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So proud and thankful for our Seldovia Veterans!

So proud and thankful for our Seldovia Veterans!

| November 10, 2017 | 1 Comment


K Bay Air Offering Top Notch Scheduled Service to Seldovia

K Bay Air Offering Top Notch Scheduled Service to Seldovia

| October 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
Dylan & Scott with KBay Air

Dylan & Scott with KBay Air

We had the pleasure to host Scott and Dylan from K Bay Air at our local chamber meeting this month.  It was a great success!  Not just because they provided lunch!  They purchased the food from our local businesses, and both Scott and Dylan were eager to let us know that they look forward to serving our community in a concrete and cooperative way!   I asked Scott Jackson, who is the General Manager for K Bay Air a few questions to introduce himself, the team and the business to Seldovians who were not present at our meeting!

1) Scott, tell us a little about you and how you came to K Bay Air!

My wife and I moved to Homer in 1994.  I went to work for Homer Air as an aircraft mechanic and soon became their Director of Maintenance.  A few years later, I went online as one of their pilots.  10 years later, we rented out our place in Homer and moved outside so I could pursue an advanced degree in Business and Marketing, and gain senior management experience and Captain flying corporate jet aircraft.  However, our hearts and minds were always looking back towards Alaska and thinking about our wonderful friends in Homer and across Kachemak Bay.  We moved back in June and when the opportunity arose to lead K Bay Air (bay operations), I knew this was the perfect job for me.  It brings together 20+ years of experience in aviation, business, and marketing.

2) What do you feel K Bay Air brings to the residents and visitors of Seldovia?

Seldovia has so much to offer its residents and visitors.  While we are a transportation company at our core, our desired business is really to be a partner with the people who live and work in Seldovia.  We are pulling together an extraordinary plan to boost the economy in Seldovia.  This plan ties in with our sister company Alaska Bear Adventures, one of Alaska’s most successful bear viewing companies.  We will be offering overnight packages in Seldovia to literally 2,800 plus visitors that contact us annually.

3) What does your schedule look like through the winter?  I see departures at 9:45am, 11:50am, 2:50 and 4:50 daily – but is there a chance flights might do a quick return to Homer and leave Seldovia earlier?

The benefit of K Bay Air rests with our ability to be consistent yet flexible.  Every customer that calls can be assured that our dispatchers and pilots will work hard to pull together a flight that fits their needs.  As our company grows, we anticipate that airplanes and pilots will be assigned solely to Seldovia.  This will offer the best flexibility for “quick turn” flights.

4) Your current rates are $62 OW and $124 RT, and you are also offering 55 pounds of freight free per passenger, but what is the per pound cost for freight?  Are there any other specials offering right now?

If you follow us on Facebook or keep an eye on our website, you might notice that we enjoy mixing things up a bit.  You can count on a steady stream of innovative ideas from K Bay and even a few game changers from time-to-time.   We have our customer loyalty program known as the K PAX 5.  Essentially, purchase five RT tickets and the 6th is free.  In November, we will be offering a FREE round trip ticket to Homer via an “in Seldovia” drawing.  Keep an eye on Seldovia Chatter Box Facebook page for details.  Our Freight Rate (exclusively for Seldovia) for anything over 55 lbs. is 0.39 lb.  However, for businesses that fly large volumes regularly, we work on an individual basis to give them the best rate.

5) Can you introduce us to your pilots?

Experienced pilots are the key to safety and to our success.  Through many years of beach landing/bear viewing operations, we have become very proficient at finding the right pilots and training them to fly in some of the most challenging conditions in Alaska.  Dylan Skirko and I will be your primary pilots and we have a couple of our seasoned bear/summer pilots that flew the bay last year that will fill in on an “as needed” basis.  Our goal is to provide our passengers with trusted and familiar faces at the helm.

6) Can you tell us about your planes?

Currently, we fly all Cessna 206 aircraft.  These airplanes have a proven record in bush Alaska and have an extraordinary dispatch reliability rate.  They can carry heavy loads in and out of the villages, and have reasonable operating costs.  Most aircraft that operate in this environment quickly take on the “tired workhorse” look due to the frequency of flights, and loading and unloading.  I have heard many comments from our customers that they appreciate the time, money, and effort that we spend on keeping our aircraft in top condition.

7) We so enjoyed having you at our meeting – and welcome as a new member!  You spoke a bit about how you are looking forward to working with current Seldovia businesses to bring in new business to Seldovia, can you tell us about that?   Can folks connect with you directly if they are interested in being a part of what you are putting together for your guests for summer 2018?

A couple of weeks ago, the K BAY Air team put together a long-awaited hamburger/hot dog cookout across the bay and during our time there, we had some great discussions with folks on how to improve our service. One idea that came up was having a local phone number that is simple to remember and easy to dial. Here it is!  907-235-8787   If you have suggestions, the K Bay Air staff will work hard to implement them.

Yes….. I encourage anyone in Seldovia that offers lodging, meals, charters, tours, entertainment, and other visitor related activities to contact us (907-235-8787) to see if they might be a part of our Seldovia Visitor’s package.  I will be spending a lot of time in Seldovia meeting with business owners and putting together the calendars, and marketing programs that will drive the success for the upcoming season.  We are already booking Bear trips for 2018, so we will be working very quickly to pull this all together.

LinwoodHalloweenPartyK Bay Air is dedicated to partnering with people and businesses in Seldovia. That being said, we are excited to be a part of the famous Linwood Bar and Grill Halloween Party on October 28th. K Bay and the Linwood are offering one FREE seat/round trip ticket for the winner of the “Best Couples Costume”. Judging begins at 10:00 pm. Good luck to everyone and have a great time!

8) Anything else you would like to relay to the community of Seldovia?

K Bay’s company motto is “Serving Extraordinary People Everyday”.  Our love for the people across Kachemak Bay is what motivates us to work hard to go above and beyond.  As mentioned in the Chamber of Commerce meeting, we are dedicated to listening to your feedback and making necessary changes quickly to offer the best service possible.  We know the economic and geographical challenges that you face living in an amazing place like Seldovia and hope that you will allow us to partner with you in your daily lives and businesses.

Seldovia Chamber of Commerce Announces our Citizen, Business & Youth of the Year- 2017

Seldovia Chamber of Commerce Announces our Citizen, Business & Youth of the Year- 2017

| October 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

CITIZEN OF YEAR BANNERThe Seldovia Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce this year’s recipients of the Citizen, Business and Youth of the Year!  Thank you to the community for the nominations in each category.  There were many great nominees!  We had hoped to announce a date for the luncheon to honor these folks at the same time, but we are still working on finding a time that will fit all!  Be sure to give them a congratulations – each has well deserved this honor!

Thank you Byron, Owl’s Nest and Heidi for your faithful service to the community and doing your best to make Seldovia an awesome place to live!  We appreciate you!


Citizen of the Year:  BYRON McCORD  

  • Byron is always involved in projects that help make Seldovia a nicer place to live.
  • He has helped out with SVT’s kid hikes, including the overnight trip to the new Tutka Bay trail, carrying gear and food, being ready to provide medical assistance, and just being a responsible adult for kids whose parents couldn’t go along.
  • Byron volunteered as a trail builder for the new Tutka Bay trail.
  • He also helps to keep Seldovia beautiful by taking care of some of the plants around town.
  • Byron is a worker, a generous soul, and a serious-minded man whose devotion to helping should be rewarded. He probably won’t like being rewarded because he doesn’t do it for public recognition, but he deserves it!

Business or Non-Profit of the Year:  THE OWL’S NEST 

  • Mike and Karen have opened a new business and have faithfully kept long hours in order to serve the community.
  • They work hard to have a variety of items and they even bring in special items that are requested.
  • They are working hard to serve the community’s and visitors needs while providing year round service.

Outstanding Youth of the Year:  HEIDI SWEARINGEN  

  • Heidi takes on a leadership role in the community, as she attends meetings to boost morale and brainstorm ways to help the school.  She inspires and helps other students at Susan B English.
  • This young woman is approaching her school year with absolute positivity, rallying both herself and her fellow classmates to be all they can be.
  • Heidi displays a great work ethic, has held multiple jobs over the summer with a positive happy attitude.  She has assisted her family business at the Owl’s Nest by beautifying their garden frontage and is always willing to assist when asked.
Join us to Celebrate Fred’s Life

Join us to Celebrate Fred’s Life

| October 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Honoring Fred

Scheduled HEA Outage Set for Tuesday, October 10

Scheduled HEA Outage Set for Tuesday, October 10

| October 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

submitted by Bruce Shelley

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You may have already heard this info from the City Manager but if not, HEA will need to take another lengthy construction outage on October 10, 2017, from 9 AM to 7 PM.  This outage is almost a repeat of the outage that was taken just a couple of weeks ago.

Those individuals (approximately 145 members) will once again be without power for 10 hours so our crews can make upgrades to the electrical system in Seldovia.  All others members will experience just a blink at the start and end of the outage.  The SVT clinic will see a 30 minute outage at the start and another 30 minute outage at the completion.
We will be sending out auto calls to the members informing them of this outage.  I would also ask that you please pass the word along to the residents of the City of Seldovia.   If you have any questions please let me know.
Thanks again for all your help.  I know this has been disruptive but in the end we will leave Seldovia with a more reliable and robust electrical backup system.
Bruce Shelley
Director of Member Relations
907-283-2324 Office
3rd and final race in Seldovia this summer.

3rd and final race in Seldovia this summer.

| August 29, 2017 | 0 Comments

by Jenny Chissus

What a summer we have had!  Great days of sun and beach time – and our Seldovia races have been very well attended!

Like the Jakolof Bay 10 Miler and Salmon Shuffle – we are excited to welcome kids to the race – and this year, children’s registration will be free!  This is great finale to our summer fun and we hope your whole families will come to participate.  Any proceeds from this race will go to the Craft Invitational Chainsaw Carving Competition!

Early registration will be on Friday evening at the Competition site (by the Pavilion) from 7-9pm and final registration will be at 9:00am on race day – with the race to start at 10:00am!  Awards will be given after the race – along with some sweet treats to replenish!

Looking forward to seeing you there! 🙂