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It’s a new year and a new season of Pick.Click.Give., the charitable check off program that allows Alaskans to donate a portion of their Permanent Fund Dividend to their favorite nonprofits. While applying for their PFD online, Alaskans can choose to Pick.Click.Give. in increments of $25. It…

The City Council voted on Monday to rezone the historic property of the former Jesse Lee Home from Multi-Family Residential to Park. The rezoning complies with the official recommendation of the Planning & Zoning Commission and follows a recent community survey conducted by the City wher…

The City Council voted on Monday to adopt a new salary restructuring plan for City employees. The plan includes wage hikes for city employees across all income brackets totaling $252,416, with another $163,410.41 allocated for employee benefits, including paid time off (PTO). The Council vot…

Update: The driver of the 2019 Volkswagen Golf has been identified as 31-year-old Allen Solomon of Fairbanks. Next of kin have been notified. 

Around Town

The Kenai Mountains-Turnagain Arm (KMTA) National Heritage Area ANNUAL grant cycle opens Monday, January 11. Applications must be submitted by March 12 for review at the April Board meeting. KMTA awards grants to community projects that recognize, preserve, and interpret the historic, scenic…

Seward Parks & Rec will host a RC Car Race on Saturday, Jan. 23, 10 a.m. to noon at Branson Pavilion. The race is for participants aged 8-13. Entry is $5 and registration can be completed at https://seward.recdesk.com/

Overnight parking is prohibited on Fourth and Fifth avenues between Adams Street and Railway Avenue and on Third Avenue between Monroe and Railway on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for street cleaning. The east side of the road will be done on Tuesdays and the west side on Wednesdays. 

“Waves Over Seward,” a movie about the 1964 earthquake plays daily at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at Zudy’s Café, 501 Railway Avenue, next to the SeaLife Center. The event is a fundraiser for the Friends of the Seward Library.

Sports/Outdoors

Never again will Mike Warner wear mittens on a hunt. The 53-year-old Seward resident learned the hard way that when struggling under 400 pounds of angry grizzly, something as trivial as an ordinary glove can spell the difference between life and death. 

Despite unconventional closures of pools around the world, Seward Tsunami Swim Club still celebrated another successful season. Last Wednesday, June 3, the team gathered to acknowledge their outstanding swimmers and coaches. 

As a reminder, new regulations require the use of a deepwater release mechanism on all sport fishing vessels in Alaska and they must be used to release rockfish back down to depth of capture or 100 feet, whichever is shallower.

The 2019-2020 Seward boys basketball season was three years in the making. Most of the team consisted of players who grew up playing basketball at the AVTEC gym, and the majority of the team played together for three years at Seward High School.

Schools

Seward High School’s incredible Lydia Jacoby attended the U.S. Open National Championships in San Antonio, Texas, in November where she swam a time of 1:07.57 in the 100 LCM (long course meters) breaststroke. This time solidified Jacoby as the second-fastest ever female aged 15-16 in this ev…

In 2020, COVID-19 has impacted everything we do. High school sports are no exception. All of the Seahawk fall sports teams had to deal with social distancing, mask wearing, and sanitizing protocols. On top of that, each of the teams faced new and different challenges. 

Births

Jeff Dillon and Laura Sturtz are pleased to announce the birth of triplets Aurora Kathleen, Heath Spencer and Alder Clark Sturtz-Dillon, born Aug. 7 at Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage. At birth, Aurora and Heath each weighed 5 pounds and Alder weighed 4 pounds. The triplets are…

Obituaries

Donald Augustus Sutherland passed away peacefully at the age of 82 on November 27, 2020, in Anchorage, Alaska from heart related issues. He wa…

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More than 100 years ago, a man traveled north on a mission most people thought was ridiculous — to see if crops would grow in the frozen wasteland known as the Territory of Alaska.

Opinion

Recently, our administration presented Alaska’s Legislature with a plan to extend hundreds of millions of dollars to hurting small businesses …