EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 9, 2015 Community Happenings

Retirement Party

For Jane Eidler

The public is invited to celebrate Jane Eidler’s retirement and 30-plus years of swimming instruction, lifeguarding, teaching, coaching and pool management 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 21, at the pool.

Turkey dogs, veggie burgers and fruit will be served at the pool party.


Tribal Council Meets

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The meeting is open to the public, and includes an invitation for public comment on issues of concern under “Tribal Citizens to be Heard.”

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


Reception, Talk

For Local Authors

Old Harbor Books will host a reception and talk with local authors/photographers Larisa and Ernest Manewal to present their new book, “Southeast Alaska: A Photographic Passage,” 6-8 Tuesday, July 7.


Seafood Festival

Seeks Volunteers

The 6th annual Sitka Seafood Festival is scheduled for Aug. 6-9. 

The festival is seeking volunteers to help prior, during and after the festival including kitchen, banquet, parade, contests, games, Highland Games, booths, tent set-up and take down, stage hands for bands and cooking demos,  and more.

Individuals may contact Alicia at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . More information on the festival is at




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