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Public schools in Seward released their students and closed early yesterday (Tuesday) due to the inclement weather and flooding in the area, and will start two hours late today (Wednesday).

In an announcement Tuesday morning by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District central office, both Seward Middle and Seward High schools released their students at noon, while Seward Elementary released at 12:30. Moose Pass School remained open.

All after-school activities were cancelled.

National Weather Service


Heavy rains this week are causing flooding around Seward and have prompted an emergency declaration from the Seward City Manager. The borough assembly will meet in a special session Wednesday to vote on whether to appropriate emergency funds.


A robot could soon be joining the surgery team at Central Peninsula Hospital. On ordinance was introduced at last week’s borough assembly meeting to pay for the $2.25 million piece of equipment called the da Vinci Xi.

Alaska Communications Systems


The digital gap between urban and rural areas in the U.S. is well documented and persistent. And even though those rural areas are increasingly gaining access to the internet, the gap remains in the form of slow speeds and poor markets for new investment.




The three leading candidates for Alaska governor were in Soldotna Wednesday. Independent incumbent Bill Walker, Republican Mike Dunleavy and Democrat Mark Begich are all running campaigns focused on the state’s permanent fund.



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