TREE LIGHTING – Sitkans gather next to a decorated spruce tree across from City Hall Saturday. Scores turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration that included caroling, a tree lighting hosted by Mrs. Santa Claus, and remarks by Chamber of Commerce member Loren Olsen and City Administrator John Leach encouraging people to shop in town during the holiday season. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

February 24, 2016 Community Happenings

Budget Hearings

Set for Schools

The Sitka School Board will hold a series of budget hearings this month.

The community is invited to the Sitka High School library at 7 p.m. on March 2. The board encourages community members to attend.

Board members will be on Raven Radio and available for questions on the air 6:30-8:30 p.m. March 7.

The board will hold a budget work session in the district office board room 6 p.m. on March 9. The community is being encouraged to attend. 



New Survival

Craft Rules

Put on Hold

New survival craft rules for commercial fishing vessels that were scheduled to go into effect on Feb. 26 and Nov. 1 of this year have been put on hold.

As a result of this Congressional action signed by President Obama on Feb. 8, fishing vessels that are currently meeting their survival craft requirement with a buoyant apparatus, lifefloat or Coast Guard District 17 skiff exemption letter may continue to operate with these devices while within 12 nautical miles of shore.

Fishing vessels that are under 36 feet and that carry less than four persons onboard may continue to operate without a survival craft within 12 nautical miles of shore.

A Coast Guard rulemaking project is currently underway that will require all fishing vessels operating more than 3 nautical miles from shore to carry a survival craft that keeps them out of the water. This effort will likely take a year or more to be completed.

Anyone with questions about commercial fishing vessel requirements may contact Steve Ramp, the Coast Guard’s local Fishing Vessel Safety Examiner, at 966-5620.



Martinson Factor

Concert March 2

The Martinson Factor concert is planned 7 p.m. March 2 at Sitka High School, presented by the school’s music department.

It will feature SHS music students, community musicians, and Martinson Factor members vocal artists Sarah Martinson and Karen Neal and trumpet virtuoso Brian Neal, all of Miami, Florida.

It will be an evening of chamber music and a grand finale.


Easter Service

Choir Practice Set

Choir practice for the Community Easter Sunrise Service will begin 3 p.m. March 6, at the Sitka United Methodist Church, 303 Kimsham Street.

For additional information contact Gloria Hagerman at 747-3656.



Meetings at BMS

Parent-teacher conferences for Blatchley Middle School will run Feb. 29-March 3. Students will have an early release at 1:25 p.m. Monday through Thursday. No classes will be held on Friday.

Monday and Tuesday conferences will be student-led 2:30-6 p.m. On Wednesday, 2:30-6 p.m., and Thursday, 1:25-3:30 p.m., conferences will be pre-arranged by appointment only.

Those with questions or who need to arrange an appointment call 747-8672, or email Ben White at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Deadline Near for

Wearable Art Show

The due date for the application for the Greater Sitka Arts Council’s Alaska Airlines Wearable Art Runway Show, produced by the Greater Sitka Arts Council, is Feb. 29.

Registration forms with needed information are available at www.thinkartthinksitka. Organizers will need to know music and color scheme as soon as possible, and can extend the deadline by contacting Jeff Budd 747-4821 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Meeting on Tap

The Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association will hold its annual board of directors meeting 9 a.m. March 2-3 at 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

The agenda will include operational plans and consideration of the FY17 budget. Copies are available at the NSRAA office and online at on the two days of the meeting.

Meetings are open to the public.


Youth Orchestra

Concert March 7

The Sitka Youth Orchestra will stage its 15th annual spring concert 7 p.m. Monday, March 7, at the Performing Arts Center.

It will feature symphonic works by Beethoven, Grieg, Strauss, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Special selections will be performed by some of the graduating seniors in the orchestra.

The group is under the direction of Jan Lovett and has been rehearsing since January to prepare for the performance.

Donations will be accepted at the door of the hourlong, family-friendly concert. For more information call 747-3653.


Alaska Day Festival

To Honor Nurses

“Nursing on the Last Frontier” is the focus of coordinators for Sitka’s 2016 mid-October community Alaska Day Festival. Artwork is sought for the commemorative button which might depict traditional Native practices, the Russian era, or more modern times in Alaska medicine.

Artwork may be submitted prior to April 1 at the Edward Jones office, 223 Harbor Drive. A $100 honorarium is offered for the winning design.

The Alaska Day Committee meets each third Tuesday of the month at location to be announced. Persons having comments or questions about festival activities or new volunteers are invited to attend the meetings or contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124 or Vice Chair Steve Dalquist at 752-0750.


Cancer Survivor’s

Society to Meet

The Sitka Cancer Survivor’s Society will hold its annual meeting 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at the Westmark Sitka meeting room.


All are welcome. For more information call Susan Suarez at 738-1176.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-3-21)

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 10:21 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 312

Total statewide – 146,558

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,117

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 13 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 152.52 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,142

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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December 2001

Photo caption: Cathy Hanson shovels snow off the sidewalk in front of Russell’s today. What started as a few flakes Monday evening had mounted to an estimated half-foot by noon today. More was forecast but rain is possible Wednesday.

December 1971 

Several fish fatalities resulted Monday night when a car apparently went out of control, ran off Halibut Point Road and slammed into the rear of Sitka Petland Store. Vibrations shattered fish tanks, and several hundred dollars worth of tropical fish were casualties.