GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 23, 2013 Community Happenings

Arctic Photos
    Subject of Talk
    “Down the John River: 8 Days in the Gates of the Arctic National Park” will be presented 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Peter Gorman and Mary Therese Thompson spent eight days taking a field photography class offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in partnership with the Gates of the Arctic National Park.
    Highlights of the trip included the photography instruction, viewing early homesteads as well as the first ice road to Prudhoe Bay.

    Art Auction For
    Seafood Festival
    All are invited to a live art auction to support the Sitka Seafood Festival 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Westmark Sitka banquet room.
    The event will include a no-host bar, light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and art work. John Stein is auctioneer.
    Fisherman’s Eye Gallery and SSF are presenting the auction. More information is at or call Alicia at 928-607-4845.

    Final Week of
    Park Programs
    It is the final week of seasonal Sitka National Historical Park daily ranger-led programs. Regularly scheduled programs will begin again in May.
    Ranger-guided schedules this week are: Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. Totem Walk; Wednesday, 9 a.m. Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk and 2:15 p.m. Discovery Walk; Thursday, 9 a.m. Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk, 2:15 p.m. Discovery Walk; Friday, 2 p.m. Totem Walk; Saturday, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Public Lands Day Events.
    Ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Metlaktala Street. For more information. call the visitor center at 747-0110.

    AFS Event is
    The AFS informational event originally scheduled for Sept. 25 has been moved to early November. For more information contact Rebecca Himschoot at 738 6744.

    Monthly Grind
    Staged Oct. 5
    The Sitka Monthly Grind announces the Health, Hearty and Wholesome Grind to be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    The philosophy of the Monthly Grind is affordable, non-political and family entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Old Harbor Books at $5 for adults and $1 for children. Those who take a plate of homemade dessert will be reimbursed at the door.
    Attendees should take their own cup to help reduce the trash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information call Jeff at 747-4821.

    Coho Offered for
    Lunch at Schools
    Coho salmon will be offered for lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary, Blatchley Middle and Sitka High schools Sept. 25.
    The Sitka Conservation Society’s Fish to Schools program offers local fish every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Tracy at 747-7509.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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March 23, 2020



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