September 26, 2023, Community Happenings

BMS Podcast

Club to Register

Sixth- through eighth-grade students can register for the Blatchley Podcast Club. The club will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays and 2:20-4 p.m. Fridays, Oct. 3-Dec. 15.

For information call Mrs. Young at 966-3672 or sign up at the BMS office.


Industrial Park

Closure Noted

The City and Borough of Sitka’s Gary Paxton Industrial Park scrap yard, 4655 Sawmill Creek Road, will be closed 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday, Sept. 29, for training.


Contact the CBS Public Works department with questions, 907-747-1804.


Friends of SJ Museum Seeks

Winter Lecture Applications

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is seeking proposals for its Winter Lecture/Culture Share Series to be held on Zoom between November 2023 and March 2024.

Speakers are invited to propose a 30-45 minute Zoom presentation in one of six categories for the winter series.

The categories are:

1) Talk on your art form or culture or relevant topic;

2) Story Telling – share a traditional story or several stories;

3) Provide an art-making demonstration;

4) Teach a dance/ song or several dances and songs;

5) Share a traditional Alaska Native recipe and give a cooking demonstration to show how to make the dish;

6) Give a presentation on a topic connected to Alaska Native cultures or interests you have researched for higher education purposes, publications, professional interest, or for your work for tribes, villages or corporations. Presentations on sovereignty, boarding schools in Alaska, subsistence, language, TEK (traditional ecological knowledge), museum collections you have studied with Alaska Native material and artwork. 

The deadline to apply is Oct. 20. Applications are available at the Sheldon Jackson Museum or email for a form.

The Zoom events will be open to the general public, recorded, and then placed on the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum YouTube Channel. They may also be posted to Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page and social media pages. 

Speakers will need to have internet and sufficient bandwidth from their place of Zooming, and computer access. At the end of each event, the speaker will give a short Q&A with Zoom event attendees. Speakers will have to provide a brief bio and a photo to help advertise the event. They will be given a $100 honorarium from the Friends for their participation.

Alaska Native artists or culture bearers interested in receiving an application to be a winter speaker; or to serve on a committee to review applications to the Winter Share Your Culture/Share Your Research Series or on a committee to review applications for the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program, can email


‘Trick or Read!’

Event at Library

Sitka Babies and Books and Sitka Public Library invite families to ‘‘Trick or Read!’’ 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 28.

The annual program celebrates  autumn with reading, playing and crafting. Preregistered babies and toddlers will receive a free book, purchased with a grant from Sitka Legacy Foundation, an affiliate of the Alaska Community Foundation.


For information or to register call the library at 907-747-4020.


Medicare, SS

Benefits Discussed

Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits will be discussed 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at Centennial Hall.

SEARHC and Cynthia Gibson, CFP, LPL financial adviser with Wayfinder Wealth, invite Sitkans to attend a presentation addressing questions about retirement benefits.

The event includes lunch. To reserve a seat call 907-966-2803.


Armchair Travels

Event Canceled

Sitka Public Library has canceled Thursday’s 6:30 p.m. Armchair Travel Series event.

It will be rescheduled.


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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.






December 2003

The Sawmill Cove Industrial Park board of directors endorsed a final contract tuesday for the city to sell a minimum of 40 million gallons of reservoir water per year to an export company based in New York City. ... under the contract Quest would have the right to purchase up to 1 billion gallons of water per year at 1 cent per gallon



December 1973

 The City and Borough of Sitka conducted a community public opinion poll evaluating municipal services and facilities. ... The overall results gave this priority order: 1. roads and highways; 2. water and sewer; 3. downtown parking; 4. garbage collection and disposal; 5. hospital and medical facilities; 6. planning and zoning; 7. boat harbors.


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