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Turn Back the Pages – June 15, 1989


June 15, 1989

The Seward Phoenix LOG

City plan to move boat lift under fire – Plans by the City to move its 50-ton travel lift out of the Small Boat Harbor across the bay ran into heavy opposition during the council session Monday. As a result, there could be a second lift in the city’s future. Local boat repair operators lined up to speak against the planned removal of the lift to the Seward Marine Industrial Center. The common theme was that businesses had invested thousands of dollars developing repair facilities in the harbor, and that relocation of the lift would create undue hardships. Moving the travel lift is part of the city’s plan for development of dry storage and repair facilities at SMIC. According to Harbormaster Foster Singleton, space being used for boat storage now is needed for additional parking of vehicles, especially during the summer tourist season. The city wants to pave the area near the lift.

Navy ships to visit for 4th of July – The tradition of Navy ships joining in Seward’s Fourth of July celebration will continue this year when the naval vessels visit the port. This will be the fifth year the Navy has shared the festivities. The two ships will be visiting just as plans to build a home port for two frigates either in Seward or Kodiak appear to be foundering. The guided missile cruiser USS California and the oiler USS Willamette will steam into Seward July 2. Both ships will offer tours, and the community will do its best to make the crews welcome as well, offering parties and an adopt-a-sailor program.

Seward hosts Korean travel agents – Partly because of liberalized South Korean travel restrictions, and partly due to the groundwork laid by city officials at last winter’s Korea Alaska Trade Fair in Seoul, Seward is going to reap the benefits of international tourism. Seward’s tourism potential got a tremendous boost last week when seven South Korean travel agency managers spent two days sizing up local attractions.

Urbach’s – Father’s Day: For that special gift, it’s Urbach’s

Exxon tries to solve local housing shortage – Seward’s current lack of housing gives potential workers a chance somewhere between slim and none of finding shelter, but that may change soon. Exxon is planning to put a roof over the heads of people wanting to work for businesses in town. As an incentive, the rent may be refunded. The form of housing has not been determined, but Dick Parker, the housing and transportation coordinator for Exxon is looking. He will be spending a couple of days in town assessing various possibilities.

Liberty Theatre – Now showing: “Major League.” Coming soon: “The Dream Team.”

183% increase in visitors at KFNP – One feared result of the Exxon Valdez oil spill is the decline of seasonal visitors who spend millions of dollars here in Alaska annually. For Kenai Fjords National Park, particularly Exit Glacier, lack of sightseers is not a problem. The park has seen a 183 percent visitation increase so far this year.

World Express Travel – Register to win two round trip tickets to Honolulu.

Walking on the Wellside at AVTEC – The second annual health and wellness seminar, Seward Wellness II, touted “A Walk On The Wellside,” as its slogan and drew roughly 100 participants for the June 5-9 event. One might expect a seminar on health and wellness to center around group hugs and discussions of oat fiber, but it was more encompassing than that. The statewide seminar pooled speakers to shed light on nutrition, stress, AIDS, love, counseling and other topics for teachers and professions who weal with surgery.

Seward Building Supply – TrueValue of the Month: Ortho Pa-Pid-Feed Sprayer, $3.49.

AVTEC’s Don Cripps honored for serving the public – Like most folks Don Cripps spends his free time participating in activities he enjoys. But unlike most, Cripps doesn’t open a book or take out a fishing rod: he goes back to work. It is because he insists on volunteering his evenings and weekends teaching CPR and CPR instructor courses for the community that he was recently honored with the Alaska Department of Education Public Service Award. Not only does AVTEC’s Emergency Medical Services Department head Cripps believe CPR is a community service, it is a course he enjoys teaching.

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