October 16, 2013 Community Happenings

Adult Grief Support
    Group Meets Oct. 21
    Brave Heart Volunteers will offer Living with Loss, an adult grief support group, 6-7:30 p.m. Mondays beginning Oct. 21 at the Manager’s House of the Pioneers Home.
    Members will receive support from both a licensed counselor, and peers who are also grieving in a comfortable, confidential environment. Living with Loss will guide the group in the types of grief, normalizing the grieving process, learning and practicing coping skills and culturally appropriate grieving.
    Those 18 and older are welcome. Call 747-4600 for details on the next session.

    Writers Read
    Five fresh writers will be reading 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 23 at the Yaw Chapel on the SJ Campus for Writers Read.
    All are invited to hear Kat Anderson, Ellen Chenoweth, Kristina Cranston, Rosie Manning and Elsbeth Poe read their own writing.
    The event is free to everyone, although donations are accepted. Light treats and tea are provided. Contact Brooke Schafer with questions at 747-2996 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or attend the event.

    Protein Fiber
    Dyeing Taught
    UAS-Sitka Campus, Office of Continuing Education, will offer a protein fiber dyeing workshop 6-8 p.m. Oct. 24.
    Students will learn the basics about preparing and dying fibers using non-toxic acid dyes. There will be a discussion of basic color principles and the color wheel. Each student will dye, and take home, two skeins of yarn or rovings of their choice.
    Bobbie Daniels will instruct. The cost is $50. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.

    Offered Puppies
    Kindergarten for puppies 6 to 16 weeks is being offered 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 29-Dec. 3.
    The class uses only positive training methods. In addition to basic “manners” you will cover nutrition, grooming, first aid. Most importantly are the “socialization” periods in each class. It is during this time that the puppy learns proper etiquette and that the owner will learn what constitutes acceptable puppy behavior.
    The fee is $100. Susan Royce and Karen Kluting will instruct. Call 747-7762 for more information or to register.

    Holiday Brass
    Concert Staged
    The Holiday Brass Concert is set 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.
    Tickets are on sale at Old Harbor Books at $25 for adults, and $20 for students and seniors. For more information call the Sitka Fine Arts Camp at 747-3085.

    Swim Lessons Set
    Blatchley pool announces the start of swim lessons for preschool and young children 2-2:30 p.m. and 2:30-3 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    The cost is $40 for the 12 lessons. Classes run Nov. 1-27. Sign up is at Sitka Community Schools.

    NSRAA Board Meets
    Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association Inc. board will meet 9 a.m. Nov. 12-13 at 1308 Sawmill Creek Road. The agenda is available at the NSRAA office. Meetings are open to the public.

    School Photo
    Retakes at BES
    Baranof Elementary School photo retakes will be Oct. 22. Students who were absent when photos were taken may take order forms and payment to their teacher by Oct. 22
    If there was a problem with photos due to a photography error (such as fuzzy, off-centered, eyes closed) parents are to return the original packet by Oct. 22 to request retakes.
    Students who wish to have retakes that are not due to photography error will need new forms and payment.
    Call Campus Photography at 877-789-7486 with questions.

    Fall Decoration
    Sale at White E
    The White Elephant Shop will have fall and Thanksgiving decorations available for purchase noon-3 p.m. Oct. 19.   

    Bake Sale Set
    For Dance Group
    The Sitka Kaagwaantaan Dance Group will have a fund-raiser bake sale in the lobby of the Wells Fargo Bank 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Alaska Day.
    All members of the dance group –  and any other community members who would like to contribute – are being encouraged to take baked goods to the bank that morning. The group is raising money toward expenses for Celebration next June in Juneau.              Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    Food Drive Set
    To Fight Hunger
    Sitkans are invited to join the Sitka Elks Lodge 1662 in fighting hunger in Sitka.
    The lodge is hosting a food drive for those in need and is asking people to drop off non-perishable goods to the lodge. The goal amount is 1,662 pounds of food.  For any further questions or details call Ricardo at 738-3832.

    ANB, ANS to Meet
    Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood will have a combined meeting Oct. 21 beginning with a potluck dinner at 6 p.m. at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Delegates to Grand Camp, which met in Yakutat  recently, will give their reports from those meetings. There will also be a meeting of both camps and continued nominations for new officers beginning at 7 p.m. Members are being encouraged to attend. Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    Alaska Day Biathlon
    Results Released
    The Sitka Sportsman’s Association has announced winners among nine athletes who braved a steady downpour to finish in its annual Alaska Day Biathlon held at the Robert LaGuire Indoor Shooting Range Oct. 13. All times shown are net after deductions for shooting accuracy.
    A new team, Boomchain, claimed a plate on the Biathlon Team Trophy with total time of 1:52:02 for the 5K course comprised of three running segments interspersed with two shooting stops. The four-man team of Patrick Fowler 26:25, Kevin Burkart 26:34, Matt Hunter 28:29, and Kyle Hert 30:34, took the first prize of $100 cash.
    With total time of 2:35:58, the Rain Runners women’s team of Carina Nichols 33:40, Julie White 35:14, Lauren Wild 40:03 and Sharyn Ferrick 47:01, received $80 for second place.
    Fowler, Burkart and Hunter also won $50, $30, and $20, respectively, in Individual men’s category.
    Among individual women entrants, Nichols, White and Wild won $50, $30, and $20, respectively.
    Best men’s shooter at knockdown targets was Patrick Fowler with 5 hits prone, 4 hits standing. Best women’s shooter was Carina Nichols with 3 hits prone, 3 hits standing. These shooters each received $50.
    In the biathlon walkers category, Michelle Gossett 57:30 received $50.
    Serving as range officials and assistants were Dave Hardy, Ted Allio, Foy Nevers, Sheila Finkenbinder, Jerry Lindvall, Randy Gluth, Steve Skannes, Ron Mears, Steve Ramp, Buzz Brown, John Ferrick and Jere Rynearson. Roland Wirth ran the special computerized program for scoring. Refreshments were provided by Elaine Strelow. Sitka Sportsman’s Association also thanks the numerous spectators who cheered on the runners.

Native Tourism Takes Part in
State Travel Convention Here
    At the Alaska Travel Industry Association’s annual convention here last week, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association Executive Director Camille Ferguson co-presented “Government Relations and Public Policy” with Patti Mackey, president and CEO of the Ketchikan Visitors Bureau.
    “It’s imperative for tourism professionals to understand how government relations and public policy play a role in all facets of a tour product – from start to finish,” Ferguson said.
    Ferguson educated attendees on AIANTA’s integration into the Obama Administration’s National Tourism and Travel Strategy, which includes international tradeshows ITB Berlin and IPW (formerly known as International Pow Wow).
     Attendees were also exposed to AIANTA’s public lands outreach program, which includes collaborative efforts with the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and more. Ferguson introduced AIANTA’s new venture on the development of training tools for cultural heritage tourism development across Indian Country.
    “AIANTA’s work with federal public land partners, international outreach and the development of tourism development training tools across Indian Country are just a few of the opportunities and collaborative efforts we hope will inspire ATIA attendees,” Ferguson said.
    This year’s ATIA convention, “The Fine Art of Tourism,” was held at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp - Sheldon Jackson College Campus Oct. 8-10. The annual event attracts delegates from tour operators, Alaska vendors, destination marketing organizations and elected officials.
     In attendance were Alaska Gov. Sean Parnell and Susan K. Bell, Commissioner of the Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.