GREEN LIGHT – Karen Lucas works in her Katlian Street garden this afternoon. Warm sunny weather this spring has been a boon for local gardeners. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting this summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest period in early July. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

January 3, 2014 Community Happenings

Fine Arts Camp
    Slated to Register
    Sitka Fine Arts Camp provides all ages with an interdisciplinary opportunity for arts exploration. Registration is open for all camps by calling 747-3085 or going to the website at www.fineartscamp.org.
    More than 60 different classes are offered in theater, dance, music, creative writing, visual arts, Alaska Native Arts and digital arts. Students can experiment and discover new arts as well as study arts they are already familiar with. Last summer the camp served students from 38 different Alaska communities.
    Programs are available for all ages: elementary camps run June 9-13, middle school June 15-28, high school June 29-July 13, musical theater July 13-27, Native jazz workshop July 13-20, and Dee Daniels vocal jazz workshop July 18-25. Adult camps are also available.

    Homeless Connect
    Seeking Socks
    Project Homeless Connect is in need of donations of new and/or like-new, clean, warm socks to be distributed at Project Homeless Connect event January 29.
    Donations of socks may be taken by Jan. 20 to the Salvation Army, marked “For Project Homeless Connect.” Contact Dorrie at 747-4109 with questions.

    ALFA To Meet
    Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association will meet 5-7 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Sitka Sound Science Center meeting room to discuss halibut catch limits and proposals. For more information call 747-3400.

    Honoring Women
    Seeks Nominations
    Sitkans Against Family Violence will celebrate the 17th Annual Honoring Women Dinner and Silent Auction April 5. Four women who have worked to enrich the community, either as volunteers or professionals, will be honored. The event will be held at Centennial Hall and will begin at 6 p.m.
    SAFV has begun the nomination process. For the first time, there will be a theme for people to consider when submitting nominations. It is ‘‘Celebrating Diversity.’’
    ‘‘We find it very important to acknowledge the different cultures and populations that enrich our community,’’ SAFV said. ‘‘We hope to receive nominations representing an individual from our Filipino community, our Alaska Native community, the Coast Guard, our faith-based organizations, and other diverse groups. We would also like to honor young women.
    ‘‘If you know a woman who fits this description we invite you to nominate her to become one of four Sitka Women of the Year,’’ SAFV said.
    Those nominating women are asked to write a few paragraphs describing her. Include her mailing address, email and phone number. Nominees must be at least age 18.
    Nominations can be sent to P.O. Box 6136, Sitka, or emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Jan. 31.

    Skippers Benefit
    At Pizza Express
    All are invited to skip on out to Pizza Express 4-9 p.m. Jan. 12 for a fundraiser to help the Sitka Skippers get to Juneau for Regional Competition.
    The team will get a percentage of all sales. It also includes deliveries and pick up sales.

    On Honor Roll
    Local students have been named to the scholastic honor roll fall term at Oregon State University.
    Those who earned a 3.5 grade point average or better while carrying at least 12 grade hours of course work are Alyson R. Lovett, a senior in chemical engineering; and Soren T. White, a sophomore in general science.

    Brown Bear
    Season Ends
    Hunters are reminded the registration hunt for brown bear in Unit 4  – Admiralty, Baranof, and Chichagof Island – ended Dec. 31. Successful hunters must submit their hunt report within 10 days of kill and have the bear sealed within 30 days.
    Unsuccessful hunters and hunters who registered but did not hunt must return completed hunt reports to the Fish and Game office in Sitka by close of business Jan. 15, or report online at www.hunt.alaska.gov. All hunters who received permits must submit reports, even if they did not hunt.
    Contact the Sitka Fish and Game office at 747-5449 for more information.

    Fish and Chips
    Served at Schools
    Fish and chips will be served as the Sitka Conservation Society’s Fish to Schools lunch at Sitka High School  Jan. 8. Contact Tracy at the SCS with questions at 747-7509.

    Swing Dance Taught
    Swing dance lessons will be taught 8 p.m. Jan. 8 at the Pub to raise money for Sitkans Against Family Violence.
    Alan Maloney will instruct. All of the recommended $5-per-person donation will go to SAFV.

    Iconography Class
    Set for February
    An iconography workshop, presented by St. Michael’s Orthodox Cathedral and the Greater Sitka Arts Council, is being offered to the public.
    Instructor Charles Rohrbacher, a highly respected Alaskan iconographer with three decades of icon “writing” experience, will guide and support participants through the general technical sequence, layer upon layer.
    Tools and materials are based on egg tempera, powdered minerals, and gold-leafing applied to gesso board. The class is set Feb 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, and will run for 40 hours, during two long weekends so each participant can complete one icon.
    Maximum workshop participation is 10. No previous experience is required and art supplies will be made available. The cost is $525 including materials. For more information contact Dr. Ana Dittmar, 623-7537, or Jeff Budd, 747-4821. For an application go online to sitkaarts.org.

    Fortress Closed
    Fortress of the Bear will be closed Jan. 5-23. For information call 747-3032.

    School Board Meets
    Sitka School Board will meet 7 p.m. Jan. 7 in the Sitka High School library.
    Prior to the meeting the board will hold a work session on the budget. The public is invited to both.

    Family Fun Day
    At Hames Center
    Family Fun Day is set at the Hames Center 3-5 p.m. Jan. 5. The activity is held on the first Sunday of each month.
    Activities will include the climbing wall, bouncy castle, tunnels, bounce house, and toys and games.
    A youth pass is free with each Adult pass purchased. Participants should take clean shoes. For more information log on to www.hamescenter.com.
A free Drums Alive demonstration by Coral Pendell will be 2:30-3 p.m.

    Science Saturday
    At KGH School
    The community is invited to the Keet Gooshi Heen family science event 10-2 p.m. Jan. 18.
    A portable planetarium and hands-on science exhibits will be presented by the Sitka High School National Honor Society.
    The U.S. Forest Service will provide a stream table to model watersheds, along with other hands-on stations about wilderness, recreation and wildlife.
    Other exhibitors include the Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka Conservation Society, the Alaska Raptor Center and Sitka National Historical Park.
    For more information contact Rebecca Himschoot at 738-6744.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-28-20)

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 10:55 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 13

Total statewide – 425

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 46, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



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March 23, 2020



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