INTENSIVE – Professional dancer Adam McKinney formerly with Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and choreographer Sarah Ashkin lead a rehearsal of an upcoming Summer Dance Intensive production Thursday in Allen Hall. Students will dance a 25-minute program Saturday 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center. A five dollar donation is suggested at the door. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 19, 2015 Community Happenings

Library Resumes

Business Hours

Kettleson Memorial Library technology upgrades moved faster than anticipated, and is now part of Alaska’s Joint Library Consortium.

The move allows Sitka’s library patrons to check out materials from more than 20 Alaskan libraries. Those materials, as well full list of consortium libraries, can be found on the new electronic catalog accessible from the Kettleson website.

As things continue to be implemented, the library is open today until 5 p.m., with regular hours resuming on Saturday, June 20.

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


Kettleson Library

To Adjust Policies

Kettleson Memorial Library will be adjusting policies in conjunction with joining the Alaska’s Joint Library Consortium.

Patrons with regular accounts in good standing will now be allowed to check out up to a total of 50 items. Video checkouts will be limited to 10 titles at one time.

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. .


Sitka National Historical Park to Host T-Shirt Signing with Artist

Sitka National Historical Park will host a T-shirt signing and discussion with the creator of this year’s winning T-shirt design, Robert Davis Hoffmann, 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center.

Hoffmann is a designer, woodcarver and painter, from Kake. He began his education in Tlingit design by watching his father carve, and uses his designs to cover both traditional and modern themes. Of this year’s design, Hoffmann says: 

“The (park) wanted a design that could be associated with the park, and what immediately came to mind was the historical significance of Indian River, in particular the salmon spawning that many visitors delight in on the famous park walk along the Totem Trail,’’ Hoffmann said.

He said the design shows a salmon spawning, and the traditional design form used for the eggs easily represented embryo stages. The tails and fins floating separately represent salmon that have spawned and their deteriorating bodies return to the estuaries and the life cycles.

The geometric ‘‘dividers’’ on top and bottom represent the riverbed and the water surface – the divisions between “worlds,” he said.

The T-shirts, which were produced in conjunction with the park’s cooperating association, Alaska Geographic, range in size from S to XXXL, and are available for purchase at the visitor center. Sizes S-XL cost $19.95. Sizes XXL and XXXL cost $24.95. For more information about this event, call the visitor center at 747-0110.



Picnic July 18 

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska community picnic will be held 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on the Baranof Elementary School grounds.

The menu includes picnic and barbecue fare as well as traditional Native food, and guests are being encouraged to tale picnic side dishes to share. Games and races will be held, and the popular fillet contest is back, STA said.

All are invited to take advantage of the free transportation provided through “the RIDE” from many convenient locations throughout Sitka. The schedule for transportation will be posted in town, and available on the STA website:  

This is a no-smoking event open to the community. Those with questions may contact STA staff at 747-3207.



Iowans Volunteer

At Sitka Lutheran

Bob and Barb Ericson, Cedar Falls, Iowa, will coordinate the Sitka Lutheran Church volunteer program in July and August.

They will be helping to explain Sitka Lutheran Church’s 175 years of service to the community.

Bob Ericson is a retired Lutheran pastor who has served congregations in New York, Illinois, Minnesota and Iowa. He has taught at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota, and presently shares preaching and teaching responsibilities with another pastor in Waterloo, Iowa.

Barb Ericson recently retired from nursing. She has taught at Wagner College on Staten Island, N.Y., worked in hospitals, served as a school nurse and as a clinic nurse at the University of Minnesota Pediatric Specialties Clinic. She also has administered several nursing programs.

Both have been involved for 26 years in medical mission work in Jamaica. Barb continues to organize and lead mission teams of about 60 to Jamaica annually. Teams include doctors, dentists, nurses, pharmacists and construction workers on an annual two-week project.

Bob serves as chaplain for the group. They both have been involved in other international projects.

Sitkans and summer visitors are invited to 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship service. A soup supper is 6 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a short prayer service. Messy Church is a special activity-oriented monthly worship experience that features a full meal, activities for the kids and informal worship.

For more information call 747-3338, go to, or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Artist Murray’s

Work at Homeport

Greater Sitka Arts Council will sponsor an exhibition of new work by Sitka artist Cara Murray 5-7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at Homeport Eatery.

Nibbles will be provided. For more information contact Sarah at 747-2787or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Historian to Speak

Via Videoconference

Historian Ross Coen will talk about his new book, “Fu-Go: The Curious History of Japan’s Balloon Bomb Attack on America,” via the Alaska OWL video conferencing network noon Tuesday, June 23, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

Near the end of World War II, Japan launched its fu-go campaign, sending balloon bombs across the Pacific to the west coast of North America. Coen will discuss the history of this little-known episode in U.S. history.

The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Prizes Listed for

Health Survey

The Sitka MAPP Community Health Assessment is asking Sitkans to fill out the ‘‘Sitka Quality of Life’’ survey.

Those who include contact information will be entered into a drawing for a $100 cash prize. The survey will help the assessment team – a group of Sitkans representing a wide range of organizations – craft health improvement priorities that address the community’s needs and concerns.

Follow the link or go to the Sitka MAPP Facebook page: 

For more information, contact Melissa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 738-0462.



SSF Banquet Set

The 6th annual Sitka Seafood Festival will have a line-up of guest chefs, events and the banquet dinner at Allen Hall on Aug. 7. 

Tickets for the dinner go on sale starting July 1, and are available online at

This year ticket-holders can pick seats by looking at the dining map online. Tickets are also available for the VIP cocktail event.




CG Unit to Host

Meet for Trollers,

Charter OperatorsThe Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Detachment in Sitka will host an open forum meeting for people involved in the commercial salmon troller and charter vessel fisheries 7-8 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Centennial Hall.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss conflicts between the two groups that occurred in the vicinity of Cape Edgecumbe last summer. The goal of the meeting is to identify the causes of past problems in an effort to prevent them from occurring in the future, the Coast Guard said.

MSD personnel will facilitate the session and will offer information on regulations governing anchoring, lookouts, and general mariner responsibilities to prevent collisions.

Anyone with questions can contact CWO Mike Wortman, the MSD supervisor, at 966-5454 or Steve Ramp, the commercial fishing vessel examiner at 966-5620.


Nobeltec Tech

Support to Visit

The head tech support staff from Nobletec will be in Sitka next week.

An advanced class is planned 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at NSRAA.

On Wednesday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., will be an open house at Alaska Computer Center.

Nobeltec installation and trouble-shooting will be available by appointment on Thursday and again Friday by calling Terry at 360-969-0780.

Also on Thursday, a beginner’s class will be 5:30 p.m. at NSRAA 

Classes and appointments are open to all. Call the ALFA office, 747-3400,  with questions. 



SITKA High Honor Roll

Sitka High School has released its honor roll and high honor roll listings for spring semester.

The students listed on the high honor roll, earning a 3.50-4.00 grade point average, are:


Hadley Andersen, Tatum Bayne, Marlis Boord, Nerissa Calsada, Brandon Carlos, Zofia Danielson, Damian Dumag, Laura Everson, Emma Falvey, Camila Gomez Duclos, Camryn Grant, Madison Kranz, Whitney McArthur, Jackson McGraw, Ayla McNeilley, Skylar Moore, Nica Nason, Ashlyn Nutting, Coral Papoi, Kincaid Parsons, Cyleena Pellett, Katherine Stager, Athina Sturm, Brooklyn Sudnikovich-Eddy, Paula Veshti, Kyle Vidad, Kaillie VonScheerschmidt, Madison Webb, Ariadne Will, Emily Young and Sable Zellhuber.


Colin Baciocco, Curt Bartlett, Maliyah Bilyeu, Ellie Bone, Jessica Cariaga, Megan Christner, Emma Combs, Michael Contenido, Joanna Davis, Odalys Esparza, Harry Hartzog, Katherine Holmgren, Alexandra Kirby, Jesse Lantiegne, Makayla Murphy, Erika Seehafer, Ky Stockel, Caleb Suarez, Rcel Dorthy Subillaga, Tabitha Sutton, James Swedeen and Ali Venneberg.


Daniela Artiomov, Michael Bekeris, Hailey Denkinger, Mitchell Edwards, Addie Fowler, Brady Harang, Mariyah Harrell, Erin Iwamoto, Amina Kudzieva, Walter Palof, Ava Parrish, William Pate, Danika Weaver, Kaysia Whitmill, Mackenzie Whitson and Jordan Zellhuber.


Jessica Barnes, Michael Boose, Joy Davis, Kaya Duguay, Elle Gray, Carley Hansen, Kalene Koelling, Klementina Mato, Evan McArthur, Kathryn Morse, Tad Nelson, Sidney Riggs, Trevor Schoening, Brianna Schulz, Tristan Van Cise and Sage Widmier.


Students who earned placement on the honor roll, with a 3.00-3.49 grade point average, include the following.


Mariah Arthur, Cody Bergman,  Michele Borcy,  Sarah Carlson,  Damien Clark, Sophia Eastham, Elias Erickson,  Hattie Fradette, Mason Hilleren, Bennet Holmgren, Michael Middleton, Lillian Morgan, Alexander Parrish, Ethan Pike, Madeline Quealey, David Robinson,  Karina Sibayan,  Charity Wayne and Alexander Winger.


Dayton Cropper, Timothy Downing, Lois Ann Garcia, Joshua Goeden, Samuell Holder, Zosha Krupa, Justin Leal, Chase Markegard, Julia Middleton, Angelo Molina, Kate Nedens, Isaac Pike, Dillon Quealey, Maya Reda-Williams, Amanda Roe, Andrew Rule, Payton Russell, Conner Unger, Mar Jovani Vidad, Jimmy Villanueva, Jack Weaver and David Wilcox.


Dakota Bauder, Jeremy Boose, Victoria Compton, Angelika De Leon, Kariel Galbraith, Miguel Garcia, Josie Johnson, Gianna McKenzie, Kashfia Nahreen, Lea Ramil, Linus Russell, Shelby Schmitt, Jericho Villanueva and Rebecca Wamack.


Naquoia Bautista, Gabriella Cagle, Liam Carbillon, Valerie Chinalski, Alexander Corak, Ahna Cushing, Emily Dahlquist, Vincent David, Joseph Emis, Owen Fulton, Lillian Gillaspey, Cristhian Hernandez, Jonathan Jensen, Celia Lubin, Justice Lysons, Safaya Mann, Kaytlin Mead, Mark Partido, Jack Petersen, Maraelia Romine, Leonardo Solovyov, Blayne Vilandre, Alison Wood, Kyla Young and Alora Zellhuber.



Activities Slated

At National Park

Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.

The week’s activities include:

–Sunday, 2 p.m. Totem Walk and 3 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

–Monday, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Totem Walks, 2:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk. 

–Tuesday, 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

–Wednesday, 9 a.m. Totem Walk, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour, 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talks.

–Thursday, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour, noon  Totem Walk, 2:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

–Friday, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour and 2:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

–Saturday, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Totem Walks, 2:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

The Russian-American History Walking Tour leaves from the Russian Bishop’s House. All other ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Lincoln Street.

For more information call the visitor center at 747-0110.


‘Tracing Roots’

Screening July 1

The public is invited to take brown bag lunches to a screening of ‘‘Tracing Roots: A Weaver’s Journey’’ noon-1 p.m. July 1 in the Pioneers Home Chapel.

Delores Churchill and the filmmaker Ellen Frankenstein will be on hand to talk after the screening. The 35-minute film travels with Delores across borders and communities on a heartfelt journey to uncover the history and meaning of the woven spruce root hat found with Kwäday Dän Ts’ìnchi, also known as the Long Ago Person Found, in a retreating glacier in Northern Canada.

For more information, call 917-655-6542 and go to


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