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On April 15, the Seward Department of Motor Vehicles office temporarily ceased operation due to the departure of all city employees trained in DMV procedures. Not officially part of the Alaska DMV, the City of Seward is contracted by the state to address the needs of its citizens, and the lo…

Earlier this month the Seward City Council unanimously approved the sale of 3.31 acres of land on the Ft. Raymond property to the Chugachmiut Tribal consortium for the construction of a new medical center. After hearing a 10-minute presentation by Chugachmiut’s Kelley Baker, the project rece…

Providence Seward Medical Center (PSMC) recently completed installation of a new imaging suite, completely replacing the aging radiology equipment in use at the facility since 2003. In addition to state-of-the-art low-dose replacements for the medical center’s X-ray machines and CT scanners,…

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The Seward High School Pool is currently open by appointment for lap swim and family swim, with mandatory COVID protocols enforced to protect all swimmers. Though predominantly in use by the Tsunami Swim Club, the pool is accepting lap swim appointments for the noon hour Monday-Friday and fo…

Sports/Outdoors

The Japanese snowball fighting team sport Yukigassen is rapidly gaining popularity in colder climes all over the world. Originating in Japan in the 1980s, the game is played on an outdoor snow court and blends elements of dodgeball and capture the flag.

The return of Seward’s iconic Mt. Marathon race in 2021 will bring a host of changes. After COVID forced the cancellation of last year’s event, runners will once again beat a path up the mountain’s imposing slope this July. The upcoming 93rd race will be held on Wednesday, July 7, a move awa…

Seward native has mushed his way to a fifth victory in the 2021 Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, matching the current record for most wins. On Monday at 5:08 a.m., Dallas Seavey crossed the Deshka Landing finish line seven days, 14 hours, 8 minutes and 57 seconds after setting out and over thre…

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. 

Schools

Seward Middle School Social Studies Teacher Rebecca Dixon has been awarded Alaska’s 2021 James Madison Memorial Fellowship. Every year the prestigious fellowship is awarded to one social studies teacher from each state, and includes a monetary award of $24,000 toward the cost of a Master’s d…

Seward High School’s Tegan Retzer is one of 107 students to be selected for the 2021 Horatio Alger National Scholarship in the amount of $25,000. Retzer was chosen from tens of thousands of applicants, all of whom have given back to their communities while overcoming personal adversity and, …

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

Long time Seward resident Alex Targonsky passed away of natural causes on Saturday, April 10, 2021. He had just turned 60 the day before. Fune…

Anchor Point resident Edward W. Post, 75, passed away on Saturday, Apr. 3, 2021 due to cancer and other medical conditions.

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The Alsek, a world-class rafting river that flows into the Gulf of Alaska from its headwaters in Canada, may soon abandon the lower part of its drainage for a steeper one 15 miles away.

Opinion

Sixty-two years ago, Alaska traded its status as a territory for full statehood and a promise – the promise of a prosperous future grounded in…

On March 15, 2021, Joe Biden signed into law the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Act. Not a single Republican in the House or Senate voted in fa…

This current virus outbreak is terrible, but we’ve still got it better than folks who lived between the 5th and 15th centuries. Those were cal…