FAREWELLS – TOP: Staff and faculty of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School wave to students and families as they drive by in the school parking lot this morning during a "reverse parade." Today was the final day of school in the district. ABOVE: Also today, Blatchley Middle School held a Rites of Passage ceremony in the parking lot. Principal Ben White hands out certificates to eighth-graders who will be attending high school in the fall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 6, 2015 Community Happenings

Account Set Up for

House Fire Victims

A house fire Saturday night at 2026D Halibut Point Road destroyed the trailer and belongings of residents Terri Wenger and Rick Anderson, owners of the Junk Trunk.

A savings account has been set up at ALPS Federal Credit Union, under Terri Wenger, to help with their loss.



Race Bibs Ready

Friday for Race

Runners competing in Saturday’s Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and a Half can pick up their race bibs at the Sitka Fire Department on Friday.

Bibs, T-shirts and race instructions will be available for pickup from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.


Toddler Hiking

Group at Park

The Toddler Hiking Group has returned to the Sitka National Historical Park.

Ranger Becky will lead a walk along the park’s trails 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11. The group will go on an alphabet and number hunt, singing songs and getting exercise along the way. Following the hike families are invited to a picnic. Participants are encouraged to take their own picnicking supplies and refreshments.

To RSVP for the group hike call the park’s visitor center at 747-0110.


Fishing Photos On

Exhibit Saturday

At Seafood Festival

A second viewing of Jana M. Suchy’s vintage black-and-white photo exhibit is scheduled 2-5 p.m. Saturday during the Sitka Seafood Festival for those who missed the opening reception on Wednesday, which was attended by more than 500 people.

Photos of the fishing industry from 30 years ago will be on view. The exhibit of more than 300 photos celebrates Sitka’s fishing heritage circa 1980s and is companion to the new black-and-white photobook “Alaska Fishing Gold Rush of the 1980s” by the former Sitkan. Her photos and copies of her book are for sale.

The exhibit is being presented by Sitka Sound Seafoods and Seafood Producers Cooperative.






Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-22-20)

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 11:00 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 2

Total statewide – 404

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 44, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

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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