Author: Carol Griswold

Exit Glacier meeting Oct 3

Exit Glacier meeting Oct 3

Exit Glacier on a beautiful fall day! Interested in helping envision the future of this spectacular National Park? Please come to the meeting on Wednesday. Details below. Carol Griswold https://www.nps.gov/kefj/learn/news/kefj-future-planning-efforts-9_24_18.htm Contact: Shauna Potocky, 907-422-0530 Seward, Alaska – Kenai Fjords National Park will host a public meeting on Wednesday, October 3 from […]

Research vessel Tiglax visits Seward

Research vessel Tiglax visits Seward

The Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge support vessel Tiglax cruised up Resurrection Bay this afternoon and docked at the UAF Seward Marine Center. The Tiglax, which means “Eagle” in Aleut, provides critical support for the Refuge. This includes research and transportation, biological work, management programs, and village outreach and education […]

Railroad Motorcar convoy visits Seward

Railroad Motorcar convoy visits Seward

On Friday, a colorful convoy of 22 yellow, red, orange, blue, and green railroad motorcars converged on Seward at the Alaska Railroad Depot, repeating a trip first done in 2011. The tiny, gasoline-powered motorcars, variously called “Speeders” or “Putt-putts” were historically used to inspect railroad tracks before being replaced by […]

Cruise ship emission concerns

Cruise ship emission concerns

Seventy cruise ships docked in Seward from May 17 to September 26 this year. The cruise ships arrived early and left in the evening, spewing toxic emissions including sulfur and nitrogen oxides, carbon dioxide, and fine particulates while docked in town at the cruise ship dock. One of the last […]

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear

Throughout Seward, bears are tipping over garbage cans and finding many that conveniently pop open, allowing the bear to easily access the goodies and strew the rest all over the streets and alleys. Some of these garbage cans are bear-safe cans with inoperable latches that have not been properly maintained […]

Nightly Lodging Work Session 6 pm September 18

Community Development Planner Jackie Wilde gave a very illuminating presentation on Seward’s booming short term rental businesses to the City Council on August 27, 2018. http://history.cityofseward.net/weblink/0/doc/23059/Page1.aspx Data received by Harmari, a lodging audit company, showed 197 short term rental businesses in Seward city limits, but only 111 are currently licensed. […]

Sunny, summery, Seward evenings

Sunny, summery, Seward evenings

As mountain shadows crept up Mt Alice and the Resurrection Peninsula last week, a cruise ship departed down the bay full of visitors. A pair of kayaks paddled in the shadow, stroking home to Seward. Then, just as dusk descended, a fat-tired plane skimmed along the shoreline, heading back to […]

Sandhill Cranes!

Sandhill Cranes!

This evening around 7:30 I heard the joyous bugling of Sandhill Cranes. Looking up, high in the blue sky, I saw an enormous bow of Cranes undulating across the sky. They had flown over the Harding Icefield and Mount Marathon, and kept a steady course heading east over Mt Alice […]

Icebreaker Healy visits Seward

Icebreaker Healy visits Seward

The USCGC Healy sailed into port on September 2. The 420′ ship is the Coast Guard’s largest vessel, and also the largest  and most technologically advanced United States icebreaker. <https://www.pacificarea.uscg.mil/Our-Organization/Cutters/cgcHealy/> She sailed majestically down the bay on September 7, 2018 after a week in Seward. Bon voyage! Carol Griswold  

Why We Live Here (part 1)

Why We Live Here (part 1)

The Inishmaan, home port Moose Pass, graced Resurrection Bay on a recent windy afternoon, sails billowing in the breeze. The unusual name means “middle island” in Irish Gallic, from the Aran Islands in Galway Bay. Carol Griswold

Nightly Lodging work session Tuesday, August 21, 6 pm

Nightly Lodging, Vacation Rental Homes, Short-term Rentals, B&Bs: whatever the term, the Seward Code is being reviewed for revision by the Seward Planning and Zoning Commission with a series of public work sessions and meetings. The first public work session on July 18 was very informative but poorly attended. Community […]

City Manager Jim Hunt resigns

According to a copy of an email notification to the City Council posted on Seward Citizens’ Forum, City Manager Jim Hunt resigned today (Friday) at 4:55 pm. Also according to the forum, before Hunt resigned, he appointed Brennan Hickok to the position of Assistant City Manager/Community Development Director. With Hunt’s […]

Power line removal from the Lagoon

Power line removal from the Lagoon

City of Seward linemen removed the Lagoon power lines and poles on Tuesday and Wednesday, the final stage of the successful underground power line project. It was quite an interesting project to watch. After the power lines and cable were removed, the poles were chained to a boom lift which […]

JAG at work at ship yard

JAG at work at ship yard

On July 23, with smiles and congratulations all around, the City Council approved the transfer of the operation of the Seward ship yard from Vigor to JAG Alaska. On Sunday, July 29, I and others were appalled to see brown dust rising from the 290′ barge at dry dock in […]

Historic homes demolished

Historic homes demolished

A  home on the Seward Historic Register at 420 Third Ave was demolished today. The original intent of the new owners was to preserve the almost 100-year old historic stucco home exterior and completely renovate the interior. However, as is often the case with older homes, serious problems surfaced from […]

Hydrofoil kiteboarding Rez Bay

Hydrofoil kiteboarding Rez Bay

I  thought I was watching an expert kiteboarder and his swooping red and black kite zip across the white-capped waves on Resurrection Bay. Then he sailed closer and I saw that he was actually riding above the water, slicing through the waves on top of a skinny black blade like a knife […]

50/40 Celebration a success!

50/40 Celebration a success!

The 50/40 Celebration of the 50thAnniversary of the National Trails Systems Act and the 40thAnniversary of the Iditarod National Historic Trail Celebration on June 3rdwas a big success! Thanks to the City of Seward for use of the Branson Pavilion, the US Forest Service staff and Smokey the Bear, displays, […]

Seward State Parks job opening

Seward State Parks job opening

Alaska State Parks Seward seeks applicants  for a seasonal Alaska Conservation Corps (ACC) position performing general maintenance and labor. You must be an Alaskan resident at least 18 years old. Pay is $14 an hour and successful applicant can start work immediately. For more information, call District Ranger Jack Ransom at […]