SMOOTH SAILING – A troller cruises across Sitka Sound during a hazy sunset Friday evening. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

April 9, 2014 Community Happenings

Local Fish to be
    Served at Schools
    Local fish will be offered for lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen, Blatchley Middle, Sitka High and Pacific High schools on Wednesday, April 9.
    Contact the Sitka Conservation Society with comments or questions at 747-7509.

    SCH Foundation
    Meeting on Tap
    The Sitka Community Hospital Foundation will meet noon April 14 in the hospital classroom. Lunch will be provided by the Basement Bistro.
    The agenda will include the capital campaign for Mountainside Family Healthcare’s new building. All members, those interested in joining, and the general public are invited to attend. For more information, call the Foundation president, Ann Wilkinson, at 747-2707

    Sacred Harp
    Sing Sunday
    The second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing will be 3:30-5 p.m. April 13 in the Pioneers Home Chapel. Beginners and listeners are always welcome. Call 738-2089 for more information.

    Keet PAC Meets
    The Keet Gooshi Heen PAC will meet 6 p.m. April 23 in the school’s library. Topic of discussion will be transitioning fifth-graders to Blatchley Middle School.
    Call the school office at 747-8395 for further information.

    Youth Advocates
    Board to Meet
    Youth Advocates of Sitka’s board of directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. April 14 at YAS’s 805 Lincoln Street office.
    Meetings are open to the public. Applications for board member are available. Those interested in becoming a YAS board member can contact Annette at 747-3687.

    Workshops Set
    Sitka Local Foods Network’s Michelle Putz will present two free, short, hands-on potato-planting workshops 9 a.m. April 12, and again at 9 a.m. April 19, at 131 Shelikof Way. Parking space is limited.
    Potatoes are some of the most productive and easy-to-grow vegetables in Sitka, Putz said. More information is available by calling Putz at 747-2708.
    The Sitka Local Foods Network is hosting a series of “It’s time to …” workshops this spring and summer designed to help residents learn about various aspects of vegetable gardening and fruit growing. Many of the classes will be informal get-togethers at various gardens around town.
    The website will have more information.
    The group’s education committee will meet 5:30-7 p.m. May 5 at Centennial Hall to discuss future workshops and classes for the rest of the spring and summer.
    Volunteers are needed to teach classes this year about growing food, and are being asked to attend the meeting. Those unable to attend can email Charles Bingham at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with information about topics, gardening experience, and contact information.

    Juneau Artist to
    Teach Classes
    A reception for Juneau artist MK MacNaughton’s “Secrets” exhibit will be held 5-9 p.m. April 12 at Rio’s Wine Bistro and Gallery above Ludvig’s.
    The charcoal drawings will remain on display through May. All are invited to view the show. “Secrets’’ trading cards, cards and prints of some of her paintings will be for sale.
    MacNaughton is seeking volunteers to be subjects in a series of portraits about Sitka and food. Those willing to share their thoughts, passions and stories about food, can contact her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , 907-957-2061 or through
    She will present two charcoal drawing classes during her Sitka visit.
    ‘‘Intro to Still Life Drawing’’ is set 10 a.m.-noon April 12 for $20. MacNaughton will offer some of her favorite drawing techniques through an emphasis on shape, light and shadow. Materials are all included in the cost. It is for ages 10 and older.
    ‘‘Portrait Drawing’’ will be 1-3 p.m. April 12 at $20 per person. The goal of this class is to demystify portrait drawing. No experience is necessary. Students should take a black-and-white photo of a face with a range in value and contrast. The rest of the materials will be provided.
    Discovery Days
    At Science Center
    Discovery Days at the Sitka Sound Science Center 10 a.m.-noon Saturday will explore the ‘‘Amazing World of Herring.’’
    Participants will view them under the microscopes and make herring fish prints. Sitka Tribe of Alaska fish biologist Jessica Gill will be on hand.
    Discovery Days are SSSC annual pass holder events. Passes can be purchased at the door for $50 for a family or $30 per individual for the year.

    Sitkans Invited to
    Share Money Tips

    Sitkans can share their money-saving tips through Kettleson Memorial Library’s Money Smart Week Blog.
    Go to and click on the comment button next to the Money Smart Week calendar to share tips.
    Sitkans can also log on to another site, under ‘‘Resources’’ tab, for helpful links on money issues such as protection from fraudulent insurance schemes to the Ten Best Money Back credit cards.

This Week in Girls on the Run
    Girls on the Run is an empowerment-based program for girls in third through fifth grades, currently in its sixth season at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School.
    GOTR is more than an after-school activity; it is a program designed to bring girls together with strength and resilience and prepare them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
    Recently, participants have been learning about gossip and bullies. Girls learned that gossip is like squeezing toothpaste out of a tube – you can’t put it back in once it’s been said. Teams talked about breaking gossip chains, different types of bullying, and how to deal with bullies. Girls explored why people bully and how to use the SBLR (Stop, Breath, Listen, Respond) strategy to stand up for themselves or for someone else. Here’s what participants said about gossip and bullies:
    –“The person you gossip about might get plugged into the negative cord because of it.”
    –“Bullying is being mean on purpose and not respecting other people.”
    –“If someone’s bullying you, it could be because they’ve been bullied by someone else.”
    –“I would go up to someone who’s been bullied and teach them about [SBLR].”
    –“If someone’s being bullied, you can go stand up for them, or you can tell an adult you trust!”
    Throughout this season, GOTR has been providing the Sitka community with updates. We also hope to give mentors and parents an opportunity to pass on skills from GOTR to the youth in your life!
    Here are some conversation starters for talking with kids about these topics – What are some reasons why people bully others? If someone is bullying you by spreading a rumor about you or someone else, what would you do? Have you or any of your friends at school ever experienced bullying? What happened? Who are three adults you could talk to if you were ever being bullied?
    Save the date for the final GOTR community 5K on May 11. The event will start at 3 p.m. at Crescent Harbor Shelter, and the Fun Run will start at 3:30 p.m. Girls on the Run is sponsored  in Sitka by Sitkans Against Family Violence.  Call 747-3370 for more information.

    BIHA to Meet
    Baranof Island Housing Authority Board of Commissioners will meet 5 p.m. April 14 at 245 Katlian Street. The public is welcome to attend.

    Planned Power
    Outage Thursday
    The city electric department has planned a power outage for some areas from midnight Thursday to 6 a.m. Friday to install a new 75-foot transmission pole, switches and hardware to connect a new Solar Titan 130 turbine generator to the 69kV transmission line at the Jarvis Street substation.
    All customers past 3600 Halibut Point Road and 1500 Sawmill Creek Road will be out of power.
    Remaining customers may have their power turned off, depending on the overall system load prior to the outage, the city said..
    Work must be completed with the 69kV transmission line de-energized to ensure crew safety and to finish the work in the shortest time possible, the city said. It will also limit the amount of power available on the system.
    The Marine Street Distribution Substation will be de-energized during the outage.
    ‘‘We urgently request all customers to take maximum conservation measures to allow the greatest number of customers to receive limited power from the Jarvis Street distribution substation during the outage,’’ the city said in a press release. ‘‘The more each of us conserve, the more customers we can keep in service. We apologize for any inconvenience this outage may incur and will restore service as quickly as possible.’’
    Call the electric department at 747-4000 for further information.

    School Board,
    Assembly Meet
    The Sitka School Board will meet with the city Assembly 6 p.m. April 10 at Centennial Hall. They will be holding a joint work session on the Sitka School District budget.

    Climbing Wall
    Hours Offered
    Climbing wall hours at the Hames  Center are 4:30-6:30 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays. Organizers said that weekend hours will return in the fall.
    All ages are welcome. For more information go to or call 747-5080.

    Rummage Sale Set
    At Pioneers Home
    The Pioneers Home will have a rummage sale 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. -noon Saturday in the recreation kitchen, located in the basement.

    Easter Cookie
    Sale April 12
    Fifth-grade students in the 4H Sweet Treats Baking Club will sell baskets of their homemade and decorated Easter cookies at AC Lakeside 12:30-4 p.m., or until sold out, on Saturday.
    Proceeds will be used to buy ingredients for future cooking projects.
    For more information call Amy Sweeney at 623-0410.

    Garage, Bake Sale
    For Mission Set
    A garage and bake sale will be held 9 a.m.-noon April 26 at the Sitka Christian Center, 502 Hirst Street, for Kyla Inness. who will be attending Gospel for Asia’s School of Discipleship in August.
    Inness will eventually serve as a home-team missionary at the Texas headquarters.
    GFA is a non-profit Christian organization. More information on the organization is at
    Those who have items to donate may call Inness at 232-5725 or Mary Stevens, 920-240-6765. Drop-offs and pick-ups are available April 21-25 only.

    Little League
    Clinics Offered
    A rules clinic will be held 1-4 p.m. April 13 at Blatchley Middle School. All Little League baseball and softball managers, coaches and umpires are being expected to attend.
    Immediately following will be an umpire mechanics clinic, 4-6 p.m. Umpires are being expected to attend; managers and coaches are encouraged.
    For more information call Steve at 738-7267.

    Call Given For
    Most Endangered
    Historic Properties
    The Alaska Association for Historic Preservation is giving a call for nominations for Alaska’s Ten Most Endangered Historic Properties for 2014.
    AAHP has been identifying the endangered properties since 1991. The nominations are submitted by individuals and organizations throughout Alaska. The deadline for nominations to this year’s list is April 30.
    The list is announced each spring, in conjunction with National Historic Preservation Week. The program is intended to bring public awareness to Alaska’s threatened historic properties.
    ‘‘Heightened awareness often leads to increased support for the conservation of endangered historic properties, which are assets important to tourism, economic development, and the cultural heritage of Alaska,’’ AAHP said.
     Historic properties on the list are eligible to apply for a matching grant through AAHP’s Ten Most Endangered Grant Program, which funds hands-on preservation work on endangered properties and serves as seed money to leverage funding from other sources.
    Applications and more information can be found at



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-20)

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 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 59

Total statewide – 3,394

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (12 resident; 5 non-resident) *

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

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 136.

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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March 23, 2020



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August 2000

The School Board Tuesday discussed district policy on head lice. At present, students found to have head lice are kept from school until all lice are removed. The revised policy allows students who have nits to remain in school, with information on treatment and a nit-removing comb to be sent home with them.

August 1970

Legal notice: Sealed bids will be received ... for furnishing and installation of siding on the City
Garage, located on Halibut Point Road. ... City of Sitka, Alaska Fermin Gutierrez, Director of Public Works.