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Conflicting numbers from the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and the City of Seward both indicate an increase in the number of positive cases of coronavirus in Seward.

The Alaska Department of Health and Social Services announced today the fourth positive case for coronavirus in Seward this. The numbers are through midnight last night and bring the total number of cases for Seward residents to eight.

Around Town

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) will be open to the public five days a week during June. The June schedule will be as follows: Monday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday – closed, Thursday – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday – 10 a. m. – 6 p.m., Saturday – 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Seward Community Health Center is now offering Tai Chi for Health classes outside its facility at 417 First Ave (Providence Seward Medical Center) each Wednesday 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. There is no charge for the class. Drop-ins are welcome.

Sports/Outdoors

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

Tara Swanson, a fifth-grade teacher at Seward Elementary School, worked with local artist Marissa Amor to have students in Swanson’s fifth grade class learn more about art by having Amor work with the students. Amor spent time in Swanson’s classroom helping students with art projects.

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.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is conducting a survey for students and parents regarding remote learning following this year’s changes as part of the COVID-19 pandemic. The district said in a letter, “We’ve all learned and experienced a lot, and want to capture the learnings. To…

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

Longtime Seward Resident, Kathleen Vay Verschueren, 72, died Thursday, May 7, 2020, at her home in Seward with her family by her side.

John Storrs French (aka Jessie), 71, passed away in his home in Seward, on Jan. 24, 2020. John was born Jan. 17, 1949, in Philadelphia, Pennsy…

Features

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High summer is here in middle Alaska. North of Fairbanks, in bright sunshine, alder flycatchers are perched in spruce tops, just arriving from Bolivia and Peru. A few steps away, accompanied by the smell of sulfur, dozens of carrion flies buzz on and above a moose carcass.

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Jerry Lavarne did not use nets to catch sharks in Resurrection Bay, as the U.S. Fisheries Bureau suggested. He was clear about this in a feature article in the January 1920 issue of Pacific Fisherman: “At the present, line fishing method is the only one which presents itself as practicable f…

Opinion

He Will Provide, Inc. food pantry of Seward would like to thank Royal Caribbean for the recent donation of $20,000! This unexpected and very g…