Sitka artists host their annual fall Sitka Art Walk on Friday, Nov. 28


Sitka artists are hosting their annual fall Sitka Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28, at several businesses around Sitka. This event takes place on Black Friday, which is a sales tax holiday in Sitka.

Galleries and businesses participating in this fall’s art walk are:

  • Back Door Cafe, 104 Barracks, Featuring paintings by Tracy Sylvester
  • Robertson’s Gallery and Custom Framing, 128 Lincoln, New photographs and prints
  • Old Harbor Books, 201 Lincoln, Original Sculptures by Liz Zacher
  • Island Artists Gallery, 205 B Lincoln, Featuring more than 20 local artists
  • Homeport Eatery, 209 Lincoln, With live music
  • Fishermen’s Eye Gallery, 239 Lincoln, Mountain drawings by Norm Campbell, and Collages and Quilts by Lucy Phillips
  • Sitka Rose Gallery, 419 Lincoln, New Pastels and prints by Eric Bealer
  • Raindance Gallery,  205 Monastery, Featuring mixed media artist Vivian Faith Prescott

Comment period closes Nov. 15 for Indian River pedestrian bridge replacement options at Sitka National Historical Park

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The Sitka National Historical Park has posted the potential alternatives for the replacement of the Indian River Pedestrian Bridge in the park visitors center.

Public input on the presented designs will have substantial influence on which design will become the preferred alternative in the Environmental Assessment (EA) under National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis. The public is invited to the park through Saturday, Nov. 15, to provide comments on site. The park visitors center is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays.

The Indian River Pedestrian Bridge Project is being designed by the Federal Highway Administration with substantial National Park Service input and guidance. The purpose of this project is to maintain safe pedestrian, bicycle, and other non-motorized vehicle access across the Indian River within Sitka National Historical Park.

Although still safe, the current bridge is nearing the end of its 50-year design life and needs to be replaced to maintain this access and to address accessibility and bridge design standards that have changed since the time of the current bridge’s construction.

Individuals wishing to send written comments may e-mail them to Sitka National Historical Park Chief of Resources Brinnen Carter at Photos of some of the alternatives are posted in a slideshow below, but there are full-size posters of the options at the park’s visitors center with information about trail width, cost, construction materials, and more.

• Indian River Pedestrian Bridge Replacement Project Fact Sheet

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SAIL Senior Hiking Club sets next hike for the morning of Thursday, Nov. 13

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The Sitka office of Southeast Alaska Independent Living Inc. (SAIL) has announced its next Senior Hiking Club hike will be from 9:15-11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 13. Seniors should meet at the Swan Lake Senior Center for transportation to the trailhead. This month’s guest hiker is Sarah Komisar from the Sitka Conservation Society.

Normally, the group usually picks the trail on the day of the hike, but occasionally a trail is picked before the event. SAIL makes trekking poles available for hikers to use (trekking poles are great on ice or uneven terrain, and they help seniors keep their balance), and hikers are encouraged to bring cleats such as YakTrax during the icy months of winter.

SAIL offers Senior Hiking Club events for those age 60 or older once a month, usually on the second or third Thursday. There is a $5 fee, but nobody will be turned away because of finances. The hikes are open to people of all abilities and fitness levels. To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, check out our January 2013 post introducing the club.

To learn more about the Senior Hiking Club, senior and adaptive kayaking trips, senior cycling events, and and a variety of other outdoors skills and survival classes, contact SAIL ORCA (Outdoor Recreation and Community Access) program coordinator Bridget Kratz at 747-6859 or email her at The calendar below includes hiking, orienteering, kayaking, and other events for seniors, youth, and the disabled.

• November 2014 calendar of Sitka SAIL ORCA events

City to host meeting Nov. 12 about Edgecumbe Drive Reconstruction Project plan to construct multi-use pathway


The City and Borough of Sitka will host a meeting at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School (307 Kashevaroff Street) to discuss the construction of a multi-use pathway as part of the Edgecumbe Drive Reconstruction Project.

According to Sitka senior engineer David Longtin, P.E., the plan is to “eliminate the bike lane on Edgecumbe Drive next summer and replace it with a 10-foot-wide multi-use path. The path would be separated from the road with a 6-inch-high vertical curb. The goal is to discourage wrong-way bike traffic (as our single bike lane on Edgecumbe does) and to provide an improved amenity for slower bike riders. Our intention is that commuter (i.e., fast) bike traffic continues to use the roadway.”

Wednesday’s meeting is to discuss options before more design work is done. The schedule of to have 65 percent of the design done by Dec. 2, and the full design complete by February 2015. Construction is expected to take place from March to August 2015. An artist’s rendering of the proposed project can be viewed at this link (opens as PDF document).

This project is being developed by the city, along with its design-build team consisting of S&S General Contractors and DOWL HKM. The project will remove the existing pavement and base course, conduct sub-grade improvements where required, and re-pave the entire road from Cascade Creek Road to Peterson Street.

To learn more, contact David Longtin at 747-1883 or

• Edgecumbe Drive Reconstruction Project handout

• Edgecumbe Drive Reconstruction Project artist’s rendering

• Kimsham-to-Charteris proposed changes

• Edgecumbe Drive Reconstruction Project proposed sections