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A Wasilla man was arrested this morning on charges of narcotics and illegal firearm possession after placing a 911 call to report the overdose of a woman in his hotel room. At approximately 6:15 a.m. police entered the room of Jeremy Fitchner, 38, to discover over 50 grams of methamphetamine…

City attorney Chandler Brooks reported at last week’s City Council meeting that a settlement had been reached with the Friends of Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) over Jesse Lee Home property ownership. Under the terms of the settlement, the FJLH signed a quitclaim deed relinquishing ownership of the p…

According to a release from the Alaska National Guard, two stranded hikers were rescued Sunday near Cooper Landing. The release did not say why the two needed to be rescued, but they were transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and released.

New details have emerged on the proposed kelp farm to be sited 2.7 nautical miles south of Seward. If finalized by the Southcentral Regional Land Office (SCRO), the 28.9-acre farm site will be leased to Seward-based Fisherman Fresh at a rate of $3,950 a year.

Around Town

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.

On Wednesday, April 22, Connor Spanos, Seward High School athletic star, signed his letter of intent to swim for Southwestern Oregon Community College. Virtually surrounded by his coaches, family, and friends, Spanos officialized the commitment on a Zoom call last week. 

Schools

Eighth Grade: Keira Dixon, Abigail Doepken*, Bethany Doepken*, Martin Fink, Jordan Hartman*, Eli Higbee, Donna Hinders, Laura Horn, Ayden Lapinskas, Chenia McNearney, Nia Mulholland-Kim, Noah Price, Ava Pullins, Gracie Russell*, Aidan Schilling, Van Shank*, Oliver Trobaugh*, Marin Walker*, T…

Seniors Selma Casagranda and Tegan Retzer are two of the most involved students at Seward High School. Recently, both took their involvement a step further, leaping into a bigger pool of responsibilities.

The Seward High School Pool will open for limited access by the public on September 1. The pool will be open for lap swim only and reservations are required. To register, call (907) 224-9050 between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. An over the phone pre-health screening will take place when registering fo…

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

Leonard Charles Weimar passed away April 17, 2020, in Sunsites, Arizona of natural causes, he was 91 years of age. Born March 29, 1929, in Tac…

Margaret Jane “Tiny” Hall died peacefully in her home in Kodiak, Alaska, on October 30, 2020. She was 101 years old at the time of her death, …

Seward resident Eric Rodger Ward, 74, died Thursday, Oct. 1 from Sarcomatoid Mesothelioma at his home in Seward with his family by his side.

Features

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This is a work of historical fiction with emphasis of the historical. All references to letters and journals are actual, although liberties have been taken with some dialogue and events.

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On a December night more than 60 years ago, a 28-year-old Japanese student touched down in Fairbanks, Alaska. He set down his suitcase as he stepped off the plane and looked northward, hoping to see the aurora borealis.

Opinion

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