Recent News & Information

Power Outage at SMIC June 24

Power Outage at SMIC June 24

June 23, 2015 ·

Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter

Chugach National Forest News Release – Firefighter sustains minor injuries following bear encounter   Cooper Landing – On Monday evening, June 22, a firefighter working on the Juneau Lake Fire in Chugach National Forest encountered a bear and sustained minor injuries. Due to the remote location of the encounter, the most direct transport was a life med helicopter which airlifted […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Seward Beach Fishing is HOT!

Seward Beach Fishing is HOT!

June 23, 2015 ·
Executive Chef and owner of The Cookery describes Alaska beer and wines on tap to first time customer. Heidi Zemach photo.

The Cookery opens with bites of indulgence

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The “Amuse Bouche,” at Seward’s latest venue, The Cookery, was the teensiest delight, but the halved cherry tomato with a marinated mushroom in a tangy, citrusy sauce was mouthwateringly refreshing, and begged the taste buds for more. My fresh Alaska oysters (from Alaska Shellfish Company near Homer,) were chilled to perfection and served in the […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Seward Community Library & Museum Returns to Regular Summer Hours

Seward Community Library & Museum Returns to Regular Summer Hours

Seward Community Library & Museum Returns to Regular Summer Hours The Library is open until 8:00 PM on Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday.   Library Summer Hours Mon: 10am – 6pm Tues, Wed, Thurs: 10am – 8pm Fri, Sat:  10am – 6pm Closed on Sunday Museum Summer Hours Tuesday – Saturday:  10 am – 5 pm Closed on Sunday   Waves […]

June 23, 2015 ·
Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Burn closure still in effect throughout Alaska

Department of Natural Resources News Release – (Fairbanks, AK) – Despite a burn closure that is in effect for pretty much the entire state, Division of Forestry firefighters continue to chase down reports of campfires, debris burns and other activities currently prohibited due to the high fire danger that persists throughout Alaska. There were 152 new fires reported in Alaska […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Huge Thank You to Major Marine Tours from Cub Scout Pack 327!

Huge Thank You to Major Marine Tours from Cub Scout Pack 327!

Saturday, June 13th, Seward’s Cub Scout Pack 327 had an exciting adventure exploring Caines Head and Fort McGilvray. It was a perfect, clear blue sky day! We could not have had such a wonderful day if Tom Tougas and Major Marine Tours had not generously donated the M/V Yukon Queen to transport our scouts and their families out to Caines […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

Herman Leirer Road Community Weed Pull

The annual Herman Leirer Road community weed pull is scheduled for this Friday, June 26 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. What to Bring: Wear bright colors.  Bring protective gloves, lunch, and WATER. Where to Meet: Herman Leirer Road mile 6.5 at the Resurrection River Trailhead Come out and help keep your public lands free of invasive weeds! Questions?  Contact […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Tourists walk down Port Avenue towards the cruise ship.

Seward’s Port Avenue corner needs maps and signage

By Heidi Zemach for SCN- The hundreds of visitors arriving on the Alaska Railroad passenger train to Seward every morning, and passing through town for the day while waiting to get on their cruise ship, or catch the evening return train, are often confused about where to go, and what to see or do.  Unlike other Alaska communities with cruise […]

June 22, 2015 ·
Sikuliaq back in the water

Sikuliaq back in the water

Vigor Alaska finished the one-year warranty work and then some on the R/V Sikuliaq today. The global class ice-capable research vessel was carefully lowered into the water by the synchrolift shortly after this photo was taken. Note the new, dark blue hull. The color reminded me of the Alaska flag, so I added the Big Dipper in Photoshop. Submitted by Carol […]

June 21, 2015 ·
Stetson Creek & Juneau Lake wildfire update

Stetson Creek & Juneau Lake wildfire update

United States Forest Service and Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4 Release – Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake fires FIRE UPDATE:   June 20, 2015, 2100 Fire Information Email:  stetsoncreekfire2015@gmail.com Phone:  907-595-1244 Information hours:  8:00 am – 8:00 pm   Incident Management Oregon Interagency Incident Management Team 4, Type 2 IMT Incident Commander:  Brian Goff   Incident Command Post Cooper Landing […]

June 21, 2015 ·
SPRD Press Release June 19

SPRD Press Release June 19

SPRD Bulletin…   ZUMBA at the AVTEC Gym! Mondays @ 5:30; Drop in: $7 or 5 class Punch card: $25 Zumba is a Latin dance inspired fitness class for all levels. When you come to class, expect to have fun, sweat and get a great workout!   Stylin’ Stitches Youth Soccer League will be held on Mon & Wed nights […]

June 20, 2015 ·
Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

Reinforcements Arrive at Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires as Weather Slackens

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — Even though the incoming, fire-management team only arrived on scene in Cooper Landing at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, it had begun working the fire much earlier according to new incident commander Brian Goff. Oregon Interagency Management Team 4, a group of nine experienced professionals, had received briefings while in Anchorage and had started to […]

June 20, 2015 ·
Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival June 20 & 21

Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival June 20 & 21

2015 Summer Solstice Festival June 20th & 21st    Mile 29.5 Seward Hwy – Moose Pass Food Booth, Beer Garden, Vendors, Local Art Booth, Carnival Games, Bake Sale, T-Shirt and Mug/Glasses Sales June 20th: Tyson James and The Strangs, The Jeffery Able Band, Green Tara and the Handsome Gents, Alder Bash June 21st: Music, Auction, Raffle   Raffle Tickets: $1.00 […]

June 20, 2015 ·
Lack of quorum cancels important council worksession

Lack of quorum cancels important council worksession

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – What was to have been an important Seward City Council work session to explore in depth the pros and cons of expanding the Providence Seward Medical Center and Seward Community Health Center building Thursday afternoon, was cancelled after attendees discovered that they couldn’t get a quorum of council members to attend. It was a […]

June 19, 2015 ·

Kenai Peninsula Borough Fireworks Suspension

Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office Release – The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office has expanded the localities to be included in the immediate suspension on fireworks in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code. In cooperation with the Alaska Department of Natural Resources / Division of Forestry the suspension will include the sale and use of all fireworks and […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Afternoon winds flare up Stetson Creek wildfire

Afternoon winds flare up Stetson Creek wildfire

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — After skulking quietly all night and into the morning because of lower temperature and higher humidity, the Stetson Creek fire flared under press of wind starting about four in the afternoon Thursday. Two water scooping/dropping aircraft (tail numbers 42 and 52) led by their spotter plane arrived on scene within minutes and began their repetitive […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Circus fun creates summer memories

Circus fun creates summer memories

By Heidi Zemach for SCN – Yeah, there’s a circus is in town! Time for cotton candy, snow cones, clowns, tricks and acrobats! Last Monday, Seward played host to Clark & Barnes’ Family Fun Circus, a small travelling circus troupe based in Florida. Its 14-member troupe set up and took down the big top, and some of the same members, ranging in […]

June 19, 2015 ·
Reminder: ALADDIN marionette show tomorrow, Friday at the Library

Reminder: ALADDIN marionette show tomorrow, Friday at the Library

June 18, 2015 ·

Wells Fargo donates $5,000 for American Red Cross of Alaska wildfire relief efforts, ATMs to accept donations

ANCHORAGE – June 18, 2015 – Wells Fargo & Company (NYSE: WFC) will donate $5,000 for relief efforts to support those impacted by the Card Street and Sockeye wildfires. Additionally, from June 19 through July 1, Wells Fargo customers can donate to the American Red Cross of Alaska at any of Wells Fargo’s 116 ATMs across the state. Customers will […]

June 18, 2015 ·

Mt. Marathon Race Pasta Feed July 3

Seward Nordic Ski Club will once again be holding their annual pasta feed fundraiser. The dinner will be served to coincide with the Mt. Marathon bib pickup and safety meeting at the Seward Middle School Cafeteria on July 3rd. Lasagna, salad, drinks, rolls and cookies (donated by Great Harvest Bakery of Anchorage) will be dished up from 5pm to 7pm. […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Closes Area Near Skilak Lake as Card Street Fire Blows Up

Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Closes Area Near Skilak Lake as Card Street Fire Blows Up

June 18, 2015 ·
Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires Remain Uncontained, Acreage Totals in Doubt

Stetson Creek and Juneau Lake Fires Remain Uncontained, Acreage Totals in Doubt

In a sharp downward revision of the estimate of burned acres, the US Forest Service now reports that slightly over 300 acres have burned on Stetson Creek fire up through Wednesday afternoon.  On the Juneau Lake fire, the FS reports about 100 burned acres up through the same time period. Both fires remain uncontained and continue to burn on Thursday, June 18. The FS plans another mapping […]

June 18, 2015 ·

Solstice Cemetery Walk June 21

Please join us for a walk through history on Sunday June 21 for the 10th annual Solstice Cemetery Walk, sponsored by the Resurrection Bay Historical Society.  We begin at 10:30 PM at the American Legion cemetery, and for about an hour Lee Poleske will take us through a tour of graves, reading the obituaries that appeared in the local newspaper […]

June 18, 2015 ·
Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

Fires Near Cooper Landing Grow; Reinforcements Slow to Arrive

By Rick Smeriglio for SCN — As the smoke of three wildfires lent unsettling tang to the air in Cooper Landing, structural firefighters filled portable water tanks near businesses along the Sterling Highway while small crews of wildland fire fighters attacked two blazes ignited yesterday. Public affairs specialist for the Chugach National Forest, Mona Spargo said that as of about […]

June 18, 2015 ·

Free Pressure Canner Dial Gauge Testing- Friday, June 26

The Cooperative Extension Service is offering free testing of pressure canner dial gauges on Friday, June 26, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Rae Building in Seward. Gauges can be tested on or off the lid of the canner.   It is important to have pressure canner dial gauges checked annually to help assure home canned food is […]

June 17, 2015 ·