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Turn Back the Pages – May 27, 1987


May 27, 1987

The Seward Phoenix LOG

Logging plans criticized – Seward area residents turned out in force Thursday night to voice their opposition to a borough proposal which may bring large-scale logging operations to about four square miles of public land north and west of Seward. The Kenai Peninsula Borough presented its plan to classify 2,715 acres of forested, borough-owned land as a resource extraction zone to nearly 70 people in the Institute of Marine Science auditorium on May 20. Borough Planning Director Dick Troeger ran the informational meeting which lasted more than three hours. Troeger said the borough wants to classify the land so timber harvesters can have the rich slopes of Sitka spruce before the trees are killed by the spruce bark beetle.

Lessons sink in on floating classroom – Sixth-grade teacher Dan Walker wouldn’t mid having the 90-foot flagship of Kenai Coastal Tours for a classroom And if he was able to get his students on the Kenai Explorer cruise ship even for just one day, he would like that day to be sunny. Walker’s wishes were granted last week. About 55 Seward Elementary sixth-graders took in the sights and sounds of Kenai Fjords National Park on a five-and-a-half hour cruise May 29, compliments of Kenai Coastal Tours. “I think it’s important for kids to get out and experience more in the place where they live,” Walker said. “Many of them haven’t been where we will be going today.”

Utility study shows need for rate boost – Bad news came in a fat book and a slide show Monday night, as the city council received a utility rate study it had requested that recommended increases across the board amounting to about 10 percent each for electric, water and sewer for residential users. The city council had read the report, had few questions for its authors from R.W. Beck and Associates, and cancelled a work session scheduled for the following morning to explore the issue further.

Major Marine Tours – Kenai Fjords Dinner Cruises. Early-Season Special, $59, kids 12 and under free.

Grade keeps speech at bay – Marti Garrett is happy a grade she got her freshman year kept her from being this year’s valedictorian. “That B I got. I’m glad I got,” she says. “Because I didn’t have to make a speech at graduation. Garrett, Seward High School’s salutatorian, got the only B of her high school career in Quest, a class for academically gifted students. “We all got Bs,” she says. “It was independent study, and we studied Latin. We didn’t have a tutor or anything, so we just sat in the library.

Seward Plumbing & Heating – Authorized Dealer: Energy Kenetics, System 2000 Boilers.

Grad: Years went by fast –Seward High School’s top graduate wishes she could remember more from her past four years. “It went so fast,” valedictorian Julie Cagle says. “I would like to be able to have more distinct memories. I got so caught up in school, everything else went by the wayside.

Yukon Bar – Rock ‘n’ Roll with Bad Moon.

Council hears please to ban nude dancing –The city council heard some of the hottest topics in town Monday night in a streamlined agenda that still took nearly five hours to digest. From topless dancing and council pay raises to taking in the small boat harbor area and the new city manager’s contract, the council slogged its way through another marathon session. The council heard requests from three residents, including two local pastors, for a stricter ordinance which would ban nude dancing in Seward. Their objections came after a male dance act in a downtown bar Friday highlighted the city’s lack of power to regulate an escalation of striptease.

Lutheran Church – Garage Sale, Saturday.

Nash Road small boat harbor shows glimmer of hope – If Al Schafer can overcome the adamant objections of one city council member, strike a deal on another piece of waterfront property, convince voters to pass utility bonds worth perhaps as much as $3.5 million and put together financing for a $10 million project, he may get to build the Nash Road Small Boat Harbor.

Seward Tesoro –Car Rentals, by day or week. Full RV Hook ups. RV & Boat Storage. Propane. Ice. Diesel.

Campground income soars – Visitor use of the city campgrounds so far is looking better than last year, parks and recreation officials said. “We are almost $500 ahead of this time last year,” said Karin Sturdy, director of Seward Parks and Recreation Department. “We’re expecting a good summer.”

National Bank of Alaska – Highly endorsed carefree checking at NBA!


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