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)

October 28, 2013 Community Happenings

Reuse Center Open
    Sitka Community Development Corporation announces the Sitka Reuse Center will be open 5-6 p.m. Oct. 30 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 2.
    The Reuse Center is a volunteer operation selling donated building materials and is located at 4620 Halibut Point Road, across from the AML barge landing. Those who are interested in volunteering or donating materials may call Greg Reynolds at 738-5518.

Improvements In Store For
National Park Over Winter
    Improvements are slated this winter at the Sitka National Historical Park.
    Work began last week on the completion of the River View Trail. The first phase of the trail project, which was completed in 2011, evolved as a response to the Sustainable Outdoor Recreation Plan.
    The plan identified the community’s desire to see improved access through the park and the development of underutilized areas. The second phase of the project will shift focus to the repair and rehabilitation of the old section of trail that was previously owned by Sheldon Jackson College and which terminates at the bike path on Sawmill Creek Road. The project is funded in part by entrance and campground fees collected throughout the National Park Service units.
    Over the course of the next four weeks Sitka National Historical staff, in conjunction with the Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park trail crew, will work together to improve the trail’s existing grade, remove wooden stairs and eliminate potential tripping hazards. The trail will be compacted and made sustainable for the future.
    For those who are interested in being a part of this trail improvement project, the park will host a volunteer trail work day in November.
     All of the park’s directional signage and outdoor interpretive signage (waysides) will be replaced over the course of the next year. The new directional signage, which will be mounted on stained cedar posts, will assist new and out-of-town visitors in finding their way around the park. Seventeen new waysides will replace the outdated interpretive signage along the Totem Trail and in front of the Russian Bishop’s House. The signs, which are fully accessible, will cover the Battle of 1804, the totem poles, Russian-American history and the ecology of the temperate rain forest.
    More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 401 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at or visit the Facebook page:!/SitkaNationalHistoricalPark.

    Haunted Ship Set
    For Wednesday
    The crew of the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple will host a haunted cutter community event 7-11 p.m. Wednesday at the Coast Guard pier.
    The annual Halloween event is geared toward visitors ages 13 and older.
    Suggested admission for the event is one canned or dry goods item per person. All proceeds will be donated to charity organizations in the Sitka community.
    “Turning the cutter into a haunted house gives us a chance to have fun and help the community at the same time,” said Ensign Karli Collins, morale officer for Coast Guard Cutter Maple. “We enjoy being able to give back to Sitka to show appreciation for all the support its residents provide.”
    For more information, contact Lt. Ray Reichl or Ensign Karli Collins at 966-5470.

    White E Shop
    Sale Tonight
    The White Elephant Shop will have a storewide half-price sale in both the main store and children’s store 6-8 p.m. tonight.
    The boutique and bags of rags will not be included in the sale.



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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