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Out & About - March 6, 2014


Wolfgang Kurtz | The Seward Phoenix LOG

A little bit of snow has descended on the slopes of the Divide Ski Area and where there's snow, there's kid-powered fun. While this hill receives its share of grooming by sled, skiers take advantage of the backcountry tracks groomed by volunteers with the Seward Nordic Ski Club. If cooler temperatures prevail, next week should see some better conditions throughout the area, with more snowfall in the forecast.

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Affordable care assistance available

Tina Wegener of Peninsula Community Health Services will be at the Seward Senior Center from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today to help individuals enroll in healthcare using Applicants should bring a state photo ID, Social Security card, income verification and a current e-mail address. For information contact Tina Wegener at 907-252-8748.

New clinic holds meeting

The new Seward Community Health Center will hold an informational meeting at 6 p.m. today in the waiting room at the former Providence Alaska clinic. This is an opportunity for all new patients to have questions answered about services, making appointments and how to register for the discount fee program.

Local clinic extends access

Glacier Family Medicine Clinic is offering additional appointment slots during the transition from Providence Seward Family Practice Clinic to the new Seward Community Health Center. Call 224 8733 for information or to set an appointment. The Providence Seward Emergency Room will continue to be open 24 hours a day for any patients with any urgent/emergent medical issues.

Middle school tourney fundraiser set

While the USA Wrestling tournament takes place March 8 at Seward High School, parents (and their student children) are being sought to man the concession stand. Twenty percent of the day's proceeds will go to support Seward Middle School athletics. For information contact Jason Bickling at 224-9025 or

Iditarow benefits Crewsers

Teams are rowing as far as possible during the Iditarod at Rez Fitness during gym hours. The challenge is to beat the Iditarod mushers to Nome. Each team member pays a $35 entrance fee. For information stop by Rez Fitness, e-mail, or check the website at All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Kenai Crewsers, Seward's rowing club.

Snowmachine territory shrinks

Kenai Fjords National Park has closed the Exit Glacier area to snowmachine use. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge remains closed. The Chugach National Forest has closed the Seward Ranger District to snowmachine use except for Turnagain Pass and Johnson North Trail.

Schools offer substitute training

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will have their final substitute training teleconference for this school year at 10 a.m., March 18 in the Seward Middle School PD room. The training for substitute teachers, aides, tutors, secretaries or custodians and should last about an hour and a half. For information or to register, call Randi Broyles at 907-714-8888.

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.

Nurse practitioner to visit Seward

Deb Baley, ANP, will visit Seward Public Health Center March 24-26 at 201 Third, Suite 202. Appointments are required for services including Pap smears and contraceptives for women in the childbearing years. There is a sliding scale fee but those with an inability to pay will not be denied services. Call 224-5567 for appointments or information.

Pink cheeks registration begins

Early registration with reduced entry fees for the 23rd Pink Cheeks Triathlon takes place until April 4. The annual event starts at the Seward High School Sea Lion Drive gate at 11 a.m., May 3. Details are available at or by calling Jori Welchans at 224-4054.

Providence offers childbirth classes

Childbirth education classes hosted by Providence Alaska at Seward Mountain Haven will cover stages of labor, relaxation and breathing techniques and breastfeeding. The classes are in the Wesley Commons building from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 15 and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., March 16. There is a fee of $75 per couple but one will be turned away for lack of ability to pay. Contact Kim Bird at 224-5213 to register or for information.

Spring breakup festival set

Seward's 4th annual Spring Breakup Festival By The Sea is set for March 14, 15 and 16. A full calendar of events is available on a Facebook page and at


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