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May 26, 1977

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Johnson asks engineering chop to cut expenses from 1977-78 budget – In a memorandum to the Seward mayor and city council read at Monday night’s meeting, City Manager Johnny Johnson presented the proposed budget for fiscal year 1977-78. While the intent of the administration is to keep expenditures at a minimum, it has found this isn’t always the economical way in the long run. Johnson pointed out that a majority of city equipment is antiquated and worn out. So, Johnson proposed the purchase of some new equipment. Revenues and expenses are both increased in the new budget, partly because of bringing city employee salaries up to par. The major change in the budget is the elimination of the Engineering Department, reducing the budget by $67,000. “The city administration feels a city the size of Seward cannot afford a full time engineering department,” said Johnson.

Nature’s whims cause closure of Russian River – The Russian River will be closed to the taking of red (sockeye) salmon during the first or early run. The closure goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. on June 4 and remains in effect through July 14. The area to close is known as the Russian River Fly Fishing Only Area which extends from a marker 600 yards below Russian River Falls to a marker 1,800 yards below the confluence of the Russian and Kenai rivers. Sid Logan, area biologist, stated this is the first time the early run fishery has been closed for the entire season. Biologists blamed environmental circumstances of the past few years for the small run. River currents, some late spring breakups and other environmental factors were called the “real culprit” by Dave Nelson, Soldotna-based biologist.

Budget dilemma faces board – Borough school board members found themselves between a rock and a hard place Monday night as they disagreed among themselves where to make $1 million in budget cuts and heard reports from employee groups dissatisfied with the board’s salary offers.

CZM hearings draw few citizens – The “resources persons” (representatives of state and federal agencies) far outnumbered the citizen participation at the Coastal Zone Management meeting Tuesday. Judith Aderegg and Glenn Akins from the governor’s office were on hand to explain Alaska Coastal Management. Other federal and state agencies were on hand to contribute information. A slide show illustrated the CAM program as it exists today.

Liberty Theatre / KRXA – Showing: “Raggedy Ann & Andy” and “The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams.”Coming: “The Winds of Autumn” and “The Legend of Boggy Creek.”

FS campgrounds open May 27 – All National Forest campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula will open for public use on May 27.

34 SHS students now graduates – Thirty-four graduating Seward High School students marched up the aisle at the Seward Elementary gymnasium and took seats on the stage to the familiar tune of “Pomp and Circumstance” Sunday evening. Over the course of the ceremonies, Valedictorian Mitch Seavey interrupted many funny comments to tell his classmates to think for themselves and to use their God-given talents to the fullest. Sen. Ted Stevens spoke in favor of the All-Alaska gas pipeline with its terminal here at Lowell Point. Ten seniors received scholarships totalling over $8,000.

Sally’s Auction Co. – Liquidation Auction. Ralph Andrews Army Store. 20 years accumulation. Starts June 6, 7 p.m.

Boro employees form association – Kenai Peninsula Borough employees voted on Tuesday to form an association to bargain for employee wages and benefits. The vote was 44 to 4 in favor of forming the Kenai Borough Employees Association.

Bob’s Kenai Lake Lodge – ...for the finest food and entertainment on the Kenai Peninsula.

Senior Citizens Afgan Raffle – July 4, 1977, donations $1. See in Drug Store window.

Yacht club kicks off season – A day of gala festivities started with a brunch at the Breeze Inn on Saturday to mark the opening of the sailing season for the Seward Yacht Club.

The First National Bank of Anchorage – First class. We’d like to wish the 1977 graduating seniors the best...

Ex-Sewardite is top student – Cindy Bell, who grew up in Seward, is valedictorian of her 136-member senior class at Colville, Wash.

Werner’s Family Market – ...announces another ‘little addition.’ “Come see our garden store,” says Raya.

SHS participates in track meet – The Region III track meet was held in Kenai, May 13 and 14. The Seward High School team consisted of Bobby Saindon, Helen Painter, Sandra Ledet, Rhonda Anderson, Jody McConnell, Barb Chappell, Ken Werner, Charlie Stephens, Mel LeVan, Laurel Fultz, Ben LaCaze, Dave Dieckgraeff, George Kontra and Jerry Knodel.

New Seward Hotel – Now Seward Agents for Alaska Cleaners.

Trial delayed second time – The bootlegging trial of former state ferry officers Gene Racine and Bruce Griggs, and Seward bar owner Johan Banic has been delayed. Allegedly, the ferry officers purchased 200 cases of beer in Bellingham, Wash. and brought it to Seward illegally. The beer ended up in Banic’s bar, along with game machines and food which were transported on the ferry in violation of marine highway rules.

The Palace Cafe – Enjoy homestyle cooking in a friendly atmosphere. Seafood in season. Bring the whole family. Food served 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Saindon receives teacher award –Starkey Saindon was one of six Peninsula youth selected by the Kenai Peninsula Federation of Teachers as recipients of its 1976-77 scholarships.

Alaska Shop – Good Luck Class of 1977!

Summer fun is provided by city – With the passing of a long and wet winter comes a welcomed summer and we at the recreation department have a full schedule of activities for everyone.

Classified Ads – For Sale, Two 6-71 GMC marine engines. Lost, Gray female cat, answers to Susie. For rent, furnished apartment, large 1 bedroom downtown, $400 per month. Trailer for sale, 2 or 3 bedroom, 1.5 baths, large lean-to, $11,500.


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