VOCAL EXERCISES - Artist in the Schools instructor Sarah Branton of Cherry Creek, Colorado, leads an exercise in the Sitka High School band room this morning as she teaches students how to improve their volume. Branton will be here all week working with choirs at Blatchley Middle School and Sitka High. Her instruction is part of the effort to rebuild school  choir programs and numbers following the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

SE Conference Opens Way for Cruise Plan
26 Sep 2023 14:48

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer City Administrator John Leach says Southeast Conference  [ ... ]

Early Voting Under Way in Oct. 3 City Election
26 Sep 2023 14:40

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer Voting has been slow in the seven days since early votin [ ... ]

Choir Master Leads Off Artists in Schools Season
26 Sep 2023 14:38

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer The Sitka School District welcomed an Artist in the Scho [ ... ]

Careers in Fishing Face Host of Obstacles
26 Sep 2023 14:35

By JOSHUA A. BICKEL  The Associated Press KODIAK (AP) — Lane Bolich first came to work in Alask [ ... ]

September 26, 2023, Police Blotter
26 Sep 2023 14:31

Sitka police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 25 At 7:07 a.m. a bear was re [ ... ]

September 26, 2023, Community Happenings
26 Sep 2023 14:30

BMS Podcast Club to Register Sixth- through eighth-grade students can register for the Blatchley P [ ... ]

Assembly to Award $45,000 to Nonprofits
25 Sep 2023 15:36

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly will conduct its annual distribution of cit [ ... ]

St. Michael's Icon Helps Raise Funds for Priests
25 Sep 2023 15:33

By GARLAND KENNEDY Sentinel Staff Writer As part of fundraising aimed at increasing the stipend re [ ... ]

Alaska Relaxes Rules On Marijuana Ads, Samples
25 Sep 2023 15:29

By JAMES BROOKS Alaska Beacon Alaska Lt. Gov. Nancy Dahlstrom has signed new regulations that allo [ ... ]

U.S. Judge Asked to Order Mine to Let Inspectors I...
25 Sep 2023 15:28

By JAMES BROOKS Alaska Beacon The federal Mine Safety and Health Administration is asking a U.S. D [ ... ]

September 25, 2023, Community Happenings
25 Sep 2023 15:22

Natural Resources Discussed at Meet Sitka Tribe’s Natural Resource Committee will meet 6:30 p.m. [ ... ]

September 25, 2023, Police Blotter
25 Sep 2023 15:20

Sitka police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 22 At 9:34 a.m. trash was rep [ ... ]

Heating Grant Expands Uses of SFAC Building
22 Sep 2023 15:13

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer Sitka Fine Arts Camp has received a $372,000 grant from  [ ... ]

Sullivan Tells of Plans to Protect Fisheries
22 Sep 2023 15:12

By GARLAND KENNEDY Sentinel Staff Writer Alaska U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan emphasized the importance o [ ... ]

Sitka's Keet Named a National Blue Ribbon School
22 Sep 2023 15:11

By Sentinel Staff Sitka’s Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School has been named a National Blue Ribbo [ ... ]

Permanent Fund Payout Set at $1,312 This Year
22 Sep 2023 15:09

By JAMES BROOKS Alaska Beacon This year’s Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend will be $1,312. The Al [ ... ]

Sullivan On New Path To Picking U.S. Judge
22 Sep 2023 15:08

By JAMES BROOKS Alaska Beacon Alaska Republican U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan has picked a nine-member pa [ ... ]

September 22, 2023, Police Blotter
22 Sep 2023 14:27

Sitka police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 21 At 5:08 a.m. assistance wa [ ... ]

September 22, 2023, Community Happenings
22 Sep 2023 14:25

Climate Connection -- Sitka’s Probable Temperature Futurehe nonprofit Probable Futures has map [ ... ]

Sen. Murkowski: 'Shutdowns Hurt'
21 Sep 2023 15:41

By GARLAND KENNEDY Sentinel Staff Writer Alaska U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski spoke in opposition to a  [ ... ]

Sitkans Being Asked About Access to Food
21 Sep 2023 15:39

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer How many days of food do you have available in your home [ ... ]

SE Conference Told of $1M Housing Grant
21 Sep 2023 15:36

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer The U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing a $1 mil [ ... ]

Study: Half of Those Born In Alaska Haven’t Stayed...
21 Sep 2023 14:45

By JAMES BROOKS Alaska Beacon More than half of Alaskans born within the state have moved away, ac [ ... ]

Legislators to Skip Fall Special Session
21 Sep 2023 14:43

By JAMES BROOKS Alaska Beacon The Alaska Legislature will not meet in a special session this fall  [ ... ]

Other Articles

Daily Sitka Sentinel

August 17, 2022, Community Happenings

Robert Dryden Dies;

Was Longtime Sitkan

Robert Everett Dryden, a longtime Sitka resident, died August 3 at his home. He was 75.


An obituary will be published later.


WWII History Walk,

Open House Aug. 20

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will offer a free presentation and short history walk 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, about the Navy and Army buildup on Japonski and neighboring islands during WWII and what can be seen today.

The presentation will start at the Japonski Island Boathouse, at the foot of the O’Connell Bridge. Portions of Sitka’s WWII defense installations are listed on the National Register of Historic Places as the Sitka Naval Operating Base and U.S. Army Coastal Defenses National Historic Landmark, a designation for properties of national historical significance. 

An open house is planned at the boathouse 1-3 p.m., with coffee and treats, information about recent work on the building and future plans. Recent work on the building is supported in part by a federal Historic Preservation Fund Certified Local Government grant, through the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology to the City and Borough of Sitka.

For information, go to sitkamaritime.org or email sitkamaritime@gmail.com. 


Maritime History

Walking Tours On

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society is offering Maritime History Walking Tours 1-2:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday.

The tour is in downtown Sitka and  waterfront. Each person will have a binder of historic images to compare with Sitka today. The tour includes Tlingit America, the Maritime fur trade, the actual circumstances, population and character of the Russian outpost, missionaries and rum-runners, fishing, boat building, and WWII.

Tickets are $40 adults and $30 youths, and can be purchased at sitkamaritime.org. For information: sitkamaritime.org or email sitkamaritime@gmail.com.  


SJ’s Fraser Hall

Future Discussed

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp invites the public to an open house at Fraser Hall (the historic dormitory across from the SJ Museum) 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21.

At 2 p.m. will be a short presentation by James Poulson, master of design studies in historic preservation, about planning for weatherization and heating systems for the historic building with consideration of costs, comfort, sustainability, preservation, energy efficiency and moisture management.  

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp recently had a weatherization plan and a heating system design done for the National Historic Landmark building, supported in part by a federal Historic Preservation Fund Certified Local Government grant, through the Alaska State Office of History and Archaeology to the City and Borough of Sitka.


Cookies, coffee and tea will be available. Historic photos and plans, as well as the new heating system design and weatherization plan, will be available to view. For information, call 907-738-7448.


Steffes Graduates,

Earns Bachelors

Haylee Steffes of Sitka graduated from Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colo., on May 14 with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry.

The 2017 Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate is the daughter of David and Pam Steffes of Sitka.


On Dean’s List

Sophia Eastham and Delainey Steffes of Sitka have been named to Fort Lewis College’s dean’s list for the spring semester.

Students named took at least 15 credits of gradable hours and achieved a 3.60 or higher grade point average. The college is located at Durango, Colo.


BHV Buoy, Art

Auction Slated

Brave Heart Volunteers will have an online buoy and art auction Aug. 23-30. Buoys are decorating downtown this summer and the auction will raise funds to continue the work of BHV. 

The auction is at https://www.32auctions.com/BHVBuoysandArt.

A buoy and art showing is planned 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, at the Island Artist Gallery. All of the art will be on exhibit. Light refreshments will be served.



T’ai Chi Chih

Practice Saturday

T’ai Chi Chih Practice will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, behind the Sitka Public Library.


‘Exploring Loss’

Series for Children

Brave Heart Volunteers is offering an educational series “Exploring Death, Loss and Hope” for children ages 5-9, to help them understand death and loss as part of life.

The program is designed to provide uplifting educational information, art activities for self-expression, impart hope, and promote positive coping methods children can use for the rest of their lives, BHV said.

The series is not counseling or therapy, and there is no fee.

An overview of the series will be offered for adults 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, along with a discussion on how to help children cope with death and loss.

The children’s workshop runs 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 13, 20 and 27. Each session will be facilitated by Erin Matthes, LPC, CT.

For information or to register, contact Brave Heart Volunteers at 747-4600 or kathryn@braveheartvolunteers.org.

You have no rights to post comments

Login Form




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.






September 2003

Sitka Tribe of Alaska is “upset and disturbed” about the Senate appropriations bill that cuts spending for Alaska tribal courts, STA Vice Chairman Gil Truitt said today. He was referring to Sen. Ted Stevens’ move to divert Department of Justice grants from tribal courts and tribal police officers to fund the Village Public Safety Officer program.



September 1973

Photo caption: Receiving service pins at a Carpenters Union Local 466 dinner meeting at the Kiksadi Club were, from left, Arthur Littlefield, Alvin Helm, Harley Finch, Dave Gibson, Gerald Hughes, Fred Nelson, Walter Moy, Edward Nelson, William Sutton and Don Stromme.


No Images


No Images


No Images