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 31, 2015 Community Happenings


Card of Thanks

Yes, once again I was in the hospital. When we are thankful, we must give thanks where credit is due. Thanks to the 3 South crew Marc, Joe, Josie, Betty, Jeff and all the staff members; kitchen crew and Dr. Mareta, Dr. Vega and two other doctors whose names escape me. The pharmacists, They’re always so kind. Megan, my physical therapist. Jessica, my nutritionist. All the P-T crew. Everyone on every shift are all so kind. I never thought I’d be a patient so soon after my June visit, but there I was again.

This is for all my friends and family who are ill. ‘‘For I, the Lord your God,

hold your right hand; it is I who say to you: fear not, I am the one who helps you,” Isaiah 41:13.

Thank you for praying for me. Thanks, SEARHC staff.

Also, thank you, SFD, SEARHC ER crew, Dr. Kraft, ER nurse Chris, X-ray guy and other ER nurse Glen for helping me Saturday when I fell flat on my back on the cement floor. Thanks to my family for helping me and staying with me in the ER. Frank, Millie, Evadne, Hannah. Major Evadne is a great, great help and a great asset to our family.

Thank you, SFD, SEARHC, ER crew and family for helping me – God bless you.

Virginia Thomas


BBBS Has Booth

At Seafood Festival

Youths and families are invited to stop by the Big Brothers Big Sisters booth at the Sitka Seafood Festival noon-6 p.m. Aug. 8 on the SJ Campus lawn.

BBBS will have carnival-style kids games and activities, as well as provide information about the program. Raffle tickets for a chance to win 100,000 Alaska Airlines miles can be purchased at the BBBS booth or Old Harbor Books. Contact Kealoha at 747-3500 with questions.


Stress Management

Challenge to Begin

Sitka Community Hospital and the Hames Center are teaming up for a 21-day Stress-Less Challenge 7-8 p.m. Mondays Aug. 17-Sept. 7 at the Hames Center.

SCH’s Director of Health Promotion Doug Osborne will guide participants through a four-week course that will help them craft and practice a personalized relaxation plan. To register or for more information visit or call 747-5080.


Film Noir Club

Screens 1950 Film

Kettleson Memorial Library’s Film Noir Club will screen the 1950 British noir “Night and the City,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the library.

Those who haven’t already joined the club can register in person at the library, or calling the library at 747-8708. Registration is required. Refreshments will be provided.


Local Artists

To Show Work

Greater Sitka Arts Council announces an exhibition of new work by local artists Pamela Ash and Tracy Sylvester 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at Homeport Eatery.

Sylvester’s work will feature acrylic paintings on a marine theme in tandem with the Sitka Seafood Festival. 

Ash works with assemblage and creates original three-dimensional pieces. 

Contact 738-5234 with questions or visit


Food Preservation

Workshops on Tap

Leslie Shallcross, from UAF Cooperative Extension Service Anchorage District, will teach food preservation classes in connection with the Sitka Seafood Festival Aug. 6-8.

Class topics are: ‘‘Low Sugar Jams and Jellies,’’ ‘‘Cooking with Local Garden Greens,’’ ‘‘Kelp Pickles and Sauerkraut,’’ ‘‘Canning Salmon’’ and ‘‘Process of Smoking Salmon.’’

Call 747-9440 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to register.


Kids Yoga Taught

Chloe Copeland will teach a kids yoga camp, ages 4-8, 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 17-19 and 9 a.m.-noon Aug. 21.  Call Jen at 619-31-3492 to sign up. 


Deer Season

Starts in Unit 4

Hunters are reminded the Unit 4 general season deer hunt for bucks only will begin Aug. 1. The season for does and bucks will begin Sept. 15.

In all hunts limited to one sex, evidence of sex must remain naturally attached to the meat, or antlers must remain naturally attached to the entire carcass, with or without viscera.

Hunters must have valid deer harvest tickets and hunting licenses in possession while hunting. Harvest tickets must be validated in sequential order and unused tickets must be carried while hunting.

All hunters, even those who did not hunt, are required to submit a deer harvest report within 15 days of taking the bag limit, or 15 days after the close of the season.

Hunters are reminded to be aware of a small number of radio-collared deer in the urban Sitka and Starrigavan valley area which are part of a management and school education project. The collars are collecting location and movement data important to this project and will eventually drop-off at set times to be recovered. The collars are either white or orange and each deer has visible ear tags (both red and yellow). Hunters are asked to avoid shooting collared deer.

‘‘The outlook for this season is excellent with good fawn production and very little, if any, winter mortality,’’ Alaska Department of Fish and Game said. ‘‘Aerial surveys have observed hundreds of deer in the alpine areas this month. Because of the rebound in the population, hunters are encouraged to include female deer in their Unit 4 harvest. Too many deer will lead to over-utilization of good winter habitat.’’

For more information, contact the Sitka area office at 747-5449.


Open Water

Challenge Set

Baranof Barracuda Swim Club will host the 7th Annual Change Your Lattitude-57 Degree North Open Water Challenge 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at the U.S. Coast Guard Gazebo.

The event is the northern-most open water swim race in the United States and one of the fewest in the world at that latitude.

Events include 10k, 6k, 3k and 1k distances. The course will start from the USCG dock, follow the Japonski Island shoreline, continue around John Brown beach, cross Whiting Harbor, around Battery Island and back to the dock. The 10k distance completes the course three times, the 1k distance follows the shoreline and rounds a red buoy at John Brown beach before returning to the dock.

Race organizers are looking for volunteers in kayaks, skiffs and on shore to help provide safety to swimmers.

Registration and more information are at Deadline for swimmers is Aug. 5 for long distance and Aug. 8 for 1k participants. For questions contact Kevin Knox at 738-4664, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the Facebook page.



White E Sale Set

The White Elephant Shop will have a sale noon-3 p.m. Saturday in the main store and children’s store. Summer clothes will be half-price. This includes tanks, shorts, swim wear and dresses. 


GSAC to Host

Hicks Exhibit

Greater Sitka Arts Council will present an exhibition of photographs by New York photographer Michael Hicks at a reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, at City Hall.

‘‘Michael’s work offers a fresh perspective on Sitka and Sitkans,’’ GSAC said. ‘‘Come see our town in a new light.’’

Those with questions can call Sarah at 738-5234.





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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