ALASKAN FLAVOR – Young dancers Eloise Branch, Ella Haley Colliver, Maddox Dozier, Molly Hames, Maddy McDevitt, Aurora Phillips and Annie White emerge from the skirt of Mother Ginger, played by Jill Kisaka, during a rehearsal for “The Nutcracker” Wednesday. The Alaska-themed ballet opens 7 p.m. tonight at the Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale at and at the door. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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September 20, 2023, Community Happenings

Card of Thanks

The Johns and Denkinger family of Ky Michael Johns would like to express their sincere gratitude. We were so deeply touched by the tidal wave of loving support and heartfelt donations as our family faced the tragic loss of our beloved Ky.

Last week as friends and family started arriving into town, a family once from here was welcomed back with open arms. As they began planning the celebration of life, they soon remembered the special community that “Sitka by the Sea” still is today. The blessings showered down upon our family. We would like to thank The Prewitt family and Prewitt Funeral Home. They were angels during this difficult time for our family. A thank you to the Assembly of God Church- Pastor Ryan and Heather Gluth. The Westmark Hotel Conference Center. The Broschat family for an amazing breakfast, coffees and gifts for the children.

Dana H. for decorating the reception area and providing fresh flowers as well. D.J. R. for donating food, bedding and enlarged photos. Sidney K. and family for donating Airbnb’s, vehicles and bedding. Cayla M. and the Pook family for Airbnb and help with chores around the house. Mary K. for the vehicle use to the family. Val O., Betty Jo M. and the Young family for the pictures, slide show and decoration help. 

The Way family for gifted spa services, coffee and snacks. Steve at Harry Race printing services for working after hours on stickers. Ritchie Bagley for honoring the family with a firework display to end the weekend. We hope we have not forgotten anyone who showed generosity to our family during this time, but know it did not go unnoticed.

Our family sincerely wants to thank the community and hold onto Ky’s special motto: “It’s a good day to have a great day!” Ky’s big smile would light up the room. His hugs were bear hugs. He never met someone who didn’t become a friend. He will be greatly missed by many and we forever hold him in our hearts. Thank you from our family to yours for helping make this tough past week a bit lighter.

The Johns and Denkinger family


Mariners First Aid,

CPR Class Offered

Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a mariner’s first aid and CPR/AED class 8 a.m.-3 p.m.  Oct. 7, at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

The cost for the class is $125. Mariners may register online at or call (907) 747-3287.

The class will cover CPR and automatic external defibrillators; treatment of choking; medical emergencies; trauma; environmental hazards; patient assessment; medical communications; drowning and hypothermia; and common fishing injuries.

Attendees will receive a U.S. Coast Guard-accepted, two-year certificate issued by the American Safety and Health Institute.


Seaweed Science

To be Discussed

The next Natural History seminar features  Dr. Lauren Bell giving a talk titled  “Seaweed science in a changing ocean: the underwater world of Sitka’s coastal carbon engineers’’ 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, at UAS room 229. The seminar is free and open to the public.

Bell will describe the diverse forms, seasonal growth patterns, and ecological roles of dominant subtidal seaweeds in Sitka Sound, and explore how the changing marine environment may alter the critical habitats and food supply these seaweeds provide.

Bell is the research director at the Sitka Sound Science Center.

Those with questions can contact Kitty LaBounty at


Tribal Council

Meeting Tonight

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will hold its regular monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. tonight at 204 Siginaka Way, 3rd floor executive boardroom, or by Zoom. The meeting agenda and Zoom link are available on the STA webpage at 


Sacred Harp Sing

Slated for Sunday

All are invited to learn to sing four-part a capella harmony in the Sacred Harp (shape note) tradition 3-4:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Pioneers Home chapel.

Beginners and listeners are welcome. Singing is from the red Denson book, and loaner books are available. For information call Sara at 747-2915.


Basic Auto Repair

Class to Start

UAS-Sitka Campus is bringing back community education classes.

The first class will be basic auto repair with Jon Galiza 10 a.m.-noon Oct. 14. Students will learn how to check and fill under-hood fluids and how to change the oil, oil filter and tire on a car.

The course fee is $20.  Call (907)747-7770 for information and to register.


Hispanic Heritage

Month Noted

In observation of Hispanic Heritage Month, a scavenger hunt is planned Sept. 15 to Oct. 15 at Sitka Public Library.

Youths will answer questions related to famous Hispanic icons whose images are hidden at the library. Once they find the correct answers, they can turn in the completed form for a treat and enter a random raffle to win a prize.

The program runs until Oct. 15.

For information call 907-747-4020 or email Maite at

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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.






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