May 2, 2014 Community Happenings

Chamber to Meet
    Sen. Bert Stedman will present a legislative wrap-up to Chamber of Commerce members noon Wednesday at Westmark Sitka.
    Chamber luncheons are open to the public. For more information, call the Sitka Chamber office at 747-8604 or visit the website at for a calendar of events and upcoming lunches.

    Work Party Set
    On SJ Campus
    Saturday volunteer work parties continue on the SJ Campus each Saturday, focused on restoring and improving the quad buildings.
     Participants will meet at Whitmore Hall at 9 a.m. Saturday, break for a hot lunch at noon, and continue until 3 p.m.
    Volunteers will focus on getting buildings prepped and ready for painting on the 100 Volunteer Day, set May 10. Dorm rooms will be painted, floors sanded, and trim stained in Allen Hall.
    All are welcome to join at any time.  Call Sitka Fine Arts Camp office 747-3085 with questions.

    C:ARE Luncheon
    Set for May 21
    Brave Heart Volunteers (Yee Gu.aa Yáx X’wán) invites family and professional caregivers, volunteers and interested community members to its monthly C:ARE luncheon noon May 21 at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.
    Partners at Center for Community, Home Health and SAIL will present a brief overview of the services they provide the community. Lunch will be provided. For more information, call Brave Heart Volunteers at 747-4600.

    T’ai Chi Chih
    Practice May 3
    T’ai Chi Chih Practice by the Sea will meet 10 a.m. May 3 behind Kettleson Library on the water side. All are invited to participate. This is not a class.

    Story Time Set
    “Turtle Splash!” by Cathryn Falwell will be one of the readings in the next story time program 10:30 a.m. May 8 at Kettleson Library. For more information about the preschool program call 747-8708.

    Pistol Shooters
    Hit Their Targets
    Sitka Sportsman’s Association announces the results of competitive pistol shooting leagues held January through April at the indoor range.
    For nine .22 shooters, high series winners with 300 points possible were Steve Ramp with 272, Dave Moore 257, and Bill Peters 225. High scorer in “slow fire” was Ramp with 83 out of 100 possible. Ramp also led the “timed fire” at 93, “rapid fire” at 96 out of 100.
    For seven center fire shooters, high series winners with 300 points possible were Mike Bagley with 266, Dave Levesque 248, and Dave Moore 226. Bagley was high scorer in “slow fire” with 91 and “timed fire” with 93 out of 100 possible. Dave Moore had “rapid fire” with 89 out of 100.
    Other pistol league shooters not named above were Ted Allio, Samantha Cox, Elizabeth Crane, John Flory, Zak Hutton, Mike Middleton, and Mike Stenberg.
    The Indoor Range at 5211 Halibut Point Road continues to offer pistol shooting on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., and Saturdays, 2 to 4 p.m.
    Sign-Making to
    Support GOTR
    All are invited to a sign-making event to support the Girls on the Run 5K 4-6 p.m. May 11 at the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School multipurpose room.
    Needed are course direction and cheerleading signs. Contact Elena at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 747-3370 for more information.

    ‘Sitka Start’
    Open House
    Set May 8
    The University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, invites high school students and/or their parents to attend a Sitka Start open house at the Sitka Campus 5-7 p.m. May 8.
    “We hope students who want to save money and get an excellent education will come and learn more about how Sitka Start works,” said David Felts, academic adviser.
    Call 747-7717 to learn more.
    Sitka Start is an opportunity for local students to stay at home for one more year and get a confidence-building year of college under their belt at a savings of between $10,000 and $30,000, according to the National Center for Education statistics.
    UAS said that the Sitka Start approach promises to build confidence through: outstanding science, humanities, art, math and English GER courses; attentive and supportive guidance and coaching by the Sitka Campus’ faculty and Student Success Center; reducing first-year stress through lower costs, fewer distractions and familiar surroundings; and the opportunity to study with local friends who are enrolled together.
    Warnke to Speak
    Mike Warnke will speak at Eagle Quest Ministries, 601 Alice Loop Road, 7:30 p.m. May 16 and 17, and 10:30 a.m. May 18.
    More information is available at

    Due to Perform
    The Kings of the Wild Frontier, a gospel folk and bluegrass duo, will lead worship 3 p.m. Sunday at Calvary Chapel Sitka, meeting at the Methodist Church.
    The service will conclude with a message on ‘‘Loving Our Enemies.’’

    Library Seeks
    Reading Buddies
    Applications for summer Adult Reading Buddies are available at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Those who enjoy reading with a child are invited to sign up to participate in a program that promotes literature among children.
    Buddies meet up to one hour each week with an assigned first- or second- grader. The program runs June 7-July 26 with time off for vacation.
    Those who are interested may please fill out an application at Kettleson Memorial Library or call 747-8708 for more information. Applications are due May 16.

    Drill Conductor
    Workshop on Tap
    The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a fishing vessel drill conductor workshop 8 a.m.-7 p.m. May 21 at NSRAA.
    The workshop 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.
    The workshop meets the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. It is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, with funding from the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.
    To register or get more information, contact AMSEA at 747-3287 or

    School Board Meets,
    Honors Retirees
    The Sitka School Board will meet 7 p.m. May 5 in the Sitka High School library.
    The board will meet earlier, at 6 p.m., in the SHS commons to recognize retiring staff members Sandy Bradshaw, Billy Steinbach, Wayne Treadway, Gary Atkinson, Connie McCarty, Carol Potrzuski and Gaylen Needham, and Carolyn Mork, who will not be able to attend.
    All are invited to join the board as they thank the retirees for their commitment to the school district.

    Pansies for Sale
    Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool is taking orders for its annual pansy sale. Flowers arrive May 9.
    A flat of 18 plants is $50, half a flat $27, and single plants $3.
    Each full-flat purchase enters individuals into a drawing to win a large hanging basket from Garden Ventures.
    Call 966-2675 to order or visit
    Flowers may be picked up noon-6 p.m. May 8, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 9, and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. May 10 at the preschool.

    Tlingit & Haida
    Meet Postponed
    The Sitka Chapter of the Tlingit & Haida Tribes of Alaska has postponed  its May 3 meeting so members may attend the celebration of life for Min Bartels at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    The potluck-style public meeting and enrollment drive has been moved to noon-1:30 p.m. May 17 at the ANB Founders Hall.
    For further information, contact Rachel Moreno, president, at 738-6595.

    Family Fun Day
    At Hames Center
    Family Fun Day is being held 3-5 p.m. May 4 at the Hames Center.
    All are invited to this final family fun day of the season. Available will be the climbing wall, bouncy castle, tunnels, bounce house, and toys and games.
    Adults who purchase a pass will receive a free youth pass.
    Participants should take clean gym shoes to the facility. For further information visit

    Beginner Spin Set
    Beginner spin is being offered at the Hames Center. Those who want to know the benefits of the spin program  and what the craze is about should sign up for the May 7-June 1 program.
    Classes are 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 4:30 p.m. Sundays.
    For more information or questions go to or call 747-5080.

    Fortress of Bear
    Updates Given
    In preparation for the coming season, Fortress of the Bear will be closed May 3-4. It will reopen on Monday, May 5, and be open seven days a week.
    The Fortress apologized for any inconvenience the closure may cause.

    White E Shop
    Sale Saturday
    The White Elephant Shop will have its Mother’s Day sale noon-3 p.m. Saturday.
    Many items for all ages, including purses, candles and a tiara, are on display in the window.

    MEHS Graduation
    Ceremony May 8
    Mt. Edgecumbe High School will hold its graduation ceremony 10 a.m. May 8 at the Performing Arts Center. Eighty-six seniors will graduate.
    Those attending graduation are invited to join graduates, friends and family for a luncheon at the MEHS student cafeteria after the ceremony.
    Baccalaureate will be held 7 p.m. May 7 at the Assembly of God. A reception will follow.

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At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

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 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






September 2003

After the season-opening Ketchikan High School swim meet last week, Sitka High swimmer Matt Way is ranked first in the state in the100-meter breaststroke, while Carrington Gorman is ranked second in the 50-meter freestyle.



September 1973

From Around Town: Sitka Historical Society met Sunday at the Centennial Building with the people who had hosted the Historical Room during tour ship visits here. The ladies of the society served a nice Russian Tea from their samovar, and passed around Russian tea cakes.