The Alaska SeaLife Center Board has welcomed six new members, each of whom will serve three-year terms beginning this year. The new cohort hails from a mix of public- and private-sector backgrounds and includes local and federal government officials and professionals from several fields.

Kenai Peninsula School District Calendar. Early release days, no school days, and parent teacher conferences are listed on our online calendar and will be in our print calendar.

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The Alaska Railroad has begun the search for a developer to replace or refurbish the cruise ship facilities at the head of Resurrection Bay. The project partner would also step in as operator, subject to any agreement ultimately reached between the two parties.

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The makeup of the Seward City Council is set to change drastically with the results of last week’s municipal election. Of the four seats up for grabs, only one was retained by an incumbent. The remaining seats all go to challengers, two of whom have previous experience on the council.

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Just short of two years after a dramatic storm surge eroded sections of Lowell Point Road and damaged the seawall near the Alaska SeaLife Center, the City of Seward has awarded a $2.5 million contract to restore the gravel thoroughfare to its pre-storm condition. 

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The Seward City Council is asking the state Department of Transportation to find an alternative to closing the Silvertip Maintenance Station near the Hope junction on the Seward Highway. DOT announced the closure in late August, attributing it to a decline in motor fuel tax revenue and a $76…

The state has now filed charges against a third person in the August disappearance of three children from a foster home in the Seward area. Mark Quinn, 44, of Seward has been charged with custodial interference in the second degree, a misdemeanor, for his alleged role in the incident.

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The Alaska Vocational Technical Center celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend, attracting a junket of state dignitaries led by Governor Mike Dunleavy. The governor appeared Friday at a bill signing that marked the official renaming of AVTEC’s Third Avenue dormitory in honor Willard…

The organization looking to step in as operator of local radio station KIBH 91.7 FM kicked off its first membership drive over the weekend at the Seward Music and Arts Festival, collecting a stack of membership slips two inches thick, said Kenai Mountains Public Media President Rick Brown.

The membership of the two unions that represent public school staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District ratified an eleventh-hour agreement with the district last week. 

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The preliminary results of Tuesday’s municipal election show mayoral challenger Christy Terry ahead of incumbent David Squires by a margin greater than the number of absentee ballots, solidifying her bid to be Seward’s next mayor. The preliminary results came in 315 for Terry and 119 for Squ…

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Six members of the U.S. Pacific Fleet Band on Tuesday visited Seward Middle School, where they participated in Cee Jay Levine’s music class following a performance at Seward High School. The band does around six hundred performances each year, said bandmaster Lt. Kelly Cartwright.

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The Seward High School Booster Club was this year’s beneficiary of an annual dinner auction held by the Alaska Cabaret, Hotel, Restaurant and Retailer’s Association, or Alaska CHARR. The auction – which included live and silent components – took place Monday evening upstairs at the Alaska Se…

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Over five hundred members of the armed forces have been in Seward this week to participate in a military exercise geared at testing the Navy’s logistical effectiveness in the northern theater. The Seward portion saw a ship-to-shore simulated fuel transfer, involving hundreds of feet of hose …

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The Kenai Peninsula Education Association (KPEA) says the executive committees of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association, the two unions representing Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s (KPBSD) education and support staff, have v…

The seven candidates for Seward City Council and two candidates for mayor faced off Wednesday evening in the annual pre-election Meet the Candidates Night sponsored by the Seward Chamber of Commerce.

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Three of the City of Seward’s executive staff resigned or retired over the past two weeks, two of them after three decades working for the city. 

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Responding to concerns about restrictive language in a resolution approving the Seward Community Health Center’s 2020 budget, the City Council on Monday took up the matter again, replacing the offending section with an anodyne provision requiring compliance with “all applicable laws.”

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In the early 1990s a small group of like-minded ladies, known as the Aurora Quilters, got together on a regular basis and sewed. In the winter of 1991/92, a quilting class was started on Wednesday evenings at the old Seward Middle School.

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The Seward City Council’s approval last week of the 2020 budget for the Seward Community Health Center may prove problematic for the clinic because of apparently restrictive language contained in the resolution that may run afoul of federal rules for health centers.

The Public Safety Report is compiled from numerous sources, both official and unofficial, including police, fire, and EMS dispatches, press releases, official reports, court documents, interviews, and other sources. 

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The unions that represent teachers and support staff at Kenai Peninsula schools may call a strike by the middle of this month, say David Brighton and Anne McCabe, presidents respectively of the Kenai Peninsula Education Association and the Kenai Peninsula Education Support Association.

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One of the two women participating in a meeting with City Manager Scott Meszaros last week now says that she is the source of a partial recording of the meeting – but contends that she got the recording after the conversation was over, rather than recording it at the time.

The Department of Natural Resources has banned all open fires on the Kenai Peninsula and in the Mat-Su, including camp fires, warming fires, the use of burn barrels,  and charcoal grills. The Department has also extended the fire season statewide until the end of September. If burning is all…

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The Seward Police Department’s Officer Morgan Woodard received the American Heart Association’s Heartsaver Hero Award in a presentation at Monday night’s council meeting. 

The gymnasium of Seward High School filled with family and loved ones of Linnea Rose Hribernick on Saturday afternoon, as hundreds gathered to say goodbye to a beloved young woman who passed away Aug. 20, a little less than a month before her nineteenth birthday.

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With the crystal-clear view of mountains, Alaskans seldom think of air pollution as a pressing health concern. While Alaska does not battle the air quality concerns shared by many in the Lower 48; such as smog, acid rain or surface ozone; air pollution is still an issue, and surprisingly, is…

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The Seward Police Department called off a foot search for Preston Atwood, 21, a local man who went missing Sunday, but it was unclear what, if any, new information had been gleaned in the search.

The Seward City Council will meet Friday evening to consider granting the Friends of the Jesse Lee Home a reprieve from the deadline in a purchase agreement that expires the same day.

The Seward City Council approved the 2020 operating budget of the Seward Community Health Center at its Monday night meeting, but the resolution to do so included a condition that appeared to prohibit “direct hiring of staff related to behavioral health or substance use disorder services.”

The Friends of the Jesse Lee Home (FJLH) now say that the organization will miss an Aug. 30 deadline in its years-long effort to purchase the defunct Jesse Lee Home, a derelict structure dating from Alaska’s early territorial days and symbolic home of the Alaska Flag.

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Thirteen years ago, Sam Gordon Riber accompanied his father on a trip that ended the elder Riber’s years-long effort to visit all fifty of the United States.

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Prosecutors in the case of David Endresen, the 64-year-old Seward man accused of amassing a collection of child pornography, have put together a plea deal that would see most of the charges against Endresen dropped, according to documents filed in the Third District Superior Court.

Harbor 360 Hotel owner Tom Tougas has two additional lodging projects in the works, both of them on Third Avenue. Although the two projects are moving forward simultaneously, Tougas says that they had divergent origins and answer to different kinds of lodging demands.

Last week's meeting of the Seward City Council began with confusion over its own agenda and ended with an executive session in which one member refused to take part and left the chambers before it began.

The firm hired by the Seward City Council to conduct the city’s annual financial statement audit has completed its examination of the city’s finances and closed the books on 2018. The audit report contains no findings, reflecting the auditors’ opinion that the city’s financial statements cor…

A first-time derby fisherwoman from Eagle River walked away with the top prize in the 64th annual Silver Salmon Derby. Michelle Murray took the $10,000 first place with a 15.99-pound silver salmon that she caught Tuesday, Aug. 13.

The 100,000-acre Swan Lake Fire broke into new territory early Sunday when winds out of the north pushed the fire across the Sterling Highway near Mile 60, reports the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.

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A public hearing on the Alaska Department of Transportation’s plans for the Seward airport grew heated Thursday night, as residents and airport users butted heads with state and federal employees, who have spent five years laying the groundwork for a project that attendees roundly rejected.

The city clerk has compiled the list of candidates for October’s City Council election. The deadline to register as a candidate passed at 5 p.m. Thursday.

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The two unions that represent employees in Kenai Peninsula schools rejected an offer Tuesday from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, and countered with their own, which the district is evaluating prior to another round of bargaining.

The man charged with shooting and killing two others in April will claim that he acted in self-defense, according to documents filed by his attorney in the Superior Court.

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Blackwater Railroad Company’s Temple Studios on Fifth Avenue will soon host a wraparound mural depicting two of the Alaska coast’s threatened species: the spectacled eider and the north Pacific right whale.

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A dispute over the best use of funds collected by the Seward–Bear Creek Flood Service Area continues to drive a wedge between the service area’s board and the administration of the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

Criminal charges are expected against a group of around twenty inmates which have been identified as the main participants in the May disturbance at Spring Creek Correctional Center, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections said. The department is seeking restitution for nearly $70,0…

Just over a year since the destruction of a beloved downtown mural, the Seward Mural Society has a plan to recreate the lost work in a new style.  

The Public Safety Report is compiled from numerous sources, both official and unofficial, including police, fire, and EMS dispatches, press releases, official reports, court documents, interviews, and other sources.

Staff at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) teamed up with Seward’s teen litter patrol recently to clean up the Seward waterfront as part of the aquarium’s participation in a conservation and waste-reduction competition sponsored by the Coalition of North American Zoos and Aquariums.