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 30, 2015 Community Happenings

‘Space Jam’

Workshop Set

Sitka Fellows coordinator, physicist Solomon Endlich, will host a workshop “Space Jam” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus.

The event is by donation. The Sitka Fellows program is sponsored by the Island Institute and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.


Mountain Goat

Hunt Closures Set

The Sitka District Ranger is taking action to close Blue Lake, Medvejie Lake and the southern half of the Katlian River watersheds to the harvest of mountain goats 12:01 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 1, and will remain in effect through the 2015 season which ends Dec. 31.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game also has issued a closure in the same watersheds, Aug. 1-Dec. 31.

The remainder of Baranof Island will remain open for goat hunting unless closed by future special action. 

A map and description of the closed areas are available from the Sitka Ranger District Office and the Sitka Area Office of ADF&G. For additional information, call Subsistence Biologist Justin Koller at 747-4297 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



RockFit Series Set

CrossFit level-one trainer and personal trainer Bridger Williams is offering another series of RockFit at the Hames Center and has added new times.

The series will start Aug. 3 and run four weeks. Registration is open and space is limited.

For more information visit the website or call 747-5080. 



TRX at Hames

TRX is back at the Hames Center.  Grace Brooks is offering introductory and advanced courses starting Aug. 3.

Sign up for TRX Basic at 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday, or experienced riders can try TRX Plus at 10:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Space is limited. To find out more, visit or call 747-5080.


Major League

Tourney Set

The state Major League All-Star tournament is being held this weekend at Moller Field with District 1 champions Diamond West taking on District 2 champions Juneau. Games are 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday, 6 p.m. Monday and 6 p.m. Tuesday.





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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To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

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