HEEDING THE CALL – Sarah Jordan holds up one of the colorful fabric face masks she is making at home today. City, health care and emergency response leaders in Sitka issued a “call to action” today, asking residents to sew face masks to donate to SEARHC, to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
(Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

November 2, 2015 Community Happenings

Calvin D. Carlson

Services Pending

Services for lifetime Sitka resident Calvin D. Carlson, 73, are pending.

Mr. Carlson died Sunday, Nov. 1, at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital.

A full obituary will be published this week in the Sentinel.



White E Sale Tonight

The White Elephant Shop will have a storewide half-price sale 6-8 p.m. tonight in both the main store and children’s store.

The sale includes the front window but excludes the boutique and bags of rags. 



Pioneers to Meet

Sitka Pioneers of Alaska will meet Thursday, Nov. 5, at United Methodist Church on Kimsham Street. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m. followed by a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., and business/program at 6:30 p.m.

Plans will be made for the last two months of 2015. For more information or transportation help, contact Elaine at 747-3469.


Sport Fish, Guide

Topic of Meeting

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Division of Sport Fish will host a public meeting Nov. 3 to discuss Sport Fish Guide Licensing and the Logbook Program as well as House Bill 41 (Sport Fishing Services). 

The public meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Sealing Cove Business Center, Alice Loop Road, Room 108.

For further information, contact the Sitka ADF&G office.


Quilters Meet

On Tuesday

Ocean Wave Quilters will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Grace Harbor Church across from Sea Mart.

Included will be a fabric sweepstakes with the winner taking all of the entered fabric. All are welcome. Those with questions can call Sarah Jordan at 747-6743.


Project Homeless

Event on Nov. 4

The Easter Group will host a Project Homeless Connect Resource Event noon-2 p.m. Nov. 4, at the Salvation Army.

Anyone who is homeless or needing similar support is invited to attend and receive assistance. Personnel from the Department of Public Assistance will help with applications. Volunteers from the Easter Group, SAIL and Salvation Army will distribute blankets, warm clothing and vouchers for other supplies.

Contact Dave with the Easter Group for more information at 747-6859.





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 3-31-20)

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 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

The list includes the total cases (and what portions are travel and non-travel-related or still being investigated):

 Total - 133 (40, 93)

 Anchorage area – 65 (24, 41)

 Homer – 2 (1, 1)

 Kenai – 1 (1, 0)

 Seward – 1 (1, 0)

 Soldotna – 2 (1, 1)

 Sterling – 2 (0, 2)

 Fairbanks area – 35 (7, 28)

 Palmer – 3 (2, 1)

 Juneau – 9 (1, 8)

 Ketchikan – 13 (2, 11)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is nine, and the cumulative number of deaths is three.



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March 23, 2020



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