December 18, 2015 Community Happenings

Dog Classes Offered

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, will offer puppy kindergarten classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17.

Classes are for puppies up to age 6 months. Susan Royce and Karen Royce teach basic good manners appropriate for each age level using only positive training methods. Cost for each class is $100. Call 747-7700 for more details or register online at 


Christmas Dinner

Meeting Dec. 22

The final ANB/ANS Holiday Dinner Committee meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the ANB Founders Hall to make final plans for the annual free community Christmas dinner.

Volunteers are being asked to let the coordinators know that they have an hour or more to volunteer. They will be assigned a task when they come to the hall.

Ten turkeys need people to roast them (turkeys are provided). For information contact Kerry MacLane at 752-0654 or Joy Wood at 752-0845.


City Offers Many

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer positions are available on several municipal boards and commissions, including Hospital Board, Animal Hearing Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Investment Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, Police and Fire Commission, Tree and Landscape Committee, Port and Harbors Commission, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Library Commission, Health Needs and Human Services Commission, and Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors. 

Those interested may submit a letter of interest and board application to the municipal clerk’s office at 100 Lincoln Street. Applications are available online at or at the municipal clerk’s office. For further information, call Melissa, 747-1826.


Cold-Water Safety

Training for Educators

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer its Cold-Water Safety and Survival Training for Educators online starting Jan. 11.

The 14-week course is offered through the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. Two 593 continuing education credits may be awarded upon completion.

The course teaches the content youth educators need to teach children and young adults to play and work safely around cold water. Topics covered include, cold-water safety and survival, hypothermia, personal flotation devices, ice safety and rescue, and risk assessment.

The course is built around AMSEA’s activity-based K-12 curriculum, Surviving Outdoor Adventures. Materials are presented through computer-based activities, as well as interaction with fellow students and the instructor in online forums. Students will get ready-to-use lesson plan and templates for age-appropriate lessons. The course costs $655 for tuition, books and fees.

This is the fifth year that AMSEA will offer training to educators online. Interested educators may register at or call 747-3287.


4-H Winter Wonders

Week Dec. 28-31

Those wanting a winter break activity are invited to join 4-H Alaska Way of Life for Winter Wonders Week, Dec. 28-31. Each day, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is a different winter-related activity.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 747-7509 for more details. 



Pioneers Change

Meeting Venue

A regular meeting of Igloos 22 and 12 of the Pioneers of Alaska will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Sitka Pioneers Home on Barracks Street. Members should note the new meeting location.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and a short business meeting follows. Pioneers of Alaska members and friends are welcome.


White E Shop Sets

Holiday Hours

Saturday, Dec. 19, noon-3 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m. will be the last two chances for shopping at the White Elephant Shop before Christmas.

The shop will be closed on Thursday, Christmas Eve day, and Saturday Dec. 26. The store will reopen 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 28.



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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

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





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.