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Turn back the pages — Sept. 29, 1977


Compiled by Julie Rosier

Council okays year around recreation plan — The City Council voted Monday night to approve a recommendation by City Manager Johnny Johnson to use $16,000 of $35,000 in federal anti-recession funds to create a year-around recreation program. Johnson said the money was limited as to use and the project met the specifications and was needed. This would create an extension of the summer recreation program which was initiated several years ago and has become very popular in the community. The new plan would be coordinated with the activities of the Community Schools program so there would be no duplication of effort, and to bring a wider spectrum of activity to the community. Recreation for senior citizens and preschoolers would be included, these age groups have not formerly been served. Johnson said $13,700 would go toward salary and fringe benefits for the director and the remainder of the $16,000 would go for implementing the program. One of the primary objectives of the anti-recession funds is to create jobs and provide salaries. Council discussed at length use of a surplus of public works funds which resulted from the low bids received on paving project scheduled for next spring. Johnson said the paving bids had quite a bit lower than the $889,000 estimate and the award went to Associated Asphalt of Fairbanks at $691,000. The surplus, Johnson felt, should be used for additional paving to go around the Lagoon and to bring water and Seward service closer to Dairy Hill lots which are presently undeveloped.

Harbor facilities state goal — An application has been received by the Department of the Army, Corps of Engineers, for a permit for construction of additional facilities in the Small Boat Harbor in Seward, consisting of a float, an approach, and a gangway and to rehabilitate an existing ramp. The application is from the Alaska Division of Water and Harbors, which proposes to construct a 12’ x 800’ foam filled concrete shell float to be secured by timber piles and used as a transient boat facility. A 3-inch steel truss approach 6’ x 143/ will be constructed from the breakwater to the float and connected to the float by a 50-foot steel truss gangway. One lane of the existing launching ramp will be replaced with 16-foot wide concrete planks. The applicant proposes to begin work as soon as possible and complete the work within a year. Interested parties are asked to submit in writing any comments or objections they may have to proposed work. The decision whether to issue a permit will be based on an evaluation of the probable impact of the proposed plan on the public interest. All actors which may be relevant to the proposal will be considered according to the Corps of Engineers, including: conservation.

Crabber “Adventure” raised from 142 feet in salvage operation — A significant salvage operation for Seward, the fishing industry and all of Alaska was completed just weeks ago when the F/V Adventure was towed into the Seward Small Boat Harbor and moored at the Seward Fisheries Dock. The Adventure is the largest ship recovered in Alaska from a depth of 142 feet, and will lead the way in operations to salvage other vessels. The Adventure ran aground May 27 on Fox Island here in Resurrection Bay. Underwater Construction of Seward was contracted to retrieve the 91-foot, 200-ton crab boat. The wrecked Adventure was located by divers Cliff Center and Hal Dreyer of Underwater Construction at its 142-foot depth. Salvage plans proceeded at the request of Fred File, a co-owner and skipper of the 7-year-old vessel. Because the boat had punctured a large hole in the starboard hull and had its crab tanks full of water, it had sunk quickly, however the entire crew had managed to escape on an inflatable raft.

State readies land selection for Seward area — The State of Alaska is getting ready to select land from the National Forest around Seward according to a release from the state Department of Natural Resources. The forest lands selection team, a group organized under the commissioner of Natural Resources has been working with communities throughout the forest in an effort to identify lands for selection. This summer, members of the team met in Seward with city representatives to discuss the lands needs of the area. Following that meeting city put together a document nominating certain lands around Seward for selection by the state. During the past several months, the Forest Land Selection Team was been reviewing Seward’s nomination along with the many other nominations received from forest communities. The state is now ready to present its proposals for selection to the public meeting is scheduled in Seward on Tuesday, Oct. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the council chambers. “These selections are certain to have a significant impact on the future of the community,” stated Commissioner of Natural Resources, Bob Leresche. “Some of the lands we are proposing to select will remain in state ownership.

Candidate’s Night brings out many political contenders — Candidates nearly outnumbered voters at a Meet the Candidates Night Tuesday at city hall. Organizer Paul Seaton moderated the meeting broadcast live by Radio KRXA. Each of the city and borough candidates who attended briefly outlined their views on the issues to be faced after the Oct. 4 elections. Some of their comments: Margaret Branson: Currently serving as vice president of the borough assembly. She strongly supports the upcoming school bond issue, Proposition No. 4. She cited double-shifting of classrooms and reliance on portable classrooms as an unacceptable answer to the problems faced by residents on the other side of the Peninsula. Marilyn Dimmick: From Ninilchik, Dimmick has worked on the Borough Planning and Zoning Commission. She is running for the assembly because she “felt she was not able to accomplish as much as she would like through that advisory position.” She feels the cost of borough government has increased without a comparable rate of increase of services. Stan Long: Stan feels the school board members have been elected by the people to administrate the borough schools, and assembly members should have more faith in the recommendations of these people.


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