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Turn Back the Pages – May 12, 1977


May 12, 1977

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Fishing boats crowd harbor – Seward Fisheries dock was the scene of frenzied activity this weekend as 22 halibut boats prepared for the year’s first opening. Most of the boats are from Petersburg and I spent a few minutes swapping fishing stories from Southeast. Vessels from Canada and Washington have joined the Alaskan fleet to take halibut over 32 inches and over 10 pounds. Many fish are taken which weigh several hundred pounds, but government regulations require that all fish weighing over 100 pounds be sent to Washington state to be checked for mercury content.

Air board hears LP’s request – A public meeting was conducted by the Cook Inlet Air Resources Management District Control Commission on May 5 in the Seward City Council Chambers in response to a request received from the Louisiana Pacific Corporation, operators for the Kenai Lumber Co. for a variance from the plume and opacity standards and the particulate emission standards of the local air pollution control ordinance in order to operate the mill’s teepee burner.

McCabe to head Bus. Ed. Assoc. – Bob McCabe, department chair of Office Practices at the Alaska Skill Center, was elected vice-president and president elect of the Business Education Association of Alaska. Dean Otteson said, “Bob is well-known throughout the state and is considered to be one of the most outstanding business teachers in the country.”

9,571 tons of beams arrive – After four days of careful unloading from two barges, over 19 million pounds of concrete beams are resting on or around the ARR dock awaiting transport on the final leg of their journey to become part of the Corps of Engineers improved highway and rail crossing of the Chena River, Eilson Field, near Fairbanks. According to ARR Superintendent Dick Kirkpatrick each beam required special handling – The smallest being 34 tons and almost 70 feet long. Two cranes were “married” to pick up the outer beams and the heavier ones which weigh 55 tons.

Council adopts many ordinances – Councilmembers got into the spirit of “spring housecleaning” at the regular council meeting May 9 by acting on and adopting the following ordinances: Ordinance 432, requiring the numbering of all addresses with the City of Seward, effective May 19; Ordinance 434, authorizing the city manager to purchase used equipment without use of bid procedure, effective May 19 and Ordinance 435 establishing a monthly service charge of $4 for each electricity customer of the City of Seward, effective July 1.

Seward General Open House – Visitors to the Seward General Hospital Open House May 8 not only were shown around the hospital but also learned something of their own health. After each person signed the guest book and were welcomed by Wes-Gen Auxiliary President Linda Lamberson, nurse Susan Kesselring had a blood pressure station set up. Fortunately, for those with faint hearts, blood pressure was taken before the next stop at the lab where Nancy Sadusky, auxiliary member, handed out cards for those who wanted to sign up as volunteer blood donors. Lab technicians Jon Sewall and Dave Hilton took blood samples and typed them.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “Hawps” and “Hound That Thought He Was A Raccoon.” Coming soon: “Silent Wilderness” and “Norman, Is That You.”

May is time to clean up Seward – At the City Council meeting May 9, Mayor Neve signed a proclamation designating May as “Clearner Seward Month.” The proclamation urged citizens to use this month to clean up their yards and rid their property of the “accumulated filth which the melting snow reveals.”

Urbach’s – For the Grad: Luggage, Gift Certificates, Shirts for Every Occasion, Summer Jackets and more.

Two Seward girls go to Obihiro – Tammy Winkler and Kelly Lake, both students at Seward High School, have been selected to be the summer exchange students in Obihiro, Japan, Seward’s sister city.

Dreamland Bowl – Let’s go Bowling!

Spaulding places 1st in police class – David Spaulding of the Seward Police Department placed number one in a class of 30 in the Breathalyzer Instructors Course at the State Police Academy in Sitka.

Alaska Railroad – Port Activities: Each week for the next three weeks the dock will continue to load out operations/transportation of concrete beams. The unloading of the PAL barge continues.

Resurrection Soundoff – The month of April saw the addition of five persons to the Senior Citizen Program roll. According to a survey by the University of Alaska there are an estimated 300 persons in the Seward area aged 60 or over.

Western Auto – Open Sundays. Rain gear, hip boots, ice buckets, ice chests, rubber rafts.


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