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After a final tally of all votes in Tuesday’s municipal election, incumbent Council Member John Osenga led the race for the two open council seats on the ballot with 205, a 41-vote lead over Michael Calhoon, leader for the second seat with 164 votes. Only 28 votes behind Calhoon, Randy Wells…

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Recently Seward played host to a group of distinguished visitors who arrived by railroad, yet not by train. The Motorcar Operators West (MOW) chapter of the North American Railcar Operators Association (NARCOA) made Seward the last stop of its 2021 tour of Alaska, a nearly 1,000-mile trip th…

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Recent snowfalls have already proven treacherous for one stretch of the Seward Highway. At approximately 5:45 p.m. on Thursday Alaska State Troopers (AST) were notified of a boat blocking a portion of the highway at milepost 70. According to an AST investigation, hazardous road conditions ca…

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Earlier this week, Seward experienced two citywide power outages, the first on Monday and the second Tuesday. Monday’s outage came as a tree in the Moose Pass area fell into the transmission line after being cut down by Seward Electric crews.

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Last Thursday the Seward Community Foundation (SCF) held a reception to celebrate its one millionth dollar donated to Seward area charities and nonprofits, a milestone the foundation reached on May 3 after awarding over $71,000 in funding throughout its major grant cycle.

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Community Development Director Jackie Wilde delivered a visibly emotional speech at Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting after announcing having tendered her resignation to City Manager Janette Bower earlier in the day.

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On Tuesday, Sep. 7, the Seward Planning and Zoning Commission will hold a public hearing on a resolution recommending to Kenai Peninsula Borough approval of the preliminary right of way acquisition plat in order to facilitate DOT construction efforts involving the removal of the longer of th…

Between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Saturday morning, a downed tree fell onto a power line off Sea Lion Avenue approximately 50 yards from the Fort Raymond substation, prompting a citywide power outage lasting several hours. The offending tree is suspected to have been blown down by high winds Saturday …

The Seward Department of Motor Vehicles office is again open for limited transaction types. Though not yet fully trained, DMV Clerk Regenia Huett is now able to process most driver’s license transactions, in addition to tax & title matters and registrations. According to Police Chief Ala…

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On Wednesday at 11:33 a.m. a 2.4 magnitude earthquake struck 10 miles east of Seward, northwest of Day Harbor. The tectonic shift occurred at a depth of 4.5 miles, according to the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Earthquake Center (UAF-AEC). Several in Seward reported feeling the quake…

The Seward Police Department is currently investigating a shooting that took place about 5:25 p.m. near Railway Avenue and Sixth Avenue in Seward. According to a press release from the department, one male was injured, and a second male was taken into custody.

Several squirrels, some deceased and some near death, were discovered by Steve Leirer in the Dairy Hill area last month, all apparently victims of tick infestation. Initially identified as diseased by Leirer, one squirrel appeared in pictures to be playing host to a tick.

On Friday, Aug. 13 at 5:23 p.m., police responded to a Railway Avenue shooting in the vicinity of the Alaska SeaLife Center parking lot. 27-year-old Anthony Hamby fired several shots at Keshawn Williams, 25, in what Hamby claimed was an ongoing dispute between the two men, after Williams all…

All of Seward turned out on Thursday for a parade honoring Lydia Jacoby, who returned home earlier this week having garnered worldwide acclaim for her gold and silver-winning Olympic performances in Tokyo last month. Visitors joined Sewardites along the streets of the parade route from Third…

Active coronavirus cases continue to break records for Sewarad since the introduction of the highly transmissible delta variant early last month. With the addition of four new cases reported on Tuesday, Seward now has 70 active cases, 14 more than the city’s previous peak of 56 on Nov. 23. N…

Lydia Jacoby has now added a women’s 4x100m medley relay silver medal to her 100m breaststroke Olympic gold. The US relay team came in only .13 seconds behind the Olympic record-setting Australia time of 3:51.60. The US 3:51.73 time also beat the previous record of 3:52.02, set in 2012 by th…

Lydia Jacoby’s Mixed 4x100m Medley Relay Olympic team placed fifth at the finals with a time of 3:40:58. New to the Olympics this year, the event sees teams of two men and two women competing in four swimming styles. Jacoby swam the breaststroke leg, second in the lineup that began with Ryan…

According to the Olympic website, Seward’s Lydia Jacoby will be swimming again for a medal in the Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay tonight at 6:43 p.m. Alaska time. Jacoby will be joined by Torri Huske, Ryan Murphy, and Caeleb Dressel.

Seward’s Lydia Jacoby took the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:04.95 beating out both teammate Lilly King and South African Tatiana Schoenmaker. King was the 2016 gold medalist in the event.

As the highly contagious delta variant of the coronavirus continues to widen its foothold in the State of Alaska, Seward is no exception to the increase in reported positive coronavirus tests. After the city enjoyed a virtually coronavirus free June, local cases began appearing at the beginn…

Seward’s own 17-year-old Olympian Lydia Jacoby took second in the 100M Breaststroke qualifying overnight in Tokyo and third in the semifinals this evening, advancing to the finals, to be held Monday evening at 6:17 p.m. AKDT.

A hiker required an airlift to Providence Seward Medical Center on Monday after sustaining injuries on Kenai Fjords National Park’s Harding Icefield Trail. At approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday afternoon, a 911 call was placed to Alaska State Troopers (AST) reporting that the hiker had suffered …

On Sunday, July 4, at 9:16 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified of a bear attacking a man in his camper at Fourth of July Beach. The victim was asleep inside with the door open when a black bear invaded the camper and scratched his leg. It then attempted to bite his leg, but the man …

Lydia Jacoby is now the second fastest 100M breaststroke swimmer in the world. The 17-year-old Seward swimming legend overtook Annie Lazor late in the race at the Olympic Trial Finals in Omaha, Nebraska Tuesday night, placing her second behind world record holder Lilly King with a new person…

The Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) paint striping that caused delays recently from mile 0 to mile 37 of the Seward Highway is resuming today. Motorists can expect additional delays as crews perform another pass over the road, sweeping along the center lines, before making a third …

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Some of the weather conditions that led to the destructive McKinley and Swan Lake fires in 2019 could be a mainstay of Southcentral Alaska summers in the future, according to a recent article by a team of scientists with the Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

The Seward Community Library has announced its 2021 Summer Reading Challenge, for which this year’s theme is Reading Colors Your World. Participants are invited to read a total of 24 hours from June 1 - Aug. 7, with registration divided into three age groups: Tots, Youth and Adults. All entr…

Last week, the City Council acting in its capacity as a Board of Adjustments approved two findings of facts and conclusions of law from the May 14 appeal hearings regarding a conditional use permit (CUP) for the property at 402 Second Avenue. On April 6, the Planning & Zoning Commission …

A local Seward student has founded a program to provide a free food resource to the community, available five days a week. After seeing news accounts of similar initiatives on the local news in Los Angeles, 11-year-old Maren Bickling was inspired to create the Seward Freedge, a refrigerator …

The City of Seward now operates under a permanent city manager for the first time since October. Wadena, Minnesota’s Janette Bower assumed the post on Monday, replacing Harbormaster Norm Regis, who had taken up the role of acting city manager since the dismissal of Scott Meszaros left a vaca…

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The 15th Annual Armed Services YMCA Combat Fishing Tournament will return to Seward on May 26. The event, hosted by the Armed Services YMCA of Alaska, will send 200 junior enlisted service members on a deep-sea fishing trip of a lifetime to thank them for their service. In just a few short y…

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At a Zoom event Tuesday, Alaska internet and wireless provider GCI announced the upcoming availability of two Gbps internet speeds to roughly 77 percent of its customer base. The bump in speed, which will be available to Seward, is set to roll out in 2022 and will be an automatically upgrade…