PASSING THROUGH – Orca whales swim near the Indian River estuary Thursday night. A pod of more than a half-dozen adult and juvenile orcas spent the late afternoon in Sitka Sound near shore as people along Sawmill Creek Road photographed and video recorded them. NOAA Fisheries recommends staying at least 100 yards away while viewing whales from boats. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

October 10, 2019, Community Happenings


Event Saturday

At SJ Museum

Saturday, Oct. 12, is Bring Your Grandparent to the Museum Day at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

Admission will be waived for children and grandparents who visit on Oct. 12. After exploring the gallery, children can make a ‘‘#1 Grandma/Grandpa’’ button for a grandparent to wear. Supplies will be limited for button-making and it will be first-come, first-served.

Winter hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday except holidays. Winter admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Contact the museum for more information at 747-8981.


Kids Cheer Camp

Slated Nov. 2

Boys and girls, ages 5 and older, are invited to a Kids Cheer Camp 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the Sitka High School gym.

Participants will learn basic cheer fundamentals, routine and team building. A performance will be the same day, at 1 p.m.

The cost is $35 per child, or pre-registered, is $30.Two siblings will be charged $65, or $60 if pre-registered. Participants should arrive 15 minutes early to register. Children should wear PE cloting and shoes. Cheer clothes or red or blue shirt are being encouraged.

Those with questions, or to pre-register, can contact Coach Kaycie at (906) 623-7141.


Parents, Teachers

Meet at Blatchley

Blatchley Middle School will hold parent-teacher conferences Oct. 29-31.

Student-led conferences in an open house format are scheduled 4-7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. 

‘‘Come with your student(s) to BMS and they will take you to each of their classes, introduce you to their teachers and take you through their portfolio,’’ BMS said in a press release.

A free dinner will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on both days.

For families wanting to meet with grade-level teams, Thursday, Oct. 31 has been set aside for individual appointments. School will not be in session on this day. Call the main office at 747- 8672 to arrange an individual meeting.


Tribal Council

Meets Oct. 16

Sitka Tribe of Alaska will hold its regular monthly meeting 6:30 p.m. Oct. 16 at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The council will review on second reading of a revision to the gaming ordinance. A copy of the gaming ordinance is available upon request at 456 Katlian Street.


‘1964 Earthquake’

Topic of Talk

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society invites the public to the Sitka Public Library 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, for ‘‘Earthquake: Revisited,’’ a video of stories told by Sitkans in 2014 about their experiences during the 1964 earthquake.

A discussion and light refreshments will follow.

‘‘As we revisit these harrowing tales, we invite you to bring your own story of the earthquake or emergency response and cooperation to share,’’ the organization said.

For information, contact (907) 623-8054 or


Homeless Connect

Donations Sought

The SOS: Lifeline Group is collecting donations for the fall Project Homeless Connect that will take place 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Salvation Army. 

Suggested items include warm clothing, socks, hats, gloves, mittens, scarves, backpacks, tarps, shoes, boots and non-perishable items. Donations may be dropped off at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church or UAS-Sitka Campus, at the front office, by Nov. 1.

For information, contact Julia Smith at 738-6336 or


Open House at

Fire Department

The Sitka Fire Department’s Alaska Day Open House is slated 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the fire hall.

Seattle Pipes and Drums Bagpipers will perform and visit with community members.


Robert E. Tice, 72

Services Pending

Robert E. Tice, 72, quietly passed away in Sitka on Sept. 17, losing his battle with lung cancer. Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Hailstone.

He was born Dec. 3, 1946. He moved to Sitka in 1975 and became a commercial fisherman. In 1981, he worked for the Alaska Lumber and Pulp mill until it closed. Bob worked his last job at the Sitka Pioneers Home as a CNA, then retired from the state.

An end-of-life celebration will be held, with the date, time and location to be announced within the next 30 days, family said.


Sale Listed

For Nonprofit

The Island Institute closed on July 31 and will have a sale of office items 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at 304 Baranof Street.

Books from the Institute library will be $5 a bag. Also for sale are  two IMAC computers, file cabinets, telephones, audioconference equipment,  HP printer,  desk,  lecterns,  office supplies, back issues of Connotations,  recycled file folders (free) and an upright piano with bench (free).

Cash or checks will be accepted.  Contact Brenda Campen with questions at 747-3441.


Festival Tickets

Now on Sale

Tickets for Alaska Day Festival events, schedules, and commemorative buttons and other merchandise are now available.

Old Harbor Books is thanked for advance sales of tickets for festival-sponsored events at Harrigan Centennial Hall, including Oct. 14 (Monday) New Archangel Dancers Show $5; Oct. 17 (Thursday) Ball $25; and Oct. 19 (Saturday) Variety Show $5 for adults, free for children under age 12.  Tickets will also be sold at the door each night.

The Army Band Concert on Oct. 16 (Wednesday) at the Performing Arts Center is free of charge and no ticket is needed.

Sales coordinator Linda Trierschield can be contacted at 747-5466 or emailed at for information or reservation of ball tickets. 

Volunteers will staff a sales table at the Sea Mart entrance 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Friday and Saturday, Oct. 11-12, and 3-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, Oct. 14-16.

   At Harry Race Pharmacy & Photo downtown, festival commemorative buttons are being sold for a $2 donation. Other merchandise may be available.  

Buttons also will be sold by costumed festival greeters coordinated by Erin Arnold, 738-4305, or Keystone Kops coordinated by Jen Houx, 738-1779.  

All sales fund the prizes and other administrative costs of the annual non-profit Alaska Day Festival.






Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-31-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 12:50 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 2,990

Total (cumulative) deaths – 23

Active cases in Sitka – 15 (10 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 133.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 



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