MASKED UP – Mt. Edgecumbe High School students receive prizes for their costumes this afternoon outside the school library. This year’s Halloween costume contest was held outdoors with everyone wearing masks in order to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Sitkans are trying to have a degree of normalcy while acting responsibly during the pandemic. Businesses are having Halloween-themed  sales over the weekend. Also, Sitka merchants will be hosting the downtown Trick-or-Treat event Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m. with everyone asked to observe social distancing recommendations. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 5, 2013 Community Happenings

    NSRAA Topic of
    Chamber Meeting
    Steve Reifenstuhl, the general manager of NSRAA, will address Chamber of Commerce members noon Nov. 6 at Westmark Sitka.
    Chamber luncheons are open to the public. For more information, call the Chamber office at 747-8604. Visit the website at for calendar of events and upcoming lunches.

    WIC May Have
    Food Stamp Aid
    From SEARHC

    The Women, Infants and Children program at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium may be able to fill in nutrition gaps where food stamp assistance, technically known as the Supplemental Nutrition and Assistance Program, may soon be lacking, if Congress fails to pass a new budget.
    To clarify, a family of four that gets $668 per month in benefits will find that amount cut by $36, SEARHC said.
    Vulnerable populations will be hardest hit by the cuts. In Alaska there are approximately 95,000 recipients, 13 percent of the state’s population. They will see a total of about $12 million in cuts to the SNAP program, which will affect 42,000 children and 13,000 elderly or disabled people, SEARHC said.
    For some families, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children – better known as the WIC Program – serves pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, infants and children up to age five and may help bridge the gap. The WIC Program not only provides nutritious foods, but information on healthy eating and living, and referrals to health care.
    SEARHC administers the WIC program  in Southeast Alaska and is available to serve as many eligible women, infants and children as possible.
    Those eligible for WIC include pregnant woman, women who recently
delivered a baby, or miscarried, and infants or children under the age of five.
    Individuals automatically qualify for WIC if they currently receive any of the following: Medicaid, Denali Kid Care, food stamps, ATAP, or free or reduced-price school lunches.
    Call the SEARHC WIC office at (907) 463-4099 or visit for guidelines.
    In accordance with federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, SEARHC is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

Leslie Gordon. (Photo provided)

    Sitkan Named
    Fellow of Health
    Info Program
    Leslie L. Gordon, MS, RHIA, has been named a fellow of the American Health Information Management Association. She is associate professor at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, and serves as program director of the UAS Health Information Management program.
    The AAS degree program at UAS Sitka is Alaska’s only accredited HIM curriculum. Primarily a distance-delivered program, it serves students across Alaska as well as throughout the 14 Western University Exchange states or wherever they are stationed around the world.
    Gordon serves at the state, national and international levels of HIM. She served four years on the Alaska State HIM Association Board of Directors and is currently serving on the American Health Information Management Council on Excellence in Education. She is the chair of the national curriculum committee responsible for maintaining state of the art model curricula at all educational levels.
    Gordon has been teaching for more than 10 years and worked in the HIM field for over 15 years. She received a master of science in health information management and a post baccalaureate certificate in health care informatics from The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, Minn.
    The AHIMA Fellowship program recognizes members “who made significant and sustained contributions to the profession.”
    AHIMA said that the purpose of the fellowship program is to:
    “We are proud of the excellence and growth of our HIM program under Leslie’s leadership,’’ UAS-Sitka Campus Director Jeffrey Johnston said. ‘‘Our congratulations to her for this well-deserved recognition from her professional peers.”
    For more information, contact Owen Kindig, public information officer of UAS Sitka Campus.

    WOTM to Meet
    Women of the Moose will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 6 at the Elks Lodge.

    Community Grant
    Applications Ready
    The Community Advisory Board of the American Seafoods Company, one of the nation’s largest seafood harvesters and processors, today announced it is accepting applications for its Alaska community grant program. The deadline to submit applications is Nov. 22.
    Since its inception in 1997, the American Seafoods CAB has granted more than $1,100,000 to organizations and programs in Alaska, the board said.
    A total of $30,000 will be allocated by the CAB to community projects addressing issues such as hunger, housing, safety, education, research, natural resources and cultural activities. The majority of grant awards range from $500 to $3,000 per organization. Grant recipients will be selected at the CAB meeting on Dec. 5.
    Request forms are available online at, or by contacting Kim Lynch at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 206-256-2659. Completed forms should be returned to Lynch at American Seafoods using the above email, faxed to 206-448-0202, or postal mail at 2025 1st Ave., Ste. 900, Seattle, WA, 98121.

    Relay for Life
    Meeting on Tap
    Sitka’s Relay for Life will meet 7 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Sitka Pioneers Home chapel. A workshop to plan next year’s event is slated noon-3 p.m. Nov. 9, also in the chapel.
    A representative from the state Relay for Life program will be on hand.
    ‘‘This year’s relay was a huge success,’’ Sitka planners said. ‘‘Please bring your ideas and plan to attend to make next year’s relay bigger and better.’’
    For more information call ellen at 360-202-7031.

    Marines Celebrate
    238th Birthday
    The Marine Corps League, Robert B. Johnstone Detachment of Sitka invites active and inactive Marines to the 238th birthday celebration of the U.S. Marine Corps 6 p.m. Nov. 10 at Agave Restaurant.
    Marines, former Marines, spouses of Marines, and their guests, are invited. Dinner specials and the regular menu are available.
    Attendees are asked to take photographs of their travel experiences to share with fellow Leathernecks.
    Further information or transportation can be made available with at least one day’s notice by calling Bernie Gurule at 966-3202 or Nels Lawson at 747-6903.

    BMS PAC to Meet
    Blatchley Middle School will hold a Parent Advisory Committee meeting 6 p.m. Nov. 12 in the Blatchley library.
    Agenda items include updates on the math and language arts curriculum review, as well as updates on the health curriculum
    YAS Board Meets
    Youth Advocates of Sitka’s board of directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. Nov. 11 at YAS’s 805 Lincoln Street office.
    Meetings are open to the public.
    Board applications are now available. Those wanting to apply may contact Annette at 747-3687.

    Preschool Story
    Time Set Nov. 7
    ‘‘One Red Apple” by Harriet Ziefert will be one of the readings during preschool story time 10:30 a.m. Nov. 7 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    All are welcome. For more information call 747-8708.

    ‘The Nutcracker’
    Story Time Set
    Kettleson Memorial Library and Sitka Friends of Dance will present a Dancing Nutcracker Story Time 10:30 a.m. Nov. 16. The event is for children ages 6 and older, and registration is required. Those interested can call the kibrary at 747-8708.

ANB, ANS Install Officers
    Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 installed officers Saturday at the ANB Founders Hall.
    The oath of office was presented by outgoing ANS president Paulette Moreno and outgoing ANB president Nels Lawson.
    Installation was followed by a potluck dinner.
    New ANB Camp 1 officers are President Tom Gamble; Vice President Robert Sam; Vice President for Construction Kerry MacLane; Secretary Allen Bird; Treasurer Andrew Roberts; Sergeant-at-Arms Chad Titell; Camp Council Pete Karras Sr., R. Spike Arnold and Fred Hope; Junior Camp Council Anthony Lekano; Camp Parliamentarian Nels H. Lawson and David Kanosh; Camp Historian Andrew Hope IV; and Camp Chaplain    Paul Chulik Jr.
    New ANS Camp 4 officers are Camp Mother Margaret Gross-Hope; President Betty Jo Moore; Vice President Eliose Kanosh; Second Vice President Joy Wood; Secretary Jean Arnold; Treasurer Betty Jo Moore (acting); Sergeant-at-Arms Katherine Howard; Camp Chaplains Bertha Karras and Debe Brincefield; Camp Historians Bertha Karras and Dionne Brady-Howard; Camp Parliamentarian Margaret Gross-Hope; Camp Council Bertha Karras, Marcia Strand, Jean Frank, Liz Howard, Pat Svetlak and Karen Lucas; and Junior Camp Council    Paula McCarr.

    Veterans Day Hours
    At Hames Center
    Hames Center will be open on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dance aerobics will be at noon and lunch spin at 12:15 p.m.
    Participants are asked to carry clean indoor shoes to the gym. For more information visit or call the front desk at 747-5080.

    Winter Coat Drive
    Set by Girl Scouts
    Girl Scout Troop 4140 is organizing its second annual winter coat drive from Nov. 10 through Nov. 16.
    On Nov. 10 the troop will sponsor an Elks fundraising dinner and dessert auction to kick off this week-long event. Items can be dropped off at the dinner or beginning Nov. 10 at collection sites including Sea Mart, AC Lakeside, City Hall and the Fire Hall.
    Items needed are: winter coats (all sizes); winter boots (all sizes); gloves, hats and scarves; rain coats (all sizes); rain boots (all sizes); tennis shoes (all sizes); and backpacks for school children.
     All items should be clean and wearable. Those with questions, or wanting an item picked up, can call or text 738-2073.

    Meetings at SHS
    Parent-teacher conference day at Sitka High School is set 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Nov. 7.
    Counselors will offer a one-hour workshop for high school seniors’ parents 12:30-1:30 p.m. in Room 205. Information on helping students choose a college or career, learning the application process and paying for school will be presented. Parents unable to make the workshop are invited to call Cori Schumeljda in the counseling office, 966-1925, to set up another time.

    Spanish for Kids
    Set at Kettleson
    Children kindergarten through second grades are invited to learn easy Spanish through songs, readings and craft activities 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    This is not a drop-in program and registration is required. The first program will start on Nov. 13. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.

    Library Teen Board
    Meeting Rescheduled
    Kettleson Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Board has postponed its meeting to 7 p.m. Nov. 15. Registration is preferred and pizza will be served.
    Teen Advisory Board members help select materials for the library’s collection, make suggestions for future programs, gain volunteer experience and promote the library throughout the community. They are also involved in the library expansion project.
    For more information, call the library at 747-8708.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 10-30-20)

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 9:40 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 380

Total statewide – 14,837

Total (cumulative) deaths – 81

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (14 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 62 (49 resident; 13 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 430.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




October 2000

Photo caption: Their Halloweeen party over, Sitka Tribe of Alaska staff members and their families turn heads as they stroll down Katlian Street Friday. Several Halloween events were held over the weekend. This afternoon kids were invited downtown to trick or treat at businesses; and tonight parties and more trick or treating expeditions will bring out more ... whatever.

October 1970

The only method through which the United States will adopt a 200-mile limit for its contiguous fishing zone is by a change in international law which would require consent of two-thirds of the nations at an international conference, the assistant Secretary of State for Fisheries and Wildlife told fishermen in Sitka.