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)

December 17, 2015 Community Happenings

Mariner’s CPR,

First Aid Taught

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will conduct a first aid and CPR workshop designed for commercial fishermen and other mariners in Sitka 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the 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.  Register online at www.amsea.org or call 747-3287.



Drill Conductor

Workshop Set

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel drill conductor workshop in Sitka 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 7.

The workshop will be conducted at the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road. Commercial fishermen and other mariners gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.

It will cover 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. 

Drill conductor workshops meet the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. The workshop 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.

For more information or to register, contact AMSEA at 747-3287 or www.amsea.org.


Assembly of God

To Present Play

Sitka Assembly of God will present the Christmas play “The Loaned Manger,” 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

‘‘Bring the family and enjoy a western twist to the Christmas story,’’ the church said.


Holiday Sale at

Science Center

Sitka Sound Science Center will have a holiday gift sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at 834 Lincoln Street.

Coffee mugs, clothing, memberships and other items will be for sale.

Contact Kristina for more information at 747-8878, extension 1. 


Girls on the Run

Coaches Sought

Girls on the Run is seeking coaches for the eighth season of its after-school empowerment program for girls in third through fifth grades. It starts in February.

Coaches make connections with girls based on empowerment and respect and inspire them to learn, dream, live and run, organizers said.

Those who have coached before are asked to apply at  tinyurl.com/GOTRvetcoach. New coaches can apply at tinyurl.com/GOTRnewcoach.  Contact Lauren at 747-3370 or visit safv.org for more information.


Lutheran Church

Sets Holiday Events

Sitka Lutheran Church has set its holiday schedule of worship.

For more information, call the church at 747-3338.

Tonight, the sanctuary will be open for Blue Christmas, a time and place to be contemplative in a busy season. It is open to the public 5-7 p.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 24, the family Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m.

Christmas Day worship will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25, at the Pioneers Home Chapel. It is jointly held with St. Peter’s and the United Methodist churches.

Lessons and carols of Christmas worship will be 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.


 Mountain Goat

Area is Closed

The Sitka District Ranger, under authority from the Federal Subsistence Board, is taking action to close the Mt. Furuhelm/Mt. Ada zone to the harvest of mountain goats 11:59 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18. It will remain closed through the season, Dec. 31.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a concurrent closure in the same zone. The remainder of Baranof Island will remain open for goat hunting unless closed by past or future special action.

A map and description of the closed areas are available from the Sitka Ranger District Office and the Sitka area office of ADF&G. Information on Federal subsistence management special actions for the Tongass National Forest can be found at http://www.fs.usda.gov/news/tongass/news-events. For additional information, call Subsistence Biologist Justin Koller at 907-747-4297 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



On Honor Roll

Sitka High graduate Soren T. White, a senior in biohealth sciences, was named to the scholastic honor roll fall term at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Honor roll students earn a 3.5 grade point average to be placed on the honor roll while carrying at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Soren is the son of Trish and Dirk White.


Community Response

Counseling Offered

Sitka Counseling, along with partners Youth Advocates of Sitka and SEARHC, remind the community of an option for getting a counseling session during the holiday season.

Those who are feeling sad and remembering the August landslide can talk to a counselor.

Call Lauren Silva at 747-3636 and mention ‘‘Community Response Counseling’’ for an appointment. 



Letters to Santa

Letters posted here will be forwarded to Santa Claus at the North Pole. Letters may be dropped off at the Sentinel office or at Sitka True Value to be printed in the newspaper and placed here.


Dear Santa: My name is Miles. What’s your name? Please give me a Christmas tree, Santa. And a bicycle. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas! Safe travels! Love, Miles Nelson Guggenheim, age 2


Dere Santa: I wud like if you wud bring Bay and Tay a bike! Thank you Satu! Love, Bristol


Spring Yoga

Classes at UAS

Yoga classes are scheduled noon-1 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 11 at UAS-Sitka Campus. The class also includes two workshops. Teachers are Jasmine and Kari.

Call 738-9494 for more information.





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.



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 sitkasentinel.com. 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.  

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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.

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