January 15, 2016 Community Happenings


Workshop Set

Sitka Community Hospital and UAS-Sitka Campus will host a workshop led by Foraker’s Director of Human Resources Rebecca Savidis titled ‘‘Leadership and Management: Fundamentals Every Supervisor Should Know.’’

It will be held 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, and again on Thursday, Jan. 28. Both will be at UAS Room 106.

For more information or to register contact Kate Obrien at (907) 743-1200.


Island Institute

Event on Jan. 21

The Island Institute will host a potluck dinner and live music 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at 304 Baranof Street.

Attendees can learn about the Tidelines Ferry Tour, work on climate change, and offer climate change perspective. Take a dish to share. For questions, contact Annika at 747-3794 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


School Board Meets

The Sitka School Board will hold a special meeting to approve the superintendent contract 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at the District Office Board Room.

The board will meet in executive session to discuss the contract. The public is encouraged to attend.


The Sitka History Museum Acquires Works by Local Artists

  The Sitka History Museum has acquired five works from Sitka artists for its permanent collections. 

The art entered the museum collections through an acquisition made possible with support from the Museums Alaska Art Acquisition Fund, sponsored by Alaska’s Rasmuson Foundation. The fund, first launched in 2003, provides grants to qualified Alaska cultural centers and museums for the collection of contemporary work by living, resident Alaska artists.

 “When applying for the Art Acquisition Funds, we intentionally selected each work of art for its ability to enhance our permanent collection and exhibits, and for its capacity to tell a story unique to Sitka and Southeast Alaska,” said the Sitka History Museum’s Curator of Collections and Exhibits Kristy Griffin. “We are delighted at the opportunity to display these significant works for the education and enjoyment of the public and are thrilled to support local artists.” 

The $23,400 grant supported the Sitka History Museum’s purchase of five new works of art by Mark Bartlett, Norman Campbell, Nicholas Galanin, Tommy Joseph and Teri Rofkar.

Bartlett’s painting ‘‘U.S.S. Jamestown’’ was created specifically for exposition in the Sitka History Museum’s exhibit ‘‘The Past Inspiring the Present.’’ The U.S.S. Jamestown was present in Sitka in 1867 during the transfer of Alaska from Russia to America, and later returned to Sitka in 1879. The exhibit marked the beginning of the museum’s commitment to offer new, dynamic, and varied perspectives of Sitka’s history, as reimagined through the eyes of contemporary artists, the museum said. 

The drawing ‘‘The Watchman,’’ by Campbell, was also created for the museum’s recent exhibit. A 1933 photo taken by Sitka’s own Photo Shop Studio that captured the grandeur and mystery of a precariously balanced stalwart rock motivated Campbell to venture outside of his invented landscape style to capture the almost unbelievable boldness of the natural Southeast Alaskan scene.

Galanin’s photographic print, ‘‘Ism 1,’’ is a visual juxtaposition of two different belief systems. Beginning with the idea of the “heavy and real” influence of cultural assimilation on Native Alaskans by missionaries, Galanin uses photography to graphically marry a Tlingit shaman mask with Christian iconography in order to explore the long-lasting issues resulting from their interactions. 

Joseph’s ‘‘Blue Man Helmet’’ takes its inspiration from Tlingit warrior helmets worn for protection in battle. Tommy Joseph/Naal xák’w, a Tlingit master carver, is informed by the traditional art of the Tlingit and utilizes traditional tools and methods. However, Joseph said, he works in the present, using Tlingit iconography to carve new stories about the people around him.

‘‘Cloak of the Aurora Waist Robe’’ is a complimentary piece to Rofkar’s upcoming Cloak of the Aurora Robe, the second in her Tlingit Superman series. Rofkar/Chaas’ koowu tlaa is a renowned Tlingit artist, internationally recognized for her Raven’s Tail weaving, a nearly lost art form. The latest project unites traditional designs and contemporary materials in an effort to keep Tlingit weaving relevant for future generations. 

The Sitka History Museum endeavors to educate the public about the multifaceted nature of interpretations of Sitka’s past by combining art and artifacts in its new museum. 

“The Sitka History Museum plans to display original works by local artists,’’ said Executive Director Hal Spackman, ‘‘Artistic representations of Sitka’s heritage promise to enrich museum visitors’ experiences.”

The works will be on view in the new Sitka History Museum, opening in spring of 2017.


Kaagwaantaan to Meet

Sitka Kaagwaantaan will meet 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, in room 114 at Blatchely Middle School to plan for Celebration 2016 and the fall memorials. For more information, call Roby at 738-4004.


Kettleball Weights

Subject of Talk

Certified Russian kettlebell instructor Jeremiah Jeske will present a program 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, to learn the benefits and fundamentals of training with kettlebells.

The class is free with membership or daily entrance fee. Reserve a spot at www.hamescenter.org or 747-5080.


Sitka Kitch Seeks

Refrigerator Donations

The Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen, at First Presbyterian Church, is seeking donations of two working, clean and energy-efficient, less than 10 years old, refrigerators and a chest freezer.

They will be used by the Sitka Kitch to hold food for classes, entrepreneurs who are renting the Kitch, the church’s soup kitchen and by the Sitka Food Co-op.

The refrigerators and chest freezer will become church property, and any end-of-year tax donation will be through the church. For more information, contact Kristy Miller at the church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 747-3356. For more information about the Sitka Kitch, go to http://www.sitkawild.org/sitka_kitch. 


4-H Update


The next 4-H meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. For more information contact Mary at 747-7509.

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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.