November 14, 2013 Community Happenings

Native Artist
    Market Listed
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska will host a Native artist market as part of Native Heritage Awareness Month activities.
    The market will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    Tables are available for $20-$30, with a special rate for Tribal citizen elders. STA is encouraging Tribal citizens and Native artists to reserve a table by calling Beverly with economic development at 747-7290.

TAP Class Set
A Training for Alcohol Professions class will be held 9 a.m. Nov. 16 at Westmark Sitka in the banquet room.
The class fulfills the State of Alaska education requirements for servers and sellers of beverage alcohol. Cost is $45 and ID cards required.
Those who have an expired TAM card less than 6 months expired may simply take the test. Cost is $45 and individuals must arrive by 8:30 a.m.
Call Helen at 747-6738 for more information.

    Call for Prayer
    Slated Sunday
    The Christian Churches of Sitka will hold an ecumenical candlelight prayer service for the Republic of the Philippines in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan 5 p.m. Nov. 17 at the Crescent Harbor shelter.
    Contact information for various relief agencies will be provided. Those attending can take light refreshments to share.
    For further information contact Father Jim Blaney at 747-8371, Pastor Ferdi Llenado at 747-8775 or Pastor Robert Hattle at 738-2230.

    School Breakfast
    Donations Sought
    Blatchley Middle School is seeking donations of money for its breakfast snack program.
    Students can select a breakfast bar each morning. Organizers are hoping to add fresh fruit at least once a week.
    Donations can be made out to Blatchley Middle School and left at the front office. Call Kari at 752-7323 with questions.

    ANS Christmas
    Bazaar Dec. 7
    The annual Alaska Native Sisterhood Christmas Bazaar is slated 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 7 in the newly renovated ANB Founders Hall.
    All are invited to shop for a large assortment of local Native arts and crafts, jellies/jams, afghans, jewelry and other items made by local artists.
    Craft tables may be rented for $20 each. Memberships may be renewed, and new ones accepted at the event. For more information contact Helen Mercado at 747-3410 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    C:ARE Luncheon
    Set for Nov. 20
    Those caring for elderly parents, friends or family members from a distance are invited to the Brave Heart Volunteers C:ARE Luncheon noon Nov. 20 at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.
    Robert Woosley will talk about team building to provide best possible care, while Julie Simpson and Shoshauna Schmidt will showcase technology that can make family feel closer to home.         The luncheon is open to the public. Lunch will be provided; call 747-4600 for details.

    Benefit to Support
    Falzerano Family
    All are invited to show support for Scott Falzerano and his family at a benefit from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 16 at Tongass Threads Consignment, 236 Lincoln St., No. 102.
    His family and friends will be selling baked goods and Tongass Threads will be donating the store’s proceeds to add to the reward offered for any information that helps bring Scotty home.
    Those wanting to donate time or baked goods can call or message Cathie VanVeen at 738-5231.

    Unitarians Meet
    Sunday’s Unitarian Fellowship program titled “Who Do You Think You Are?” is set at 10:45 a.m. at the Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street. Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m.
    The talk will ‘‘explore the nature of our identity, who we think we are, and why it matters.’’
    Children’s religious education is provided. Soup and bread follows the program at noon. Parking is located behind the building off Spruce Street.

    Holiday Craft
    Party Set Dec. 1
    The Greater Sitka Arts Council and UAS Sitka Campus announce the Annual Arts Council Holiday Craft Party at UAS to be 2-4 p.m. Dec. 1.
    Activities will include silk screening, ornaments, gingerbread houses and stamp print cards. The Sitka Studio of Dance will have performers and there will be live music and snacks.
    For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Jeff at 747-4821.

    Fall Art Walk
    To be Nov. 29
    The Greater Sitka Arts Council will host the Annual Fall Art Walk 5-9 p.m. Nov. 29 at downtown shops and galleries.
    ‘‘See new art work, visit with your neighbors, and maybe get an early idea for the holidays,’’ organizers said.
    For more information e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

2014 Sitka Green Business
Awards Nominations Accepted
    Sitka Global Warming Group wants to help Sitkans recognize local business that are doing good things for the community and the environment.
    SGWG is taking nominations for Sitka Green Business Awards. Nomination forms are available at or by calling 747-2708. The nomination deadline for the first round of 2014 awards is Jan. 15.
    SGWG is in its fifth year of awarding Sitka Green Business Awards. Through their ongoing awards program, SGWG provides businesses with information and education on ways to save money, conserve resources, and support the community. They also recognize and thank local businesses for using “green” practices and market those businesses on a website and through other means.
    Using energy/money-saving recommendations from local businesses, the group has a list of over 35 green practices that local businesses are already using to save money. These practices determine the “winners” of the green business awards.
    The program’s four levels recognize different levels of commitment towards green practices. The more actions that a business does to help the environment, the higher the recognition level they receive. A special recognition category recognizes businesses involved in one-time and ongoing major environmental initiative.
    Businesses are awarded at the following levels: 1-4 green practices, Bronze Award; 5-9 green practices, Silver Award; 10-14 green practices,  Gold Award; and 15 or more green practices, Platinum Award.
    Last year, 26 local businesses were awarded the 2013 “Sitka Green Business Award.” Nineteen of Sitka’s businesses received the highest recognition, the Platinum level award. Four businesses received a Gold level award and one a Silver level award. The Sitka Community Development Corp. received a “New Projects” Special Recognition award for starting the Building Reuse Center. Sitka’s fishermen received “Ongoing” Special Recognition award for donating fresh, healthy, locally caught salmon to the Fish to Schools program run by Sitka Conservation Society.
    For more information or to volunteer, call Michelle Putz at 747-2708.

    Baskets Given
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s social services department is handing out Thanksgiving baskets to emergency assistance and general assistance clients on a first-come, first-served, basis. Clients should contact the department for more information.

    Caramel Apple
    Benefit Nov. 30
    Blatchley Middle School music department will hold its annual gourmet caramel apple desserts fundraiser at a new location this year – Wells Fargo Bank lobby – 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 30.
    Granny Smith apples are dipped in homemade caramel, covered with chocolate and coated with toppings, such as peppermint, toffee, pecans and M&Ms.
    Each sells for $9. All money raised goes to support music program members travel to Idaho for the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival.

    STA Health Panel
    To Meet Dec. 6
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s health committee will meet noon Dec. 6 at the Healing House, 429 Katlian Street.
    Nominations are being held to appoint a new Tribal citizen to the committee.
    Those wanting to become a voting member of the committee are invited to submit a letter of interest to Erin Rofkar at STA. Call Rofkar at 747-3501 for more information.
    Other topics to be discussed are the Domestic Violence Code for STA and goal-setting for the committee.

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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.