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)

July 28, 2015 Community Happenings

Sitka Kids Make

Movie Debut

Sitka National Historical Park will screen a new short video of 15 Sitka kids during the ‘‘Find Your Park’’ celebration 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the visitor center.

The film shows how the kids of all ages engage with the park – exploring history at the Russian Bishop’s House, learning how to identify birds, sharing their favorite totem poles with family members, and making the park a better place by picking up trash.

Refreshments will be served, rangers will share news of upcoming kid-focused events, and kid-friendly activities are planned before the film.  Activities will begin at 2 p.m., and the film will be shown at 2:30, followed by refreshments. 

The video is part of the National Park Service’s Find Your Park campaign, encouraging Americans to find new ways to connect with their National Park.  The National Park Service will celebrate its centennial in 2016. 


Park Board Meets

The State Parks Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Aug. 11 at 601 Alice Island Loop in Room 107.


‘Sitka Tlingit’

Topic of Talk

Sitka National Historical Park will host a program by Dr. David Silverman, a history professor from George Washington University who specializes in American Indian and Colonial American history, 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at the visitor center theater.

Silverman will present “The Sitka Tlingit and the Pacific Northwest Gun Frontier.” 

“Between the 1780s and early 1800s, Native people along the Pacific Northwest coast went from being some of the most isolated populations in the world to hosting merchant ships from a half dozen nations and participating in a global commerce linking Europe, the Americas, Polynesia and China,’’ Silverman said. ‘‘Though often characterized as the fur trade, this exchange was also very much an arms trade in which Indians acquired smoothbore, flintlock muskets, ammunition, and sometimes even artillery guns. In the Pacific Northwest, as in other times and places in North America, temporarily cornering the weapons market enabled some Native groups to transform themselves into regional powers who dominated not just their indigenous neighbors, but Europeans as well.

‘‘The Sitka Tlingit were one of those peoples,’’ he said. ‘‘This talk will explore the rise of the Sitka Tlingit’s armament and its political ramifications, including the famous 1802 and 1804 battles with the Russians.”


Ranger-Led Park

Programs on Tap

Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.

This week includes:

Tuesday, 11 a.m. Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Battle Walk;

Wednesday, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour, noon Battle Walk, 2 p.m Sea Otter Talk.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk, 2:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk;

Friday, 2 p.m. Totem Walk;

Saturday, 11 a.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Totem Walk.

The Russian-American History Walking Tour leaves from the Russian Bishop’s House. All others meet at the visitor center on Lincoln Street.

For more information, call the visitor center at 747-0110.


Art Project on

First Friday Set

‘‘Have a Whale of a Time!” at a First Friday art project 5-8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at the Island Artists Gallery at 205B Lincoln Street.

A community whale painting will be created. Materials will be provided. A drawing will be held to determine the future home of the whale painting.

Artists will be on hand. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 747-6536.


‘The Breach’ Film

To Show Aug. 9

The documentary film ‘‘The Breach’’ will be screened 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9, at the downtown Coliseum Theater.

All are invited to join the Sitka Seafood Festival, the Sitka Conservation Society and Salmon Beyond Borders for the screening.

The film discusses if it is ‘‘too late, or have we learned enough from our past mistakes to save the last great, wild salmon runs on the planet?’’ 

A panel discussion with director Mark Titus and salmon advocates will follow the screening. The suggested donation is $5 and includes wild salmon bites.

For more information call the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Indian River Trail

Hike on Saturday

Sitka Trail Works board member Deanna Bennett and Mary Alice Hamberg will lead a hike up the Indian River Trail 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1.

The eight-mile round-trip hike to the waterfall gains elevation gradually. It runs alongside Indian River and then through stands of old-growth spruce.

Hikers will meet at the trailhead parking area on Indian River Road, across from Peter Simpson Drive. For more information call 747-7244, or visit


‘Coffee and Quarks’

At Science Center

The Sitka Sound Science Center will host a Coffee and Quarks event 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, at the science center.

SSSC is hosting 10 early career theoretical physicists for a two-week symposium. At Saturday’s event they will answer questions that people have about physics. A drop box is set up at the science center for those wanting to ask questions anonymously. 

Cinnamon rolls and coffee will be served. More information about the free event is at


SCDC to Meet

Sitka Community Development Corporation will meet 7-8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 10, at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House, in the Brave Heart Volunteers office.

SCDC is a community-supported non-profit working to establish permanently affordable housing in Sitka. Members of the public are encouraged to attend. For more information call 747-2860.


Volunteers Sought

Volunteers are needed to help set up Jana Suchy’s black-and-white vintage fishing photo exhibit 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 3-4, and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 5.

Food prep help is also needed on Wednesday. Suchy is bringing more than 275 large photos to hang. Those who can help hang, tag or unpack are asked to call Joe D’Arienzo at 752-0458. For food set up and prep, contact Tess Heyburn, 738-2336, or Pat Kehoe, 738-6620.


Donations are still being accepted.



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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