SPLASH – An SUV makes a tremendous splash as it drives through a puddle on Lake Street Sunday morning.  A storm front Sunday and Monday morning brought with it torrential rain, thunder,  lightning and a power outage, but no major damage. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 14, 2020, Community Happenings

Harbor Mountain

Road Closures

Harbor Mountain Road, beyond the turn-off to Harbor Mountain picnic area, is closed for maintenance today and Wednesday, and the entire road will be closed on Thursday.

No access will be available to the Harbor/Gavan Trailhead. 

For information about the project, contact the Sitka Ranger District at 747-6671.


Sitka Resident

Earns Scholarship

Zofia Danielson received the $1,110 Cecil William Westman Endowment for the upcoming academic year at Western Washington University.

The scholarship provides support to students with a passion for the preservation of public land and the natural environment.

Danielson graduated from Sitka High School in 2018 and is a junior at Western majoring in environmental science. She is part of the Honors Program and is a NOAA Hollings Scholar. After graduation in spring 2022, she plans to earn her doctorate in an environmental field.

She is the daughter of Amy Rowe and Mark Danielson.


Grant Funding

For Nonprofits

Is Available

The Alaska Community Foundation has announced it will administer $35 million of funding from Alaska’s share of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act.

ACF will offer grants to eligible nonprofits and faith-based organizations that provide critical services to Alaskans. The new Coronavirus Nonprofit Relief Fund program will be conducted through a partnership with the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services.

“I’m thankful that we’re able to provide funding to many of the groups across our state that work to help Alaskans, especially during this health emergency,” said DHSS Commissioner Adam Crum. “Any time we can put more of Alaska’s share of the CARES Act money back into our communities, I know it will directly help Alaskans.”

“ACF is honored to partner with the state and have this opportunity to support nonprofits helping Alaskans through this health and economic crisis,” said ACF President and Chief Executive Officer Nina Kemppel. “This is an important investment in Alaska’s communities at such a critical time.”

Grants will be prioritized based on the community impact and the organization’s ability to carry out public health projects. It will not be limited based on an organization’s size, type of staff, or geographical location. Grant awards will generally range in size from $25,000 to $1 million through three rounds of funding. Applications for the first round of funding are due July 29.

Nonprofits and other charitable organizations can find more information, including eligibility criteria, and apply for a grant by going to alaskacf.org/cnrf, or contacting: Penney Champney, program manager, pchampney@alaskacf.org, (907) 249-6640, or Jessie Lavoie, program manager, jlavoie@alaskacf.org, (907) 249-6616.


UAS Appoints Interim

Vice Provost, Chancellor

University of Alaska Southeast has announced two recent appointments to its staff lineup.

Maren Haavig has been named interim vice provost, and Karen Carey will serve as interim chancellor. Both will be based in Juneau.

Haavig has been associate dean for the school of arts and sciences. She will continue as the school’s associate professor of accounting.

She earned a doctor of business administration degree with an emphasis in accounting from Walden University. She also holds a master of business administration and bachelor of business administration degrees from UAS, and a bachelor arts degree from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College. She has an active certified public accountant license in Alaska.

Haavig is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, the Institute of Managerial Accountants, and the Government Finance Officers Association. At UAS she teaches courses in financial and managerial accounting, fund and governmental accounting, and financial management.

Prior to UAS, Haavig has been a finance officer for the state of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities; as controller for Alaska Pacific Bank; an accountant and internal auditor for the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education; and as an auditor for the Legislature. 

A lifelong Alaskan, Haavig currently lives in Juneau with her husband Mark Neidhold. She is a 1964 Sitka High School graduate and her parents were Neland and Joyce Haavig. 

During the interim period, Karen Carey retains many of the duties of her position as UAS Provost. With the help of Haavig, Carey will continue to ensure that UAS academic programs meet regional and professional accreditation standards and fulfill the university’s mission and core themes, the university said. 

Carey has been provost and dean of graduate studies since June of 2016, coming to UAS from the California State University Channel Islands, in Ventura, California, where she was dean of arts & sciences. She earned her doctorate in school psychology from University of Cincinnati.

She has co-authored two books on early childhood interventions as well as other articles. Carey worked as a school psychologist in Nevada, Kentucky, Ohio, and California. She also was at California State University, Fresno.

She holds a master of science degree in school psychology from the University of Nevada and a bachelor of science in psychology from San Diego State University. 

Carey has two grown stepchildren with her husband Allan and four grandchildren. 

Learn more about degrees and programs available at the University of Alaska Southeast at uas.alaska.edu. 


Voter Registration

Reminder Given

The last day to register to qualify to vote in the upcoming municipal election is Sept. 6.

The municipal election is Oct. 6.

To register to vote, or update voter registration records, visit: https://www.elections.alaska.gov/Core/voterregistration.php. For information contact the Municipal Clerk’s Office at 747-1811 or 747-1826. Division of Elections Region I Office contact information is 1-866-948-8683 or http://www.elections.alaska.gov.


Park to Offer

Dogs, Walkers

Day to BARK

Sitka National Historical Park will host a BARK Ranger and dog walker appreciation event 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on the front lawn of the visitor center near the lower parking lot.

Socialized dogs on leashes (6-foot leash or shorter) and their walkers can participate in a short “Induction Ceremony” in which the dogs will promise, with the assistance of their humans, to always follow the rules of the BARK Ranger Code, which are:

B: Bag your waste.

A: Always wear a leash that is 6 feet or shorter (not retractable).

R: Respect Wildlife.

K: Know where to go.

Dogs participating in the ceremony will be given a special BARK Ranger Badge (dog tag) after the ceremony. An activity booklet will be available for kids. Photographs will be taken, with their human’s consent, to be posted on the park’s social media page. 

‘‘We look forward to spending time giving some appreciation to the furry friends and their humans, who do such a wonderful job keeping the trails clean and pleasant for everyone,’’ the park said in a press release. 

Dog walkers are asked to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others during this event.

‘‘Please bring a mask in case it becomes too crowded to sustain that distance,’’ the park said.


For information visit the park’s webpage at www.nps.gov/sitk or call the visitor center at 747-0132. 

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-28-20)

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 11:50 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 115

Total statewide – 7,597

Total (cumulative) deaths – 56

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (11 resident; 9 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 44 (37 resident; 7 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 286.

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. 




September 2000

Sitka Open Golf Tournament winners are: Men’s Division – Semisi Funaki, Tom Mattingly and Gregory Martin. Women’s Division – Janet Schwartz, Judy Sudnikovich and Liza Martin. Youth Division – Elaina Mattingly, Matthew Way and Sidney Wyman.

September 1970

Lions Catch a Bear at Kake. They were on Lions Club business, but Willie Dick and Bill Pasek, Sitka, brought back a bear from Kake. Pasek shot the 6-foot-tall black bear after Lions Club business was ended. He and Dick brought the bear back to Sitka where Larry Ross and Dick Wight helped prepare it for a taxidermist.