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...seen the new additions to Jennifer's Headtke's Ranting Raven store at 238 Fourth? Wooden ravens on the roof, created by chainsaw artist Roy Butler. A novel addition to the store and what could be...

 

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Have you ... ...seen the new rock gardens at the entrances to the campgrounds off Ballaine Boulevard? They are just one of several projects the Parks and Recreation Department have constructed this...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Local    August 20, 2015

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Have you ... ...taken the time this summer to walk the Two Lakes Trail? The trail begins back of the AVTEC Administration Building at the corner of Second Avenue and C Street. It's an easy and...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Local    July 23, 2015

Iditarod Trail joins NPS Passport program

The Iditarod Historic Trail Alliance, in partnership with the Bureau of Land Management, has released the first round of Park Passport stamps for the Iditarod National Historic Trail. The Iditarod...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Features    May 29, 2014

SHS Construction

Construction of the current Seward High School was underway in May 1977. The building was completed in the summer of 1978 and went into use with the beginning of the 1978 school year. The formal...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Features    May 22, 2014

Prom decorating 1967

Students decorate for the Seward High School prom in May 1967. The prom was held in the gym of the Seward Elementary School on Fourth Avenue. That building is no longer standing; the site is now...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Features    May 8, 2014

Back When... Lots for Sale

On July 15, 1916 in the Alaska Evening Post and ad ran for lots for sale. On July 25 and 26, 1916 John and Frank Ballaine held auctions to sell lots in the original Seward town site, which went from...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Features    April 24, 2014

Methuselah Spring

Methuselah Spring is at the north end of Grouse Lake. The story behind the name is that because of the minerals in the water, some people thought that drinking it would make a person healthier and...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Features    April 10, 2014

1973 Winter Carnival

A piggy back race, won by Bernie Filllingim and Tony Cordova, was one of the events during the Seward High School Winter Carnival in March 1973. Other activities were an ice-cube eating contest, tugs...

 

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Seward Cheerleaders with the trophy they won as outstanding cheerleading team at the State Class B Basketball Tournament in 1969. The cheerleaders from top to bottom and left to right: Laura Skinner,...

 

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Yes, there was a time operations were regularly performed in Seward. Construction of the hospital started in 1956 and it officially opened in 1957. Originally it as operated by the Women's Division...

 

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Flooding at the Lowell Creek tunnel outlet. Such a photograph could have been taken many times since the tunnel was completed in 1940, but this was one was taken on Oct. 12, 1969. (Send your "Back...

 

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Seward High school students cheer for their team at a basketball game between the Seahawks and the Wasilla Warriors on Jan. 4, 1969, which Seward won 77 to 51. In describing the students, the LOG of...

 

1939: People take to skates finding Second Lake ideal

From the Seward Gateway, Nov. 14, 1939 The skating season opened with a bang over the weekend. The cold snap made the ice on Second lake perfectly safe and smooth. Sunday afternoon the lake was...

 

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On April 19, 1972 Seward High School juniors "took over" City Hall. The photograph shows Seward City Manager Jim Filip going over the day's program with student Mayor Kevin Dunham (at the left) and...

 

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The Women's Division of Christian Service of the Methodist Church took over the abandoned army hospital at Fort Raymond in 1946 and established a tuberculosis hospital, the Seward Sanatorium and...

 

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The Bank of Seward was established in 1905 and opened for business on Feb. 6 of that year. The bank building shown on the above check was completed in the fall of 1906. It was built of cement blocks...

 

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In January 1942 a prefabricated building was installed on a lot donated by the City of Seward to serve as the USO (United Service Organizations) building for the service men and women in Seward...

 

Seward's first elected woman remembered

Jennie Paulson, who in 1921 was the first woman elected to the Seward City Council, is buried in Seward Cemetery and, after 80 years, a headstone is finally erected. Thanks to donations of Seward...

 

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Wrestling coach Dan Seavey demonstrates a half Nelson on wrestling team member Bob Thrall. In an article about the wrestling team in the Jan. 16, 1969 Phoenix LOG, by team member and school reporter...

 

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Andy Simons Mountain at Mile 20 on the Seward Highway was named in honor of the famous Alaska big game guide Andy Simons Simons was born in Finland in 1882, came to America in 1900 and arrived in...

 
 By Lee Poleske    Features    May 9, 2013

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The Haida was commissioned in 1921 and soon joined the Bering Sea Patrol, based at Unalaska. Her duties included providing medical services, search and rescue, maintaining aids to navigation, fishery...

 

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