VIGIL – More than 300 people share seven minutes of silence on Totem Square during a vigil for George Floyd, who died last week while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The large turnout for event made it difficult for participants to maintain the six-foot social distance that organizers had hoped for. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 25, 2015 Community Happenings


Holy Communion

Set at St. Peter’s

Thanksgiving Day Holy Communion Service will be 10 a.m. Nov. 26 at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 611 Lincoln Street. All are welcome.


Museum Closure

The Sheldon Jackson Museum will be closed Thursday, Nov. 26, in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Winter hours of 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday will resume Nov. 27.

General admission is $3. Visitors 18 and younger, and members of the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum, are admitted free.


Electric Vehicle

Group to Meet

The Sitka Electric Vehicle Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

The topics will be EVs and winter driving. For more information call Dave at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Kayaani Panel

Meets Dec. 4

The Kayaaní Commission invites the public to a potluck lunch noon Dec. 4 at 204 Baranof Street, Ch’áak Room.

The Kayaaní Commission is concerned with the preservation, protection and perpetuation of the traditional uses of plants. The meeting will include election of two new commissioners.


School Board Meets

The Sitka School Board will meet 6 p.m. Dec. 1 in the Sitka High School library.

The board will meet in executive session to discuss Sitka Education Association and Sitka Educational Support Personnel negotiations.

The public is invited to attend.


Farewell Party for

Seeland Family

A farewell gathering for Jim and Danna-Ben Seeland is set 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29 at Halibut Point Recreation Area main shelter. Friends and acquaintances of the Seelands are invited.

‘‘We will be moving out of Sitka and we look forward to sharing memories,’’ the family said. 



Class Set Dec. 7

Those who want to learn how to make yogurt from scratch using only nonfat dried milk powder, water and cultures can sign up for a Sitka Kitch class hosted by Lisa Sadleir-Hart, MPH, RDN, CHES.

The 6:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, class will teach students how to reduce their food costs and improve their health by learning how to create a  lower-cost, probiotic-filled yogurt. Sadleir-Hart has been making yogurt for close to a decade out of concern for not only her food budget, but also her impact on the environment, a press release from Sitka Kitch said. 

The cost is $20 for the class plus a food fee that will be based on the number of participants. Call 747-5985 with questions. Registration closes the Saturday before the event at http://sitkakitch.eventsmart.com/events/cfs-homemade-yogurt/


Gymnasts Set Show,

Flip-a-thon Nov. 29

The Sitka Gymnastic Team will host a showcase and flip-a-thon fundraiser 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at the Hames Center.

Gymnasts from pre-school through eighth grade will do routines on the floor, beam and uneven parallel bars  2-3 p.m. A $5 donation is suggested to watch.

Gymnasts will be flipping for donations from 3 to 4 p.m. Sponsors can pay per flip – cartwheels, front and back handsprings, back walkovers and, for the higher levels, aerials, back tucks and front tucks. Funds will go towards equipment and covering traveling expenses for the gymnasts first state meet in Anchorage in December.

For further questions or information, call head coach and coordinator Trisha Bessert at 710-610-5722.


Debris Removal

To Continue

At Landslide

The City and Borough of Sitka will continue landslide debris removal operations and infrastructure repair on Kramer Avenue beginning Monday, Nov. 30. Portions of Kramer Avenue and Harbor Mountain Road will be closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic for approximately two weeks.

Work should be completed in two to three weeks, depending on weather.

 “The contractor plans to work five days per week so it may be possible for the road to be open on the weekends,’’ said Dan Tadic, P.E., municipal engineer. ‘‘This is subject to change at any time with little or no notice.”

Debris removal operations include clearing the remainder of the debris from within the right-of-way from the landslide and stockpiles that were created during emergency operations.Restoring ditching and repairing infrastructure along Kramer Avenue also is scheduled.

The City and Borough of Sitka has hired Shannon and Wilson Inc. Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants to complete a geotechnical report of the area in the vicinity of the Kramer slide between Jacobs Circle and Emmons Street. The scope of work will include an evaluation of the cause of the recent landslide, definition of the landslide hazard in the vicinity, and an assessment of the risk of future slope instability.

The city said that the report is anticipated to be complete and available to the public the end of January.

For more information or questions regarding road closures, contact Stephen Weatherman, P.E., in the public works department at 747-1806.







Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-2-20)

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 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 20

Total statewide – 487

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, 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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