ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 27, 2020, Community Happenings

Tlingit & Haida

Chat on Thursday

Lunchtime chats with Tlingit & Haida continue noon-1 p.m. Thursday, May 28, via Zoom.

The topic will be ‘‘Educational Assistance Programs and Services.’’ 

To attend go to

Those unable to join can watch sessions on Tlingit & Haida’s YouTube channel.


Life Celebration

For Kelly Ferguson

A celebration of life potluck for Kelly Ferguson Sr., 67, will be 2 p.m. June 14 at the Halibut Point Recreation Area main shelter.

Kelly died April 25 at La Pine, Oregon.

Correspondence may be mailed to Camille Ferguson, 4608 Halibut Point Road. 


Homeless Coalition

Sets Zoom Meeting

Sitka Homeless Coalition will meet 5:15 p.m. Thursday, May 28, via Zoom.

Anyone interested in joining can call 747-7978 for information.


Science Center

Aquarium Reopens

The Sitka Sound Science Center aquarium will reopen to the public on Saturday, May 30.

Staff members have worked up a plan to reopen in a ‘‘safe, healthy way for everyone, so we have some new procedures in place.’’

To maintain social distancing guidelines, the number of visitors in the aquarium at one time are being limited to eight. Reservations are being required.

Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, with hourlong time slots at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m., with 30 minutes in between for cleaning and disinfecting.

‘‘We ask that you arrive promptly at your scheduled time, as the door will be locked at 5 minutes past the time,’’ the science center said.

Face coverings are required for all guests over the age of 5.

‘‘We ask that you keep your group to your household members only,’’ the center said. ‘‘At this time, we are not offering hatchery tours or doing public feedings of any animals, but we hope to reintroduce these programs soon.’’

Admission is $5 for everyone ages 3 and older. Those younger than 3 and members are admitted free.


Science Center

Gift Shop, Ludvig’s

Cart Open Friday

The newly renovated Sitka Sound Science Center Mill Building will reopen for business on Friday, May 29.

It will once again house the center’s gift shop and the Ludvig’s chowder cart. Hours will be 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday.

New menu goodies at the chowder cart and gift shop items will be offered. The shop continues to expand its offering of eco-alternatives and has an exclusive “Where Science is Wild” Salmon Sisters design.

Face masks are being required for those over the age of 5. Social distancing of 6 feet or more are to be maintained. Hand sanitizer is available at the front door. To limit physical contact,  cash will not be accepted.



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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

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 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

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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