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The City Council recently appointed Seward Soundboard author Sean Ulman to a three-year term on the Planning & Zoning (P&Z) Commission, due to expire in 2025. Ulman told the Journal last week that a growing interest in the city’s housing crisis played a significant role in his decisi…

Construction on the new site for the Seward Animal Shelter at 605 Sea Lion Avenue is nearing completion. On Saturday, Seward Animal Control Officer Shelli McDowell shared Facebook photos updating the facility’s construction progress. Though nearly complete, the new shelter will still undergo…

On Wednesday, Sep. 28 at 12 p.m. in City Council chambers, market research analysis firm Victus Advisors will publicly present the results of its study on the feasibility of bringing a year-round multi-use recreation facility to the city. A special session, the final meeting of the current C…

Beginning Tuesday, September 20, the Seward Highway will be closed between mileposts 17 and 22.5 for blasting operations between 9 and 10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. A notice from Daryl Belanger, project engineer with QAP General Contractors who is managing the project, said…

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Beginning Tuesday, September 20, the Seward Highway closures at mileposts 17-22.5 will change to 9-10 a.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Closures could extend past 10 a.m. while debris is removed from the roadway. After blasting, one lane traffic is expected while debris is removed.

AVTEC Gym is re-opening to the public starting Thursday September 22. We will be open Thursday - Friday 12-8 p.m. We will be closed to the public on Saturday September 24 for the Touch a Truck event. Memberships can be purchased at Seward.recdesk.com.

Co-Ed Recreational Volleyball League: Wednesday nights starting October 5 - December 7. No games on Nov 23. Seward Middle School 5:30-10:00 p.m. 16 years and up. $180 per team.  Sign up at Seward.recdesk.com. Only one person needs to sign up for the whole team.

As dusk settles on the final resting place of the city’s earliest inhabitants, attendees will be treated to warming cups of hot cocoa while local historian Lee Poleske and Resurrection Bay Historical Society (RBHS) President Sue McClure lead a guided tour of select graves, reading from obitu…

Sports/Outdoors

The Alaska Board of Game will hold an informative meeting via web-conference on Wednesday, October 19 to hear reports form the Department of Fish & Game on recent survey and harvest data future management considerations for Dall sheep.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released the fishing regulation change proposals to be addressed at the upcoming Board of Fish meeting in March. Other proposals and the complete text of proposals can be found on the ADF&G website under the Board of Fisheries tab.

With the conclusion of the 2022 Bartlett High School / Chugiak High School Invitational on Sep. 17, the Seward High swim team has completed the third meet of its 2022 season. Training for the season began on Aug. 3, with the team’s first meet held in Kenai on Aug. 27, fresh off the heels of …

World-renowned visitors made a big splash in the Seward High pool on Aug. 8-10, when the city’s own Olympic gold medalist and Tsunami alum Lydia Jacoby was joined by fellow Olympians and the top trainers in competitive swimming for the 2022 Seward Tsunami Swim Camp. After a two-year Covid hi…

Schools

With the conclusion of the 2022 Bartlett High School / Chugiak High School Invitational on Sep. 17, the Seward High swim team has completed the third meet of its 2022 season. Training for the season began on Aug. 3, with the team’s first meet held in Kenai on Aug. 27, fresh off the heels of …

A social media post yesterday indicated that Seward Elementary School would not have breakfast or lunch meal service when school opens due to the lack of a food service manager. The district has updated the information today.

Three Seward Elementary students have rocketed to PBS superstardom with their recent appearance on the nationally distributed animated children’s program "Molly of Denali," the first show of its kind to center around an Alaskan Native as its lead character. Season two, episode eight, ‘Sea Li…

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

Thomas Otto Prochazka, 71, passed away on July 17, 2022, in Moose Pass, Alaska from melanoma cancer. Tom was born in Liberal, Kansas on Septem…

John Robert Gage, 69, of Seward, Alaska passed away on July 17, 2022. He was born in Seward on April 21, 1953, to Carl and Irene Gage. John wa…

Virginia Lee Hansen was loved and surrounded by family. Her passions in life were crocheting blankets, berry picking, fishing, road trips, and…

Features

In this wild place where dump truck drivers once tipped load after load of gravel onto the moss to make roads and building pads, scientists rolled open an iron gate one recent Saturday afternoon.

Opinion

The Seward Middle School (SMS) Library has been awarded the Alaskan Book Hook Grant, distributed by the Juneau Community Foundation! Seward Mi…

On Sunday August 7, my brother, niece, nephew, and I (all from North Carolina, my nephew stationed on Anchorage Army base) summited the Haynes…