GREEN LIGHT – Karen Lucas works in her Katlian Street garden this afternoon. Warm sunny weather this spring has been a boon for local gardeners. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting this summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest period in early July. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 16, 2015 Community Happenings

Drama, Debate

Judges Sought

Mt. Edgecumbe High School will be hosting the first drama, debate and forensics meet of the season on Oct. 3.

‘‘The workshop competition is a great way to see emerging talent in action,’’ MEHS coach Marcy Drake said.

Community members who are interested in judging can call Marcy Drake at 966-3212 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


SLFN Recruits

Board Members,


Those concerned about increasing access to local food to Sitkans, wanting to advocate for more community gardens and worried about rising food prices should consider joining the board of directors for the Sitka Local Foods Network, the group said.

A couple of long-time board members are retiring and the board is trying to build up a pool of possible replacements.

Board members help direct the non-profit that promotes the harvest and use of local food in Sitka. In addition to setting the focus of the group, board members also help on a wide variety of projects such as the Sitka Farmers Market, St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm, garden education and mentoring, Sitka Kitch, Blatchley Community Garden, Let’s Grow Sitka, the Sick-A-Waste compost project, the Sitka Community Food Assessment project, Sitka Fish-To-Schools, other school education projects and more.

To apply, fill out an application go to http://sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.files.wordpress.com/2014/09/slfnboard-jd-2013.docx and submit it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information, contact Lisa Sadleir-Hart at 747-5985.

The group also is seeking to increase its pool of volunteers who will help out during the various projects hosted by the network each year. No formal application is needed, just the name and contact information and the type of projects enjoyed.

The next Sitka Local Foods Network board meeting is at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 12, at the See House behind St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church. The board usually meets 6:30-8 p.m. on the second Monday of each month, except during the summer when board members are busy working with the Sitka Farmers Market and St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm communal garden.


Cancer Support

Group to Meet

Sitka Cancer Support Group is meeting 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 20, at the Brave Heart Volunteer/Manager’s House of the Pioneers Home behind the Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool on Seward Street.

Those in cancer treatment, cancer survivors, and members of their families are invited to spend time with others who understand what they are going through.

The support group is sponsored by Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Call or email Mary Beth with questions or if  a ride is needed to attend, at 623-0842, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Alaska Day Items

At White E Shop

The White Elephant Shop will have Alaska Day items available to purchase noon-3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 17 and 19.


Flight-Seeing Trip

Prize Listed for

Running of Boots

Those who place in one of the 10 top prize categories at the annual Running of the Boots 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, may win a flight-seeing trip for two courtesy of Harris Air.

The first 10 people to reach Harry Race Pharmacy will get a wooden nickel good for a soda. Other prizes are being donated by Stereo North, Fisherman’s Eye Gallery, Alaska Pure Salt Co., toys from AC Lakeside and more.

The music starts at 10 a.m. “under the big tent” next to St. Michael’s Cathedral on Lincoln Street and costume judging is at 10:30 a.m.

A fundraiser for the Sitka Local Foods Network, the race begins at 11 a.m. sharp and prizes will be awarded at 11:30 a.m.

A $5 individual, or $20 per group, donation is requested. For details, call Kerry at 752-0654 or go to the web site: sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.org

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


Hazardous Waste

Collection Listed

The city will hold a free citywide household hazardous waste collection event 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, and 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4.

All households, certain small businesses and government agencies are eligible to dispose of up to 200 pounds each of waste per year. Contact the Public Works Office at 747-1806 for more information.

Solvents, oil, paint, antifreeze, cleaners, poisons, acids, batteries, caustics, furniture stripper, herbicides, pesticides, flares, printing and photographic chemicals are eligible.

Explosives, blasting caps and gun powder, reactives such as sodium metal and radioactive wastes, and fluorescent bulbs are not eligible. 

Deliver items to the Wastewater Treatment Plant, 100 Alice Loop, located off Airport Road. 

Items should not be delivered prior to or after the event times. The event is sponsored by City and Borough of Sitka.


CD Cases Sought

Kettleson Memorial Library is in need of old-fashioned single CD cases – ones that once carried music CDs.

Slim jewel cases often used for computer discs cannot be used by Kettleson, but old audio CD cases can be repurposed. They can be dropped off at Kettleson Memorial Library during business hours, or call Brooke at 747-4028 with questions.



Blue Lake Road

Remains Closed

Blue Lake Road will remain closed to vehicle traffic due to safety concerns and protection of natural resources, the Sitka Ranger District said.

Pedestrians and bicycles are allowed access. Motorists are to  park in designated parking on Sawmill Creek Road.

‘‘We ask that you use caution and obey all posted warning signs,’’ Sitka Ranger District said. ‘‘Road repair work is expected to take place this fall at which time the road will be closed to all public access. We appreciate your continued patience.’’

For any questions call the Sitka Ranger District at 747-6671.






Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-28-20)

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 10:55 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 13

Total statewide – 425

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 46, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



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March 23, 2020



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