GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 15, 2015 Community Happenings

Invasive Plants

Topic of Talks

The Tongass National Forest is in the early stages of developing an invasive plant management plan for the northern units on the forest including Admiralty National Monument, and Hoonah, Juneau, Sitka and Yakutat Ranger Districts.

Project coordinators will be meeting in five communities within the units to talk about the invasive plants in each area, as well as possible treatments.

In Sitka, the open house will be 4-7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 23, at Centennial Hall.

Coordinators are interested in hearing the public’s thoughts, ideas and concerns and known locations of invasive plants.

For more information contact Brad Krieckhaus or Anne Marie LaPalme, at 747-6671.


JKT to Hold

Office Hours

State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will hold public office hours in Sitka on Monday, July 20.

He will be at the Backdoor Cafe from 9 to 10 a.m. and at the Highliner from 11 a.m. to noon.

All are invited to stop by to share any thoughts, ideas or concerns. No appointment is necessary. Those with questions or unable to make it to office hours can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the Representative’s Sitka office at 747-4665.


Open House for

Sitka Fellows

An ice cream social to welcome the six Sitka Fellows to Sitka will be 2-3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 19, at the Island Institute’s backyard at 304 Baranof Street. If it rains, it will be held inside. The public is invited.

The fellows are a visual artist, a graphic novelist, a composer, an oral historian, a fiction writer, and a political thinker. They will be living in Sitka for seven weeks, working on projects and offering community workshops. The program is sponsored by the Island Institute and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.


Props Needed for

Upcoming Play

Props are needed for the upcoming  musical production of ‘‘Beauty and the Beast.’’

The directors are asking if Sitkans have any of the following items to loan or donate before they set about the task of creating purchasing them.

Needed are: antlers, two baby dolls, banquet chairs, banquet table, beer steins, feather boa, bowls, candles (long, thin), chairs/table, bolts of cloth, giant clock crank (maybe a boat winch?), ‘‘dog-legged clencher” tool, duck, flower pot, baker’s tray, metal serving tray, glass dome, gunnysack, knife, liquor bottle, wingback chair, menus, torches, pitchforks, mop, shepherd’s crook, soup bowls, spitoon, tea cart, any fake food (grapes, cheese, bread, eggs, especially).

Props are needed by Saturday, July 18. Staff can be found in the Sitka Fine Arts Camp counseling office 1-5:30 p.m. on that day. Call 747-1419 any time with questions and leave a message.


New Arrivals

Baby Girl Souza

Mya Ethel Souza was born 2:47 a.m. July 12, 2015, at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

At birth, the infant weighed 9 pounds, 9 ounces, and was 21 inches long.

Parents are Michael Souza and Paula Barnes of Sitka. The father is employed at CBC Construction. The mother dances with the Naa Kahidi Dancers.

Mya joins two sisters, Sarah and Lila.


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