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Out & About - Feb. 20, 2014


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

Little skiers and sledders came out of the woodwork last weekend as the first decent snowfall in weeks made for winter fun under blue skies. This diminutive skier got an assist going down a small hill to Upper Trail Lake during the Moose Pass Winter Rendezvous. That same Saturday the Divide Ski area filled up with skiers after a first wave of young sledsters invaded around noon. The parking lot at mile 12 of the Seward Highway finally began emptying out after dark as snow flakes started to fall.

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Local tribe hosts NYO invite

The fourth 4th Annual Native Youth Olympics Seward Invitational Meet will be at the Seward Middle School over three days beginning at 4:30 p.m., Feb 21. All teams are welcome to compete from first grade to 12th grade. Also Arctic Winter Game athletes are welcome to participate in the games. Information is at the Seward NYO and 4th Annual NYO Invitational Meet pages on Facebook. The competition is sponsored, in part, by Qutekcak Native Tribe.

Middle school hosts Wrestling tourney

Seward Middle School will host the Borough Wrestling Meet in the Seward High School Gym starting at 10 a.m., Feb. 22. The organizers are looking for donations and volunteers. Contact Jason Bickling at 224-9025 via e-mail at for information.

Seahawks set for ski and shoot

This week the Seward High School Nordic Ski team travels to Anchorage for the State Ski meet starting today and concluding tomorrow. The boys and girls JV and varsity basketball teams will travel to Nikiski on Friday, Feb, 21 for games starting at 3 p.m.

Seward hosts Tsunami Bowl

The annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl competition hosted by the University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center will be held over three days beginning Feb. 28. The Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl is a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of the oceans. The regional event is part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl. The winning team of the Alaska Tsunami Bowl competes against other regional teams from all over the United States. The organizers are accepting volunteers for the competition. Information is available at or by calling Kimberley at 224-5261.

AARP offers tax help

The AARP Foundation offers free electronic tax filing to taxpayers in Seward. Tax aide volunteers, trained by the IRS, are available from 8 to 10 a.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, as well as 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Seward Senior Center, 336 Third. Appointments are available at 224-5604 and walk-ins are welcome on a first come, first served basis. There is no age or income limit and taxpayers do not need to be AARP members although preference may be given to seniors and the disabled.

Small business sessions offered

The Alaska Small Business Development Center is hosting a free two-hour, "Starting a Business" workshop at 1 p.m. today, Feb. 20. A workshop, "How To Write A Business Plan" follows on the next day, Feb. 21, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Methods for establishing financial projections will be covered, as well as creating and evaluating financial ratios that will help you measure your successes and also be an effective tool to obtain financing. Both sessions will be conducted by Bryan Zak of the AKSBDC at the AVTEC First Lake building, second floor conference room from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. For information contact Bunny at 260-5629.

Nonprofit development class offered

The Seward Community Foundation will host a Foraker Video Class on Making the "Ask" and Stewardship for local nonprofits. The two-hour class will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 in the Seward Community Library & Museum Conference Room. To sign up and learn about the class visit Foraker's website or call 907-743-1200.

Holland America accepting grant apps

Applications are being accepted by the Holland America Line Inc. Seward Community Advisory Board for grants to local service and nonprofit groups in Seward. Submissions are due by the close of business March 3. For information and applications, contact Kathy Newman at 907-264-8028 or

Snowmachine areas are reopening

Seward Ranger District sled trails and areas that typically allow winter motorized vehicles including Primrose Trail and Lost Lake Trail are closed. However, west side Turnagain Pass and Johnson's Pass trail north via the wagon road access on the west side of the trailhead parking area are open. Carter, Johnson South, Primrose, Lost Lake, Res. So, and Bean Creek trails will be evaluated throughout the rest of the week. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is closed to snow machine use until further notice. Local trail information is at

SCF accepting grant apps

The Seward Community Foundation is accepting grant applications from local non-profits in the vicinity of Seward and Moose Pass. The deadline for applying is March 1 and all applications should be submitted through the SCF website at

Library screens films

Award winning independent and foreign films are shown at 7 p.m. every Friday night through February at the Seward Community Library Museum. Many of the movies are not rated. Must be 18 years old, or accompanied by a parent to attend. Call 224-4082 for information.


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