A decorated tree alongside one of Sitka's trails...this one is in the muskeg along the recently renovated Cross Trail section between Indian River and the Gavan Trail. The holiday season continues through Russian Orthodox Christmas on Wednesday, January 7th.
To mark the longest night of the year, boats decorated with lights floated serenely through Sitka Harbor on Sunday (12-21-14).
On Thursday (11-27-14), families and friends flowed through ANB Hall for a community Thanksgiving meal.
Forest Service technician Gwen Baluss visited Sitka this month to band and measure juncos and other songbirds -- with some help from local students.
On Saturday (11-18-14), over 70 elders were the guests of honor at a shared meal of herring eggs and venison stew at Sheet'ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi Community House.
On Saturday (11-15-14), the first class of Boys Run crossed the 5K finish line at Crescent Harbor shelter. The dual running and lifestyle program is designed to instill in young men a culture of respect and nonviolence.
Sitkans and visitors alike packed the seats in Harrigan Centennial Hall on Friday night for the Maritime Grind, which accompanied this year's Whalefest. Kammie Daniels, Cara Brenton and Ted Howard rocked the house with their rendition of Otis Redding's (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay.
Rainy and Sunny, a brother and sister duo, beat drums while leading the "Honoring Our Elders" parade. The procession kicks off November celebrations for Native American Heritage Awareness Month. On Friday (10-31-14), President Barack Obama issued a proclamation to recognize the month, as American presidents have done since 1990.
Sitka's Alaska Day celebrations got underway early Saturday morning (10-18-14) with a ribbon cutting at the Sitka Sound Science Center to celebrate the renovation of the center's Sage Building. The building has a new roof, new windows, and a newly repaired exterior -- the glass for the front doors arrived late Friday night, just in time to open them to the public on Saturday morning.