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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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.

Seward Magistrate Judge George Peck has issued arrest warrants in two domestic violence cases in which the suspects have been charged with assault in the second degree, a felony.

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Two Seward police officers last week confronted and subdued an armed suspect who had been kicked out of the Harbor 360 Hotel. The man, initially armed with a knife and rock, allegedly fled police and subsequently armed himself with a pair of pliers.

The Social Security Administration is now offering online services to review statements, review future benefit estimates and earning records, change information, and request replacement Social Security cards. You can also now change your address and phone number, direct deposit payment information, and get a replacement Medicare card online.

According to a report from, a site that provides insurance quotes, data from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) shows Alaska as sixth for the country’s worst highways with 21 percent rated as poor, and 10th for the country’s worst bridges with 10 percent rated as poor. Despite the poor rating, Alaska has the country’s third highest funding per mile from the FHWA receiving $35.8 thousand, the national average is $12.4 thousand.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) announced that farmers and ranchers residing outside the contiguous continental United States may now enroll in the Reimbursement Transportation Cost Payment Program (RTCP) for fiscal year 2019. Enrollment will be open through Sept. 6.

Kenai Fjords National Park has temporarily closed the main trail to Exit Glacier after visitors reported multiple black bear encounters. Park spokesperson Shauna Potocky issued the announcement just after noon on Wednesday.

The Alaska SeaLife Center will hold the 21st annual Wildlife Rescue Run on Aug. 3 this year to raise money for the Seward-based aquarium’s marine animal rehabilitation program, which responds to stranded animals found throughout Alaska.

A research team with members at the Alaska SeaLife Center and California State University Long Beach captured a juvenile Pacific sleeper shark last month, keeping it at the Seward aquarium for two weeks in the team’s first successful attempt to measure the metabolic rate of this little-studi…

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.

The State Forester has lifted a state ban on campfires in southcentral Alaska. Campfires less than three feet in diameter are once again allowed in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, except in several areas managed by the federal government.

The plane crash northwest of Moose Pass that killed three people late last month followed a loss of control in low visibility conditions, according to the National Transportation Safety Board’s preliminary report on the incident.

Alaska State Troopers allege that a local man coerced his 10-year-old granddaughter into touching his penis, according to charging documents filed this week in the Seward court.

The State of Alaska Division of Forestry has issued a total burn ban for the Kenai Peninsula and other areas of the state, responding to dry conditions and a high number of wildfires burning across the state.

Firefighting crews have stopped the southward growth of the 70,000-acre Swan Lake Fire along a line north of the Sterling Highway. The fire continues to burn freely deep in the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and Wilderness in areas that have not seen extensive wildland fires for decades.

The City of Seward and the Seward Community Health Center are looking for instruction from the Health Resources and Services Administration, the federal agency that administers the health center program. 

A Seward woman has been charged with felony theft after she allegedly stole a long list of personal items – including silver and gold jewelry, sleeping bags, and Nike Jordan tennis shoes – from a campsite in the Williams Park Campground near the Seward waterfront. 

A plane carrying four went down in mountainous terrain near Moose Pass on Friday, the Alaska State Troopers report. Three are confirmed dead. One passenger was airlifted out and taken to the Providence Anchorage Medical Center emergency department.

A Seward man who for many years drove a school bus for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District has been charged with 19 counts of possession of child pornography, each punishable by at least two years in prison. Authorities arrested David Endresen, 64, on June 11. He has been released on…

The Seward City Council put on an embarrassing display Monday night, in which some members repeatedly broke the rules of order and balked at suggestions that they fulfill basic legislative functions. As a whole, the body failed to stick to its agenda and spent nearly two hours on a sequence …

Alaska Department of Transpiration & Public Facilities (DOT) will start field work to evaluate the area between mile posts 104 and 114 on the Seward Highway. The area has a history of rock falls and slides, and DOT is evaluating solutions to address the problem the department said in a p…

Prosecutors have dismissed a charge of third-degree assault filed against Thomas William Maness stemming from an incident at the Seward Marine Industrial Center earlier this year. 

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will double the limit for sockeye salmon caught in both the northern salt waters of Resurrection Bay and part of the freshwaters of Resurrection River, effective 12:01 a.m. Friday morning. The limit will increase to twelve fish per day and twelve in pos…

Seward-based boat tour operator Major Marine Tours took second place in a USA Today contest to determine the top ten boat tour companies in the country. The contest, part of USA Today’s 10Best series of readers’ choice awards, pitted twenty firms against one another to compete for the votes …

A Norwegian cruise line best known for its extensive offerings in the river cruise market made its first call in Seward on Tuesday as part of its growing ocean cruise offerings. The cruise vessel Orion of Viking Cruises will remain in Seward for three days total, affording its departing and …

A prominent Fourth Avenue building that dates from Seward’s early days as a pioneer town sold this week, marking the end of over a century of ownership by members of the original family. The third generation of the Hawkins family, represented by Hugh and Iris Darling, found what they call th…

The Seward City Council will loo­k into proposals that the city chip in when developers extend utilities into new subdivisions. A work session on the subject brought a number of citizens, including developers and dealers in Seward’s real estate market, for a wide-ranging conversation that co…