November 20, 2013 Community Happenings

    Asbestos Online
    Courses Offered
    UAS-Sitka will be holding an eight-hour refresher asbestos online training Dec. 5-18. The class meets the requirements of OSHA, DOL and EPA/HERA.  Cost for the training is $219. For more information, call 747-7786.

    Safety Training
    Offered Dec. 6-7
    Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a one-day fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course Dec. 6-7 at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.
    The course meets training requirements for commercial fishing vessels and is available free to commercial fishermen through funding from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health. The cost is $175 for all others.
    Instructor Mike Morris will cover: cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares and maydays; man overboard recovery, firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; and emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon ship procedures.
    Those interested in registering for the course or wanting additional information should contact AMSEA in Sitka at 747-3287 or

    Schedule of Events
    Given for Sitka
    Artisans Market
    Events, including live music and prize drawings all three days, have been scheduled for the annual Sitka Artisans Market set Dec. 6-8 at Centennial Hall.
    The grand opening of the market will be 4-6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 when vendors open for business. A drawing for 15 percent off a voucher will be every half hour. The voucher is redeemable at any vendor booth and the difference will be made up by Greater Sitka Arts Council. Value is not to exceed $100.
    On Saturday, Dec. 7, the market will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Also planned are a block carving workshop with Cara Murray 9 a.m.-noon; and a watercolor holiday card workshop with Bayla Laks, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Gingerbread creations are due by 1 p.m. for judging and awarding of prizes. For gingerbread questions contact Ayla at 738-5804.
    Continuing on Saturday will be a  craft table hosted by Mt. Edgecumbe Honor Society 2:30-5 p.m. and a writer-led discussion and workshop with Judy Ferguson 5-6 p.m.
    On Sunday, Dec. 8, the market will be open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    A block carving workshop with Cara Murray will be 9 a.m.-noon.  A special craft table hosted by Mt. Edgecumbe Honor Society will be open 12:30-4 p.m.
    Sitka Artisans Market is funded by the City and Borough of Sitka, the Alaska State Council on the Arts and sponsors ALPS Federal Credit Union, Bayne Business Works, Sitka Dental Clinic, Foreign Automotive, SEARHC, AC Lakeside Value Center, Hames Corporation and Westmark.

    Wild Foods
    Potluck Slated
    Sitka Conservation Society will host its annual Wild Foods Potluck 5-7:30 p.m. Dec. 8.
    Attendees are asked to take a dish that features fished, foraged, hunted, or cultivated ingredients from Southeast.
    Prizes from the Sitka Artist Coop, Mountain Miss, the Fisheye Gallery, Russell’s and more will be offered for Best Dish, Best Side and Best Dessert, and subsistence stories will be shared. For more information contact Ray Friedlander or Mary Wood at 747-7509.

    Museum to Hold
    Fundraising Sale
    The Sitka Historical Museum will hold a holiday fundraising sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 29 and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 30 at Centennial Hall.
    All are invited to preview the new museum layout. Discounts will be on most of the museum store’s merchandise, including apparel, books, art and children’s items.
    Museum members receive 10 percent off purchases. Those who mention they saw it in the Sentinel will receive an additional 5 percent off. No admission will be charged. Winter hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Call  747-6455 for more information.

    ANS to Meet
    The Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will have a regular meeting 6:30 p.m. Nov. 26 at the ANB Founders Hall. All are welcome.

    Discovery Days
    At Science Center
    The Sitka Sound Science Center  introduces Discovery Days, a free program for annual pass holders 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays. The Nov. 23 theme will be ‘‘Fossils.’’
    Members are invited to take their families to the event to explore the fossil collection and make fossils.  Annual passes are available at the door.
    Upcoming Discovery Days activities are planned.
    For more information contact education manager Ashley Bolwerk 747-8878 extension 22 or e-mail her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Reuse Center
    Closed for Winter
    The building material Reuse Center is closed for the winter.
    Volunteers expressed appreciation to those who took items or contributed materials. They ask that building material donations be saved until the center reopens in the spring as most items donated last winter became unusable in the harsh weather.
    For more information call Greg Reynolds at 738-5518.

    Cultural Panel
    Meets Nov. 22
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Cultural Customary and Traditional Committee will meet noon Nov. 22 in the STA Resource Protection office at 429 Katlian Street. The public is invited to attend.

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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.