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Turn Back the Pages – May 7, 1992


May 7, 1992

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Critical issues close doors – The Seward City Council has met privately 21 times during the past year to discuss business, which is more than double the number of meetings held behind closed doors in recent years. The “executive sessions” are meetings the council holds in order to discuss issues that could be damaging to city finances or individuals if discussed openly. The public and press are not privy to the content of the discussions. But the number of closed meeting may show nothing more than the council has dealt with a number of critical issues in the past year. The private meetings are necessary to discuss certain issues, city officials say.

Prison employees wary of cutbacksSpring Creek Correctional Center is living up to its promise of generating local jobs – with around 120 employees who live in the Seward area – but the proposed partial closure of Wildwood Correctional Center in Kenai, would put some of those locals into the unemployment line. Because Spring Creek is a new facility, the relative low seniority of its correctional officers makes them vulnerable to being bumped by some of the 43 correctional officers who will lose their jobs if Wildwood is partially closed.

Kincheloe speaks on impactSpring Creek Correctional Center risks losing a committed, stable and largely local work force if Wildwood Correctional Center is partially closed, according to Superintendent Larry Kincheloe. “The impact on Spring Creek if that happens is going to be severe,” Kincheloe said. He described the attitude among his correctional officers as “grim” but was quick to point our that none of the $7.5 million in cutbacks, including the Wildwood closure, have been finalized.

Middle school idea gains ground – Seward parents and teachers Friday evening learned a little more about middle schools, those transitional havens for kids too old for elementary school and not yet prepared for the rigors of a high school-like program. Local proponents of the teaching approach say children between the ages of 10 and 15 have special needs and a middle school is geared toward addressing them. But despite growing popularity of the method, Seward is more than a year away from starting a middle school. And there is a local concern about whether sixth-graders should or shouldn’t be grouped with seventh and eighth graders.

Urbach’s – Remember your Mom!

Missionaries bring religious commitment to Seward – They wear dark suits, devote two years of their lives to be missionaries and go wherever the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints sends them. “You get a lot of little kids asking us if we’re with the FBI,” said 20-year-old Elder Bret Uzelac with a grin. Uzelac is teamed up in Seward with 20-year-old Elder Michael O’Loughlin and they are knocking on local doors to talk about their religion and handing out free copies of the book of Mormon.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “Fern Gully” and “The Cutting Edge.” Coming soon: “Medicine Man.”

Assembly hears officers’ complaints – A state proposal to close Wildwood Correctional Center at Kenai and grant early releases to non-violent inmates sparked sharp criticism from Seward correctional officers during Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting in Seward.

Suneel Alaska Corporation – Happy Mother’s Day.

Design faults led to sewage leaks – Seward has been pouring sewage into Resurrection Bay since last autumn, but the dumping has caused no damage according to city officials. The Lowell Point sewage sediment lagoon rupture, which has forced the city to dump more than 300,000 gallons of waste daily, was caused by massive air pockets, according to an engineering firm’s draft report on repair options. The rubber-like liner of the 30-million gallon capacity lagoon apparently tore when a water table fluctuation caused large bubbles to form under the liner bottom.

Trail Lake Lodge – Two Specials for Mother’s Day!

Theft suspect dodges Seward police – As of Tuesday, Seward police officers were still trying to catch 20-year-old Terry DeWitt who is the prime suspect in three thefts of local businesses on April 20.

The Pit Bar & Liquor Store – Happy Mother’s Day. Memories of love and joy fill our hearts on your very special day.

Noll says Suneel will stay, but needs help – International competition in the coal market is growing fiercer for Suneel Alaska Corp., but the company has no plans to drop out the business, according to Suneel spokesperson and former Seward Mayor Bill Noll. The state’s only coal loading facility, which is currently renegotiating a much-needed contract with a Korean power plant, has no plans to pack up. “Suneel is going to stay in Seward. It is not going anywhere else,” Noll said.

Bardarson Studio – 15% off Windsocks.


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