OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 3, 2015 Community Happenings

Wild Foods

Potluck Nov. 15

The Sitka Conservation Society will host its annual Wild Foods Potluck 5-7 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 15, at ANB Founders Hall.

Attendees should take a dish featuring ingredients that were fished, foraged, hunted or cultivated in Southeast. Prizes will be awarded for first place in the following categories: Best Dish, Best Dessert and Most Creative.

The event will highlight subsistence stories and the work performed by the Sitka Conservation Society over the last year. SCS members can pick up their 2016 SCS calendars at the potluck.

The event is open to SCS members, friends, family and anyone else interested in learning about the Sitka Conservation Society. 

Those wanting to volunteer at the potluck or needing more information can contact Sophie Nethercut at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-7509.


Women Exposed to

DV Sought by Group

Women who were exposed to domestic violence within the last two years, who have a child between the ages of 5-13, are being sought to participate in confidential interviews with their children.

Interviews are used for the Kids* Club and Mom’s Empowerment Program created by Dr. Sandra Graham-Bermann out of the University of Michigan. Mothers receive $25 and each child receives a gift. To sign up,  call Natalie at Sitkans Against Family Violence, 747-3370.


Sitka Cemeteries

Presentation Set

Local cemetery caretaker Bob Sam will give a presentation on his work preserving and restoring Sitka’s cemeteries 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at Kettleson Memorial Library. 

The public is invited to attend. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Basketry Program

Set at SJ Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to attend a free family-friendly public program to learn about Tlingit spruce root basketry, and draw and color in their own spruce root basket patterns 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

Participants will learn about the meaning of Tlingit spruce root basketry patterns and make some art. The activity is part of At Saxán (Love of All Things) Saturdays and is best for children ages 6-10. 

Space is limited. To register or for more information, call 747-8981 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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Sally Kimmel and Chuck Roesel. (Mikal White Photography)


Kimmel, Roesel

Wed in Sitka June 6

Chuck Roesel and Sally Kimmel were married Saturday, June 6, 2015, at the Assembly of God Church in Sitka with Pastor Ryan Gluth officiating. 

The groom is the son of Charlie and Pat Roesel of Myrtle Point, Ore. He graduated from Petersburg High School in 1979, from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in 1986 and from the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine in 1994. He is employed at Sitka Community Hospital Mountainside Family Healthcare.

The bride is the daughter of Arliss Marshall and the late Robert Marshall of Wasilla. She graduated from Sitka High School in 1983 and from Northwest Nazarene College, Nampa, Idaho, in 1989. She is employed by the City and Borough of Sitka.

The two will make Sitka their home.Between the two of them, they have nine children, six grandchildren and four dogs.


Tribal Health Fair

Scheduled Nov. 7

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Health Fair will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at the ANB Founders Hall.

The community is invited to see what services are available in Sitka. Those with questions or comments can contact Glade Morales at 738-0630.


Drill Conductor

Workshop Slated

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor workshop 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17. The two-day workshop will be conducted at the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

The workshop gives commercial fishermen and other mariners hands-on training with marine safety equipment. The workshop covers cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures and emergency drills. 

The workshop meets the U.S. Coast Guard training requirements for drill conductors on documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, with support from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

The cost is $175 for all others. Register online at or call  747-3287.


Mariner’s First Aid,

CPR Workshop Set

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will conduct a first aid and CPR workshop designed for commercial fishermen and other mariners 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

Instructor Eric Van Cise will cover CPR and automatic external defibrillators; treatment of choking; medical emergencies; trauma; environmental hazards; patient assessment; medical communications; drowning and hypothermia; and common fishing injuries.

Attendees will receive a U.S. Coast Guard accepted, two-year certificate issued by the American Safety and Health Institute. The cost for the workshop is $95. Registration is available online at or call 747-3287.


Alzheimer’s Phone

Support Group Set

Caring for Loved Ones Together, a statewide phone support group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s and other dementia, will be held 2-3 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 4 and 18, at Brave Heart Volunteers, in the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.

Gay Wellman, education specialist of Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska, will lead the call. 

Alzheimer’s Resources of Alaska and Brave Heart Volunteers jointly facilitate the support group on the first and third Wednesday of each month for caregivers to gain understanding about Alzheimer’s and other dementia, learn helpful  tips and build support for each other. The call is appropriate for families providing care for a loved one in Sitka as well as for families providing care from a distance.

Participants are asked to arrive shortly before 2 p.m. and are welcome to stay after the call to lend support for each other. Individuals may also call in directly from their homes by dialing 1-877-216-1555, Code 927989. Registration is not necessary.

Contact BHV for further questions at 747-4600.


Nakwasina River

Drainage Closed

To Goat Hunting

Biologists have set a maximum guideline harvest objective of five males or one female mountain goat allowed for the Nakwasina River Drainage portion of the Unit 4 registration goat hunt.

As of Nov. 2, five male goats have been reported harvested. Because the guideline harvest has been met in the area, an emergency order is being issued to close the Nakwasina River Drainage to mountain goat hunting at 11:59 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 4.

The emergency order action is necessary to restrict the harvest to the guideline level, and to prevent overharvest in this area. Any additional harvest could have long term negative effects on this goat population.

Emergency Order 01-17-15 was issued to close the mountain goat season in the area 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4.

Those portions of Unit 4 not affected by this emergency order, and not previously closed by emergency order, will remain open until harvest guidelines are reached or the season concludes. For additional information, contact the Sitka Area Wildlife Office at 747-5449.


Library to Close

Kettleson Memorial Library, Sitka’s public library, will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day.

The library will resume its regular schedule Nov. 12.

‘‘Thank you to all former and current members of our military for your service,’’ the library said.

For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Health Panel Meets

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Health Committee will meet noon-1 p.m. Nov. 6 at the social services building, 110 American Street.

Lunch will be provided. Community members wanting to join the committee can call 747-7293, STA Social Services.


Women’s Book

Group to Meet

The Women’s Book Group will discuss ‘‘Station Eleven’’ by Emily St. John Mandel at the Pioneers Home Chapel 7 p.m. Nov. 10. All women are invited to participate. Call Dorothy, 747-3412, with questions.


Barn Dance at

Odess Theater

A community barn dance fundraiser is set 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, on the SJ Campus in Allen Hall’s Odess Theater.

Donations at the door will benefit Sitka Fine Arts Camp.

All are invited to participate in mixers, circles and contra dances, or simply listen to the live music of Sitka’s Fishing for Cats band. Beginners and seasoned dancers of all ages are invited to participate.

Dances are taught and called. No partner is needed and no dancing experience is necessary. The first hour of the dance will be geared to beginners and young dancers. Dancers are being encouraged to carry clean shoes to the venue to protect the floor.

The dance is an alcohol- and smoke-free event. For more information call 747-3412.


Harp Sing Set

The second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Singing will be 3:30-5 p.m.  Nov. 8 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.

Beginners and listeners are invited. Call 738-2089 for more information.



Tribal Council

Elections Nov. 10

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council elections are scheduled 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

Registered Sitka Tribe of Alaska voters will be voting to fill four seats. State or tribal I.D. cards are required. 

Absentee voting is 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. through Nov. 9. Registered voters who will be absent from Sitka on Tribal Council election day may vote by absentee ballot at the STA offices, 456 Katlian Street. 

Those with questions can call Election Supervisor Rose Demmert at 738-5450.


Non-Profits Sought

For White E Funds

The Sitka White Elephant Shop is again asking other non-profit organizations to apply for annual funding.

Non-profit grant application forms are available on the Sitka White Elephant Shop facebook page and can be picked up at the White E Shop 6-8 p.m. Mondays, and noon-3 p.m. Thursdays and Saturdays.

Grant application forms must be completed and received by Nov. 30.  Funds will be distributed following the annual meeting in February 2016. 





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

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 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

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



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March 23, 2020



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