PRE-FLIGHT – Hawlet Cohen, 11, warms up at the Sitka Cirque studio as gymnasts stretch in the background Wednesday. Students from Sitka Cirque and the Sitka Gymnastics Academy will present a joint show 3 p.m. Saturday at the 207 Smith Street studio. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

January 20, 2015 Community Happenings

KGH ELA to Meet

The Keet Gooshi Heen English Language Arts Committee will meet to review curriculum on the KGH stage 1 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 21.

The public is invited to attend. For more information call 747-8395.


 Health Insurance

Presentation On

SEARHC is hosting a presentation and partnering with UAS-Sitka Campus to provide group enrollments for the Affordable Care Act, Health Insurance Marketplace, which ends Feb. 15.

The next presentation will be noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the Kettleson Memorial Library at 831 Lincoln Street. It will include information about the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace and explain who is eligible, how to qualify for lower-cost health coverage, and how to enroll. Signing up for insurance now will ensure coverage starts March 1.

That eventing, a group enrollment event will take place at UAS in the Student Success Center from 6-8pm. Trained staff will assist with creating accounts, adding required information, understanding eligibility for financial assistance, and explaining insurance options and enrollment. Those who refer free individual assistance can call SEARHC, a certified application counselor agency, at 966-8662 or 966-8883 to set up an appointment. This is a free service for everyone.

“Group enrollments are a great way to get your questions answered as you work your way through the website,” said Andrea Thomas, outreach and enrollment manager for SEARHC. “Now is the time to take care of your health insurance before enrollment ends on February 15th.”

Anyone attending the group enrollment events must take the following information: email address, household income information, dates of birth and Social Security numbers for all family members needing insurance, and immigration documents, if applicable.

People who were enrolled in the Marketplace in 2014 received notices that their insurance premiums have increased. In order to receive the lowest price available, it is important to call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 and provide 2015 income information, even if it has stayed the same. Tax credits will be increased and monthly cost will be lower.

Three ways to apply for health coverage on the Health Insurance Marketplace are offered – get individual assistance with SEARHC, call the Marketplace’s toll-free 24-hour line at 1-800-318-2596 to enroll over the phone, or go to and enroll online.

For more information, call Andrea Thomas at 966-8883 or Allison McIntyre at 966-8662.



Alaska Day Festival

Panel Meets Tonight

Coordinators for Sitka’s mid-October community Alaska Day Festival will meet at 6:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 20, at Centennial Hall.

On the agenda are election of trustees and proposals for a theme which might focus on an organization, activity, anniversary, or tradition important in Sitka’s heritage.

The Alaska Day Committee will meet each following third Tuesday of the month. Persons having comments about activities or new volunteers are invited to attend meetings or contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124. 


ANS to Meet

The Alaska Native Sisterhood will meet 6:30 p.m. tonight, Jan. 20, at the ANB Founders Hall. All are being encouraged to attend.


Heat Pump

$750 Rebates

Offered by City

The City of Sitka electric department is offering homeowners a rebate of $750 toward purchasing a heat pump to more efficiently heat their home.

The city said that rebates are going fast, with only 25 still available as of mid-January. It doesn’t matter what the home’s heat source has been, or if more than one heat source ultimately heats the house.

The objective is to encourage efficient home heating, and wise use of Sitka’s electric power resources. Over the course of any given year, for maintenance or repairs, Sitka must burn some diesel instead of using only hydropower, so finding ways to heat more efficiently is something that saves all rate payers money.

Heat Pump Rebate applications are in the lobby at City Hall, at Kettleson Memorial Library, and at the 105 Jarvis Street Electric Department office. Call Carole at 747-1897 to learn more.



Chamber to Meet

Jeff Budd, program director of the Greater Sitka Arts Council, will update the community on current and future happenings at the noon Wednesday Chamber of Commerce luncheon at Westmark Sitka.

Doors will open at 11:30 a.m. and the program will begin promptly at noon. For more information, call the Sitka Chamber office at 747-8604. Visit the website at for a calendar of events and upcoming lunches.


School Board Tonight

Sitka School Board will hold a work session to discuss activities and funding 7 p.m. tonight at the Sitka High library.

The public is encouraged to attend.


Renewable Energy

Topic of Sitka Talk

Renewable energy in Sitka will be the topic of a panel discussion 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21, at Centennial Hall.

Topics will be how much power the wind generator or solar panels have made over the last several years; what has worked well and what hasn’t; what renewable energy right for the situation; and what is the latest on Blue Lake Dam.

Solar, wind, and hydroelectric renewable energy in Sitka will be discussed.

Matt Hunter, Michelle Putz, Scott Brylinsky and the City of Sitka will give updates and answer questions on local power production, problems, costs, and what’s next for Sitka. Those with questions can call Michelle at 747-2708 or check out


Sacred Harp Sing

Slated for Sunday


The fourth Sunday Sitka sacred harp sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. Beginners and listeners are welcome. For more information call 738-2089.

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