The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Turn back the pages — May 17, 1973


Compiled by Julie Rosier

This week in city hall — The Economic Development Administration has transmitted the final check for the Seward Wharf construction project. The check represents the final payment and the project is now concluded. Clyde Courtnage, EDA representative, tendered the check on behalf of the U.S. Dept. of Commerce to the City of Seward. The check amounted to $28,788.78. Members of the Seward Planning and Zoning Advisory Commission met yesterday evening in the Council Chambers to continue work on the new Zoning Ordinance for the City. The Commission members are using the Borough Zoning ordinance as the foundation document for the City. The work, which was initiated at the last regular meeting of the Commission, will continue on Wednesday, May 30. Scheduled for discussion at the time will be the Supplementary Regulations and particular emphasis will be placed on parking requirements. Businessmen and property owners are advised to be present during the work session when parking regulations are proposed. If the work on the ordinance proceeds smoothly, the Commission will probably consider the zoning boundaries at the regular meeting scheduled for June 13. A preliminary zoning map is on display at City Hall for those who are interested in reviewing the present city-wide zoning concept. The City Manager is available to answer questions which may arise from the conduct of this work.

Mom Nature gives “how to” lessons in avalanche control — Last week man and machine tried in vain to bring down an avalanche on Mount Marathon before it had the chance to follow its course and perhaps jam up the diversion dam in the canyon. This week Mother Nature gave man a lesson in how to get things done — and brought a huge snow slide down in the Lowell Point area. The slide came down early Monday —a nd kept coming. When it was done snow and ice floated on the waters of Resurrection Bay — giving Seward the look of the Arctic seas. Oldtimers have difficulty recalling a like incident in that area. But others choose to believe the television commercial which tells us “not to fool Mother Nature!”

Budget draws little comment from public — The City Council met Monday evening, May 14 in what must be termed one of the shortest session on record. The public hearing on the proposed 1973-74 budget, which was expected to generate high interest, proved, with one exception, to be a subject of little interest. The only person speaking in regard to the budget was Keith Campbell, Administrator of Seward General Hospital. He informed Council that a letter from Gary Crouse (Chief inspector) from the Fire Marshal’s office stated: Unless Seward General has a sprinkler system installed within a one-year time frame, his office can not certify the hospital for Medicare patients. Campbell said one bid had already been received, and a second was forthcoming on the installation of the sprinkler system. Cost of the system is estimated at $20,600. The administrator requested Council to try and find funds in the budget to help the hospital meet this unexpected expense. “The fire alarm system bid has been let to Minneapolis Honeywell for $1,850,” Campbell said. Campbell also spoke on behalf of the Seward Council on Alcoholism, of which he is President. “As you know we received a grant from the City last year, which, with matching state funds enabled us to seek and find permanent quarters in the downtown area and to hire a director. I think we can make an impact on this problem in our community. I am asking for another grant to meet the matching requirements of the state for the fiscal year.”

Seward High School graduates 34 on Sunday — Thirty-four students of the Class of 1973 will graduate from Seward High School Sunday, May 20. Baccalaureate services for the graduates will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday at the Elementary School gymnasium. Pastor Luther Abrahamson will officiate. The All-School Band will play the processional and recessional and choral selections will be provided by the High School Chorus. Commencement exercises will begin at 8 p.m., also in the Elementary School gym. The commencement address will be given by Rep. Keith Specking. Invocation and benediction will be given by Pastor Gerald Keene. Cathy Fish, Senior Class President, will give the welcome. The band and chorus will also participate. Jim Martin will give the Valedictory and Virginia Dauquil will give the Salutatorian address. Presentation of scholarships and awards will be made by Mr. Sam Daniel. The diplomas will be given by Mrs. Dolly Farnsworth, Clerk of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board. And the parents of the graduates will all breathe a sigh of relief.

Letter to Editor (Keith Specking) — Several persons have asked me about funding for the continuation of the Resurrection River road project. I was successful in having $35,000 placed in the House Budget for the road. When the free conference committee, comprised of three House and three Senate members, came to this item, it was disallowed. Part of the rationale was that I had already been successful in increasing the operational funding for the Skill Center by $500,000 and in obtaining $300,000 for construction of a Skill Center shop building. I was able to convince the Senate members of the free conference committee of the need for help in sustaining them. The Highway Department has assured me that they will assist Seward in obtaining a bridge for the Resurrection River crossing. I felt that it might be possible to obtain even more funding from the local service road money appropriated to the Kenai Borough by the State in order that the rock work could be completed. I recently made a trip to Soldotna and discussed it with the Borough Mayor and planning director. I am pleased to note that the University of Alaska president-elect Dr. Robert W. Hiatt, has a very substantial marine background, having earned his PhD in Marine Zoology from the University of California in 1941. With an interest in the continued development and growth of the Marine Science facility at Seward, we can be pleased with Dr. Hiatt’s background in this discipline.


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