEWARD, ALASKA – On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the Seward Friends of the Library and the Seward Art Council will co-host athlete, author, speaker, and 2012 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year Jennifer Pharr Davis. The program will be held at the Seward Community Library Museum at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public. Jennifer has logged more […]

August 20, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Expedition Yacht visits Seward on world cruise

Expedition Yacht visits Seward on world cruise

Anchored serenely offshore of the busy Waterfront Campground, the impressive expedition yacht Dorothea III dwarfed the six-packs zooming back to the boat harbor with their silver salmon bounty. The 147′ vessel is on a spectacular world cruise from Australia to the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and Singapore. After visiting Alaska, it will go through the Panama Canal and […]

August 13, 2014 · 0 comments ·
Obihiro Students receive royal welcome

Obihiro Students receive royal welcome

Heidi Zemach for SCN – Four high school exchange students visiting from Seward’s Sister City: Obihiro, Japan, are exploring American culture and hospitality this week-Seward style. When the exchange students make their annual visit, as has been occurring for the past 40 years, they are treated to life with a host family, often with adults or teens who have visited […]

July 31, 2014 · 0 comments ·
“Amazing Race” spinoff brings couple to Seward

“Amazing Race” spinoff brings couple to Seward

Dana and Walt Stoddard, an active couple from Loveland, Colorado, received a memorable gift from their four grown children for their 30th wedding anniversary- a surprise pre-paid trip to Alaska. The Stoddards described the surprise, which their kids dubbed the “30th Anniversary Edition of the Amazing Race” on their last night in Alaska at Bear Lake Lodgings B&B near Seward […]

July 25, 2014 · 0 comments ·
From South Africa to Seward by Sail

From South Africa to Seward by Sail

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN –   Over a perfectly lovely cup of Sri Lankan tea in the literate saloon of their homey sailboat, Rainbow Gypsy, Cherry and Alec Yarrow recounted their voyage starting in Durban, South Africa that has landed them in Seward. Their voyage began six years ago with many roundings, setbacks, frights and delights along the way. […]

July 24, 2014 · 0 comments ·