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Public Works crews are continuing efforts Friday afternoon to clear three avalanche sites along Lowell Point Road. High winds are forcing a continual snow surge from Bear Mountain onto each site along the road, which now requires ongoing attention to remain open to traffic.

The Seward Chamber of Commerce has reported that its Shop Seward CARES Act fund program proved a tremendous success for area businesses and nonprofits. Over 200 households participated in the program, each spending over $200 on participating businesses, which granted them another $100 in vou…

Seward is now less than two months from welcoming its next city manager. At a special meeting of the City Council last Thursday, the Council voted unanimously to approve the terms of hire for Janette Bower, set to assume her new post on May 24. Currently serving as the city administrator for…

The Solarize the Kenai campaign has secured a vendor to provide solarization services to the Kenai Peninsula at discounted group rates. Anchorage-based Renewable Energy Systems (RES) has been selected to provide the 82 potential customers who signed up in Seward and Moose Pass with solar pow…

Around Town

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…

The Seward Site-Based Council, in partnership with Principal Trevan Walker, has created this survey to learn more about your experiences at Seward Middle and Seward High.  We are seeking this input as we plan and build next year's master schedule and for future planning.

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 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, …

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District (KPBSD) has hired Clayton Holland as the new Superintendent of Schools. Holland, currently serving as assistant superintendent of instruction, accepted the position at Monday’s board of education meeting. 

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, Theda J. Cagle passed into the arms of her Heavenly Father on March 3, after a long and courageous battle with meta…

Andrew M. Norkin, son of the late Paul J. Norkin and Florence K. Norkin, brother of the late Peter Norkin, all of Connecticut, was born in 196…

Features

With long winters and isolation due to the pandemic, this has been a tough winter on everyone, especially if you have children that you need to keep active.

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…