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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Looking at the loss of plastic shopping bags in Seward, shoppers must have alternate means to carry their grocery goodies out of the store. Many have made the transition to reusable shopping bags. 

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The completion of the modernization of senior services project came to an end on the heels of the volunteer appreciation luncheon at the Seward Senior Center on Valentine’s Day. The project incorporates a new touch screen check in system that creates better efficiency in data collection and …

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Alaska District Office has extended the deadline for accepting nominations for its local 2020 Small Business Week Awards to March 18. Nominations are being accepted for three awards.

The Alaska State Troopers and the Alaska Broadcasters Association will be conducting a live test of the Alaska Amber Alert System this morning, Wednesday, Feb. 19 at approximately 10:20 a.m. The test will be canceled in the event of an actual child abduction AMBER Alert.

All areas of the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge traditionally open to snowmachine use are now open. Andy Loranger, refuge manager, recently announced the opening of refuge lands south of Tustumena Lake to snowachine use, effective immediately. With this opening, all areas of the Kenai Nation…

The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation (AAHP) deadline for nominations of Alaska's Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties for 2020 is April 10. The list is announced each year in early May as part of Historic Preservation Month. It is intended to bring public awareness to Alaska's…

Seward High School junior Sam Paperman finished his first Mid-Distance dogsled race on Feb. 8, the Willow Junior 100 Sled Dog Race. The race attracted 12 mushers, aged 12 to 17. Sixteen-year-old Paperman finished seventh in the two-day race. Paperman’s final time to mush the 100 miles was 11…

In a letter to the City of Seward, Hamilton Construction, the contractor selected to repair storm damage and install mitigation measures along Lowell Point Road, work will begin Friday, Feb. 14. During the project traffic delays and road closures will be necessary said Hamilton Construction.

Overnight parking is prohibited on Fourth and Fifth avenues between Adams Street and Railway Avenue and on Third Avenue between Monroe and Railway on Tuesdays and Wednesdays for street cleaning. The east side of the road will be done on Tuesdays and the west side on Wednesdays. 

SCF’s major grant cycle is open through Feb. 21. Applications will be accepted from qualified, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organizations (or equivalents, such as Tribal entities, schools, and faith-based organizations) that support charitable organizations and programs in the Seward/Moose Pass area…

Three local robotics teams competed in the Robot Rendezvous in Anchorage on Saturday, Jan. 18. This event, held annually, is the largest LEGO robotics competition in Alaska. Teams representing Juneau, Skagway, Bethel, Cordova and Fairbanks competed.

When Alaskans are summoned for jury service, they fill out and return a questionnaire that allows court personnel to qualify, defer, or excuse them from service. After historically sending these documents in the mail, the court has switched to using email to send them. In April 2019, the Ket…

The Iron Mountain FFA chapter representing Seward Middle and High School hosted the Kenai Peninsula District FFA Conference at the middle school Friday evening and all-day Saturday. The Conference included the Ninilchik, Midnight Sun, Kenai, and Iron Mountain FFA chapters who competed in the…

The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is seeing nominees for its Resource Advisory Council (RAC) from the general public, government, Native organizations, archaeological and historic organizations, recreation users, environmental organizations, energy and mineral development, and other BLM la…

The north wind screamed, steam rose off the white-capped bay, the thermometer hovered in the mid-teens, heavy overcast threatened snow, the sun rose at 9:54 a.m. and set 6 hours and 11 minutes later at 4:06 pm. Tucked in the woods, a tiny Anna’s hummingbird perched on top of his sugar water …

According to a press release from the Alaska Sealife Center, the Seward Volunteer Fire Department responded to an alarm at 6:37 p.m. at the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC). Upon arrival, crews were informed of smoke coming from the Center’s avian curatorial on the second floor. The fire sprinkl…

When you apply for your Permanent Fund Dividend January 1- March 31, 2020, you will have the opportunity to give to your favorite nonprofit organizations through the Pick.Click.Give. (PCG) program. You will be asked within the PFD application if you’d like to participate in Pick.Click.Give. …

The Rasmuson Foundation is accepting applications for the 2020 Individual Artist Awards (IAA). Applications will be accepted through March 2.

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.

SeaView Community Services has achieved national re-accreditation through the New York-based Council on Accreditation (COA). SeaView provides the following services: mental health and substance use disorder treatment, recovery housing, assisted living home, domestic violence/sexual assault s…

Earlier this evening the Seward Police Department released a statement in the death of Preston Atwood indicating that five individuals have been charged in connection with the death.

Seward is one of hundreds of potential beneficiaries to settlements reached in a massive class action lawsuit against the makers and distributors of prescription opioid medications, which have been linked to an explosion of addiction and substance abuse.

A group of religious organizations and healthcare providers on the eastern Kenai Peninsula have collected over 500 pairs of socks to be distributed to those in need. The socks came from a number of churches – Seward and Moose Pass United Methodist Church, the Catholic Churches of Seward and …

The City Council received its first report on a study of the city’s employee classification and compensation at its meeting Tuesday night. The study remains in a draft state, but a representative from the firm conducting it briefed the council on the firm’s recommendations for Seward.

The City of Seward will soon decide whether to join forces with other Alaska communities under a state-wide effort to collect sales taxes in online transactions. The City Council elected at its Tuesday night meeting to consider a resolution to that effect at a special meeting this Friday at noon.

Area law enforcement officers have charged two men with driving under the influence on consecutive days, one inside city limits and the other near Cooper Landing. 

The Seward Fire Department has achieved an Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of Class 3/3Y, joining only 10 other departments in the state with a rating of three or better. The rating will go into place on Feb 1, according to a press release from the department.

A woman arrested this week for stealing a family member’s car and wallet is also the defendant in an open theft case in which she had been released on bail. Desiree Nosik, 40, has been charged with first-degree vehicle theft and second-degree theft, both felonies.

Seward quietly joined the ranks of hundreds of communities nationwide whose police force has partnered with the Amazon-owned home security company Ring earlier this month. The move, apparently finalized Oct. 15, came with no public fanfare, but its discovery early this week generated a storm…

The Seward City Council chambers overflowed on Monday as dozens appeared to press for more information and action in the case of Preston Atwood, who was murdered in late August. Many in the audience and at least one City Council member wore buttons emblazoned with Atwood’s portrait and the l…

The Seward Police Department announced today that it has forwarded its findings in the investigation into the murder of Preston Atwood to the district attorney’s office for review. Sgt. Karl Schaefermeyer told the Seward Journal that the department would continue to work on the case with pro…

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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…