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 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    June 19, 2014

Moose Pass festival turns 36

In its 36th year, the Moose Pass Summer Solstice Festival almost ended up lacking an essential ingredient, crucial to any Alaskan jamboree. It was a close call for Shawn McDonald, as the veteran...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    June 19, 2014

Fire department moves into new territory

The dust has barely settled after the old Bear Creek fire station was leveled Monday, a little over a month after the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department made its move to a new multi-million dollar f...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    June 12, 2014

Seward tops commercial fisheries

While Homer, Kodiak and Seward continue to compete for the top spot in commercial halibut landings this year, Seward has taken a big lead when sablefish is added into the mix. Commercial fishing...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    June 12, 2014

Hiker rescued on Mount Benson

A worker at the Seward Windsong Lodge went for a morning hike up Mount Benson on Tuesday, a climb which turned out to be more dangerous than it looked. During the day, the peak was intermittently...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    June 5, 2014

It's crunch time for Jesse Lee Home

According to advocates for the restoration of Seward's long-abandoned Jesse Lee Home building and the establishment of a boarding school there, the City of Seward must sell the property or face the...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    June 5, 2014

City sewage solution within reach

With the Governor's sign-off on $1.7 million in related legislative appropriations last week, the City of Seward will contract out the draining and dredging of both municipal sewage treatment lagoons...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 29, 2014

Seward crews join Funny River firefight

On Sunday three Seward Volunteer Fire Department firefighters joined a force of over 670 battling a wildfire that, as of Tuesday, raged over more than 182,000 acres and had threatened to spill over...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 29, 2014

Council OKs summer camps, vendors

Council OKs summer camps, vendors Still no closer to having a handle on actual costs for City of Seward Parks and Rec department programs, the Seward City Council made some cuts to fees for summer day camps and let the matter slide until October. At...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 29, 2014

Halibut fall to military action

The Seward Volunteer Fire Department was the first thing that U.S. military service members from Joint Base Elemendorf-Richardson were likely to notice when arriving in Seward last May 22 for the...

 

Canopy tour park opening nears

At the peak of construction last week, three teams of boreal engineers were busy climbing around the hills above Questa Woods Subdivision just north of Seward. The burst of activity was in...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 29, 2014

Librarian checks out

A low key potlatch at the Seward Community Library Museum Friday served as the occasion to give retiring library director Patricia Linville her send-off after a 15-year career at the Seward...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 22, 2014

Vendors unleashed, TYC fees on hold

A resolution before the Seward city council at their May 12 meeting suggested that cutting fees Teen and Youth Center summer camps could reverse declining enrollment. The Seward Parks and Recreation Department was tasked over two years ago with incre...

 

SHS students earn awards, scholarships

Seward High School graduating senior Brooke Estes was the first student to be recognized as the evening program for the SHS Academic and Athletics Awards got underway on Monday. Her first acknowledgment of many came from the Kenai Peninsula Masonic...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 15, 2014

Vigor Seward shipyard deal signed

Monday the Seward City Council signed off on the transfer of Seward Ship's Drydock leases to Vigor Alaska, a transaction that will give the major player in marine maintenance and construction a base...

 

McKnight is pronounced excellent

Terri McKnight came to Alaska with a dream, but she started in Fairbanks. After that initial dalliance, the elementary school educator found a slice of heaven in Moose Pass, teaching there for seven y...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 15, 2014

BCVFD moves into new building

The first weekend of May was a milestone for the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department as they began moving their offices from the 42-year-old fire station into a new $3.4 million facility built last y...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 15, 2014

Bike rodeo peddles safety

A cowgirl checks to see that her tassles are secureld before pedalling out of a pit stop at Mechanic's Alley at the annual Terry's Tires Bike Rodeo Saturday. The equipment check was just one stop...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 8, 2014

Robot surfboards collect climate change data

Three wave driven drones are being dropped off in Southcentral Alaska waters this week as part of a summer long study on sea water conditions both in Prince William Sound and the Gulf of Alaska. The...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 8, 2014

Halibut efforts increase with dwindling limits

Clarification: The Halibut charter trip limit mentioned in this story only applies in Area 3A, a fishing area including coastal waters from Kodiak to Yakutat. The prohibition on skipper and crew harvest, already in effect in Southeast Alaska’s...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Features    May 8, 2014

Blue light means yield

Local fire department employees and volunteers are most commonly seen operating flashing blue lights in their personal vehicles while driving to the fire station in response to an emergency call....

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 1, 2014

City predicts dredging in fall, paving next year

Concerns at the previous Seward City Council meeting over a loss of street construction funds were allayed this week by City Manager James Hunt in his bi-monthly report at Monday’s regular City Council session. City administration received...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Business    May 1, 2014

Art blooms early in Seward

New businesses have popped up like little flowers all over Seward and are joining veteran merchants to showcase art and artists as Memorial Day weekend, and the visitor season, nears. While the first...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    May 1, 2014

Legislature funds local projects

City of Seward lobbying efforts appear to have paid off with the Alaska Legislature passing a capital budget that included funds to finish local projects and move forward on solving a developing crisis with the community’s wastewater disposal...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    April 24, 2014

Local jury kills fish case

On April 15, a Seward jury voted for the acquittal of James and Rhonda Hubbard on the few charges that remained after Kenai Superior Court judge Anna Moran threw out much of prosecutor Carole...

 
 By Wolfgang Kurtz    Local    April 24, 2014

Seward Resort is always ready

Scott Bartlett says that the action never stops at the Army’s Seward Resort. Although locals sometimes forget about the facility, Bartlett says traffic from conferences and visiting single soldiers and families is a constant. The recreational...

 

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