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Turn Back the Pages – April 11, 1991


April 11, 1991

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Seward aroused about possible Tusty move – Sewardites were alarmed last week by the news that the State may cut off Seward from the Alaska Marine Highway System and reroute the locally homeported state ferry Tustumena. In order to concentrate on Kodiak and Aleutian Island ports, Seward could lose it’s homeport status and all ferry service, the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities announced Thursday. No schedule decisions have been made yet, DOT Commissioner Frank Turpin said last Friday. “We plan to make no changes until everyone has had a chance to talk about it,” Turpin said. He said DOT wants to hear why the ferry should continue to serve Seward. Local response to the DOT proposal was immediate and residents were startled by the prospect of losing ferry service.

Todd withdraws SMIC shipyard proposal – There will not be a second ship-repair contractor setting up shop in the Seward Marine Industrial Center, the city council learned Monday night. Todd Shipyards Corp. had submitted a proposal to operate here, but Todd Marketing Vice President Bob Confer said Todd is backing out of negotiations. Confer said the existing shiplift facility lacks enough dock space for floating vessel repairs and Todd does not want to put up the money for a ship transfer station and workstation improvements. Confer also said a harvest quota may be placed on the state’s catcher fleet, and that would reduce the number of vessels needing repair.

Merchants working to enhance downtown – Seward’s downtown shop owners, who are concerned about enhancing the central business district, last week formed a group they hope will strengthen their voice and spur the changes needed for their survival. Last Friday morning the Seward Downtown Merchants Association was born, and the 30 business people who gathered appointed officers and committees to address needed changes. The move comes just weeks before the City of Seward will place summertime construction work on sidewalks, street lights and paving up for bid. Merchants have been weighing various methods of increasing downtown business and decided they need to promote local shopping, improve parking and add decorative street lights to beautify Fourth Avenue.

Seahawk wrestlers head for state tourney - It’s not over until it’s over, and the Seward Seahawk wrestling team proved it by sending six wrestlers to the state championships, four of them battling out the losers bracket to place third in their weight classification.

Urbach’s – Warm Ups. Sizes 2T to XXXX. L.A. Gear, Converse, Addidas for the whole family.

Borough proposes dump tipping fees – The Kenai Peninsula Borough is encouraging recycling to reduce the amount of trash going into landfills, and it plans to charge by the ton to make people aware of how much they produce. This could cost area residents and businesses $202,500 a year. “Whatever it costs me will be reflected in what my customers are charged,” said Jason McDonald.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “King Ralph.” Coming soon: “Misery.”

City, borough buying time on dump roadKenai Peninsula Borough officials told the city council Monday night they lack conclusive data that hazardous traffic problems would be created by trucks hauling trash through Forest Acres to the borough’s proposed sold waste transfer site. During the Board of Adjustment hearing Borough Attorney Tom Boedeker appealed the condition of having to build an industrial route for garbage trucks within three years, saying the condition was improper and traffic concerns have not been substantiated. The attorney asked that the road-building stipulation be dropped.

Yukon Bar – Now serving espresso and cappuccino.

Clark wins state geography bee – “What is the term used to describe a crescent-shaped lake formed by a meander in a river which has been cut off?” Alecc Clark, a 12-year-old Seward Junior High students, says that was the easiest question he had to answer to win a trip to Washington, D.C., as Alaska’s representative to the National Geographic Bee.

Resurrection Rentals – Spring savings from Stihl.

Apollo, Best Western reveal expansion plans – Downtown merchants are worried about the economic health of their businesses, and said they are concerned about the low number of new shops to locate in the central business district in recent years. There is downtown development on the horizon. A major project is the $1 million Best Western Hotel Seward expansion on Fifth Avenue, and the planned construction of a new building to house the Apollo Restaurant on Fourth Avenue.


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