INTERVIEW INTRO – Betty Richter, a Sitka High English teacher, uses a microphone to address representatives from 20 local businesses sitting at tables in the Sitka High School commons Wednesday morning as students from two English classes wait in the background to be interviewed by them. This is the second year for the mock interview program Richter organized to get students ready for life after high school. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 15, 2015 Community Happenings

Free Admission

At SJ Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum announce it will offer free admission to visitors in observance of Sheldon Jackson’s birthday Monday, May 18. 

The summer hours at the museum are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum is closed holidays year-round. Summer general admission is $5 and free for those 18 and under or members of either the Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum or Friends of the Alaska State Museum.  

Contact the museum for more information at 747-8981. 



Tribal Council

Meets May 20

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi. The Tribal Council will have a work session with representatives of Baranof Island Housing Authority at 6 p.m. to review the FY 2016 Indian Housing Plan.

For information, contact Kathy Hope Erickson, 747-7352.



Roller Derby

Set for May 20

Those who have thought about joining roller derby are invited to meet with the Sitka Sound Slayers.

Skaters, refs, non-skating officials and volunteers are being recruited 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 20, at the Bayview Pub.


Touch Tanks

Head to BIBCo

The Sitka Sound Science Center touch tanks are heading to Baranof Island Brewing Company 5-6:30 p.m. Monday, May 18. Visiting scientist Melissa Reese and some intertidal critters will be on hand.

Reese will be working with first-grade students throughout the week as a part of the science center’s Scientists in the Schools program. For more information, check out the website at


ANB to Meet

The Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 will meet 7 p.m. Monday, May 18, at the ANB Founders Hall.

Requests for use of the hall will be heard. It will be the last meeting before the board adjourns for the summer. For information call 752-0654.


Music in Poetry

Concert June 7

Kettleson Memorial Library will host “Music in Poetry: Where Words and Music Meet,” a free concert by Primal Mates, a chamber jazz duo from Portland, Oregon, 4 p.m. Sunday, June 7.

Featuring Chris Lee on vibes and percussion and Colleen O’Brien’s voice and cello work, the concert will be devoted to a melding of literature and sound, with poems that have been set to music, music that has been set to poems, and music by some well-known writers who were also accomplished composers.

For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Mariners Alerted to

Invasive Turnicate

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game is requesting that all vessels avoid Whiting Harbor because of the invasive species Didemnum vexillum which is present.

The invasive tunicate can easily be spread to new locations outside of Whiting Harbor by attaching to anchors, lines, hulls and any hard substrate that it comes into contact with. ADF&G said.

Fish and Game will be working in Whiting Harbor this summer to investigate methods to cause mortality to the marine invasive species



At SHS Gym

Sitka High School will hold its 85th annual commencement exercises 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 26, at the Sitka High gym. 

Seniors are to gather for a class photo before the ceremony at 6:15 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and will line up at 6:45 p.m. outside the gym doors in preparation for their entrance. 

Parking will be limited and seating in the gym will be on a first-come basis starting at 6 p.m. Contact Sitka High School at 747-3263 with questions.  


Special Service

For Sitka Lutheran

Sitka Lutheran Church will hold a special commemorative service celebrating the 175th anniversary of the founding of the congregation 10 a.m. Sunday, May 17, at Totem Square.

The public is invited to attend.



Set for SHS

The Baccalaureate ceremony for the Sitka High Class of 2015 will be held 7 p.m. Monday, May 25, at St. Peter’s  by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 611 Lincoln Street.

Contact organizer Chris Voron at 738-8299 with any questions.


SSSRA Fisheries

Scholarship sgiven

Four UAS fisheries technology students graduated May 1 with help from scholarship from the Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

In January, the SSRAA board of directors indicated interest in supporting the program with hopes that graduates might enhance the future fisheries workforce. As a result, the fish tech faculty created a Program Completion Scholarship aimed at fish tech students.

 “While this scholarship was meant to financially assist students in completing their programs, it’s nice to be able to reward students who have invested in their education, completed most of their coursework and are ready to move into fisheries fields,” Reid Brewer, fish tech program manager, said.

At the recent UAS Sitka graduation ceremony, Miranda Green, Madalyn Campbell and Richard Shafran received an AAS in fisheries technology and Dale Wainscott received an occupational endorsement in Alaska salmon enhancement. The students were able to meet their educational goals in part because of the scholarships. 

The mission of SSRAA is to enhance and rehabilitate salmon production in southern Southeast Alaska.

SSRAA has projects at Burnett Inlet, Crystal Lake, Deer Mountain, Neck Lake, Neets Bay, Whitman Lake and several remote camps. Bret Hiatt, the operations manager for SSRAA said “each of our facilities requires employees that understand salmon enhancement and can operate somewhat independently.” 

The UAS fish tech program offers students an introductory education in fisheries management and Alaska salmon enhancement that may well serve the needs of private non-profit organizations such as SSRAA by providing the next generation of fisheries employees, Brewer said.

‘‘The partnership between the SSRAA and fish tech is a great example of how academics and industry can work together for the future of Alaska,’’ he said.


Class Dismissed

The last day of school for all students is Wednesday, May 27. Students will be dismissed as follows: first grade, noon; kindergarten, 12:15 p.m.; second through fifth grades, 12:30 p.m.; sixth through eighth grades, 1:15 p.m.; and ninth through 12th, 1:20 p.m.

No lunches will be served. Parents should contact the schools with qestions. 


Card of Thanks

There are no simple words to express our heartfelt thanks for the sympathy you have extended toward our family during this time of loss for our Mom, Frances J. Widmark Sr.

We would like to thank Major Terrance Wright of the Sitka Salvation Army for performing our Mom’s memorial services.

The Sitka American Legion Auxiliary Unit 13 for performing the graveside services and presenting Mom with a poppy wreath which was a request our Mom wanted. For providing patriotic table decorations and poppy corsages for the family and desserts for the luncheon.

The Sitka Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 for hosting a luncheon in honor of our Mom and performing services.

The Sitka Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 for the use of the ANB Founders Hall.

Sitka Tribe of Alaska for printing our memorial programs for memorial services.

To the many people who donated money, flowers or airfare miles so the family could be there for Mom’s final journey as Fran Sr. called it.

If we forgot to mention anyone please accept our apologies.

Sally J. Gregory

Stephanie Edenshaw & Family

Clifford Edenshaw & Family

Frances Widmark Jr &

 Tracy Shaffer

Lorraine Chartrand & Family

Georgina Kitka & Family

Woody Widmark & Family


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