TRAIL TRIMMING – Dyana Mutchler-Walsh trims trees and shrubs along the Castle Hill ramp this morning. Mutchler-Walsh is one of a half-dozen students building trails and doing trail maintenance this summer through a Southeast Alaska Independent Living program. The program wraps up Friday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 4, 2015 Community Happenings

Running of Boots

Set for Sept. 26

The Running of the Boots, the annual change-of-the-season celebration, will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, “under the big tent” next to the St. Michael’s Cathedral.

As a fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network, it’s more of a wild costume contest than a race, organizers said.

Contestants are asked to register starting at 10 a.m. when the live music starts playing. There are 10 prize categories, and loads of prizes, including a sightseeing flight from Harris Air.

Categories include Zaniest Outfit, Best Kid’s Group and Best Couple. The last produce booth of the Sitka Farmers Market will be at the event. The race begins at 11 a.m. sharp, prizes will be awarded at 11:30 a.m. A $5 individual, or $20 per group, donation is requested. Volunteers are needed. Call Kerry at 752-0654 or go to the web site:

The Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Cruise Lines and local seafood processors are sponsoring lunch at noon. 


Sitka Sprouts at

Science Center

Sitka Sprouts will be starting again at the Sitka Sound Science Center. The group will meet 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8.

Each Tuesday event will include a story, science and hands-on learning for children ages 3-5.


Dog Classes

Listed at UAS

The next dog classes are scheduled for Wednesdays, Sept. 16-Oct. 21 at UAS-Sitka Campus.

Puppy Kindergarten, for puppies up to 6 months of age, will be held 7-8 p.m. Dog Obedience, for young dogs over 6 months, will be 7-8 p.m.

Susan Royce and Karen Royce teach basic good manners appropriate for each age level using only positive training methods. Cost for each class is $100. Call 747-7700 for more details or register online at 


Fair Trade Fair

Market Oct. 17

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will host the 11th Annual Fair Trade Fair 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in the See House behind the church at 611 Lincoln Street.

The merchandise is from SERRV – an organization that strives to alleviate poverty by providing a market for artisans in developing countries. The purchase of the gift items will help people in small villages around the world and a number of charitable organizations in Sitka and Alaska.

Complimentary coffee and cookies will be served.


Returning Sitka

Skippers Register

Registration for jumpers who are on the Sitka Skippers team in either session 1, session 2 or demo will have registration 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, in the Keet Gooshi Heen gym. Those with questions can call Twila at 738-3050.


Story Time Set

“Bounce” by Doreen Cronin will be one of the readings during preschool story time 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

Readings, rhymes, songs and a craft project are included. All are welcome to attend. For more information call 747-8708.


‘Tinkering’ Program

At Library for Kids

Children ages 7 to 11 are invited to register to participate in a new ‘‘Tinkering’’ program at Kettleson Memorial Library to explore the basics of electronics. The free six-week program will meet every other Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. starting on Sept. 22. Registration is required, and space is limited.

Participants will create circuits and explore electronics using conductive dough. They will also make squishy sculptures come to life with lights and  how to make the dough from safe non-toxic household items.

For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Teen Advisory

Board to Meet

Kettleson Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18. TAB members will discuss ideas for the upcoming Banned Books Week.

Teens 13 and older are invited to join the board. Registration is preferred. Snacks and pizza included.

For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Teen Lab Starts at

Kettleson Library

The Teen Lab at Kettleson Memorial Library is available to teens ages 12-18.

A sound recording booth, Macs, iPads, cameras, a green screen and mobile ready-animator stations that allow for the creation of stop-motion animation videos are some of the resources available to be used at the library anytime.

Teens are to reserve the lab space to use the equipment. The service is free.

Kettleson Memorial Library supports active learning by encouraging teens to find their own way with different resources. The library is encouraging teens to explore the equipment available and let their imaginations inform their creations.

The Teen Lab has received support from the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust.

For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


UAS, Hames

To Team Up for

Fitness Event

The University of Alaska Southeast has joined forces with the Hames Center to provide a three-month fitness class for Sitka residents.

“This is a fitness plan that will keep you engaged,” said Cindy Edwards, who is spearheading the new concept. “It starts with a diagnostic approach that is custom-tailored to the health needs of the individual. 

“We will do a pre-test to assess heart rates and current health, and set personal goals for the next three months,’’ Edwards said. ‘‘Each student will have the opportunity to experience classes with certified instructors and personal trainers. The goal across three months is to make a significant improvement in their strength and physique, reduction in pain, improvement in sleeping patterns, flexibility and overall good feelings. At the end we do a post-test to document the improvements you have made.”

The class includes a full three-month membership to the Hames Center and includes use of the facility and all its benefits, including free injury screening appointment with Sitka Physical Therapy, functional movement screenings with SEARHC Physical Therapy, and discounts on workshops. The class also includes 24 fitness sessions arranged at times convenient for each student during the three months of the class.

In addition to the $210 tuition, payable to UAS, a $135 lab fee is payable to Hames Center. Lab fees are waived if students are already Hames members. 

An overview meeting will be held noon Friday, Sept. 4. Details will be given of how the class will work and a tour of all the facilities that will be available to students, including heart rate monitoring, training equipment overview, and the coaching available.

Students can use the class as a custom therapy regimen. For example, students dealing with back issues might be guided to spend the first two weeks in Pilates, with focus on flexibility and low-impact core strengthening. Next would be several sessions of “Tone with Jo,” provided at times convenient to the student, which would teach students how to properly use weights and modify as necessary. Next, students  advance to do a “sane circuit” and then onto circuit blast.

Aside from the opening meeting on Friday, students can choose the times and activities that suit them – from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. (closing time).

The class provides college credit, which means students can use their financial aid or company support to gain access to the fitness facility. The Hames portion alone is worth $180 but is obtained for only a $135 lab fee. The children’s charge is $3.77.



SCVB Board

Meets Sept. 7

The Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors will meet at 6 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 7, in the SCVB offices at 303 Lincoln Street, Suite 4.

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


Produce Stand

For BES Students

The Baranof Elementary School produce stand at Market Center is open 7:30-8:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.

Market Center is working with the school to promote nutritional snacks for children.

Bananas, oranges and apples will be available to children for 50-cents each.

Funds are split 50/50 between the school and store.


ANS to Meet

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will hold an ANS Sitka delegation meeting 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the ANB Founders Hall.

Following will be a resolution meeting. All ANS members are welcome to attend.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8, Alaska Native Sisterhood will hold a regular meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the ANB Founders Hall.

For more information call 738-6608.



Messy Church

Event Sept. 16

Sitka Lutheran Church will host ‘‘Messy Church’’ 5:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in the fellowship hall.

This month’s theme is ‘‘Sharing: the Story of Loaves and Fishes.’’ 

Family members and individuals are invited to a family-style dinner, celebration worship and activity and craft.

For more information to the free event call 747-3338.


White E Closure

The White Elephant Shop will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day and reopen Thursday, noon-3 p.m.


White E Meeting Set

The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 9,  at the Swan Lake Senior Center. Meetings are open to the public.


Pool League Meets

Greater Sitka Pool League will hold an organizational meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the American Legion.




Sitka Farmers Market Assistant Manager Francis Wegman-Lawless, left, and Sitka Farmers Market Manager Debe Brincefield, right, present the Table Of The Day Award to Rock Peterson of Jam-N-Peppers at the fifth Sitka Farmers Market of the 2015 summer on Saturday, Aug. 29, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall in Sitka. Peterson sells an apricot and pepper jam/glaze. He received a gift bag with fresh chard, kale, beets, and other veggies. The market also featured the inaugural Sitka Slug Races, won by Linda Wilson’s slug Moses, with Sophie Nethercut and Maybelle Filler’s slug Thug The Slug second, and Thomas Witherspoon’s slug Slugzilla third. This is the eighth year of Sitka Farmers Markets, hosted by the Sitka Local Foods Network. The last market of the summer is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12, at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Founders Hall, 235 Katlian St. For more information about the Sitka Farmers Markets and Sitka Local Foods Network, go to, check out our Facebook page at, or follow us on Twitter at (PHOTO COURTESY OF SITKA LOCAL FOODS NETWORK)



August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 




August 2000

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”