ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 1, 2013 Community Happenings

    Installation Sat.
    The Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska Native Sisterhood
Camp 4 will have an installation of new officers 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at the ANB Founders Hall.
    A potluck dinner will follow.  All of Sitka is invited. Those attending are being asked to take a dish to share. All who would like to join either group are also invited to attend. Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    Story Time Set
    For Preschoolers
    ‘‘One Red Apple,’’ by Harriet Ziefert and Steve Metzger, will be one of the readings during the next preschool story time at Kettleson Memorial Library 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7.
    Songs, games around literacy activities and a craft project are part of the program. For more information call the library at 747-8708.

    Teen Board to
    Meet at Library
    Kettleson Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet 7:30 p.m.  Nov. 8.
    TAB members help select materials for the Library’s collection and make suggestions for future programs. Teens 13 and up are invited to join the board. Registration is preferred. Snacks and pizza included.
    For more information, call the library at 747-8708.

    Runners Clinic
    Set for Saturday
    The Hames Center will host the second of three recurrent monthly clinics with Sitka Physical Therapy’s Jessica Pyatt 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 16.
     The series focuses on strength, conditioning techniques and skills for runners. The second clinic will work on running drills and techniques to improve running form to stay injury free.
    For more information check out or call 747-5080.

    Story Time Set
    ‘‘All Things Autumn’’ will be the theme of the 10:30 a.m. Nov. 14 preschool story time at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    ‘‘There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves!’’ by Lucille Colandro will be one of the readings. Songs, games around literacy activities and a craft project are part of the program. Everybody is welcome. For more information, call the library at 747 8708
    School Board Meets
    Sitka School Board will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 4 in the Sitka High School library.
    The board will hold a work session on the English language arts standards prior ot the meeting, at 6 p.m.
    The public is invited to attend.

    Arts Council
    Plans Workshop
    Greater Sitka Arts Council announces a workshop and discussion facilitated by visiting Fairbanks author Judy Ferguson 5-6 p.m. Dec. 7 at Centennial Hall.
    Ferguson has been a freelance columnist for the Anchorage Daily News, Life and Arts Alaskana page as well as for the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner’s Heartland/Sunday section.
    All are invited to learn more about non-fiction writing. A $10 donation is suggested. Contact Sarah at 747-2787 or 738-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

    Artist Offering
    Block-Print Class
     As part of the Sitka Artisans Market, the Greater Sitka Arts Council will host a workshop with artist Cara Murray, of Ketchikan.
    Murray’s artwork may be seen on the smoothie stand at Botanika Organic Spa and flying on the City of Sitka banners downtown.
    Each participants will create a piece by first carving and then painting a linoleum block. Materials will be provided.
    The workshop is set 9 a.m.-noon Dec. 7-8 at Centennial Hall and requires a minimum of 10 people. The  cost is $50. Call Sarah at 747-2728 or 738-5234 to register or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Greeting Card
    Workshop on Tap
    Greater Sitka Arts Council will offer a watercolor greeting card workshop with New York artist Bayla Laks 12:30-2:30 p.m. Dec. 7 at Centennial Hall.
    Laks is from New York and has been a practicing artist since she could hold a crayon, the arts council said.
    All materials are included and cost is $20. The workshop requires a minimum of 10 participants and a maximum of 30. Contact Sarah at 747-2787 or 738-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.

    Fish Tacos Served
    Fish tacos will be served for lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen, Blatchley Middle and Sitka High schools on Nov. 6.
    The local fish is donated by Sitka fishermen. For more information call Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509.

    Sitkans Named
    To Salmon Panel
    Gov. Sean Parnell recently announced that Sitkans Howard Pendell and Dennis Longstreth have been named to the Pacific Salmon Commission, Northern Panel.
    Nominations are subject to final approval and appointment by the U.S. Secretary of Commerce.
  Longstreth has been involved in the salmon trolling fishery since 1973. He has been a member of the Alaska Trollers Association, and was involved with the Port Alexander and Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committees. He has previously served on the Port Alexander City Council and the Northern Southeast Local Emergency Planning Committee. Longstreth has served on the panel since 2000.
    Pendell has been a commercial salmon troller and longliner since 1974. He is a founding member of the Sumner Straits Fish and Game Advisory Committee and a past member of the board of directors for Alaska Trollers Association. Pendell was involved with the Southeast Sustainable Salmon Fund. He has served on the panel since 2001.
    UAS Sitka Gets $2.5M for
    Fisheries Technology Program
    The University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus will receive $2.5 million for the growth and expansion of its fisheries technology degree program.
    The grant will foster the training and job preparation of a fisheries workforce in communities from Southeast Alaska to the Bering Sea, UAS said.
    The award, which extends over four years, will allow students in coastal communities to complete their coursework without leaving home. The grant advances the University’s Fisheries/Seafood/Maritime Initiative, which involves collaboration with university and industry partners throughout Alaska.
    To meet the goals of the grant, UAS will work with community campuses not only in Southeast Alaska but in communities such as Kodiak, Homer, Bristol Bay and Bethel.
    Employing a combination of online coursework and regional fieldwork, labs and practicums, students will be able to earn occupational endorsements, certificates and degrees in fisheries technology.
    “This grant will allow us to prepare students for employment in Alaska’s fisheries, seafood, and maritime industries,’’ said Sitka Campus Director Jeff Johnston. ‘‘Industry-based internships that will feature competency-based assessments that have been developed in partnerships with employers and industry partners will provide ‘work-ready’ applicants to fill existing and anticipated job openings with qualified Alaskans.”
    Seafood Products Association’s Vice President of Product Services Bruce C. Odegaard stated in his support for the grant that “building the skills and competencies of workers entering the Alaska seafood industry is essential to ensuring the competitiveness of the industry in the growing global economy.” 
    ‘‘This grant focuses on creating a skilled Alaskan workforce for fisheries, seafood, and maritime industries,’’ said UAS Provost Dr. Rick Caulfield. ‘‘While based at UAS, the program involves statewide partnerships with employers and with UAA and UAF. We appreciate this vote of support for our fisheries technology program from the U.S. Department of Labor and our industry partners.”
    The grant was made possible through the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grant program under the U.S. Department of Labor’s Employment and Training Administration.
     For further information, contact Owen Kindig, UAS Sitka public information officer, 747-7767, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or Reid Brewer, program manager for the fisheries technology, 747–7799, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Performance Art,
    Dance Class Set
    A new class at the Hames Center, “Get It On,” incorporates body movements influenced by world culture dance and music infused with a bit of performance art.
    The moderately intense, cardio-based class allows the participant to become more in tune with their body as movements are sequentially broken down.
    The one-month series which includes eight classes taught by Gio Villanueva rims 7-9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class start date is Nov. 5. For more information, visit or call 747-5080.

    Baha’is to Meet
    The Baha’i Community will host a weekly study “Reflections on the Life of the Spirit” 1-3 p.m. Nov. 10. All are welcome. For more information, 747-6659.

    ‘Climate Change’
    Subject of Talk
    The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to the first session of its Winter Lecture Series 10 a.m. Nov. 2.
    The lecture will feature Peter Williams, a Yup’ik fur artist who creates handcrafted clothing under his own label “Ata” Yup’ik for “let me see.” The lecture “Climate Change through the Eyes of a Seal Hunter” will focus on William’s observations as a hunter along with the effects of climate change.
    The lecture is free to the public.

    Tribal Council
    Meet Canceled
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council action-only meeting for the November has been canceled. The next meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.
    Those with questions may call Kathy Hope Erickson, 747-7352.

    Personal Use
    Salmon Permits
    Southeast Alaska subsistence and personal use salmon permits for the 2013 season must be returned to the Fish and Game offices no later than Nov. 10. Yakutat area subsistence salmon permits are due Jan. 10. All permits must be returned to ADF&G even if the permit was not used to harvest fish this season.
    Permit holders who fail to return their subsistence and personal use salmon permits by the deadline will be required to complete and sign an affidavit explaining why they were unable to return the permit by the deadline.
    Failure to return a permit or to complete the affidavit may make the permit holder ineligible to receive permits for the 2014 season, ADF&G said.

    Hames Center Sets
    Beginner Spinning
    The Hames Center will offer another opportunity to learn how to spin.
    Participants will learn the fundamentals and keys to spinning in this four-week session. Initial bike set up, proper core movements, and heart rate training will be the focus.
    Classes are held 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 8 a.m. Saturdays Nov. 6-30. Classes will begin with 30-minute rides and progress to 50 minutes. It is open to all fitness levels. Check out for more information or call the front desk at 747-5080.

    Global Fund is
    Library Topic
    Joyce Kamwana of Malawi will speak at the Kettleson Memorial Library 7-8 p.m. Nov. 7.
    Since being tested positive for HIV in 1988, Kamwana has committed her life to championing rights to access medicines, health advocacy and women’s issues which has included dedicated advocacy for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.
    Unitarians Meet
    The Unitarian Fellowship program will celebrate the Day of the Dead, or All Soul’s Day, Sunday. Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., with the program at 10:45 a.m.
    Participants are invited to take photos of loved ones to place on the Day of the Dead altar, and a favorite family dish to share in a potluck following the program.
    Children’s religious education is provided. The Fellowship Hall is located at 408 Marine Street, with parking behind off Spruce Street.

    White E Closure
    The White Elephant Shop will be closed Nov. 4. The volunteers will be getting the stores ready for the big toy sale noon-3 p.m. Nov. 7.

    White E Shop
    To Have Sale
    The White Elephant Shop will have a $1-per-grocery-bag sale noon-3 p.m. Nov. 2 only.
    Customers are invited to grab a grocery bag at the door, take items off hangers, put then in to the bag until it is full, and pay $1. Any item too large for the grocery bag is $1. Cashiers request that patrons take $1 bills to the sale.
    The sale is for the main store and the children’s store. The sale excludes  boutique items and bags of rags.

    Tsunami Inundation
    Study Made Public
    The Sitka Tsunami Inundation Study will be made public 4-6 p.m. Nov. 4 at the UAS-Sitka Campus Room 229.
    ‘‘This should be a very informative presentation on what may happen if we ever have a tsunami happen in the Sitka area,’’ said Fire Chief Dave Miller.
    The presentation is being presented by the Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, U.S. Geologic Survey and the University of Fairbanks. It is open to the public.

    Work Party Set
    For ANB/ANS
    Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska Native Brotherhood will have a ‘‘work party’’ 5-7 p.m. tonight to set up for Saturday’s installation of officers and potluck. All are welcome.
    Saturday’s event starts at 3:30 p.m.

    FASD Support
    Group to Meet
    The kick-off gathering of the FASD community support group will be 6-7:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Brave Heart Volunteers office on the Pioneers Home grounds.
    Meeting on the first Thursday of each month at the same location, the support group welcomes all seeking information on the disability. Print and Web resources will be available.
    Parents, family members, employers, professionals and youths are welcome.
    A program discussing interventions for families by a professional working in the field who also parents a child with FASD will be presented.
    Anyone looking for information or interested in visiting with others is welcome. Refreshments will be served.

    Potluck to Honor
    Exchange Students
    Sitkans are invited to a community potluck to honor and meet international exchange students, including AFS, 6-8 p.m. Nov. 19, at Baranof Elementary School.
    All are invited to share a meal and hear presentaitons by Daliya from Russia, Salma from Indonesia and Francisca from Ghana. All are invited to take a dish to share and their own tableware.
    Call Toby Campbell at 747-5941 with questions or for more information.

    Fishing Vessel
    Safety Taught
    the U.S. Coast Guard will host an informational meeting for those interested in commercial fishing vessel safety  6-7 p.m. Nov. 7.
    Sitka’s fishing vessel dockside examiner will be present to answer questions concerning federal safety requirements for their commercial fishing vessels. Free zipper wax, whistles, zipper pulls and informational brochures will be available.
    Those wanting more information are being encouraged to contact Steve Ramp at 966-5620.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

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 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

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



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