FAREWELLS – TOP: Staff and faculty of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School wave to students and families as they drive by in the school parking lot this morning during a "reverse parade." Today was the final day of school in the district. ABOVE: Also today, Blatchley Middle School held a Rites of Passage ceremony in the parking lot. Principal Ben White hands out certificates to eighth-graders who will be attending high school in the fall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 30, 2015 Community Happenings

Functional Movement

Screenings on Tap

Those who are active, pain-free and interested in learning about their body’s asymmetries can schedule a free appointment for a functional movement screening with Gio Villaneuva, SEARHC PT, DPT and ACT by calling 966-8576 

Silver Saver card holders have priority, followed by Hames Center members. For more information go to www.hamescenter.org or call 747-5080.


Andy Benton Gets

Bachelor’s Degree

Andy Benton, Sitka High School graduate,  received his bachelor of science degree in worship and music studies: pastoral leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 9. 

He is currently attending Liberty University School of Divinity on scholarship and pursuing a master of divinity in pastoral ministries.


CORE Session


Community Schools next CORE class session will be July 2-Aug. 27. No classes will be held  July 9 or 14.

A total of 15 classes will be held 5:15-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Baranof Elementary gym.

Cost for the session is $75.

To register call Community Schools

at 747-8670.


National Park Sets

Presentation on

Tlingit Place Names

Sitka National Historical Park will offer an evening program 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2,  in the visitor center theater, by Felipe Vasquez, graduate student at the University of Kent, England.

Vasquez will present “Names on the Land,” a lecture on Tlingit place names in Southeast.

Vasquez is studying data compiled by Dr. Thornton in the award-winning book ‘‘Haa Leelk’w Has Aanii Saax’u: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,’’ published by Sealaska Heritage Institute in association with the University of Washington Press. 


STW to Lead Hike

Sitka Trail Works will lead a hike around Beaver Lake starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 5

Participants should meet at the Herring Cove Trailhead.

The hike has a moderate amount of stone steps and a touring pole is recommended to help stability and lessen impact on knee joints. The trail travels through old spruce, past three waterfalls and around the lake. Total distance is three miles and the hike is rated moderate.

Sitka Trail Works offers guided hikes on the Sitka road system to the public at no charge as part of the mission to develop maintain and promote the Sitka Trail system. The hikes offer an opportunity to learn about the Sitka Trail system, hike safely with a group and meet new people. For more information call 747-7244


Card of Thanks

Thank you to the family and friends of Agripina Rivera for being there with her through her end-of-life journey. She left this world at peace surrounded by the love and support she always cherished.

Agripina’s family is very grateful for the care that the Sitka Community Hospital staff provided throughout her illness, especially to Dr. Hunter for the care he provided to her over the years.

Thank you to all the individuals who contributed to the potluck and ceremony, especially to brother Cuff Blakeley for the kind eulogy.

Lastly, thank you for the flowers, donations and for attending the celebration of Agripina’s beautiful life.

The Rivera family


Library Sets

New Hours

Beginning Monday, July 6, Kettleson Memorial Library will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 -6 p.m. on Sunday. 

The change reflects the 8-hour reduction in operating hours as part of the cost cutting measures for the City and Borough of Sitka, that were recently approved by the Assembly. 

As always, many library services will remain available online from the library website, http://www.cityofsitka.com/government/departments/library/index.html,  when the building is closed. 

For further information, contact Robb Farmer at (907) 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Farmers Market

Seasons to Begin

Sitka Farmers Markets – six total this summer – are set 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Saturdays July 4, 18, Aug. 1, 15, 29 and Sept. 12 at the ANB Founders Hall.

Markets feature local seafood (including fresh, frozen and ready to eat), locally grown and harvested fruits and vegetables, baked goods, locally made jams and jellies, live entertainment and music, local arts and crafts, and other items gathered or made in Sitka.

WIC coupons and Alaska Quest EBT for SNAP (food stamps) are accepted.

For more information about the market and how to be a vendor, contact Sitka Farmers Market Manager Debe Brincefield at 738-8683 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vendor rules, registration forms and other info for potential vendors can be found on the Documents page at http://www.sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org/.




Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-22-20)

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 11:00 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 2

Total statewide – 404

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 44, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



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