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On Monday, the City Council struck down a motion to reconsider a failed Breeze Inn lease transfer from current owner Juris Mindenbergs to Elliott Jackson, owner of the Van Gilder Hotel, the Marina Motel, and seven local restaurants. The motion was initially introduced by Council Member Mike …

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Alaskans can learn much about their state in the 2022 Arctic Report Card released nationwide this month. The Arctic and Alaska are growing warmer and wetter, University of Alaska Fairbanks scientists are at the heart of tracking this and other Arctic changes, and Alaskans are calling for peo…

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After months of apparent inaction, the US Coast Guard has finally entered an offer on Seward Industrial Marine Center (SMIC) land to be used as the home port for the new 154-foot Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Frederick Mann, expected to arrive in Seward in 2024. At its Jan. 9 meeting, the City …

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Contacting 911 in an emergency is no longer restricted to voice calls. Beginning Monday, Jan. 16, a new text messaging option is now provided for anyone on the Kenai Peninsula who cannot otherwise communicate via telephone call. From any mobile phone, those in need of emergency assistance my…

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Last Monday at its first regular session of the year, the City Council passed new regulations on short term rentals operating within city limits, intended to address the city’s ongoing housing crisis. Before passing ordinance 2022-016, Council Member Mike Calhoon introduced an amendment to s…

Nominations for local historic preservation efforts are accepted each year by the Seward Historic Preservation Commission for review at the March committee meeting. This annual award recognizes local preservation efforts and encourages community understanding and appreciation of Seward's history.

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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Seward’s 38th Annual Polar Bear Jump Off Festival is set to begin this Friday, Jan. 13, with a plunge-worthy program of events and activities planned throughout the weekend. Beginning Friday night at 4 p.m., the American Legion post on Fifth Avenue and Jefferson will host a $25 steak dinner,…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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After a lengthy public hearing on Monday, the City Council voted to reject a lease transfer that would allow the Breeze Inn to pass from the hands of current owner Juris Mindenbergs to Elliott Jackson, owner of the Van Gilder Hotel, the Marina Motel and seven local restaurants. Council chamb…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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The Seward Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners in its 2022 Holiday Lights Contest, as voted on by the community. First place in the Residential category went to Steve and Maureen Lemme for the cozy blue-and-white illumination on their home. In the business category, the American Le…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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As we begin 2023 the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Point Road la…

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As 2022 draws to a close, the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Poin…

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As 2022 draws to a close, the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Poin…

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As 2022 draws to a close, the Seward Journal looks back, month-by-month, on a year marked by a return to relative normalcy after the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic affected the policies and protocols that governed the city’s day-to-day operation. 2022 also saw a catastrophic Lowell Poin…

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You may now vote in the Seward Chamber of Commerce Holiday Light Contest to judge the city’s best holiday light displays adorning both homes and businesses, with the winner in each category receiving $250. 

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Seward Area Hospice’s Blue Holiday Tree stands outside the Chamber of Commerce at 2001 Seward Hwy. It shines through this holiday season as a symbol that you are not alone in your grief. Remembrance ornaments are available at Resurrect Art Coffee House and the Chamber as our gift to you. Hon…

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Last Thursday, the Alaska SeaLife Center announced four new additions to its Board of Directors, each to serve a three-year term. The first announced, Credit Union 1 CEO Mark Burgess has been in an Alaska resident since 2018, when he moved from New Hampshire to become C1U Chief Technology Of…

On Sunday, Alaska State Troopers arrested an Anchor Point man after discovering a large cache of narcotics and a firearm on a Nash Road traffic stop. 36-year-old Nickolas Lancaster was taken into custody after troopers discovered 101 Fentanyl pills, 5.75 grams of methamphetamine, $5,031 and …

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After months of apparent inaction, the US Coast Guard has taken the latest step in bringing a new 24-person Fast Response Cutter to Seward. During the city manager’s report on Monday, Harbormaster Norm Regis reported that the Coast Guard has officially made a purchase offer on a city-owned w…

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On Monday, at its final regular session of 2022, the Seward City Council adopted the city’s operating budget for 2023 and 2024, with a significant change to the basis by which it determines Chamber of Commerce funding. Historically 50 percent of the city’s bed tax was allocated to the Camber…

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Proponents of a new multi-use recreation facility suffered a setback when the City Council decided against reserving a parcel of city-owned land as the site for the center’s future construction. Up for discussion was a new business item concerning whether to reserve for two years without pos…

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Many viruses are making Alaskans sick this winter, but the virus primarily responsible for filling up our clinics, emergency departments, and pediatric hospital beds this season is respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Each year in the United States, RSV leads to an average 58,000 hospitalizati…

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The Alaska Department of Natural Resources has issued an indefinite public access easement and a 55-year lease for the Grant Lake Hydro Project to Kenai Hydro LLC (KHL). The project is located on Grant Lake approximately two miles south of Moose Pass.

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With another Thanksgiving in the books and leftover turkey supplies dwindling in refrigerators across town, the holiday season is now officially underway. One week after the events surrounding Shop Small weekend kicked things off in a flurry of activity, the first full week of the Christmas …

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After months of apparent inaction, the US Coast Guard may soon be taking steps to prepare for the arrival of the new 154-foot Fast Response Cutter (FRC) Frederick Mann, set to replace the smaller USCGC Mustang currently operating out of Seward. At Monday’s City Council meeting, Harbormaster …

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Proponents of a new multi-use recreational facility may be facing an uphill battle to secure the only viable city-owned parcel of land as a potential building site. An item of new business in Monday’s regular session, the Council discussed a proposal to reserve a plot of city-owned Fort Raym…

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American Legion Seward Post 5 delivered 115 dinners to those who were homebound or otherwise unable to make it to the post on Thanksgiving. Another 115 meals were severed at the post with lots of good folks coming and going and having a good meal with friends and family. A huge kudos to the …

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The City Council recently heard from Police Chief Alan Nickell on progress toward opening the new site of the city’s animal shelter at 605 Sea Lion Avenue. Though construction is largely finished, Nickell said, a number of details still have yet to be finalized, such as the elimination of sh…

Many parts of the state are experiencing a housing shortage. The Alaska Municipal League Board of Directors passed a resolution establishing a Statewide Housing Task Force which has been working and is now seeking more information about housing challenges (and solutions) experienced in your …

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As a new organization in Seward, we’ve been meeting this year to support music, music education and musical organizations in the Seward area. We’d like to spotlight a successful musical group you might not know about - the Seward Community Band (SCB)!

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The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge announces that the Refuge opened Christmas tree cutting from Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24 through Christmas Day, Sunday, December 25. Trees are free for personal use with a limit of one per household and may not be taller than 20 feet. Trees may …

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On Sep. 29, the Seward Mural Society completed its 2022 mural, “Seward’s Native Roots,” designed by local artists Susan Swiderski and Melanie Smith. The mural depicts a portrait of an Alaska Native woman dressed in a fur ruff-lined parka, gazing proudly over the word Qutekcak, printed in bol…

On the afternoon of Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 24 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m., Seward’s American Legion Post 5 will again offer its annual Thanksgiving dinner, free and open to the community. As part of its annual holiday tradition, the Legion post will also make deliveries to shut-ins and the …

As tables throughout the city are being set for Thursday’s feasting, the Seward Chamber of Commerce is again preparing a number of Shop Small events to promote local spending this holiday season. Led by American Express, Shop Small Saturday or Small Business Saturday refers to the day after …

On Monday the City Council appointed Bob Barnwell to hold the seat vacated in October by Sue McClure upon her election as mayor. Barnwell won appointment in a 4-2 vote over Kim Kowalski-Rogers. A third candidate, Suzanne Towsley, was initially on the ballot but withdrew her candidacy prior t…

At approximately 10:09 p.m. on Nov. 11, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a drug deal taking place at a local residence. 43-year-old Roy Taylor was then discovered in possession of 5.75 grams of black tar heroin, 18 Fentanyl pills, eight packets of Subuxone, $106 in cash, a ledg…

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Many public lands in Alaska, including the Chugach National Forest, are open for trapping. Traps are often set in areas that are also used by hikers, bikers, snowmachiners and their pets. Pets may become caught in traps meant for other wildlife.

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As part of the consent agenda in its regular session on Monday, the City Council voted to select Homer Electric Association (HEA) as the preferred electric utility to purchase Seward Electric, the sale of which will be determined by special election on May 2, 2023. The vote came after three …