SMOOTH SAILING – A troller cruises across Sitka Sound during a hazy sunset Friday evening. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 13, 2020, Community Happenings

Citywide Spring

Cleanup Slated


For July 18-26

The annual citywide spring cleanup has been rescheduled to July 18-26. The original date was canceled because of city and state COVID-19 mandates.

The Jarvis Street Transfer Station will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-26. Residential property owners can clean up their property and haul acceptable refuse to the station free of charge during spring cleanup days. Batteries, paint and metals are not being accepted. Commercial waste will be charged at the standard rate, the city said.

Yellow spring cleanup garbage bags can be picked up at the fire hall.

The Sawmill Creek Scrap Yard also will accept items 8 a.m.-4 p.m. daily July 18-26. Vehicles, s crap metal, water tanks, refrigerators (clean), dryers, washing machines, stoves, aluminum boats, boat trailers, outboards and lower units (drained of oil), properly cleaned fuel tanks and residential fluorescent bulbs will be accepted free of charge. Commercial waste will be charged at the standard rate.

The city said vehicles three-quarter ton rated or smaller will be accepted free of charge. The inside of the vehicle must be clean of all garbage. Larger vehicles will be charged at the standard rate and accepted by scheduled appointment. All vehicles must be accompanied with a title or notarized 849 DMV form. Vehicles must be towed at the owner’s expense.

Postponed until fall is the household hazardous waste collection.

Recyclables, residential yard waste and junked boats are being accepted this year.

Residents can recycle glass, tin cans, aluminum, #1 and #2 plastics and corrugated cardboard at the Recycling Center, 802 Sawmill Creek Road.

Residential yard waste, up to five cubic yards per customer, can go free of charge to the Granite Creek Waste Area, 402 Granite Creek Road, weekends only 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 18-26 (pickup truck loads only). Commercial operators’ waste is not part of the spring cleanup event and must be paid for. Yard waste includes brush, overburden, stumps and green waste.

Junk boats will be charged at the standard rate according to size, the city said. Boats must be clean of any debris including engines, outdrives and fuel tanks. Metal boats will be accepted at the Sawmill Cove Scrap Yard. Wood or fiberglass boats will be accepted at the Sitka Landfill by approval and appointment only. 

Contact the city public works maintenance shop at 747-4041 to schedule disposal at the Sitka landfill.

For more information about the cleanup event, call 747-1804.



Bag Limits for

King Salmon


Upped for Anglers

Sport fishing regulations for king salmon in Southeast Alaska has changed. Daily bag limits for residents, and nonresident annual limits, have been liberalized by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

Because of reduced nonresident harvest in the sport fishery related to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the sport harvest of king salmon will continue to be significantly below the Southeast Alaska sport fishery king salmon allocation unless harvest opportunity is increased, the department said.

The resident bag and possession limit is four king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, with no annual limit, through Aug. 15. From Aug. 16-Sept 30, the limit will be three king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length, no annual limit.

Immediately upon landing and retaining a king salmon a nonresident must enter the species, date, and location, on their sport fishing license or on a nontransferable harvest record. From July 11 to Aug. 15, the nonresident bag and possession limit is two king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. The annual limit is six king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. From Aug. 16 to Sept. 30,  the limit will be one king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length. The nonresident annual limit is four king salmon, 28 inches or greater in length.



Stephanie Edenshaw

Services July 15

Graveside services for Stephanie Edenshaw will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, July 15, at Anchorage Memorial Park Cemetery, at 535 E. 9th Avenue.


A Celebration of Life for Stephanie will be held 5-7 p.m. at Valley of the Moon Park, 610 W. 17th Avenue.


Sitka School District

Discusses Reopening

The Sitka School District Smart Start Task Force school teams will be reporting on their rough drafts for the start of the upcoming school year 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, in the ballroom at Centennial Hall.


The meeting will also be available on ZOOM via a link on the SSD homepage.


Mountain Goat

Trends Discussed

The Sitka District Ranger, under authority granted by the Federal Subsistence Board, will hold a public meeting and hearing 7 p.m. July 23 to give information and solicit comments to help guide federal subsistence mountain goat management in Unit 4.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will review the current management strategy, and present information related to mountain goat harvest and population trends.

The meeting and hearing will be held by phone. Join by dialing (888)844-9904 and entering the passcode 5936793#.


For additional information, contact Subsistence Biologist Justin Koller at 747-4297 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Dance Party Set

On Zoom July 17

Dancers and non-dancers alike can  register for the 8-10 p.m. July 17 Friday Night Dance Party on Zoom.

The dance is free and all ages are welcome. Michelle Putz and Perry Edwards will host the dance and provide different genres of music from several decades. 

The dance and Zoom meeting are sponsored by the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 


To attend, register by Friday morning, July 17, at After registering, individuals will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Contact Michelle at 747-2708 for information.


Tribal Council

Meets July 15

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Those who wish to attend the meeting telephonically can contact Anne Davis at 747-3207.


The Tribal Council will hear the first reading of the proposed amendments to the Election Ordinance. To make written comment, submit via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Written comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. Monday, July 13.  Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Sitka Tribe of Alaska offices and buildings will remain closed. Sitka Tribe is following the state guidelines closely and taking precautions to protect and slow the spread of the virus, the organization said in a press release.  


Sitka Land Trust

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Community Land Trust will meet 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 13, on a Zoom call.


The public is being encouraged to attend. The SCLT is a non-profit organization that relies on community support and participation. For information about joining the virtual meeting, contact Mim McConnell at 738-2888. 


Seminars at UAS

For Job-Seekers

The UAS-Sitka Campus Title III Complete to Compete grant program is sponsoring a series of workshops for job seekers.

New college graduates, current college students, or those considering a job change can take the workshops.

The presenter Deborah Rydman, UAS career services coordinator, will conduct the following online Zoom seminars.

‘‘Social Media and Your Job Search,’’ 11 a.m. July 21. Strategies, how to optimize social media accounts as a job seeker, and how to “scrub” social media accounts to get them ready for potential employers to view will be discussed.

‘‘References 101,’’ 11 a.m. July 22. Questions about references and resumes will be discussed.

‘‘Mastering the Art of Starting a New Job,’’ 11 a.m. July 23. Strategies that will help secure a new position for the foreseeable future will be discussed.


For information, call Jeff Budd at 747-7795 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sitka’s 4-H Group

Offers 3 Camps

Sitka’s 4-H group is offering several activities this month.

‘‘4-H Bugs & Slugs,’’ a two-day workshop 1-2 p.m. July 16 and 17,   will review native bugs in Sitka, identifying invasive species and how to capture them for the sake of bettering the environment. All ages are welcome and  a competition with a prize is being planned.

‘‘4-H Ukulele Re-Jams’’ camp is scheduled July 13-16. The group will learn new songs and methods of playing. Individuals would not have needed to participate in June to participate. Levels can be selected based on experience.

‘‘4-H Harvest Camp,’’ July 20-23, will explore local foods from salmon to seaweed to not only harvest but also to put cooking skills to work as well as learn about subsistence and foraging laws from a legal expert.

Sessions will encourage outdoor individual exploration and participants will need access to a kitchen space for Zoom meetings. The camp fee includes an activity kit with some specialty items to keep.


For information on any of the camps and to register, contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Wearable Art Show

Volunteers Sought

The Sitka Wearable Art show has designers lined up and now the organization is looking for volunteers.

Help is needed with the silent auction, providing hair-styling and make-up, assisting backstage, advertising, setup and breakdown, and other tasks.

Contact the Wearable Art Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or message Greater Sitka Arts Council on its Facebook page with questions. 

The date of the show is Sept. 19 with shows at  2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Alternative plans are in the works pending COVID restrictions, the council said.



Care Provider

Funds Offered

Sitka Tribe of Alaska is offering financial assistance to those wanting to become licensed child care providers.

Covered expenses include license and application fees; background checks for household members; required safety items; educational supplies and equipment; CPR/first aid training fees; provider training; and professional development fees.

Contact Jean Swanson, 747-3968, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for information.


Funding is being made possible through the Child Care and Development fund Grand Award #QBAKCCDF 1019-2022 and Sitka Tribe of Alaska.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-20)

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 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 59

Total statewide – 3,394

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (12 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 136.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 



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