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Feb. 1, 1990

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Bribery suit dropped against Sen. Szymanski – Veco lobbyist Ed Dankworth’s attorney told the LOG Wednesday that his client is dropping a lawsuit against Sen. Mike Szymanski in part because of statements made by the Senator in an article in the Seward Phoenix LOG. Dankworth’s attorney, Dan Coffey, filed the suit Jan. 19. Dankworth sought unspecified damages in excess of $150,000. Szymanski had allegedly accused Dankworth of trying to bribe him with a yacht in trade for a favorable vote on a revision of the Economic Limit Factor last spring.

Volunteer begins adopt-a-pet program – Seward’s unwanted dogs and cats may finally be getting a second chance at life, due to the voluntary efforts of a local citizen. For the first time, the city dog pound will be open for people wanting to adopt animals.

Pit Bar reaps bonanza from new Seward law – Early in the evening things are fairly quiet around the Pit Bar. A few regulars sit talking about sports and politics while the juke box plays in the background, and a couple tries their luck at shuffleboard. But a little after 2 a.m., when Seward’s bars close, the crowds wend their way out of town to Mile 3.5 of the Seward Highway and The Pit jumps to life. The once quiet neighborhood bar has become the de facto after-hours spot for Sewardites who aren’t done drinking when the law says they must – in Seward’s bars at least.

Electric power transmission line is ailing – Last Saturday afternoon KRXA began transmitting its regular programming again after a 10-day departure due to a nasty power fluctuation. Unless Seward’s failing transmission line is replaced, there may be more static in the radio station’s future. Sewardites lose televisions and VCRs to the power surges, and station manager David Headley said KRXA got burned for a $2,000 bill during the last electrical glitch.

Urbach’s – New Hand-Knit Sweaters. Appliqued Sweatshirts.

Crime Stoppers gaining popularity – The American Cancer Society recently raked in more than $21,000 from the Seward Polar Bear Jumpoff contributions, but the society also benefited from a less publicized donation. A donation originating from a soured cocaine deal – sort of. Seward Police officer Alex Clark was working the night shift in October when a caller offered information, said Clark. The tipster said he wanted to turn in a drug dealer who was working one of the bars in town. With the information, Clark and Officer David Brossow confronted the suspect and he was later convicted. As it turned out, the caller with the tip did not have to testify in court, and later suggested the Crime Stoppers reward of $50 be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “The Wizard.” Next attraction: “Christmas Vacation.”

Ken Jones returned to state for sentencing – Kenneth Jones, convicted last September for the 1985 burning death of his son, has been returned from Oregon to Alaska to face sentencing. Jones was found guilty of manslaughter and assault following a July 4, 1985 auto fire near Seward when Jones threw firecrackers into a truck bed. Two of his children and another were burned in the accident. His son died from his injuries. Jones left Alaska before the verdict in his trial was reached and violated a judge’s order to return to Alaska by Oct. 31. Jones was arrested on a warrant in Coos Bay, Ore., according to troopers. Following an extradition hearing in Coos Bay, Jones was returned to Alaska.

Resurrection Bay Health Center – We specialize in you.

Mariner’s Center elects officers – Efforts to build a mariner’s center here got a boost last Wednesday when the newly formed Seward Mariner’s Center Association elected officers and planned to look for temporary quarters to house the center.

American Legion Auxiliary – A Valentine Dinner Dance. Feb. 14. Dinner, live music and door prizes.

Seahawk girls in state tournament – Senior Seahawk Karie Glenn scored 17 points against Anchorage Christian School in the last home game of her high school career the other week. The game winning pressure shot she made against the team last Friday, with four seconds left to play, was no less impressive. The Hawks pulled of a 29-28 win against ACS, earning second place in the District III 3-A tournament. The victory sends Seward to the state tournament to be held in Anchorage this week.

Policemen’s Ball – Feb. 10. Dining and Dancing featuring Mike Droge as disc jockey.


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