Military resort in Seward reopens

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2001

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A popular vacation getaway for Alaska's military is open for business this winter after all.

The Seward Army Resort, an enclave of townhouses and a motel that offers fishing charters in the summer and snowmachine rentals in the winter, closed after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Army officials said the resort's military staff was needed elsewhere, with the country on high alert. At the time, officials said it was to stay closed at least until spring.

But the security level was reduced, and the closure lasted less than two months, said Chuck Canterbury, the Army's spokesman in Alaska. The resort reopened last month.

The resort is operated by the Army but open to all services and Department of Defense employees. It provides a place for servicemen and their families to unwind.

''It's a time to get away from the cellphone and the computer and relax for the weekend, to just forget about everything for a little bit and kind of recharge your batteries,'' he said.

Between 7,000 and 9,000 visitors take advantage of the resort each winter, resort officials said. The numbers swell to more than 50,000 during the summer.



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