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Dec. 23, 1993

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Budget may force Seward to tighten belt – Seward’s city government would face a loss of nearly $280,000 in state aid in the 1995 state budget proposed by Gov. Walter Hickel last week, and altogether the damage will likely be far less by the end of the legislative session in June, the threatened cuts are further evidence that Alaska’s cities and towns face greater taxes and fewer services in a future of falling oil revenues.

Urbach’s – Great gifts for last minute shopping!

School officials say Hickel budget may affect quality of education – State school funding cuts proposed in Gov. Walter Hickel’s 1995 budget could have serious effects on the quality of education in Seward and around the borough, local school officials say. Presented to the public last week, Hickel’s proposed operating budget for the 1995 fiscal year includes reductions totalling about $1.7 million for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, said Dick Swarner, school district executive director for business management.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “Look Who’s Talking Now” and “My Life.”

Small cabin houses big Christmas spirit – Opal Bryan had been in Seward a year when she spent her first Christmas in the log cabin her husband built out by Bear Lake. Back then, in 1940, it was a small, cozy cabin just big enough for herself, her husband Walter and their son James. Christmas was something of a simple affair in the early Bryan cabin, alongside the one-lane dirt road that’s now the Seward Highway. “We just had our dinner and would try to get some of the residents to come here to visit,” she said. “And they did.”

Apollo Restaurant – We wish a Merry Christmas to all of you!

National Forest trails open, but skiers and snowmachiners need to share – Winter is here and everyone is gearing up for the fun of the season. The Chugach National Forest is an excellent place to start your fun seeking. With a few exceptions the trails managed by the Forest are open to multiple use.

Fishing Company of Alaska – Season’s Greetings. Wishing you a beautiful holiday and a New Year of peace and happiness.

New office brings Legislature closer to Seward – Cindy Davis likes to keep tabs on the Alaska Legislature, especially new legislation, so she welcomes Seward’s new Legislative Information Office with enthusiasm. “The office gives them really pretty immediate access to the Legislature,” said Information Officer Marianna Keil.

Breeze Inn – Merry Christmas! White Elephant Gift Exchange.

Qutekcak tribe hopes business is a pearl – Three members of the Qutekcak Native Tribe have begun full-time work growing the algae and the young oysters that will form the stock for the local Native group’s first commercial venture. After recently adapting a formerly unused building at the Seward Marine Center, Carmen Young, Maranda Barrier and Debbie Smith are busy getting algae cultures to grow in hydroponic containers to feed tens of thousands of fingertip-size oysters in nearby tanks.

ILWU Local 60 – Have a Happy Holiday Season and may 1994 be a Healthy and Prosperous New Year!

Harbor users play waiting game – While generally pleased to see the city taking action on deferred maintenance in the small boat harbor, many harbor users say they’ll believe it when they see it. The city is planning an extensive repair program that calls for the completion of a list of capital projects and general maintenance for Seward’s harbor by next spring. Among those projects are a new boat launch ramp and bathrooms at the northeast corner of the harbor basin, replacement of the X float, or army dock, relocation of the fuel float and new sewer pump out stations.

Bardarson Studio – Store-wide 3-day Inventory Sale.

City hires surveyors to help map out more reliable electrical power route to Seward – Surveyors hired by the city’s utility are mapping out the second half of a preliminary electrical route to provide more reliable power to the city. R&M Consultants of Anchorage began a survey Dec. 3 for a transmission line from Snow River to Crown Point.

Petro Marine – Season’s Greetings!

 

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