May 6, 2014 Community Happenings

Fishermen’s Flea
    Market May 10
    Fishermen’s Flea Market is set 9 a.m.-noon May 10. Those with marine-related items to sell should load them up and park in front of Mt. Edgecumbe HIgh School gym starting at 8 a.m.
    Buyers should park in front of UAS-Sitka at 9 a.m.
    Any questions may call Denise at 747-5012. The event is sponsored by SEAWIFs.

    Industry Day for
    USCG Marine
    Safety Detachment
    U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Detachment will hold an Industry Day for the uninspected passenger vessel fleet 8 a.m. May 7 in room 229 on the UAS-Campus.
    Topics covered will include safety alerts, marine casualty reporting, drug and alcohol program requirements, the Coast Guard’s 5 Star Exam Program, emergency communications, how to use distress signals, a dewatering pump, conducting emergency evacuations with a CG helicopter, and conducting vessel damage control.
    Those with questions may call CWO Mike Wortman at 966-5454.

    YAS Board Meets
    Youth Advocate of Sitka’s Board of Directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. May 12 at YAS’s 805 Lincoln Street office.
    Meetings are open to the public. YAS is accepting applications for board members. Those interested in becoming a YAS board member may contact Annette at 747-3687 for more information.

    Yup’ik Artist’s
    Talk is May 11
    The Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to ‘‘To Talk With Animals: A Reading on Spiritual Relationships with Nature’’ by Yup’ik artist Peter Williams 3:30 p.m. May 11 at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.
    This is the first lecture in the summer Native Artist Demonstrator Artist-in-Residency program series.
    Call 747-8981 for details.

    Program on Tap
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites the public to the free, family-friendly program At Saxán (Love of All Things) to make Yup’ik finger masks and dance fans 1 p.m. May 17.
    The program is for children ages 6 to 10. Call 747-8981 for more information.

    Social Security
    Topic of Talk
    ‘‘Social Security, Your Questions Answered!’’ will be presented 6-7 p.m. May 14 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    The seminar will examine how Social Security fits into retirement income plans, when to start taking benefits, and how taxes affect benefits.
    The fee is $19, and spouses, $10.
    Steve Dalquist, from Edward Jones will be having a power point presentation followed by a question-and-answer period.
    Call 747-7762 for more information or to register.
    Grants Available
    From Greater
    Sitka Legacy Fund
    The Greater Sitka Legacy Fund received $5,000 from Rasmuson Foundation to use for making grants in Sitka.
    Grants are restricted to 501c3 status groups and are not available for individual-named scholarships, trips out of Sitka, or athletic team support.
    The group will consider grants related to arts, social services, education, community recreation, community economic or other development, and other community-service projects.
    The application form is available at Kettleson Library, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and is due May 16.

    ‘Anemones’ Topic
    Of Science Walk
  The Sitka Sound Science Center will offer a public event, “A Walk with the Anemones,” with intertidal ecologists John and Vicki Pearse, 8:30-10:30 a.m. May 17 at Halibut Point Recreation Area, at the first parking lot.
    Participants will explore rocky intertidal ecosystem.
    The Pearses will teach intertidal lessons with the first-grade students at Baranof Elementary through the Scientists in the Schools program earlier that week.
    For more information check out our website or call us at 747.8878.

    Salmon Derby
    Tickets on Sale
    Entry tickets for the 59th annual Sitka King Salmon Derby are now being sold at Orion Sporting Goods and Murray Pacific Supply.
    Ticket prices are $10 for one day, $15 two days, $20 three days, $25 four days, and $30 five days. A five-day family ticket costing $60 covers only the parents and their children ages 6 through 15.
    The businesses named above also sell $30 annual memberships to Sitka Sportsman’s Association which qualifies holders for $500 to the Association member entering the largest king each of the five days of the Derby, May 24-25-26, and the following weekend, May 31-June 1. A lifetime membership in SSA is $200.
    Anyone who complies with the rules of the derby and is past their 6th birthday is eligible to compete. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. All contestants, except those exempted and children under age 16, must have a valid Alaska sport fishing license and king salmon stamp. All anglers are urged to read new regulations published by Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
    Derby booklets with printed rules and a partial listing of donated prizes will soon be available at other Sitka businesses as well as Murray Pacific Supply and Orion Sporting Goods. Added valuable prizes will be publicized as the Derby nears.
    For more information, contact SSA President Foy Nevers at 747-3469, or Barge Chairman John McCrehin, 738-8636.

    School’s Out
    The last day of school for all students in the Sitka School District is May 28.
    Parents are reminded of the change in release time for kindergarten and first grade.
    Students will be dismissed as follows: first grade noon; kindergarten 12:15 p.m.; second-fifth grades 12:30 p.m.; sixth-eighth grades 1:15 p.m.; and ninth-12th grades 1:20 p.m.
    No lunches will be served. Contact the schools with questions.

    Trail Group Sets
    Hiking Schedule
    Sitka Trail Works has set its schedule of summer guided hikes, posted at
    Saturday hikes are open to the public and led by a volunteer board member. Allen Marine provides discounted transportation to allow Sitka Trail Works members the opportunity to experience some of the trails that can only be accessed by boat.
    Hikes set for the first part of May are: Sea Lion Cove Allen Marine fundraiser hike May 10; Starrigavan Loop trails hike May 17; and Kruzof Island Bike and Hike May 24.
    Hikes on the Sitka road system are free of charge. A $100 donation is requested for the Sea Lion Cove hike, and a $55 donation for the Kruzof Island trip.
    Donations help cover the cost of transportation and support Sitka Trail Works. Call STW at 747-7244 with questions.

    Women’s Book
    Group to Meet
    The Women’s Book Group will read ‘‘The Third Angel’’ by Alice Hoffman and meet at the Pioneers Home Chapel 7 p.m. May 13.
    All women are invited to participate. For more information call Dorothy at 747-3412.

    Canine ‘Good
    Citizen Test’ on
    The AKC Canine Good Citizen Test is being offered for the first time in Sitka 7-8 p.m. May 13.
    All dogs, registered with AKC or not, may participate. Good manners (sit, lay down, walk nicely on a leash, stay and come), and politeness to “strange” dogs and new people will be evaluated.
    The fee is $20. Karen Kluting and Susan Royce will instruct. Call 747-7762 to register.

    Office Hours Set
    Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins recently returned from the legislative session in Juneau and will hold public office hours on May 7. He will be at the BackDoor Cafe  9-11 a.m.  and Highliner Coffee, 2-4 p.m.
    No appointment is necessary. Those with questions or unable to make it to office hours, can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the representative’s Sitka office at 747-4665.

    Small Quilts
    At BackDoor
    Ocean Wave Quilters guild has more than 50 small quilts on display at The BackDoor Cafe. They will be available for viewing through Saturday, May 31.

    Beginner Spin
    Class at Hames
    Beginner spin classes are being offered at the Hames Center.
    Class runs 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays and 4:30 p.m. Sundays May 7-June 1.
    For more information or to sign up go to or call 747-5080.

    Beginner Silks
    Class at Hames
    Beginner silks classes are being offered noon Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hames Center.
    The class is designed to develop the basic core strength and movement skills necessary for silk acrobatics. A limited number of spots in the class  are available, and priority goes to those interested in working with silks long-term.
    Stop by the Hames Center to sign up for the class or log on to for more information.

    Local Fish Served
    At School Weds.
    Local fish will be served for lunch Wednesday, May 7, at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, Blatchley Middle School and Sitka High School.

    Science Center
    Summer Hours
    Sitka Sound Science Center has begun its summer hours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
    Lunch is available on site at Ludvig’s chowder cart, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
    The center is under construction, but still accessible.

    Emblem Club Meets,
    Honors President
    The Emblem Club will hold a business meeting 7 p.m. May 8 at the Elks Lodge.
    Members are being urged to meet and greet the new state President Judi Blankenship at the start of her year.

    Girls on the Run
    Event Set May 11
    The public is invited to join Girls on the Run for the 5K Tutu Trot 3-5 p.m. May 11 at the Crescent Harbor shelter.
    The free, family-friendly event  celebrates the end-of-the-season for the GOTR participants and includes a  visit from Molly Barker, the founder of GOTR.
    All can participate as volunteers, runners or cheerleaders. Contact Elena at 747-3370 for more information.

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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.