OPENING SPLASH – Chaix Mooney shoots out of the water slide at the Mt. Edgecumbe Aquatic Facility Wednesday night. The pool was officially opened to the public Wednesday with an open swim. Scheduled public openings are lap swims on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 a.m.; and open swims 5-8 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The pool has an eight-yard lap pool attached to a walk-in therapy area and diving well. Other features include a climbing wall, dual diving boards and a water slide. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 22, 2015 Community Happening

White E Closure

The White Elephant Shop will be closed Monday for Memorial Day. The store will reopen on Wednesday, May 27, for a special opening from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and regular times, noon-3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday.


Harp Sing Set

The fourth Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is 3:30-5 p.m. May 24 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.

Beginners and listeners are being encouraged to attend. Call 738-2089 for more information.


SCORE to Register

The Summer Camping Outdoor Recreation Education program for ages 8-14, through Sitka Community Schools, is taking registrations.

Activities include hands-on projects, working on local trails, hikes, field work and end-of-the-year camping trip and pool party.

The program runs June 1-July 30, 9:30 a.m.-noon Monday through Thursday at Blatchley Middle School.



Invasive Tunicate

Topic of Meeting

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be working  with Smithsonian Environmental Research Center staff to begin investigating feasibility of controlling the invasive tunicate, Didemnum vexillum, in Whiting Harbor this summer.

A public meeting is scheduled 7 p.m. May 27 at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

For more information, contact Tammy Davis Invasive Species Program, ADF&G, 907-465-6183.


BIKE SAFETY – Doug Osborne, Sitka Community Hospital, and Lauren Havens with the Sitka Live Well Program, demonstrated bike safety to Keet Gooshi Heen students in Mr. Peterson’s fourth grade class recently. The goal of presenting was to promote bike safety and wellness in the community. May 28 is Bike to School Day in Sitka and Saturday, May 29, is the Community Bike Ride. For more information contact Doug Osborne, director of heath promotion at Sitka Community Hospital, 747-0373. (Photo by Wendy Fowler)



Formline design progression by Mark Sixbey.


Silver Bracelet by Dave Galanin – created with NW Coast traditional engraving techniques.


NW Coast Arts, Language

Classes to be Held at UAS 

UAS-Sitka Campus is offering a full schedule of Northwest Coast Arts and Language classes this summer.

Courses are in most cases in a concentrated workshop format and of special interest to high school students for college credit.

‘‘NW Coast Wood Carving’’ with Tommy Joseph got under way this week, but it’s not too late to join the class. Art 282/382/482 lets students learn by doing, as they make their own creations under Joseph’s guidance. He is a student – and master – of ancient Tlingit totems, formline design, boats, war masks, and Tlingit culture. The class meets 6-9 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 8 at Raindance Studio.

Starting June 9, Mark Sixbey will teach the art of Northwest Coast Design. Art 181 ‘‘Beginning NW Coast Design’’ is an opportunity for non-Native and Native Alaskans to learn basic elements of traditional NW Coast Design, and the thinking behind those design principles. Students will work with ovoids, u–shapes, and formlines to develop traditional and contemporary designs of their own creation. Methods for transferring designs to other media, such as wood or cloth, will also be covered. The class will meet 4:30-7 p.m.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 9-25, at  UAS.

World-famous Haida basket weaver Delores Churchill will return to UAS June 22 to share her skills and experience. Art 282/382/482 ‘‘NW Coast Basketry’’ will custom-tailor the instruction to the student’s previous skill level. The goal for each student will be to complete an entire project during the allotted time – every weeknight 6-9 p.m., June 22 through July 1, plus 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, June 27. Students will work at their own pace on a project of their choosing, such as a hat or basket. Weaving materials are available from Churchill for a fee.  

‘‘NW Coast Engraving,’’ Art 280/380/480, June 30-July 21 with local artist Dave Galanin, will teach engraving at whatever skill level students have already attained. Each Tuesday and Thursday evening, 6-9 p.m., Galanin will offer his mastery of silver carving techniques. Students will learn to design their own artwork, make engravers and select proper tool angles. They will also discover the principles of carving and engraving formline designs – and practice by engraving their own copper project. Galanin also will  offer a history of carving in NW Coast Native Art.

Instructor Roby Littlefield will teach Alaskan Languages AKL103 ‘‘Introductory Tlingit.’’ She will offer her knowledge of Native Alaskan expressions and insights 4-5 p.m. Mondays, June 29-Aug. 15. The hybrid class can be attended in person or via the internet. The class will be web-delivered via audio or in Room 218 at UAS.

The full lineup of Northwest Coast Arts offerings this summer will be followed this fall by a Ravenstail weaving class taught by Teri Rofkar.

“These NW Coast Classes are offered as part of the UAS commitment to the preservation and expansion of Native Alaskan culture and heritage throughout Southeast Alaska and beyond,” said assistant professor Liz Zacher,

For more information contact Denise Blankenship, UAS at 747-7714 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the UAS switchboard at 747-7700 for information about signing up for any of the classes.


STA Closure

Sitka Tribe of Alaska will close Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day, and will reopen 8 a.m. Tuesday, May 26.


Kayaani to Meet

The Kayaani Commission will hold its annual meeting 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Sheet’ka Kwan Naa Kahidi.

The commission will take nominations for a tribal citizen’s three-year term and a one-year at-large seat. Elections will follow a meal. Attendees are asked to take a side dish to share. For more information contact Kitty Sopow at 747-7167.


Museum Closure

The Sheldon Jackson Museum will be closed on Monday, May 25, in observance of Memorial Day. Summer hours, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, will resume May 26.

General admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Visitors 18 and younger, Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum and those with passes are admitted free.


Fish and Chips 

Sale May 29

American Legion Auxiliary will have a halibut fish and chips sale 11:30 a.m. until sold out on Friday, May 29. The cost is $13 a plate.

All proceeds will go to help Robi Martin as she undergoes surgery.

To-go orders are welcome by calling 747-8629.


Adult Fine Arts

Camp June 7-12

Sitka Fine Arts Camp announces the Adult Camps to run June 7-12.

Classes will be ‘‘Introduction to Mexican Cooking,’’ ‘‘Printmaking,’’ ‘‘Digital Photography’’ and ‘‘Dance.’’ Adults can learn from top instructors. Dates and times vary by class. For more detailed information about classes visit Call Sitka Fine Arts Camp, 747-3085, with questions.


Social Security

Seminar at UAS

To help people prepare for Social Security, UAS-Sitka Campus will host Edward Jones financial advisor Steve Dalquist to teach a workshop on Social Security.

Dalquist will examine how Social Security fits into an individual’s retirement income plan, and when is the best time to start taking benefits. He will also explain taxes and how they may impact benefits. 

The class will be held at 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, May 27. The cost is $19, and spouses may attend for an additional $10.

For more information, contact UAS at 747-7700.


U.S. Forest Service

To Use Gun Range

U.S. Forest Service personnel will be using the Tony Hrebar gun range from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, for annual rifle training.

Forest Service field personnel are required to pass an annual rifle proficiency exercise, insuring that personnel know how to handle rifles safely to protect themselves and others from brown bear attacks.

For more information, contact Jacquie Foss at the Sitka Ranger District, 204 Siginaka Way, or 747-6671.



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