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The Mount Marathon Race Committee has cancelled the 2020 running of the 93rd Mount Marathon Race. The 93rd running is set for 2021.

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In response to guidance from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the State of Alaska and in support of federal, state, and local efforts to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), Kenai Fjords National Park is adapting park operations to limited and strategic locations whe…

It has been almost two months since I returned from my week in Reykjavik, Iceland, where I attended the Sixth Annual Planet Youth Conference. I initially meant to record every experience and lesson so I could share it, but instead found COVID-19 too distracting. Now that things have slowed d…

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. 

In a continued effort to gauge COVID-19’s impact on Seward and its community members, the Seward Chamber of Commerce is conducting a survey and asking community members and businesses to input their sentiment. The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/M7P732T and there will b…

Remember how terrible last summer's wildfires were – the smoky skies, the traffic jams, the evacuations, the damaged homes and property? Now, imagine having to battle such fires while fighting the coronavirus at the same time!

Late on a cold Tuesday in January, a plane evacuating 201 Americans from Wuhan, China landed in Anchorage. Each passenger was screened for COVID-19 and sent on their way to California. 

Te Seward Fire Department celebrated another successful year of serving the community at its annual awards banquet Wednesday April 22. Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19, this year’s banquet was unique in that it was held entirely online via Zoom. Every year we honor the brave…

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. 

Providence Seward Medical Center raised $24,440 for Seward’s He Will Provide Food Bank during a four-day fundraising drive over the weekend. Providence Hospitals offered to match donations, up to a total of $50,000, for food banks through the Providence Alaska Foundation.

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. 

A partnership with the State of Alaska, Department of Health and Human Services, Sew and Bee Cozy Fabrics, the Seward Senior Center, and Seward area quilters and community sewers will produce 3,000 cloth masks. Mask kits will be available starting April 18 at Sew and Bee Cozy, 211 Fourth Avenue.

The 93rd running of the Mount Marathon Race has been postponed according to the Mount Marathon Race Committee. The committee says a date for running the race has not been set. A decision to run the race over the Labor Day Weekend will be made no later than June 1. If the race is not run duri…

The Alaska Division of Forestry (DOF) will suspend all burn permits – both small- and large-scale – effective at midnight on April 30, in anticipation of the impacts of COVID-19 on Alaska’s wildland firefighting resources this summer.

The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority (AIDEA) Board at its March meeting in Anchorage unanimously approved two resolutions that improve funding options which will provide access to capital for work at the Seward Shipyard. Both changes expand funding through the Alaska Ship H…

JAG Alaska, the operator of the Seward Shipyard at the Seward Marine Industrial Complex, says it is taking steps to keep the shipyard open during the COVID-19 pandemic. The shipyard is a critical infrastructure for the Alaska transportation system.

Based on continuing assessments of guidance from federal, state and local health authorities, the U.S. Census Bureau is suspending 2020 Census field operations for two additional weeks to April 15, 2020. The Census Bureau is taking this step to help protect the health and safety of the Ameri…

According to the World Health Organization, coronavirus is a family of viruses common in people and animals. It has caused such diseases as MERS and SARS. The current strain of coronavirus causes a disease known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 later named COVID-19.

According to a release from the City of Seward, a third case of the Coronavirus has been reported in Seward. The case is currently being investigated by the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services. No other information has been made available other than the positive test was confirme…

The City of Seward is reporting that a second individual in Seward has tested positive for the Coronavirus. The case is listed as “under investigation,” meaning it is not known if contact with the virus was travel related or happened locally.

Is there a sanitizer for the brain? Yes. Prayer, meditation, yoga, music, laughter, nature. Whatever healthy and legal activity brings pleasure to the mind can relax the brain and the body. My miniature paradise is a steamy cup of cinnamon tea, a blanket, and a book. What is your brain bliss? 

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has released preliminary information on the distribution of funds for the 2018 cod fisheries disaster. The funds come from the National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA Fisheries). Funds expected to be distributed total $24,416,440.

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. 

There is little doubt that the current events generated by a virus mutation far, far from here has affected all of us in ways that our parents and grandparents could never have imagined.

The Alaska Legislature passed Senate Bill 241 Saturday extending the governor’s public health emergency for the COVID-19 pandemic to November 15 and providing provisions to deal with the pandemic. The bill, which is currently waiting to be transmitted to the governor, extends the application…

If you’re feeling stressed or nervous during these days of COVID-19, you’re not alone. Uncertainty and the sense of not being safe — not to mention physical distancing, round-the-clock news and empty grocery shelves — are stressful. What you’re feeling is common around the world and across Seward.

The Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District is currently collecting information to identify the economic impact COVID-19 is having on our businesses. This peninsula-wide confidential survey will be open to responses until midnight on Friday, March 27. The overall data will be used to i…

The Small Business Administration (SBA) announced recently that as a result of the president’s decision to declare a national emergency, the agency will be offering up to $2 million in assistance to small business and nonprofits significantly impacted by the COVID-19 virus. 

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 American Legion Seward Post 5 Family had their officer elections for the new officers recently. These new officers are chartered to move their respective organizations forward in service for the 2020-2021 membership year and to continue in service to veterans, their families and the Sewa…

Dr. Anne Zink, chief medical director for the Department of Health and Social Services announced in a press conference this afternoon that the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Alaska has increased to 12 with two new confirmed cases today. The new cases are in Fairbanks and Ketchikan,…

According to the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT&PF) the Seward Highway will be closed for three hours at Milepost 108 on Friday, March 20. According to a spokesperson with the department, crews are expected to set off a blast to remove unsafe rock at app…

Note: This article has been updated to reflect information updated after publication and to clarify the number of cases nationally.

According the Department of Health and Social Services DHSS website, Alaska now has three confirmed cases of the COVID-19 virus. All three are stated to be, “not community-acquired infections,” according to DHSS.