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Sporadic Bird Report: Western Screech Owl

March 19, 2008 10:00 am1 comment

March 19, 2008 Seward, Alaska Sporadic Bird Report Sunrise 8:00 am, sunset 8:11 pm, length of day 12 hours, 11 minutes; tomorrow, Spring Equinox, will be 5 minutes and 30 seconds longer. Weather: 23º this morning with a soft, gray wall of snow-bearing clouds creeping up the bay from the Gulf of Alaska. After a week of mostly sunshine, it snowed another inch overnight, adding to the three feet or so in town and mountains out of town. More snow and snow showers forecast for the rest of the week. Despite the snow-covered roofs and ground, spring is indeed in […]

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The Library Presents: Weird Book of the Week

March 17, 2008 12:53 pm1 comment
The Library Presents:  Weird Book of the Week

In the hope of shedding some light, and perhaps losing a little dust, on the depth of resources here at the Library, we’re going to showcase an unusual book from the collection each week that may be of interest to the community. So if anything catches your eye, stop in and check it out. This week’s selection is Dowsing for Everyone: Adventures and Instruction in the Modern Art of Dowsing. There’s much more to dowsing than locating underground water. Learn how to use angle rods, find true and magnetic North, detect noxious rays emanating from the earth, measure vitality, sense […]

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Representative Paul Seaton’s March 17, 2008 Newsletter

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March 17th, 2008 Newsletter From the desk of Rep. Paul Seaton Issue 58 Contact Information Toll Free 800) 665-2689 Fax 907) 465-3472 Website: http://www.RepPaulSeaton.com Email: Rep.Paul.Seaton@Legis.state.ak.us Greetings from Juneau on this 63rd day of the legislative session. I was able to go home for the first time this weekend since we had a technical session on Friday. I had a public meeting with the City of Homer at the public Library, and then met with concerned residents of Kachemak Drive. I really enjoyed the surprise 80th birthday party for Tina’s Dad on Saturday. We welcomed visits this week in Juneau […]

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Representative Paul Seaton's March 17, 2008 Newsletter

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March 17th, 2008 Newsletter From the desk of Rep. Paul Seaton Issue 58 Contact Information Toll Free 800) 665-2689 Fax 907) 465-3472 Website: http://www.RepPaulSeaton.com Email: Rep.Paul.Seaton@Legis.state.ak.us Greetings from Juneau on this 63rd day of the legislative session. I was able to go home for the first time this weekend since we had a technical session on Friday. I had a public meeting with the City of Homer at the public Library, and then met with concerned residents of Kachemak Drive. I really enjoyed the surprise 80th birthday party for Tina’s Dad on Saturday. We welcomed visits this week in Juneau […]

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Why Fuel Prices are Obscene

March 15, 2008 7:48 amComments Off

Gas prices reflect refinery gouging By: CHARLES LANGLEY – for the North County Times Big Oil’s earnings statements read more like a confession than a profit report. As North County’s gas prices edge toward $3.50 a gallon, consumers should know that gasoline now costs 11 cents more than it did last year when oil was selling for $11 more per barrel. For example, on Thursday, the North County Times reported that the average price of gasoline was $3.41 a gallon. Meanwhile, the price of oil was $63 a barrel. On the same day last year, the price of oil was […]

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Cop Talk

March 12, 2008 9:39 amComments Off
Cop Talk

Avoiding Identity Theft An educational program for general audiences. Wednesday April 2, 2008 7pm Soldotna High School Auditorium Free Admission Sponsored by Alaska Peace Officers Assoc. and Central Peninsula Crimestoppers Questions, comments, tip suggestions; coptalk@cityofseward.net

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Seward Police Officer Promoted to Corporal

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Seward Police Officer Promoted to Corporal

Seward Police Officer Patrick Messmer has been promoted to the rank of Corporal effective 3/10/08. He was selected over two other candidates after a competitive testing process. Corporal Messmer has been with the Seward Police Department since February 2006. His prior law enforcement experience includes 6 years with the Bethel Police Department. He grew up in Fairbanks and attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he received a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Corporal Messmer is currently the department’s firearms instructor, urban rifle instructor, and the armorer for Glock and AR15/M16. He has been assigned as the School Resource Officer […]

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City Calendar

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City Calendar

Seward City Council Special Meeting Action Agenda Thursday, March 6, 2008 at 7:00 p.m. Went Into Executive Session To Discuss Matters Pertaining To Pending Litigation In The Case Of; Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance Vs. City of Seward. At this time, the City will comply with the court order and apply for permits. Seward City Council Regular Meeting Agenda Monday, March 10, 2008 The Following Ordinance Failed: Ordinance 2008-002, Rescinding Ordinance 2008-001 And Ordinance 2007-010, To Eliminate The Proposed Increase In The Sales Tax Cap From $500 To $1,000, And Retaining A Sales Tax Cap Of $500. (This keeps Ordinance 2008-001 […]

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RBCA Lawsuit Decision

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[Note: original PDF document> seward_ruling_doc.pdf ] IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE DISTRICT OF ALASKA RESURRECTION BAY CONSERVATION ALLIANCE,Plaintiffs,vs.CITY OF SEWARD, ALASKA,Defendant. Case No. 3:06-cv-0224-RRB FOR SUMMARY JUDGMENT   I. INTRODUCTION Before the Court are Plaintiffs Resurrection Bay Conservation Alliance (“RBCA”) and Alaska Community Action on Toxics (“ACAT”) (collectively “Plaintiffs”) and Defendant City of Seward, Alaska (“City”) with cross motions for summary judgment at Docket 23 and Docket 25, respectively.

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Little League Positions Open

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Seward Little League Still Needs Some More Volunteers Seward Little League still has the following positions to fill before we get into the 2008 season: Treasurer Secretary CoachingCoordinator UmpireManager UniformCoordinator Sponsor Coordinator Snack Shack Coordinator If you have the time and are interested in making this season one of the best for our kids please feel free to call one of the board members, email the league at sewardlittleleague@gmail.com or leave a message on our phone. 224-3505 Thank you for your help. Rex von Borstel, President

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More Taxes Burden Already Stressed Economy

March 11, 2008 3:51 pm7 comments

Thank you to Councilmembers Jean Bardarson, Linda Amberg and Betsy Keller for voting against the sales tax cap increase to $1,000.00. It is unfortunate their side did not prevail. This sales tax increase will have a negative effect on the middle class of Seward who are already struggling with exceptionally high fuel oil costs, electric bills, and other utility increases. These, along with the increase in the cost of food, due to high transportation costs, are truly having a negative effect on the Seward population. The City of Seward needs to learn to live within its means, and increasing the […]

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Treacherous Road Conditions

March 10, 2008 9:22 amComments Off

The Alaska State Troopers are reporting that stretches of the Seward and Sterling highways are extremely treacherous and calling 511 does not reflect the true road conditions. In many areas, there are stretches of standing water over ice – in these conditions, sanding is not effective and numerous accidents have been reported. The warm windy weather has also seriously increased avalanche hazard. Unless you absolutely need to travel to Anchorage, it is not recommended. Please take care and have a safe week! Glenda Landua Citizen Corps Program Coordinator Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management

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Cell Network Trouble

March 7, 2008 1:04 pm1 comment
Cell Network Trouble

There has been an apparent failure in a network circuit that is affecting cellular service here and in Anchorage. GCI local cell service has been affected since last night and the local office, 224-8912, does not know when it might be corrected. Currently, all calls out made on a GCI cell phone to any Seward land line, 224 prefix, a recording announces an error, AKG22, saying the number has been disconnected or is no longer in service. Update: The problem is reported to be with a Cellular One/AT&T tower in Anchor Point. No news yet as to when it may be […]

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Cop Talk

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Cop Talk

Question: Aren’t school buses or any vehicle for that matter, supposed to pull over and let cars pass when there is a line of 5 or more cars behind them? Answer: Yes, AS 28.35.140(b) applies to school buses as well as other vehicles that are delaying five or more vehicles. The bail for this offense is $100.00 plus 2 demerit points. You may report offenses to the troopers, the police, and/or in the case of school buses, the bus supervisor. Questions, comments, tip suggestions; coptalk@cityofseward.net

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AVTEC BLUELIGHT SPECIAL – Computer Chairs

March 6, 2008 3:13 pmComments Off

Greetings All! There was an error in the delivery of chairs to the new Conn Ed Center at AVTEC (next door to the First Lake Building which also houses the Job Center) and the replacement chairs are arriving tomorrow. The vendor is offering these chairs to any Seward takers at quite a savings since they will not have to ship back and store. $200/chair and I believe they originally sold for $350+ but can not say for sure as the project was bid building wide but have found chairs of similar style that cost quite a bit more than that. […]

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Swimmers to Homer for March Madness Meet

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Swimmers to Homer for March Madness Meet

It’s swim meet time on the Peninsula and the Seward Tsunami Swim Club (STSC) is on their way to Homer this weekend to compete in the March Madness swim meet hosted by Homers’ Kachemack Swim Club. The meet will take place in the Kate Khuns Aquatic Center, Homer. The meet is open to all swimmers currently registered with USA Swimming and Alaska Swimming. Starting Friday March 7th with warm ups at 4:45pm and event starts at 5:45pm. Saturday warm ups are at 9:00am with event starts at 10:30am. STSC swimmers will be swimming 54 female events and 36 male events […]

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City Calendar

March 5, 2008 3:02 pmComments Off
City Calendar

Seward City Council Regular Meeting Agenda Monday, March 10, 2008 1. Call to Order 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll Call Citizens’ Comments On Any Subject Except Those Items Scheduled For Public Hearing. Approval Of Agenda And Consent Agenda 6. Special Orders, Presentations And Reports A. Proclamations and Award B. Borough Assembly Report C. City Manager’s Report D. PACAB Report E. Seward/Bear Creek Area Flood Service Board Report F. Historic Preservation Commission Report G. Other Reports, Announcements and Presentations   1. I And T Harbor Dock Project Update By Tryck, Nyman & Hayes.   7. Public Hearings   A. Ordinances […]

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Risk and Bravery on the Bering Sea

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The thousands of pounds of frozen fish sitting silently in the Alaska SeaLife Center freezers waiting to be pulled, thawed and fed to the animals might not seem to have much to say. However, the stories that can be told by the hardworking men and women who catch the fish and provide them for feeding Center critters shouldn’t be forgotten when the day is done, the last feeding bucket is rinsed, and the last fish scales have been scrubbed off the sink.  A serious and potentially calamitous fire raged aboard the 276’ foot factory pollock trawler F/T Pacific Glacier Tuesday, […]

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Food Recall

March 4, 2008 2:57 pmComments Off

DEC Warns Consumers Not to Eat Discover Cuisine™ –Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice Entrees Risk of Listeriosis DEC is warning the public not to consume “Discover Cuisine ™ Red Curry Chicken & Jasmine Rice” in four-pack 12-ounce packages. Costco is voluntarily recalling approximately 10,368 pounds of these frozen chicken entrées because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

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House Passes Operating and Mental Health Budgets

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Early Passage of Budgets Opens Door for On-time Adjournment at 90 Days (Juneau) – By a vote of 29-10, the State House today passed HB 310, the proposed FY 2009 operating budget, which spends $4.1 billion in general funds, and $5.8 billion in federal funds and other state funds, for a total of $9.976 billion. The new fiscal year starts July 1. The House, by a vote of 33-5, also passed HB 312, which makes appropriations for both the operating and capital budgets for the mental health programs of state government. While the House operating budget represents a cut of […]

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Seward Elementary and Seward High School both announced today that they are two of the top 250 earning groups nationally in the recent Safeway 10% Back to Schools Program. Together the two schools earned over $5,600. In addition, Safeway has contributed an additional $1,000 to each group for a grand total of $7, 600.00. Through this six week Back to Schools program, the Safeway family of stores has contributed over $3 million to support the education of youth across the nation. “Thanks to Safeway’s 10% Back to Schools program we have been able to update our library collection to include […]

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Education Funding Package Heads to Governor

March 3, 2008 3:59 pmComments Off

Alaska Legislature News from the House and Senate Majority For Immediate Release: March 3, 2008 Education Funding Package Heads to GovernorSenate Passes Joint Education Funding Task Force’s HB 273,Addresses Five Areas of Need, Adds $260 Million to Schools (JUNEAU) – Public schools across Alaska will receive a major boost because of an education funding bill passed today by the Alaska Legislature. House Bill 273 provides additional revenue in several areas to help educators teach our children. The legislation is based on the recommendations of last year’s Joint Legislative Education Funding Task Force. “The task force members worked together this summer […]

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Railroad Project Impacts Us

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Railroad Project Impacts Us

From the Seward Chamber of Commerce E-News: Port Mackenzie Rail Extension Progress For those of you in the know, you aren’t surprised by the fact that the Alaska Railroad is moving on to the next step in the Port Mac Rail Extension project – environmental review.  This project as a whole is geared to provide freight services between Port Mackenzie and interior Alaska and will have a significant impact on Alaska’s finances, as well as Seward’s role as a railbelt transportation hub. The project has many proponents, and the Alaska Department of Transportation has included it in their long-term transportation […]

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Goliath Art Contest

March 2, 2008 12:25 pmComments Off

OK Seward, here is your chance to put your mark on a Roadhouse tradition. The Resurrection Roadhouse is gearing up for the season and we are looking for this years artwork for the Goliath shirts. Deadline is April 15th, 2008 Artwork should be Alaskan themed with Goliath 2008 somewhere in it Artwork can be in any format i.e. digital, paint, etched, sketched Winner will receive a 2008 Goliath shirt and $100 credit at the Roadhouse as well as having the shirt framed on the Goliath Bar & Grill wall and walking all over town on the backs of the hearty […]

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