GRAB-N-GO – Children hold balloon animals, cupcakes and books they were given at the Dolly Parton Birthday Party outside the Sitka Elks Lodge Saturday morning. The free event to encourage childhood literacy was sponsored by Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, Sitka Imagination Library, Sitka Elks Lodge and Sitka Emblem Club. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 10, 2013 Community Happenings

BMS, SHS Winter
    Program Weds.
    Blatchley Middle School and Sitka High School music departments will hold the first of two Winter Programs 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Performing Arts Center.
    Performing will be 4B concert band, jazz II, SHS jazz band, BMS choir and ACE, SHS treble choir and concert choir.
    SJ Campus Tree
    Lighting Dec. 14
    To celebrate the holidays and offer appreciation to the community for its support over the past year, Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Sheldon Jackson Campus partners Sitka Summer Music Festival, Sitka Sound Science Center, Youth Advocates, Sheldon Jackson Museum and Hames Wellness Center will follow the tradition of lighting the giant tree on the campus quad 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 to give light to the winter nights.
    Cider and cookies will be served from the porch of Stevenson Hall, and the SFAC After-school Carol Choir will perform.
    ‘‘From all the Sheldon Jackson Campus partners, may you have a bright holiday season and a shining new year,’’ organizers said.

    BMS Math
    Panel to Meet
    The Blatchley Middle School math committee will meet 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the school library to discuss and review math materials and alignment to the common core.
    Members of the public are invited to attend.

    Affordable Care
    Act Chamber Topic
    Enroll Alaska will present at the Chamber luncheon noon Wednesday at the Westmark Sitka.
    Enroll Alaska is a division of Northrim Benefits Group and was established to focus on the education and enrollment of Alaskans into the Affordable Care Act.
    The federal law mandating that all Americans have health insurance begins in 2014. Because Alaska defaulted to the Federal Facilitated Marketplace, the funding that many states are receiving for outreach and enrollment will not be coming to Alaska. Because of this, Enroll Alaska was established and has taken on the responsibility to educate and inform all Alaskans on the law and the benefits that many people will receive via the tax subsidy.
    Enroll Alaska is working with health care facilities across the state as well as non-profit organizations and Alaska Native organizations to educate individuals get them enrolled in a health insurance plan.
    The luncheon is open to the public. Call the Sitka Chamber office for more information  at 747-8604.

    Holiday Lights
    Choices Sought
    The Chamber is seeking nominations for the Holiday Lights contest. Both residences and businesses are eligible.
    Contest judging will be Dec. 16. Nomination forms are available, and are being accepted, at the Chamber office, 329 Harbor Drive Suite 212. Email Director Jennifer Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-8604. Winners will be announced Dec. 19.

    Hames Center
    Open Holidays
    The Hames Center will be open throughout the holidays. Regular hours are in effect. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day it will be open 1-5 p.m. The website is Call 747-5080 for information.

    Women of Moose
    To Meet Dec. 18
    Women of the Moose will hold its annual co-workers Christmas party 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the lodge. All are asked to take a potluck appetizer and a plate of holiday cookies for a cookie exchange.
    Donations of unfrosted sugar cookies and a holiday dessert to share are needed for the children’s party set for 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the lodge.
    For more information contact Laurie, Faith or Lynn.

    Fish Lunch
    Set at Schools
    The next local fish lunch is slated Dec. 18 at Keet Gooshi Heen, Blatchley, Sitka High and Pacific High schools. The lunch is offered by the Sitka Conservation Society, local fishermen and community members.

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 1-22-21)

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 10:40 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 262

Total statewide – 51,204

Total (cumulative) deaths – 252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,160

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 – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 307 (275 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 302

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




January 2001

Photo caption: Graduates of the Certified Nurses Aide program offered at the University of Alaska, Southeast, Sitka Campus, are Sabrina Barkhoefer, Roxanne Newell, Diane Cox, Ruby Lanham, Amanda Hutchins, Cynthia McCarr, Saori Handy, Darcy Jones and Jeff “Richie” Richards.

January 1971

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