BENCH DEDICATED – Dick Kauffman of Alamo, California, left, takes a photo of a tiled bench dedicated to the memory of his son, Ryan Kauffman, during a ceremony at Sandy Beach Saturday afternoon. The bench created by California artist Susana Arias was placed with the help of Ryan Kauffman's friend and fellow surfer Rick Jarvill. Ryan, who died of brain cancer in 2015, made hundreds of friends during his 15 years in Sitka as an outdoor enthusiast, guide, youth mentor and health promoter. A cookbook, which he illustrated, with recipes made by Sitka community members during his illness is for sale at Old Harbor Books with funds raised going to support palliative care in Sitka. His widow, Kristen Green, and mother, Tina, helped unveil the bench Saturday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

February 22, 2016 Community Happenings

‘We Eat Fish!’

Film to Show

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council will premier its new film “We Eat Fish!” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Larkspur.

Shot partly in Sitka, the film celebrates the clean waters and healthy fisheries of Southeast Alaska and highlights the work being done to protect them. It is free to the public.

A fish special will be served.



UAF Seminars


Through February, UAS Sitka Campus will broadcast seminars from UAF on topics in environmental and human health.

The next will be 4:30 p.m. today in room 106 at the UAS campus. Dr. Falf Huettmann, associate professor of biology, will speak on Himalayan biodiversity conservation during climate change.

The public is invited to attend.


Satellites, Glaciers

Talk at UAS-Sitka

The next Natural History seminar features Dr. Allen Pope presenting “How Satellites are Changing What we Know about Ice” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at  UAS-Sitka, Room 229.

Pope, scientist-in-residence fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center, will talk about how satellite data are used to study and monitor glaciers and ice fields in Alaska and polar regions.  Pope is a  post-doctoral research  associate working at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, and the Polar Science Center in Seattle.

His current research projects include studying Landsat 8 applications to the cryosphere as well as investigating drivers of elevation change in West Antarctica. More about his work is at on NASA’s Earth Obseratory website “Shades of Blue on the Greenland Ice Sheet’’  at  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gove/IOTD/view.php?id=86564

Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast. Contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Story Time Set

‘‘Whaley Whale’’ by Rascka will be one of the readings during the next story time at the Sitka Public Library 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Rhymes, songs and a craft project will be part of the preschool program. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.



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