READY TO ASSIST – Baranof Island Housing Authority staff members are pictured in the lobby of the Katlian Street office this morning. BIHA is helping administer a rent and utility assistance program with Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Sitkans with a household income of less than $71,280 may be eligible for up to a year of rent or utility assistance. The deadline to apply is March 5. From left are Cliff Richter, Denise Salter, Joy Klushkan, Charlene Hoffay, Melanie Barker and Mary Ann Nells. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)


Bauder to Get Award, Speak at UAS Event

Burgess Bauder, a veterinarian who has served Sitka and its outlying communities for more than 35 years, will be recognized with a Meritorious Service Award at the University of Alaska commencement exercises 7 p.m. May 3 at UAS-Sitka Campus.

Bauder also will deliver the commencement address.

Burgess Bauder (Sentinel Photo)

 

In addition to compassionate treatment of domestic animals, he assists at the Alaska Raptor Center with surgeries and offers his services for the bruins at Fortress of the Bear, a volunteer safe haven for bears,  UAS said in a press release.

In 2013 he received the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Cossack Cap Award, for his community service.

“Burgess doesn’t charge, per se. He doesn’t have any employees, he doesn’t have any fancy equipment, he just looks at the animals, and owners pay for the drugs Burgess thinks their pets need,” KCAW reporter, Diana Saverin, was quoted by UAS as saying.

“Everything else he does – commercial fishing, property rentals — supports his pro bono practice. To most professionals, ‘pro bono’ means occasionally doing free work for a good cause. For Burgess, pro bono is central to his vision. Taking money for this work goes against his nature.”

Also being honored at UAS commencements this year are Richard Carstensen, at the Juneau ceremony, May 5, who will receive an honorary doctorate of science.; and Allison Browne, Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, Cheryl Samuel and Sally Smith, who will be given Meritorious Service Awards May 5 in Juneau.

The university expects to award 399 associate, bachelor and master degrees; 97 certificates and professional licensures; and 223 occupational endorsements this year. 

UAS Chancellor Rick Caulfield, Provost Karen Carey, and UA regents Dale Anderson and John Bania will attend the three commencements, along with Paul Layer, UA vice president for academics, students and research.

 

“We are enormously proud of our graduates at all three UAS campuses,’’ Caulfield said. ‘‘Many of our students are first-generation college students and are completing their degree while raising a family and working one or two jobs. Every one of them chose to advance their skills and education at UAS as a pathway to improving their life and that of their family and community. They’ve put in a lot of hard work, and now it is time to celebrate their accomplishments. Well done, all!”

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 2-26-21)

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 3:25 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 102

Total statewide – 55,989

Total (cumulative) deaths – 287

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,238

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m.Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 4

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 323 (290 resident; 33 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 319

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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20 YEARS AGO
February 2001

Sitka Trail Works has announced that six weeks into its fundraising effort it has raised over $10,000. “We knew there were trail lovers out there, but I didn’t think we’d see such a strong early response,” Charles Horan, Sitka Trail Works president, said. “This is a great way to get things rolling toward our $25,000 goal.”

50 YEARS AGO
February 1971

Photo caption: Valerie Beacom and Rhonda Hames, members of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, get badges ready for a door-to-door heart fund drive Sunday. All members of the Sitka Assembly No. 12 will participate in the drive. Rainbow Mothers will assist with the counting of funds and providing transportation.

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