GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 24, 2015 Community Happenings

SAFV Training

For Volunteers

Sitkans Against Family Violence will offer a training to those who want to understand the reasons and dynamics surrounding domestic and sexual violence.

The series of sessions runs 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturdays and 6-9 p.m. Mondays (except Aug. 29 and Sept. 7) at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall at 408 Marine Street. A detailed schedule is available on SAFV’s website at

‘‘For many years, Alaska has been number one or two in the nation in the categories of sexual assault, child abuse and homicide of women by an intimate partner,’’ SAFV said. ‘‘In this program you can learn to understand the issues and what to do if your family members, friends, and co-workers suffer from domestic violence or sexual assault.’’

Individuals can attend the entire program or choose individual sessions. Presenters will be SAFV staff and local professionals. Call SAFV at 747-3370 for the schedule or to ask questions. Sign up by calling or sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; however, no prior registration is required.



Practice to Run

The Sitka High School cross-country team will begin practice July 29. Practices run 3:30-5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the back gym of Sitka High School.

A current physical is required for practice.



Climate Change

Documentary Set

Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Global Warming Group will be screening ‘‘Do the Math,’’ a documentary that details the threats of climate change and chronicles the growing movement to fight against it.

The short film will be shown at the Larkspur Cafe 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.  5. Snacks will be provided. Discussion will follow.



‘Demystifying Music’

Workshop July 30

Sitka Fellow and musician Nate Barnett will host the workshop “Demystifying Music!” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, July 30, in Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus.

The event is by donation, and no experience is required. The Sitka Fellows program is sponsored by the Island Institute and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.



Easter Group

Meets Friday

The Easter Group will meet 1-2:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, at St. Peter’s See House.

The group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people. All are invited to attend. For more information, contact Julia Smith at 738-6336, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Vintage Photos of Alaska

Fishermen to Go On View

An unearthed time capsule will come to Sitka in August with a black-and-white photo exhibit of Alaska commercial fishing in the 1980s.

Photographer Jana M. Suchy captured an era of boom or bust in the explosive longline fisheries during what she calls the “decade of the deadly derbies” when fishing seasons slashed to 24-hour openings.

The photojournalist and former crewmember’s long-buried collection of black-and-white film negatives and published stories ‘‘captures a fleeting era in the history of Alaska longline fisheries in the decade of a crazed and deadly race to the gold,’’ Suchy said. Her photographs offer a glimpse into the everyday lives of skippers and their crew “back in the day,” she writes. “As in most frontiers of the American West fishermen worked hard, fished hard, partied hard, drank hard and died hard.” 

Suchy’s vintage photos will join the Sitka Seafood Festival this year. The exhibit of more than 250 photos featuring the fishing industry from 30 years ago celebrates Sitka’s fishing heritage and is companion to the new black-and-white photobook “Alaska Fishing Gold Rush of the 1980s” by the former Sitkan. The second printing of the book – a new Special Sitka Edition with 70 more pages and many more photos of local fishermen and boats – will be for sale along with the first edition while supplies last.

The exhibit opens with a reception 5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5, at Allen Hall on the Sheldon Jackson Campus. The exhibit also will be open for viewing Friday evening, Aug. 7, for guests at the Sitka Seafood Festival dinner and again for the public 2-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 8.

During the 1980s Suchy first fished out of Sitka then covered fishing as writer-photographer for the fish papers of the day, largely “Alaska Fisherman’s Journal” and “Pacific Fishing” magazine, amassing quite a collection of photos along the way.

Her photos are on the walls in Sitka’s Highliner Coffee, Anthony’s restaurant in SeaTac Airport and Chinook’s restaurant at Fishermen’s Terminal in Seattle.

Suchy will be on hand to sign books for sale at the event; all exhibit photographs will be for sale as well. 

“You leave something buried long enough it becomes history,” Suchy said, adding that opening the old boxes of negatives was “like finding buried treasure.” 

“I realized these photos were all going to die with me if I didn’t get serious about a book – so I did,” Suchy said. “I’m enormously excited for fishfolks in the photos or of the era to see these photos of their lives for the first time.”

The show is presented by Seafood Producers Co-op and Sitka Sound Seafoods. Individuals and businesses wanting to help sponsor the event, or seeking further information, can call Craig Shoemaker at 747-5811 or Tim Ryan at 747-6662. Suchy may be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Story Time Set

“Chickens to the Rescue’’ by John Himmelman will be one of the readings during the next preschool story time at Kettleson Library 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 30.

The program includes readings, rhymes, songs and a craft project.


Summer Reading

Program to End

The Summer Reading Program at Kettleson Memorial Library will end on Saturday, Aug. 8.

The library is inviting participants to claim their final reading prizes by that day. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Coaches Wanted

For Boys Run

SAFV is recruiting coaches for its second year of ‘‘Boys Run I toowú klatseen: Strengthen Your Spirit,’’ an after-school empowerment program for boys.

‘‘We’re currently recruiting coaches who will help mentor the next generation of respectful and compassionate men,’’ SAFV said.

The program will meet 2:30-4:15 p.m. Monday and Wednesday, or Tuesday and Thursday. Training for coaches will be on Aug. 29. The program will end with a community 5K Fun Run on Dec. 5.

The application due date is Aug. 15. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit for more information and a coach application.


3 to 5 Preschool Sets

Teddy Bear Picnic

The public is invited to join 3 to 5 Preschool 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, for a Teddy Bear Picnic.

‘‘Bring your favorite Teddy Bear, picnic blanket, and a sack lunch to enjoy while we read bear stories and sing songs with your little ones,’’ the preschool said. ‘‘ We look forward to seeing you by the big tree in front of the SJ Campus.’’

Visit for more program information, including enrollment options. 



Fish Skin Bowl

Presentation Set

The community is invited to join Athabascan fish skin sewer Audrey Armstrong and her class of students noon-1 p.m. Saturday, July 25, at the Sitka Sound Science Center’s Mill building to learn about and see what they made recently during an intensive fish skin-sewing workshop sponsored by the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

The weeklong class was made possible with support from the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sitka Sound Science Center, and Sitka Sound Seafoods.

For more information and to register for the free program, call 747-8981.



New Venue for

Assembly Meetings

City and Borough of Sitka Assembly meetings will be held at UAS-Sitka Campus, 1332 Seward Ave., Room 229, until further notice.

A full agenda is posted at City Hall on the Friday prior to each meeting. Detailed information can be found on the city website at, Kettleson Memorial Library and at the Municipal Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 100 Lincoln Street. Assembly meetings are aired live on KCAW-FM 104.7 and via video streaming from the city’s website.

For further information, contact the municipal clerk’s office at 747-1811.




Cross Trail

Classic Aug. 8

The Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and a Half will be held 7 a.m. on Aug. 8.

Registration is available at

Volunteers are needed at aid stations. Contact Julie at 738-3146 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .








Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

The Sentinel office at 112 Barracks Street is closed to the public. We encourage people to use the phone, email or the U.S. Postal Service as much as possible.There is a slot in the front door of the office for ads, news items and payment checks. Emails may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is (907) 747-3219.                                                                          

Login Form

Most recent Sentinels — PDF edition

July 6, 2020

July 7, 2020

July 8, 2020

July 9, 2020

July 10, 2020