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Lone boat ...

A boat makes its way toward the harbor on Tuesday afternoon. With fall in the air, the lone ship was in stark contrast to only a few weeks ago when Resurrection Bay was dotted with...

 

ADF&G extends subsistence fishing hours in Lower Cook Inlet

Effective immediately, subsistence fishing periods in the Port Graham Subdistrict are extended 24-hours in length from 5 1/2 days per week, to 6 1/2 days per week. Subsistence fishing in the Port Graham Subdistrict is permitted from 10 p.m.Thursday...

 
 By Tommy Wells    Outdoors    June 15, 2017

Nygard holds onto halibut lead

Through the first two weeks of the 2017 Seward Halibut Tournament, the biggest winners have come from the Lone Star State. Texans Wayne Nygard and Jeanette Mayorga hold down the top spot in the overal...

 

Orientation required for all Kenai Peninsula moose hunters

Hunters hoping to harvest moose on the Kenai Peninsula this fall must first complete an online moose antler configuration orientation approved by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. The new regulation, adopted by the Alaska Board of Game during...

 

Size limit increased for kings below Slikok Creek

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) manages the Kenai River early-run king salmon run in order to achieve an escapement goal of 3,900 to 6,600 large king salmon. In order to help achieve the escapement goal, and rebuild the abundance of...

 

Winter used trails still in good condition

Good evening on this most beautiful sunshiny evening. For travel on Seward Ranger District this week I've added Bear Spray and kahtoola ice grippers back to my pack. Day time temperatures have been in...

 

Turnagain Pass segment of the INHT has snow

The Turnagain Pass segment of the Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT) has full snow coverage and can be a great option for any type of skis but skate skis (with wider skis being ideal for the deep and soft conditions right now). This relatively...

 

Outdoor conditions are improving in Seward area

Happy Winter Solstice to all of you on this Gorgeous Evening. There are many groomed ski options across the District right now. Last week, I referred you to websites for Cooper Landing, Girdwood and...

 

Grant, Ptarmagin lakes offer great conditions for skaters

Here are two lakes for ice skating I have to share for those of you that can head out in the next couple days before the next snowfall. It isn’t very often you can skate on them due to snow cover, and avalanches at Ptarmigan Lake. At Grant Lake,...

 

Trapping, snaring orientation classes scheduled

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (Refuge) will hold its 2016 trapping orientation class and snaring seminar on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Refuge Environmental Education Center on Ski Hill Road in Soldotna. To obtain a...

 

Skilak Lake release not an major issue for lower Kenai River, area

The release of Skilak glacier-dammed lake took place last week and, based on data from the National Weather Service, the estimated volume and peak water levels on Skilak Lake and the lower Kenai River did not reach flood stage. Thanks to a week of dr...

 

Extension service offers helps with pests

Do you have a high tunnel? Sell the extras at a Farmers Market? Raise sheep, goats or cows for food? Have a peony or other farm? The Alaska Crop Protection Pest Management Program is offering free site visits to assist with local residents with pest...

 
 By Ned Rozell    Outdoors    March 19, 2015

A yearly flood into the Gulf of Alaska

Satellite data has confirmed that the amount of freshwater released into the Gulf of Alaska from streams and rivers in Alaska and northern Canada is about 1.5 times what the Mississippi River dumps into the Gulf of Mexico each year. That astounding...

 

Melting glaciers create noisiest places in ocean, study says

Bubbles gushing from melting glaciers and their icebergs make fjords the noisiest places in the oceans, a new study of waters near Alaska and Antarctica shows. The underwater noise is much louder than...

 
 By Heidi Zemach    Outdoors    June 26, 2014

Kids raise their sails on Bear Lake

Captain Devin B. Putney, a Seward resident who runs the sailboat Lyric Charters, drives water taxis, and provides various other services captaining a variety of local vessels, has begun filling a new...

 
 By Heidi Zemach    Outdoors    May 29, 2014

Paddling at one with nature

Sixty residents, including this Seward Phoenix LOG reporter, recently took on the challenge of paddling from Lowell Point Beach to Tonsina Point and back. The 4-hour trips came about thanks to Wendy...

 

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...

 

Glorious day for harbor opening

The deck of the good ship Osprey was a good vantage point to enjoy the boat parade celebrating Seward Harbor's opening weekend. A handful of local vessels led by the tug Junior, went on a jaunt to...

 

New snow inspires mushers

The 37th running of the Jr. Iditarod, starting this Saturday from the shores of Knik Lake, sets the stage for the full blown Iditarod the following weekend. Last year's defending champion, Conway...

 

SeaLife Center hosts Anchorage celebration

The fifth annual Alaska SeaLife Center Gala brought together supporters of marine education, research and science as well as wildlife rescue and stewardship. The fundraiser serves to benefit the...

 

CNF's D'Amico moves on

Ruth D'Amico, a fish technician who has been permanent seasonal employee of the Chugach National Forest for the last 12 years was honored at her going-away party Sunday night at the Moose Pass...

 

Moose Pass musher preps for Junior Iditarod

Ask yourself what the typical 14 year old in your neighborhood does for fun. Ashley Guernsey, the oldest of four children of Russell and Melissa Guernsey, spends 150 miles on a dog sled, camps...

 

Rare birds highlight of Christmas count

On the day of Seward's Christmas Bird Count, Dec. 22, 22 Field Counters, including four young birders and four Boat Crew, birded the Seward Circle from dawn to dark. Another 10 Feeder Watchers kept...

 

2013 Seward Christmas Bird Count

In Memoriam 67-year Seward resident Duane LeVan, age 87, died on Dec. 28 after a short illness. He loved watching and feeding birds. Duane and his wife of 65 years, Sanna, always participated in the...

 

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