Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s office building on the corner of  Siginaka Way and Katlian Street is pictured Tuesday. The building’s HVAC system was replaced using Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Alaska Native corporations are also eligible for CARES Act funding. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

October 7, 2015 Community Happenings

Applications for

Grants Sought

The Greater Sitka Legacy Fund announces $5,000 available for local grants, with special consideration for improvements to emergency response system. 

Apply online at Scroll down to GSLF’s announcement. Applications close 5 p.m. Oct. 21.


Chamber to Meet

The Chamber of Commerce will hold a luncheon noon Wednesday at Westmark Sitka to hear a presentation by the Alaska Day Festival committee.

Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

Presently, Sitkans are in Juneau at the Alaska Travel Industry Association Annual Convention. Sitka submitted a bid for the 2017 convention and the group is promoting the city throughout the week. Individuals can follow and contribute to the feeds on Facebook and Twitter with #Sitka17, in combination with #ATIAcon15. 


College, Career

Fair Set Oct. 13

The College and Career Fair is set noon-4 p.m. Oct. 13 in the Sitka High School main gym. Parents are invited.

More than 40 universities, colleges and career and technical institutions will be represented.

Those with questions can call Ben Cordero at 966-1927. 


 AMHS Seeks Public Review of Summer 2016 Schedule

The proposed Alaska Marine Highway System schedule for the summer  season, May through September, is now available for public review and comment through a link on the homepage at or directly through

All state agencies – including the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities – are working with reduced budgets due to low oil prices. The proposed AMHS summer schedule aims to maximize ferry service to Alaskans within the available operating budget, DOTPF said in a news release.

The comment period has been extended to allow for more time to review the proposed summer schedule, which is significantly different than previous years’ schedules, the press release said.

AMHS will transition to a new reservations system beginning with the summer 2016 schedule. The new system will be ready to accept advanced bookings through the AMHS call center starting in December 2015. The new online booking portal at will be made available shortly thereafter.

Written comments will be accepted via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and by fax at 907-228-6874 prior to Nov. 3.

A teleconference to hear comments and consider adjustments is scheduled 10 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4, for Southeast Alaska schedules and at 1:30 p.m. for Southwest and Southcentral Alaska schedules. The meeting will be held in Ketchikan at the Marine Engineering Facility 7037 North Tongass Highway for participants wishing to attend in person.

The toll-free number to participate in either teleconference is:  1-800-315-6338, conference code 03902#.


Cooking Classes

At Sitka Kitch

Those wanting to learn how to cook more and better food for less money are invited to sign up for the ‘‘Cooking from Scratch’’ series at the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen, at the First Presbyterian Church.

The series will kick off with ‘‘Beans 101,’’ taught by Lisa Sadleir-Hart, MPH, RDN, CHES, 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19.

“Beans are a terrific source of low cost protein plus loaded with vitamins, minerals and fiber,” Sadleir-Hart said. “Using them regularly not only helps you control your food budget but also improves your health.”

The second class is at 6 p.m. Nov. 2 and will focus on basic whole-grain breads using the Tassajara bread technique. It also will be taught by Sadleir-Hart.

The third will focus on gluten-free holiday baking and will be taught 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, by Bridget Kauffman, a gluten-free baker in Sitka.

The final class in the fall series will focus on how to make yogurt using nonfat dried milk. It will be offered at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, and it will be taught by Sadleir-Hart.

The series goal is to teach basic cooking skills using high-quality ingredients, and to help Sitkans take back their kitchens and reduce their food budgets, Sitka Kitch said.

Registration is available at (click on the event title to register, and pay at the class).

Class size is limited. The cost is $20 per class, plus a food fee that will be divided among registered participants. For more information, call Sadleir-Hart at 747-5985.


Potato Workshops

Listed in October

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee is encouraging people to get their hands dirty and learn how to harvest potatoes. Participants will also learn what they need to do to keep those potatoes fresh and ready to eat from now until May.

Michelle Putz will present three short hands-on potato harvesting and storage workshops  9 a.m. Oct. 8, 4 p.m. Oct. 15, and 4 p.m. Oct. 25, all at her home at 131 Shelikof Way. The classes are free and open to everyone.

In addition, she will lead a short class on planting garlic at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 25, just before her third potato-harvesting class. Garlic is best planted in the fall.

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee has been hosting a series of “It’s time to …” workshops this year designed to help local residents learn about various aspects of vegetable gardening and fruit growing. Many of these classes will be informal get-togethers at various gardens around town. Please watch our website, Facebook page, Facebook group, and local news media for information about upcoming classes. If you have an “It’s time to …” workshop you’d like to teach, contact Michelle Putz at 747-2708.


Women Pistol

League Organized

The Sitka Sportsman’s Association will hold an organizational meeting to determine interest in a women’s pistol league this winter. 

Those interested, are invited to attend 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at Knitting With Class, 102 Lincoln Street.

Anyone with questions can call Steve at 738-7267.


Sitka to Host Alaska’s

Sacred Harp Convention

The 8th Annual Alaska Sacred Harp Convention will be Friday evening, Oct. 23, and all day Saturday, Oct. 24, at the St. Peter’s by-the-Sea See House.

All are invited to join singers from Alaska, California and the Pacific Northwest at the free community sing for all ages and musical abilities.

Sacred Harp is an American tradition, dating back to the early 1700s, that brings communities together to sing four-part folk hymns and anthems.

Participants are not concerned with re-creating or re-enacting historical events. This tradition is a living, breathing, ongoing practice passed directly by generations of singers.

The event welcomes beginners and newcomers, with no musical experience or religious affiliation required – in fact, the tradition was born from colonial “singing schools” whose purpose was to teach beginners to sing. Though Sacred Harp is not affiliated with any denomination, it is a deeply spiritual experience for all involved, and functions as a religious observance for many singers.

‘‘Every singing is a unique and self-sufficient event with a different group of assembled participants,’’ organizers said. ‘‘The singers sit in a hollow square formation with one voice part on each side, all facing inwards so we can see and hear each other. However, visitors are always welcome to sit anywhere in the room and participate as listeners.’’

Jesse Pearlman Karlsberg of Atlanta, Georgia, will teach the 7 p.m. Friday singing school.

Saturday’s events begin at 9 a.m. with the all day Denson Book sing. A potluck “dinner-on-the-grounds” will be provided at noontime by the local Sitka singers.

An added bonus will be the regularly scheduled 4th Sunday Sing at the Pioneers Home Chapel featuring Karen Willard of Buckley, Washington. She will introduce, and the group will sing from the 2012 Cooper Book. Books will be provided.

Jesse P. Karlsberg is a Sacred Harp singer, teacher and scholar with 15 years of experience singing tenor and bass from The Sacred Harp. He is the editor of ‘‘Original Sacred Harp: Centennial Edition,’’ a 2015 reprint of a key early 20th-century revision of the shape-note tunebook.

In August, Karlsberg earned a doctorate degree in American studies at Emory University, where he wrote a dissertation on the social context of Sacred Harp singing in the 20th century. He has taught thousands of people to sing Sacred Harp in singing schools at singing conventions, universities, and music festivals in four countries and twelve US states. He is among the longest-serving singing school teachers at Camp Fasola, an annual residential all-ages Sacred Harp singing school, where he has taught classes on Sacred Harp history, composition, leading, arranging, and singing style.

Karlsberg serves as the vice president of the Sacred Harp Publishing Company, the nonprofit publisher of the most widely used Sacred Harp edition, edits the organization’s newsletter, and serves as research director of its Sacred Harp Museum. He has served as chairman of several major Sacred Harp singing conventions including the United Sacred Harp Musical Association (established 1904), the Union Musical Association (established 1868), the Georgia State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, the New York State Sacred Harp Singing Convention, and the Western Massachusetts Sacred Harp Singing Convention.

His shape-note compositions have been included in ‘‘The Sacred Harp’’ (Revised Cooper Edition, 2012), ‘‘The Northern Harmony’’ (Fifth Edition, 2012), ‘‘The Shenandoah Harmony’’ (2013), and in several issues of ‘‘The Trumpet.’’

A resident of Atlanta, Karlsberg is an active participant in Sacred Harp singings throughout Georgia and Alabama, attending all-day singings most weekends. He is post-doctoral fellow in digital humanities publishing at Emory University, where he edits a series of digital critical editions of late-nineteenth and early-20th-century sacred music books.

For more information call 738-2089 or go to


Sitka Sound Science Center

To Host Scientist Fellow

Sitka Sound Science Center staff and board announces Dr. Anne-Mathilde Thierry as its fall Scientist in Residency Fellow.

Thierry is a scientist at the Department of Terrestrial Ecology of the Norwegian Institute for Natural Research. Her research focuses on responses of populations and ecosystems to changes in the environment, with special emphasis on the polar regions. Currently, she holds a postdoctoral fellowship at the Université du Québec á Rimouski.

Originally from Normandie, France, Thierry received her doctorate degree in ecology from the Université de Strasbourg, France, in 2013, studying the physiological ecology of Adelie penguins. Thierry’s current research centers on Arctic fox biology and ecology. Her research shapes the conservation and management efforts of arctic fox in Scandinavia.

Thierry is a member of the Association of Early-Career Polar Scientists. She now co-chairs the French national committee of APECS which she co-founded in 2013. 

While in Sitka, Thierry will present her work in a number of different venues. She will introduce herself to Sitka on the KCAW radio morning interview at 8:10 a.m. on Oct. 13. Later that week, the Sitka Sound Science Center staff will introduce her to the education and science community at the monthly Science Café.

In the following week, on Thursday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m., Thierry will present “Conserving Threatened Arctic Fox Populations in Norway through Captive Breeding and Reintroduction” at the Natural History Seminar which is open to the public.

Additionally, Thierry will present in several of Sitka schools. She will join the field studies class at Sitka High School to work with students on field study methodology. Thierry will also visit the environmental studies class at Mt. Edgecumbe High School to discuss her work on the reintroduction of fox in Scandinavia and also to explore the differences in human attitudes toward animal populations. Finally, Thierry will be welcomed to the Super Science club at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary school for four different lunchtime meetings.

‘‘The student scientists are enthusiastic about her wide-ranging research and also about learning field techniques that may shape their own scientific studies for the year,’’ the science center said. 

The Sitka Sound Science Center, through funding from the Skaggs Alaska Foundation and the National Science Foundation is once again hosting Scientist in Residency Fellowships. Each year fellowships are awarded to preeminent scientists from across the country. This year the SIRF program is focused on arctic and subarctic science.

The SIRF program brings scientists to Sitka for month long sabbaticals allowing for undisturbed research, free from the interruptions of their daily routine. The program provides scientists the opportunity to engage the town in science, sharing their research and career pathways, while also benefiting from the important local knowledge of residents.

For more information or to schedule a SIRF event contact Tory O’Connell, research director, 747-8878.


Local Area Closed to

Mountain Goat Hunt

Based on aerial surveys, historical harvest and vulnerability to goats in this area, biologists have set a maximum guideline harvest objective of four male mountain goats or one female goat allowed for the North Katlian and Coxe River drainages of the Unit 4 registration goat hunt.

As of Oct. 5, four male goats have been harvested in the area, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.

Because the management guideline harvest has been met, an emergency order is being issued to close the North Katlian and Coxe River drainages to mountain goat hunting at 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Portions of Unit 4, Baranof Island, not affected by this emergency order, and not previously closed by emergency order, will remain open until harvest guidelines are reached or the season concludes. For additional information, please contact the Sitka Area Wildlife office at 747-5449.


ANS Sets Officer


Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will hold the second of three nominations for 2015-16 officers 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the ANB Founders Hall.

ANS members in good standing are being encouraged to consider becoming an officer.

Membership dues for October 2015-16 are $12.

The third and final nominations will be held Oct. 27 with elections following. Installation of new officers will be Nov. 1.

Al on the Oct. 13 meeting agenda will be fall events planning, budget and other business.

For more information contact Camp 4 Vice President Rachael, 738-6595.


Beginner Ukulele

Lessons on Sundays

Free beginner ukulele lessons are taught 5-6 p.m. Sundays at the Pioneers Home Chapel. Participants can practice songs 6-7 p.m.

Text to Jeannie, 510-610-0075, for more information.


Sitka Spectrum

Sets Meetings

Sitka Spectrum (LGBTQIA and Friends) meets on the second and fourth Sundays, from  2 to 3:30 p.m.

All ages are welcome to the Pioneers Home Manager’s House. Queries may be sent to 510-610-0075, Jeannie.


‘At Saxan’ Event

Set at SJ Museum

Sheldon Jackson Museum will host its At Saxan (love of all things) event 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.

The free family event is best for ages 6-10. Participants will learn about Yup’ik and make their own masks.

Call 747-8981 to register. Space is limited.


Lutherans Plan

Messy Church

Sitka Lutheran Church will host Messy Church 5:30-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, in the fellowship hall.

This month’s theme is ‘‘Giving.’’

Families of every shape and size are invited to a family-style supper, celebration worships, activities and crafts.

For more information call 747-3338.



Boating Safety

Class in Sitka

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will conduct a recreational boating safety workshop in Sitka, Oct. 23-24.

The workshop will consist of hands-on, shore-based training, with an option for individual on-the-water instruction. AMSEA instructor Dug Jensen will cover small boat handling, aids to navigation, tides and anchoring, docking and maneuvering, an introduction to knot tying, engine troubleshooting, emergency procedures, distress signals and MAYDAYs; EPIRBs, SPOT, InReach, and smart phones; PFDs, man overboard and MOB prevention; hypothermia & cold-water survival, firefighting and flare demonstrations; boat and personal survival kits, and emergency stays on the beach.

The Oct. 23 class is scheduled  6-9 p.m. and the Oct. 24 class is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Both classes will meet at Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association conference room, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

The cost for the workshop is $140 and individual on-the-water instruction is available for an additional charge. Interested boaters can register online at or call 747-3287.


YAS Board Meets

Youth Advocates of Sitka’s board of Directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at YAS, 805 Lincoln Street.


Meetings are open to the public. Also the YAS Board is accepting letters of interest for a new member. The board is a team of professionals working together to support the mental health of Alaska’s youths and their families. Call Annette, 747-2910, with questions.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30, 2020, the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-21)

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 11:27 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 323

Total statewide – 72,584

Total (cumulative) deaths – 385

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,738

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 123

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 37

Cumulative Sitka cases – 873 (797 resident; 76 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 748

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Wednesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,682 (77%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,242 (71%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 79 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





August 2001

The Assembly agreed Thursday to place ballot questions on cell phone usage, downtown traffic lights and a fire hall before the voters in the Oct. 2 municipal election. Assembly members emphasized the election results would be used as a rough guide, not a mandate, on policy issues.

August 1971

Sitka student Phillip R. Wyman is among new admissions for the fall at Washington State University.