RIGGING IN THE RAIN – Spencer Severson works on trolling gear this afternoon aboard his sailboat, the F/V Dryas, in ANB Harbor. The Sitka Sound commercial spring troll season opened June 16. The Alaska Department of Fish and Game announced today that the Sitka Sound fishery has been extended and will now close at 11:59 p.m. June 21. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 2, 2015 Community Happenings

SCVB Board Meets

Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors will meet 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Contact the SCVB office for more information at 747-5940 or email to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Museum Closure

Sheldon Jackson Museum will be closed July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

Summer hours of 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily resume July 5.


Sherman Strain

Services July 31

Services for Sherman Max Strain, 81, will be 1 p.m. July 31 at the National Cemetery.

The longtime Sitka resident died June 13 at the Sitka Pioneers Home. 


Eagle Release

Set for Saturday

The Alaska Raptor Center will release a bald eagle 10 a.m. Saturday, July 4, at the center.

ARC reminds the public that pets are not allowed anywhere on the property. Individuals are to stay on the boardwalk to help protect the muskeg.

The event is free and open to the public. 


Friends Invited

To Remember

Dana Anderson

Dana L. Anderson passed away at his home in Snohomish, Wash., on Feb. 10, after an eight-year battle with dementia. He was 66.

A celebration of his life will be held 6 p.m. July 8 at the Pioneer Bar. All of his friends are invited to attend.

Dana was born Nov. 3, 1948, in Everett, Wash., and grew up there. He served in the U.S. Army in Korea in 1968 and was a true patriot and staunch conservative.

He married Rita Rice in 1973 in Everett, and started Dana’s Transmission Service. In 1977 their first child, Alison, was born, followed by a son, Greg, in 1980.

Dana was a true Man’s Man, who could do anything he set his mind to. In 1986 he decided he wanted to go commercial fishing in Alaska. He bought a boat and loaded up his family and away they went, fishing summers.

He bought Apple Island in Sitka, and operated a successful fishing lodge there for 17 years – guiding fishing trips proved to be his true life’s passion. Later, the Andersons had a house on Galankin Island, and continued fishing here summers and returning to Snohomish for the rest of the year.

Dana lived a great life, doing all the things he loved – hunting, fishing, collecting antique cars and hanging with his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his loving wife of 42 years Rita; daughter, Alison Anderson, Snohomish; son, Greg (Jenny) Anderson of Lake Stevens; grandchildren Kellen, Kayla, Cylar and Reagan; sister, Diane (Dan); and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Mae and Lionel, and sister, Dolores.

His family thanked all for the support. “Dana, we lost you way too soon, but know you are now in a better place,” his family wrote.



Author to Read

Author and Sitka Fine Arts Camp faculty member Amy Butcher will read from her recently published Penguin Random House book “Visiting Hours: A Memoir of Friendship and Murder,” 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 7, at Old Harbor Books.



Park Board Meets

The State Parks Board will meet 7:30 a.m. July 14 at Centennial Hall. The public is welcome.


Ads Sought for

USCG Directory

The Coast Guard Spouses’ and Women’s Association of Sitka is working on its 2015-2016 club directories and is seeking ads from businesses.

Directories are provided to each member. Advertisements run from September 2015 through May 2016 in the directory, monthly newsletter and on the website.

For submission details, contact Panya Hutton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (216) 659-3874.

Deadline for submission is Sept. 4.


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