November 27, 2015 Community Happenings


Life Celebration Set

For Ryan Kauffman

A celebration of life for Ryan Frederick Kauffman will be held 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. 

Ryan was born Aug. 11, 1977, and died in Sitka Nov. 22, 2015.

Hors d’oeuvres will follow. Additional details and information about helping with planning will be posted at


Park Board Meets

The State Parks Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in Room 208 at 601 Alice Loop. The meeting is open to the public.


Tree-Lighting Set

On SJ Campus

All are invited to join the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Sitka Summer Music Festival 6 p.m. Dec. 12 for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

The event will be held on the SJ Campus lawn in front of Odess Theater, and will feature holiday lights, live music and seasonal refreshments.


Qualified Homebuyers

Sought for Program

Sitka Community Development Corporation has announced that it is looking for qualified homebuyers for its Sitka Community Land Trust  program.

Applications are available online at Prospective homebuyers are being reminded AHFC HomeChoice certification will be required. This is either a free eight-hour Home Buyer Education Class or it can be a home-study course if classes are not available. No classes currently are scheduled for Sitka. For more information call 1-800-459-2921. 

Homes will be built for local, limited-income households. They will be built to SCDC specifications with contractor funding or through the buyer’s construction loan. In cases where there are more than one qualified buyer, being longer on the list is an advantage. For more information about the CLT program, call 747-2860.


Holiday Brass

Concert Dec. 19

The annual Holiday Brass Concert will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.

World-class brass players from all over the country perform a diverse mix of music.

Tickets are $25 general and $20 for students and seniors, and are available now at Old Harbor Books. 


Harp Sing Set

The Fifth Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Singing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. The group will be singing from the Cooper Book and the Christmas Harp. Beginners and listeners are being encouraged to attend. Call 738-2089 for more information.


Chamber Board

Elections Held

The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce held board elections at its Wednesday meeting.

Elected to the board are: Suzan Hess, Baranof Island Brewing Company, one-year term; Ptarmica McConnell, Shee Atika Inc., one-year term; Ashley Eisenbeisz, Russell’s, two-year term; Chris McGraw, Halibut Point Marine, two-year term; John O’Brien, ALPS Federal Credit Union, two-year term; Mandy Odenheimer, Alaska Airlines, two-year term; and new board member  Travis Vaughan, Baranof Realty, two-year term.

Upcoming December luncheons are scheduled to include: Thursday, Dec. 3, ‘‘Future of Alaska’s Economy’’ with Pat Pitney, Alaska’s budget director,  and State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins on the panel; Dec. 9, Doug Osborne, ‘‘7 Health Initiatives in Sitka’’; Dec. 16,  Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, pre-legislative session update.

The Holiday Lights Contest will have a special award of $1,000 for the Most Spirited Residence, sponsored by Baranof Realty. 



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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.