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March 11, 1993

Railroad eyes chemical use – Alaska Railroad may use herbicides to control weeds and alders growing in the Seward railroad yard and on track as far north as Bear Lake. Tom Brooks, the railroad’s chief engineer, said no final decision has been made on applying for an Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation permit to use the chemicals this summer.

Rookie mushers go to the dogs – Seward’s new branch manager at First National Bank of Anchorage, Mark Anderson, will face an added challenge after moving to town when he, along with 18 other rookie dog mushers, competes in the third annual Mayor’s Cup Sled Dog Race on Saturday.

Panel to decide Ship’s dispute – An Anchorage arbitration panel is being asked to run on whether or not Seward Ship’s Chandlery should be repaid $50,000 in tariff payments it made to the city last year. The two months of payments were not mentioned by the American Arbitration Panel in January when it made the city absorb about $380,000 in legal and arbitration fees the city and Seward Ship’s had spent to resolve long-standing disputes with each other.

Proposed budget cuts into prison operations – The House Finance Committee voted 9-1 on Monday to approve a Department of Corrections budget that closes most of Kenai’s Wildwood Correctional Center and sends about 200 inmates to out-of-state prisons. The committee’s budget, which still faces possible amendments and a vote of both the House and Senate, also takes a 3.5 percent bite out of the governor’s proposal for Seward’s maximum-security prison.

Longtime Seward resident lives up to her Hardy name – Plagued by one catastrophe after another since moving to Seward in 1951, Penny Hardy’s determined spirit helped her raise six children through floods, earthquakes, fires and the loss of two husbands.

City council opts to put hold on attorney – The Seward City Council on Monday put a hold on the attorney’s bill, debated the merits of ice cream trucks and scheduled a public hearing on the city’s WGN-TV bill.

Larger school board proposed for ballot – The public may be voting during the general election next fall on expanding the school board form seven to nine members who would run for office in individual districts that mirror those used by the borough assembly.

Urbach’s – Hot New... Silk Shirts, Bum Equipment, Red Eraser, LA Gear and much, much more.

Historian studies old buildings – Margaret Branson, who has been cataloging historic sites within Seward’s city limits since November, wants people to tell her the history of their houses and business buildings. Branson was awarded a contract to work on the Seward Historic Preservation Plan with funds the city obtained through a $4,000 Office of History and Archeology in August.

Yukon Bar – Rock ‘n Roll with Bad Moon, Friday and Saturday.

New Kenai salmon limit – Kenai River anglers may take two king salmon a day, down from three, as managers work to contain one of Alaska’s fastest-growing sport fisheries.

Liberty Theatre – Now Showing: National Lampoon’s “Loaded Weapon.

Spurr goes to sleep – Spurr Volcano, which erupted three times between June and September, is once again officially asleep.

APRN – Tune to your local public radio station for daily, on-the-spot Iditarod race reports the Alaska Public Radio Network.

Progress takes a back seat to bickering in Legislature – As the 18th Legislature passes the half-way point in its annual calendar, lawmakers are finding themselves in one of the most stagnant sessions in at least a decade. As of last week, only two bills had cleared both houses. The government’s sluggish progress is blamed on debate over confirmations to the Select Committee on Ethics and on an unusually high number of freshmen lawmakers.

Ray’s Waterfront – Now serving Lunch and Dinner, 7 days a week.

Hagel, Dean named Teens of the Year – Seward High School junior Marianne Hagel and sophomore Jason Dean were named the 1993 Teens of the Year during the Pink Cheeks Sweetheart Ball Saturday night at the Elks Lodge.

Lions Club – Annual Pancake Breakfast, Sunday, March 14.

High school squad claims wet and wild Pink Creek Triathlon – Getting wet wasn’t limited to the 16 swimmers competing in the first Seward Pink Cheeks Triathlon Saturday. The 16 skiers and 16 runners also got soaked during the rainy afternoon as they slogged through the slush-soaked streets and high school ski track.


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