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Music, arts festival expected to be bigger, bolder, better

It may not be as big as the Mt. Marathon Race but it's big. It has just as much talent, though a different kind. Like Mt. Marathon, there will be daring moves and probably some sweating and there is...

 

Seward hosts historical society, museum conference

A small group of volunteers with the Resurrection Bay Historical Society have pulled off an almost impossible feat. They organizsed a conference despite a long list of challenges that could have...

 

Conference bittersweet with passing of historian, treasure at 104

Just 18 days before the Alaska Historical Society and Alaska Museums annual conference is set to begin, Seward's oldest resident and beloved historian passed away in her sleep at her daughter's home...

 

Begich asks for help with coal facility

Sen. Mark Begich has asked Gov. Sean Parnell to assist in resolving the work stoppage at Usibelli Coal’s dock operations at the Seward Coal Loading Facility. The facility has ceased operations...

 

Port City Players to present Capra play at conference

Some might say historian Doug Capra is obsessed. He has notebooks full of information about his obsession. He will talk to anyone who will listen about his obsession. He is a cheerleader for the...

 

Seward Music & Arts Festival 2014

This year’s Music and Arts Festival is dedicated to Jessi Nelson, the former director of music for the festival who died in a plane crash with her boyfriend last August just before the festival open...

 

Airport improvement process begins

The Alaska Department of Transportation got the ball rolling last week when it held an informational meeting in Seward about planned improvements for the Seward Airport. On Thursday, Sept. 11, members of the team dealing with the airport...

 

Grant awarded to railroad for expansion planning

The Seward Marine Industrial Complex is one step closer to a reality now that the Alaska Railroad had been awarded $2.5 million for planning funds related to its planned dock expansion, said a release from Sen. Mark Begich’s office last week. The...

 

Prop A addresses animal abuse

On Oct. 7, voters living outside city limits on the Kenai Peninsula will be asked to vote on an advisory only proposition that would give the borough the ability to exercise limited animal control powers for the purposes of domestic animal rescue...

 

Breakwater rock contract approved

One more step in the construction of the Seward Marine Industrial Center is about to take place. The City Council approved a contract between the city and Orion Marine Contractors, Inc., with headquar...

 

Score! 56-0!

The Seahawk football team made history Saturday when it scored 56 points to Monroe High School's zero, the first time the Seahawks had beaten Monroe. The victory against Monroe isn't the only first...

 

Clean Water Act ruling overturned

The Alaska Chapter of the Sierra Club and Alaska Community Action on Toxics are celebrating a victory after the Ninth Circuit Court overturned a lower district court ruling last week on allegations of...

 

What's coal got to do with it?

In 2009, at the urging of Seward resident and Sierra Club working member Russ Maddox, the environmental group Alaska Community Action on Toxics began a crusade to address coal dust and what they felt was unhealthy air quality at the Seward Coal...

 

Community transportation plan gets grant boost

Last week the USDA officially approved a grant that will assist multiple agencies in Seward in the implementation of a coordinated transportation plan. The plan has been in the works for almost two years, said Dana Paperman, executive director of...

 

City council approves contract for lagoon dredging

There was movement toward resolution of the sewage lagoon problems at Lowell Point when the city council voted Monday to sign off on a contract for sludge removal with Merrell Bros. Inc. The contract is for almost $4 million, the lowest bid received...

 

New volleyball coach sizing strengths, weaknesses

Jamie Fredrickson may be the new volleyball coach at Seward High School but she's a veteran volleyball player with coaching experience at the JV level. Fredrickson went to Seward High School and...

 

The Art of Friendship

Artists from Seward's sister city, Obihiro, Japan, have arrived safely and got right to work. Well, first they were treated to an outdoor meal at the home of Seward Mural Society member Dot Bardarson...

 

Vanta Shafer honored for a life well lived

The weekly Chamber lunch was not an ordinary lunch last week. Special tribute was paid to the late Vanta Shafer for her contribution to the City of Seward. Her husband, Bob Shafer, was presented with...

 

Farewell to childhood tradition

For almost 20 years, a rope swing at Bear Lake provided area kids with great childhood memories. On summer days, kids would kayak or canoe out to the rope and take turns swinging out over the water, p...

 

Bands partner for concert

For the first time, the small but dedicated group of musicians that make up the Seward Community Band, is partnering with a larger band to offer a big band sound to Seward. With the help of a...

 

Japanese sister city mural underway

The much-anticipated arrival of artists from Obihiro, Japan is tomorrow, Sept. 5. This time next Thursday, Sept. 13, the mural designed by Seward's sister city artists will be finished. What seems...

 

Weather Service alert error under investigation

There was confusion, and even a bit of panic, Tuesday morning when the emergency siren system in Seward announced a tsunami alert without the usual “test” language that occurs each Wednesday. Within 30 minutes of the warning, the office sent out...

 

LOG asks for help questioning candidates

On Oct. 7, we will be asked to vote for three seats on the Seward City Council, for the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor, three propositions and three Bear Creek Fire Service Board seats which are unopposed. As a relative newcomer to Seward, I would...

 

Rumors true, thrift store coming

Ask most people in Seward and they will tell you the one thing missing here is a thrift store. There's nothing better than a great deal. For most Sewardites, just finding a used chair can be a challen...

 

City to ask for help with sewage smell

For the second time in a week, a special session was called by the Seward City Council to delve into the odor problem caused by Seward’s sewage lagoon located in Lowell Point. Monday night’s meeting was called specifically to give the city...

 

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