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Thurs. 4/22 Earth Day Celebration

Thursday, April 22 from 4:30pm - 6pm @ the Sitka Fine Arts Campus - All are invited to the 51st Earth Day Celebration! "Restore Our Earth" is the theme of th...

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Unified Command April 7th

SITKA, April 7, 2021 - Incident Commander Craig Warren reported the need for possible changes on the City and Borough of Sitka’s COVID-19 Information Website...

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Armchair Travels 4/8/21: Japan

Here is the zoom info tonight's 7pm Armchair Travel services by the Sitka Library and Friends of the Library. Stacey Wayne presents her time in Japan. Apologies...

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Herring Gathering Sat. 4/10

You are invited to the Herring Gathering on Saturday April 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm at Totem Square. In the spirit of yáa at wooné (respect for all things), the Her...

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WinterSong 2021 open five days


WinterSong Soap: Open 5 Days a Week

Open Tuesday through Saturday from Noon to 5pm. 202 Lincoln St. in Sitka, AK. Order online at OR by telephoning (907) 747-8949. Local Home De...

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Wanted: House Cleaner

Veteran looking for a House Cleaner (permanent part time). Once or twice a week for a couple of hours, for a one-room cabin just off Sawmill Creek Rd., close to...

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Spring Clean-up 4/24-5/2

Saturday April 24 through Sunday May 2 will be the CBS 2021 Spring Clean-up. The second weekend will also be the Hazardous Waste Collection. For details of what...

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SHI Bentwood Box by Nathan Jackson


NW Coast Art – SHI Remote Class

SHI is accepting applications a for its remote class, Northwest Coast Art Theory & Practice, led by Jackson Polys (Stephen Paul Jackson). The 10-week class ...

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Support Alaska’s Tribes – Message from NPA

Did you know that our 229 Alaska Tribes are not yet recognized by the State of Alaska? Our Tribes are sovereign bodies of government that have existed for thous...

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Sitka Farmers Market


Sitka Farmers Market Updates for 2021

Usually the Sitka Local Foods Network has announced the dates of Sitka Farmers Market by now. But, as most of you are aware, these are not ordinary times... Whi...

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A Night On Broadway 4/3

Saturday, April 3, 2021 at 7pm LIVE: A Night on Broadway @ the Sitka Performing Arts Center. 25% capacity with physical distancing. Mask Required for Entry O...

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Sitka Tells Tales Tues. 4/20

Sitka Tells Tales, the local live storytelling series, presents: “It’s not me. It’s you: Stories of bad jobs, horrible roommates and broken hearts” 8 p.m. Tuesd...

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FT City Job Opening (permanent, benefited)

Accounts Payable Clerk - $21 to $23 per hour DOE/Q. City and Borough of Sitka seeks a qualified team member to fill this full-time, permanent position. The suc...

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Subsistence Lecture Series in March


How Conservation Efforts Displace Indigenous Peoples

Friday, April 2 at 12 noon SHI will host a free lecture this on how Indigenous people around the world have been displaced from their ancestral lands in the nam...

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Special Assembly Meeting Thurs. 4/1

Thursday, April 1 at 6pm @ Assembly Chambers, there will be a Special Assembly Meeting. Agenda includes: VI. NEW BUSINESS: A 21-056 Discussion / Direction ...

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Artist Profile: Jerrod Galanin

| Artist Profile | March 25, 2021

Jerrod Galanin was born in 1977. These days he lives with his wife Brit, nine-year-old Arya, ten-year-old Ruby and their four-month-old son. Their full house looks out over the ocean and other creatures who make their home on the ocean. That water and that wildlife are where Galanin gets much of his inspiration.

Galanin is the Sitka artist who designed the new logo for Brave Heart Volunteers.

How did the notion of designing a new logo for the beloved local organization come about?  Galanin (who serves on the board of Brave Heart) says, “Originally, there was no idea of doing a new logo, I just wanted to create a design that BHV could use on shirts as a fundraising effort. They are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year and I thought maybe if we put the design on a shirt, they could sell the shirts to raise money.”

But then, Brave Heart liked Galanin’s design so much, they decided they wanted to use it as their new logo.

When asked about his artistic influences growing up, Galanin sites first and foremost his dad, Tlingit carver Dave Galanin.

“My dad was my mentor. Another important one was my uncle Will Burkhart. I learned a lot from them. And then, my great grandfather was George Benson (who designed the totem pole in Totem Square). Unfortunately, I did not really know him, since I was born just a year or so before he died.

How did Jerrod arrive at such a distinctive design for the logo?

“I liked the idea of a heart shape and I worked my formline into it. I also liked the idea of Raven and Eagle as lovebirds. Having both together represents a way to keep balance. I wanted to do something with a more contemporary feel – like depicting Raven and Eagle together – this is something that is not commonly done. And, also, having the bright colors. And, finally, I kind of snuck in ‘BHV’ into the negative space.”

Jerrod says he really thinks the best way to learn about art is “through a mentorship, like I had with my dad and my uncle. Steve Brown is another person I worked with.”

The young Galanin has worked in various media. Much of his work is engraved silver jewelry and there’s some carving in wood. But, he says, “I am always trying new media – in the past year I’ve been doing a lot in pastels. Pastels can be really big and messy,” he says. “With my son David being born in December,” he says, “lately I have been grabbing my ipad and doing digital drawings.”

And where can someone who’s interested find examples of Jerrod’s work? He has a show coming up in April at Seattle’s Stonington Gallery. “There will be some drawings and pastel works on display there for the whole month. Then, there’s my website, which shows different kinds of work I have done. The store in downtown Sitka (Galanin & Klein) has some of my work. And, of course, there is the 20th Anniversary celebration for Brave Heart, on April 17th. I’ve been a board member just since 2020, so I’m not terribly experienced, but I think it’s a great organization and I am happy to be part of it.”

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| Dreams, Foreign Countries, Germany, Ghosts/Spirits, Music, Our Town, Zoom | March 11, 2021

The Soupster has a candid conversation.

The Soupster came upon Frank at the stone benches behind the library.

“Shalom, Soupster,” said Frank, his low voice muffled even more by the flowered cotton mask he wore.

“What are you up to, Frank, on this fine morning, or at least, this tiny little break in the weather?”

“Not much,” said Frank. “Just recovering a bit from waking up in the middle of the night to watch a Zoom multi-media presentation from Hamburg.”


“Yup, although people were Zooming in from everywhere – Japan, Moldavia, even St. Petersburg. They wanted to hear the music and watch the mimes. I even danced a bit alone in my living room,” admitted Frank.

“Wow, Moldavia,” marveled the Soupster. “And here you are, in little Our Town. What is it about this spot, Frank?” he wondered.

“It’s like a kind of an outdoor church, Soupster. I mean, it’s peaceful, you have the ocean and the trees, and you’ve got wifi. What more does it take to make a church?” he chuckled.

“You look tired, though, Frank. Your eyes look tired.”

“Well, I am, kinda, Soupster. Though whether it’s because of my crazy hours, my crazy dreams, or my sporadic avoidance of red meat, I cannot say.”

“Tell me about your ‘crazy’ dreams, man,” said the Soupster.

“This most recent bout started with a book I’ve been reading whose main character was thought to be a ‘holy fool’ by some street people.”

“What the dickens is a ‘holy fool’?”

“Oh, it’s an old character – in the humanities, you could say, who tells truth to power yet manages to survive by playing the fool. Sometimes they hear voices. Other times, they announce the return of spring.”

“Oh, I think I have seen pictures of that last one,” said the Soupster. He scratched his head, then replaced his baseball cap. “I am picturing a guy wrapped in a bunch of leaves, with vines growing around his body and even out of his mouth?”

“Exactly,” said Frank. “The Green Man. Other times,” he continued thoughtfully, “the character can be physically modest, even awkward, gangly, stumbling around to make a joke. Or the opposite – physically agile and nimble, like a kind of Ninja. In fact, their whole performance or truth-telling is kind of Ninja-like.”

“Sometimes, they leave us gifts,” Frank said quietly, “and we may not even realize we’ve received a gift until after they are gone.

“Well, Frank, as me sainted Mam used to say,” said the Soupster in his best Irish accent, “the best gifts are those not known by the giver or the receiver.”

“You got that right, Soupster.”

And Frank closed his eyes, the better to feel the rays of the weak winter sun on his face.

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| In The Spotlight | February 25, 2021

When I spoke recently with filmmaker and documentarian Ellen Frankenstein, she explained, “Normally we do Sitka Tells Tales live in a small space in Sitka.” But in the Covid-19 environment, this local staple, like so many forms of art and social interaction, has had to adapt.

On Feb. 25th, people will get to experience Sitka Tells Tales through the venue of Raven Radio – either streaming the live performances or listening to them on KCAW 104.7 FM. The stories will also be archived on

“Storytelling is all about listening – you relate, you’re impacted,” says Frankenstein. It seemed almost like a natural to have live storytelling transmitted via radio.

Each person’s story session is limited to 6 minutes. “The process by which people decide how to tell their stories is super-collaborative,” says Frankenstein, as is putting the event together. “Sitka Tells Tales has a history of collaborating with other community organizations and non-profits.”

The storytelling format is flexible. “Some of the past stories have included poetry and even music.”

“We want to draw in people who don’t always get to ‘go to the podium.’ There are usually about five tellers, who work together on their stories before the public event and offer each other feedback. In the past, this pre-work has been by gathering together in a room, but this time is being done over Zoom.” Not ideal, maybe, admits Frankenstein, but still workable.

Tellers and producer alike must have “a tolerance for uncertainty, because you never know what interesting and serendipitous changes might ring in at the final performance.” These last-minute changes can produce results which are “unexpected and sometimes heartbreaking.” She adds, “The stories are not read; they are shared.”

Frankenstein believes listening to each other, laughing and sharing moments of heartbreak together, changes us. People truly are changed by the hearing of other people’s stories.

In a Sitka Tells Tales some years ago, I heard the story of a Sitka woman whom I had known for many years, but I (as I told Ellen) I never felt I knew this woman so well as after I heard her story. It changed my understanding of her forever.

I asked how Frankenstein came up with the theme for each show – like “Foot in Mouth” for this one.

“Sometimes,” she said, “a person will come to me with a story they want to tell, and I will build the theme around that. Other times, the theme comes out of conversations I have.”

Frankenstein is excited about getting the word out and encouraging participation, “not just in Sitka, but in other places as well.”  She wants to work with storytellers from communities in Raven’s broadcast range. “It would be good,” she says, “for people in Sitka to hear stories from all around.” The collaboration with Raven may prove a perfect opportunity, a kind of lemonade.

Frankenstein welcomes questions and suggestions for future themes and tellers. And she always welcomes volunteers to make it all happen!

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