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Turn Back the Pages – April 22, 1991


April 22, 1976

The Seward Phoenix LOG

PAL Inaugurates New Barge Service – In a Wednesday noon interview with Thomas G. Garside, Portland manager for Pacific-Alaska Lines, your reporter learned that plans for the new shipping service between Seward and Portland developed from that firm’s interest in trying to successfully bid with Collier-Chemical for the southbound movement of urea from the Kenai Peninsula plant. Garside explained that PAL realized the need for deep draft carriers “and we struck on the idea of designing a barge that could and would carry diversified cargo northbound and which would also be able to accommodate southbound shipment of urea.”

Culinary Complex Contact Awarded – Pulis Builders of Anchorage, with a bid of $772,322, was awarded the contract to build the new culinary complex for the Alaska Skill Center. The complex will be a two-story structure complete with kitchen, all new equipment, dining room to seat 125 students, and storage on the bottom level. The building will be located in the parking lot area of the Center campus.

Arctic Games Flag Presented to Council – Councilmembers were agreeably surprised at their special meeting last Thursday, April 15, by Seward Seahawk Dave Reynolds’ presentation to the City of the official Arctic Winter Games flag – a gift from the town of Schefferville in Northwest Territories. Dave, one of over 200 Alaskan athletes who had participated in the games, had carried the Alaskan and American flags from the City of Seward to Schefferville and presented the flags to that city on behalf of Seward.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “Blackbeard’s Ghost.” Coming soon: “The Return of the Pink Panther” and “Bank Shot.”

Barite Plant Considered Here – City Manager Jim Filip gave a short slide presentation to City Council about the Dresser Industries barite plant on Pelican Island in Galveston, Texas, which he visited on his recent trip. Filip said that Dresser representatives would be in Seward the coming week exploring the possibility of establishing a barite plant in Seward’s industrial area. If the plant proved feasible, three or four ships would arrive a year, bring the raw material from Peru to be milled locally. The barite, once milled, would be stored in silos, two or three at the plant, plus two to four on the dock. Filip said the loading operation would be relatively simple – the barite would be driven by vacuum pump through hoses into the holds of vessels which would supply the offshore oil drilling platforms.

Seward Fisheries – Processing Icicle & Viking Brand Seafoods.

SHS Plans Pass Board – The Seward High School plans which were presented by an Ellerbe and Associates representative received unanimous approval of the Borough School Board Monday night. The 75,000 square foot building includes an auditorium, swimming pool, wrestling rooms, plus classrooms for a compete high school program for 300 students. Up to 400 could be accommodated with more intensive use of the facility, the architect said. The cost, estimated at slightly over $90 per square foot and $6.8 million, is something over the figure needed to fit within the $8 million bond proposal.

Urbach’s – For spring... Short sleeved shirts. Pullover shirts. Tank tops. In patterns or plain, colors, funny or scenic pictures. Urbach’s has them all!

New Firm To Build 4 Homes – James Whitethorn, owner of JHW Contracting, a private company, will build four FHA qualified houses in Seward this summer.

Breeze Inn – What’s the good word? The Breeze Inn is open! Enjoy delicious homestyle cooking and an unsurpassed view of the harbor and mountains. Meet your friends at the Breeze Inn for breakfast, lunch and dinner or at “Mug Up” time.

Seward-Nome Trail Nominated For System – Sen. Mike Gravel, D-Alaska, recently introduced legislation to designate approximately 1,600 miles of historic routes between Seward and Nome as the Iditarod National Historic Trail within the National Trail System. The bill would establish a new category for historic trails and provide national recognition for the annual Iditarod Race.

Horizons Travel – If you are planning a vacation, walk on down to Horizons Travel, 227 Fourth Ave., and visit with Theresa Dumas, an experienced travel consultant.

Beautiful Downtown Moose Pass – I would make a rough guess that 50 million people ate egg salad sandwiches on Monday. If I find another hard boiled egg, especially one kneaded into the rug, I think I will cry.

Seward Building Supply – We have what you need. Clean up. Paint up. Fix up. Welcome spring with home improvements.


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