The City Council voted on Monday to adopt a new salary restructuring plan for City employees. The plan includes wage hikes for city employees across all income brackets totaling $252,416, with another $163,410.41 allocated for employee benefits, including paid time off (PTO). The Council vot…

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On Tuesday at approximately 1:30 p.m., a 2019 Volkswagen Golf struck the rear of a state snow grader plowing the Seward Highway near milepost 30. Though the grader operator emerged from the accident without injury, the unidentified driver of the Volkswagen was pronounced dead at the scene. P…

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The University of Alaska Fairbanks Seward Marine Center celebrated its 50th birthday this year, marking a half-century of becoming the premier research-oriented marine facility in Southcentral Alaska.

Alaska’s minimum wage increased Jan. 1 to $10.34 per hour from $10.19 per hour for 2020. For an employee working 40 hours per week, the new wage calculates to $413.60. An increase of $6 per week. The increase is the result of a ballot measure in 2014 that causes the minimum wage to be adjust…

On Dec. 22, Acting Police Chief Alan Nickell was promoted to Chief. The former lieutenant had served as acting chief since illness forced former Chief Tom Clemons into a medical leave of absence before retiring. Chief Nickell first joined the Seward Police Department in 2002, when he was ini…

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The Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) has closed the Seward airport due to inclement weather. In a notice to airmen released Monday, the Department says the airport will be closed until 4 p.m. on Friday. A spokesperson for DOT said that based upon the current fo…

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Last Wednesday the Port & Commerce Advisory Board (PACAB) voted to recommend to the City Council that Seward join the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Local Governments for Sustainability non-governmental organization, promoting sustainable development. U…

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Jim Woodside cuts into black cod fillets with the precision of a surgeon and the swiftness of a samurai. It’s the first step in the creation of a masterpiece that has earned his Saltwood Smokehouse the title of 2020 Press Pick for Best Fish / Meat Processor from the Anchorage Press, in spite…

Last week the Seward City Council voted to re-engage Harbormaster Norm Regis as Acting City Manager for another three-month term. Accompanying the extension, a temporary raise in pay will compensate Regis for continuing to take on two major roles in the City administration. When first appoin…

Last week the City Council extended the current state of emergency an additional 60 days amid a trending rise in Covid-19 numbers. The declaration carries the requirement that all Seward citizens must wear masks indoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. 

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A structural change in water and sewer rates may be on the way for many utility customers throughout Seward. At a recent  City Council work session, GovRates President Bryan Mantz joined the Council via teleconference to present the results of a City-commissioned study that included proposed…

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Today Governor Mike Dunleavy directed the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT) to reopen the Silvertip Maintenance Station on the Seward Highway near Hope. The station was closed by the Dunleavy administration last year following a shortfall in fuel tax revenue tha…

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The Seward Chamber of Commerce has announced its new board of directors following a bylaw change and election that took place recently. The bylaw change increased the number of directors from nine to 12. The three additional directors were appointed by the Board of Directors. The new directo…

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is seeking comments on its sport fish stocking plan. The Division releases approximately 7 million fish annually into Alaska waters and is reviewing its next five-year plan. The plan specifies locations, type, size, and life stage of fish to be stocked.

The State of Alaska says it was was a victim of data exposure by hackers and personal data of voters was compromised. The incident, which occurred on Oct. 27, was announced by the State in a release made on Dec. 3. The system was built by an outside vendor and operated by the Division of Ele…

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The Alaska SeaLife Center admitted a two-week-old sea otter pup as part of its Wildlife Response Program on Nov. 12. The male sea otter pup was spotted by residents near a beachfront home in Homer according to a release from the Center.

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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A Wasilla man was arrested this morning on charges of narcotics and illegal firearm possession after placing a 911 call to report the overdose of a woman in his hotel room. At approximately 6:15 a.m. police entered the room of Jeremy Fitchner, 38, to discover over 50 grams of methamphetamine…

According to a release from the Alaska National Guard, two stranded hikers were rescued Sunday near Cooper Landing. The release did not say why the two needed to be rescued, but they were transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center in Anchorage and released.

New details have emerged on the proposed kelp farm to be sited 2.7 nautical miles south of Seward. If finalized by the Southcentral Regional Land Office (SCRO), the 28.9-acre farm site will be leased to Seward-based Fisherman Fresh at a rate of $3,950 a year.

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 city council voted on Monday to increase camping fees for city campgrounds. The rate hike was the higher of two proposed by Parks and Recreation Director Tyler Florence, and included higher rates for all campground services during peak season.

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Many Sewardites are enjoying restored power today after heavy snowfall through the weekend left the much of the area without electricity. Some residents experienced outages for up to 72 hours as fallen trees continued to affect both transmission and distribution lines well into Monday. City …

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City of Seward offices are now open to the public with a mask requirement in place. The mask requirement applies to all buildings open to the public, not just City buildings.

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) has announced that nominations are now being accepted for the annual Alaska Ocean Leadership Awards. The Awards recognize several areas of contribution to ocean sciences, education, and resource management in Alaska. Nominations are open through Jan. 15 and c…

At Monday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Christy Terry formally honored retiring Police Chief Tom Clemons for his almost 50 years of service in law enforcement.

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The city council voted on Monday to enact a mask mandate for all indoor public places in which it is not possible to maintain a six-foot social distancing radius. The mandate comes in the wake of rising positive tests for the coronavirus and CDC recommendations for curtailing the spread of t…

The National Park Service (NPS) said in a press release that the glacial lake outburst from Bear Glacier completed significant draining on Nov. 13, nine days after the outburst began. The flooding danger has subsided, but a navigational hazard in Resurrection Bay exists as a result of ice re…

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The Seward Community Health Center (SCHC) will be conducting drive-through testing Nov. 24 and Dec. 1-3. Tests will be conducted from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the entrance to the Community Health Center, 417 First Avenue. The center says cars should line up on First Avenue at the parking lot ent…

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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Following a recent tsunami false alarm, many Sewardites began needlessly evacuating, but those who had signed up for the city’s Nixle service all received a text message to stand down. Though everyone in Seward at the time received the tsunami warning, only those who had opted in to Nixle co…

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A bevy of food trucks converged on Seward last week when the Food Network’s Great Food Truck Race (GFTR) shot footage for an upcoming episode to be set in Alaska. 

The City of Seward has closed all City offices to the public. Police and other critical services are still available. The measure is being taken because of the increasing rate of positive tests for the coronavirus according to a notice put out by the City.

On Nov. 4 the City Council met to discuss a City-commissioned study on wages and classifications for City employees. Conducted by staffing consultancy GovHR, the study states it, “establishes internal equity (ranking) among employees across departments within the City of Seward. Second, it a…

Sparks flew at Monday night’s city council meeting when Mayor Christy Terry interrupted acting City Manager Norm Regis over the hiring of a new police chief. With the impending retirement of police chief Tom Clemons, a search for his replacement has begun. The Council discussed the process b…

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The National Park Service is advising people to be cautious downstream of Bear Glacier due to flooding caused by the draining of an ice-dammed lake located seven miles above the terminus of Bear Glacier. The service said on Monday that the ice-dammed lake began draining last week based upon …

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The Seward City Council welcomed a new member and two returning members at Monday night’s meeting. Re-elected councilwoman and former Vice Mayor Sue McClure was sworn in alongside the newly elected Liz DeMoss before the council heard from the three contenders vying for the seat left vacant b…