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Turn Back the Pages – April 17, 1986


April 17, 1986

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Morality... an issue? – “Morality is not an issue that can be legislated,” so say almost 400 area residents in a petition that was presented to the Seward City Council Monday night. David C. Ramirez circulated the petition of information which opposed any changes to city ordinances which would outlaw burlesque dancing in establishments that serve alcoholic beverages. Last month, the Seward Ministerial Association urged the Council to put some “teeth” in the city code which would make burlesque dancing illegal. The controversy arose after several male dancers performed at a local night club. The ministerial association’s membership protested the club performances, some with signs which said, “This is Seward, Not Sodom,” and “Thou Shalt Not Lust.”

Borough mayor: Crown Point is a ‘disaster area’ – After a couple weeks’ deliberation with local Assemblymembers Jon Sewall and Jim Skogstad, Borough Mayor Stan Thompson today declared the Crown Point neighborhood a disaster area. “This starts the state wheel in motion,” Mr. Thompson said. “It’s the first step to force them to make a decision. I hope the state will take responsibility. So far, though, various agencies are helping, things have gone a little awry, in the people’s minds anyway.”

Plans underway for Fourth Avenue Dock – The City of Seward will have some preliminary ideas on what can be done to further utilize the Fourth Avenue Dock within two weeks, City Manager Ron Garzini told the Council Monday night. Mr. Garzini told the Council that unless they objected he was going to award a $5,000 contact to an Anchorage engineering firm to develop a conceptual plan on how to accommodate vessels such as cruise whips. Peratrovich, Nottingham, and Drage will also prepare cost estimates.

School budget cut has been proposed – The Borough Assembly tabled a Tuesday night motion by Central Peninsula Assemblymember Karen McGahn, to trim $3.4 million from the school budget. The proposed operating budget is $53.9 million, of which the borough share is $17 million. The balance would be paid by the state.

HB 181 on to Senate – House Bill 181, which would require ferries and other state vessels to be repaired within Alaska, passed the House 30 to 8 on a Monday reconsideration vote. The reconsideration allowed Rep. Bette Cato (D-Valdez) and colleagues from Southeast Alaska to modify an amendment by Rep. Fritz Pettyjohn (R-Anchorage) that would sunset the bill in four years.

AVTEC fire doused – A dormitory room fire at Alaska Vocational Technical Center was essentially out when firemen arrived at 8:38 a.m. April 9 thanks to the sprinkler system, according to Fire Chief John Gage. The fire chief had men and equipment to the scene two minutes after someone called 911. The chief thought the fire began in a trash can, possibly from a cigarette.

GED students celebrate graduation – Ceci Higgins surprised herself. A lack of confidence, extreme nervousness and a lapse of 15 years since attending school were some of the hurdles she crossed to get her newly acquired GED in order to be one step closer to her goal of an office job.

Urbach’s – Sweatshirts! Sweatshirts! Sweatshirts.Experiencing the culture of Japan – Japan, land of kimonos, raw fish, saki and McDonald’s. Ancient temples draw forth visions of samurai. These sights and challenges have been met for many years by Seward High School students who travel to Obihiro, Japan as part of the sister city program.

Horizon’s Travel – New Super Coach Fares.

New counselor, half-time principal at grade school – Under the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District formula, schools that grow to a certain size received half-time assistant principals and counselors. It’s happened to Seward Elementary, and accordingly, sixth grade teacher Jack Albaugh will move into the double role next August.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Department of Public Works – Help prevent landfill fires. Please let ashes cool thoroughly and dump them away from burnable material.


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