November 26, 2013 Community Happenings

Cold Water
    Safety Taught
    The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer its cold water safety and survival training for educators online starting Jan. 22. This is the third year for the program.
    It is offered through the UAS-Sitka Campus. Two 593 continuing education credits may be awarded upon completion.
    This year’s offering has revisions that will make the course more user friendly for the student, and “students work on their own time within the course deadlines,” said Marian Allen, course instructor and UAS-Sitka professional training coordinator.
    “The advanced material presentation technology provides interaction with the computer in some fun activities as well as interaction with fellow students and the instructor in forums,’’ Allen said. ‘‘It also teaches the content youth educators need to teach children and young adults to play and work safely around cold water using the curriculum.’’
    Students walk away from the course with a lesson plan ready to use and a listing of support organizations including Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium, State of Alaska Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, State of Alaska Office of Boating Safety, University of Alaska Sea Grant, Marine Advisory Program. Templates for age-appropriate lessons will be given by U.S. Coast Guard 17th District.
    Instructors certified through the course may check out gear from AMSEA’s extensive gear inventory for use as teaching aids.
    AMSEA’s activity-based K-12 curriculum covers cold-water safety & survival, hypothermia, personal flotation devices, ice safety and rescue, and risk assessment. The course costs $320 for tuition and books. Interested educators should register with AMSEA by calling 747-3287.

    Safety Training
    Offered Fishermen
    Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a one-day fishing vessel safety and drill conductor course Dec. 7 at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.
    The course meets the training requirements for commercial fishing vessels, and is free to commercial fishermen due to 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 and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs; and emergency drills, helicopter rescue, life rafts and abandon ship procedures.
    To register or for additional information contact AMSEA in Sitka at 747-3287 or

    Public Transit
    Panel to Meet
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Human Services and Public Transit Advisory Committee has scheduled a meeting 4-5 p.m. Dec. 2 at Centennial Hall Rousseau Room.
    The local human service agency grant applications for purchased services and for capital (vehicles or transit technology) will be reviewed and prioritized. The public is invited to attend.
    At the meeting the applicants who pre-filed applications can make brief presentations about their needs to the full committee. For more information call Connie Sipe at 966-4232.

    State Park Board
    To Hold Meeting
    The Sitka State Parks Advisory Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Dec. 10 at Centennial Hall. The public is invited to attend.

    Hoop Camp Set
    The annual Holiday Hoop Camp with Coach Andy Lee is planned Nov. 30 at Blatchley Middle School gym.
    Registration will be held the day of the event. Parents registering more than one child will be given half-off on the second registration.
    Kindergarten through second grade meet 9-10:30 a.m. The cost is $20. Those in grades 2-5 meet 11 a.m.-1 p.m. The price is $25. Grade 5-9 meet 1:30-3:30. The cost is $25. A coaches clinic is slated at 1 p.m., with lunch being served.
    For more information contact Lee at 738-1053.
    Youth Basketball
    Coaches Clinic Set
    A clinic for youth basketball coaches is set 1 p.m. Nov. 30 in the Blatchley Middle School gym. Lunch will be served.
    The event will be taught by Andy Lee, Sitka High School boys basketball coach.
    Participants will build game plans, learn coaching tips, and watch live demonstrations of drills to help develop playing skills.
    Contact Lee at 738-1053 with questions.

    Glacier Bay
    Topic of Talk
    Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer will be featured at the next Natural History Seminar series presentation titled “Chasing Wild Sounds” 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    Nelson and Lentfer will discuss their project “Voices of Glacier Bay National Park,” an effort to create a library documenting natural sounds from the park, including everything from the subtle scratches of a crab claws on sand grains to the reverberating trumpets of humpback whales echoing across the bay.
    Those with questions may contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust and by the University of Alaska Southeast.

    SHS Parents’
    Seniors Meet
    Parents of Sitka High School seniors are invited to a preliminary organizational meeting for the graduation party at the Keet Gooshi Heen multipurpose room 7-8 p.m. Dec. 5.
    Those with questions may call Tessie Coleman at 738-4834.

    Group Organizes
    Meth Crime Line
    Those with information about meth or heroin crimes in Sitka may report it anonymously and with no fear of retribution.
    The Sitka Police Department’s Crime Line gives callers a way to report information in a positive manner – and the caller is not identified. Callers can use 747-8980 for tips on drugs. Those with information on assault, DUIs or robberies can call 747-8980.

    Thanksgiving Day
    Yoga Session Set
    A yoga class will be held 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 28 at Yoga Union. It will be a donation-based event with all proceeds going to the scholarship fund.
    For more information call 738-2443 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Vini-Yoga Mini
    Series Yoga Set
    A vini-yoga three-week series begins Nov. 30 at Yoga Union. It will run 10-11:15 a.m. Saturdays.
    Karen Zamzow will teach those wanting to explore the breathing practices of yoga, including absolute beginners and experienced practitioners. To sign up or for more information call 738-2443 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Relax, Renew
    Yoga Listed
    A two-hour basic relax and renew restorative yoga workshop will be held 3-5 p.m. Nov. 30 at Yoga Union. Email Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register or sign up at the studio in the Kellogg Building on the SJ Campus. Yoga Union is a nonprofit organization.

Junior Rangers at Park
    School-age children and their families are invited to Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Nov. 29 for the unveiling  of the park’s new Junior Ranger Activity Book.
    The newly-published book contains over a dozen activities for kids, ages 4 and up. Rangers will distribute the books and help kids with the various mazes, word searches, crossword puzzles, and art projects. It is a family activity and all children must be supervised.
    In addition to the Junior Ranger Book activities, there will be several interactive programs offered throughout the morning.
    Food and refreshments will be offered, as well as several showings of the 12-minute film, “Voices of Sitka.” Children will have the chance to win prizes donated by Alaska Geographic, and the artwork produced by the kids will be put on display.
    The day’s schedule will include: 10:40 a.m.-11 a.m., three ranger-led programs to choose from; 11:45 a.m.- 12:15 p.m., Alaska Raptor Center presentation on the birds of prey that live  in Sitka, including live birds; and 12:15 p.m.-12:30 p.m. –  after completing their Junior Ranger Activity Books, students are invited to participate in the badge ceremony. They will take an oath with a ranger and receive a certificate and a badge. Children may also return their completed books at a later date.

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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.