GREEN LIGHT – Karen Lucas works in her Katlian Street garden this afternoon. Warm sunny weather this spring has been a boon for local gardeners. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting this summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest period in early July. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 11, 2015 Community Happenings

Multimedia Artist

Plans Workshop

Sitka Fellow and multimedia artist Ellie Schmidt will host an improv dance workshop, “How to Dance with Sea Lions,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus.

The event is by donation, and no experience is required. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and come ready to play. The Sitka Fellows program is sponsored by the Island Institute and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.


Service Set for

Marie Wichman

A  funeral service in remembrance of Marie Wichman will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 611 Lincoln Street.

For any additional questions, contact the church office at 747-3977.


Mount Verstovia

Hike is Aug. 15

Sitka Trail Works will offer a free guided hike 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The hike will lead participants up Mount Verstovia. Meet at the Verstovia trail head at 9 a.m. The trail is rugged, steep, and while the distance is not that great, the incline is. Bring water and a snack. For more information please call 747-7244.


SAFV Board Meets

The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the shelter. The meeting is open to the public. For directions and more information, call 747-3370.


Mudball Classic

Tourney Sept. 4-7

Sitka Softball Association invites all men’s, women’s and co-ed softball teams to participant in the annual Mudball Classic Tournament, Sept. 4-7.

Registration is available from the committee at the email below or on the Mudball Facebook Page.

Any sponsors interested in helping out the planning committee can contact the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ANB, ANS to Meet

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 and Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 reconvene 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the ANB Founders Hall. Members and guests are invited to a welcome-back potluck. All can take a dish to share.

For more information contact ANS secretary Josephine Johnson, or ANB secretary Steve Warren at 738-3695.


ANS to Meet

Sitka’s Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will hold its first regular meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the ANB Founders Hall.

Wrangell ANS Camp 1 will host the 100th-year celebration of the ANS at Grand Camp in October.

Agenda highlights will include the first of two nominations for delegates and alternates to attend Grand Camp to advocate for local resolutions. Second nominations and elections will be Sept. 1 at the ANS regular meeting. Other agenda items will include fall schedule items and discussion on the purchase of new kitchenware and other business.

For more information contact ANS Camp secretary Josephine Johnson.





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-28-20)

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 10:55 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 13

Total statewide – 425

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 46, 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



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