NEW ROUND – Sitka Fire Chief Craig Warren chats with Patrick and Catharine Weaver this afternoon at the fire hall during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Weavers were waiting fifteen minutes after receiving the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 Sitkans were scheduled to receive their first dose today. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full efficacy. Sitkans can sign up to receive vaccinations at (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Family Adopts Cat, Gets Bonus

Sentinel Staff

After adopting a toddler-friendly cat May 30, Evening Star Grutter woke up early the next morning to find the cat was giving birth on the bed where her two-year-old son Vinden was sleeping.

“Around five in the morning I heard the cat growling and thought, ‘Oh no, my son’s having a bad dream and the cat doesn’t like it,’” Grutter said.

“I put my hand over to say, ‘It’s OK, Mom’s right here.”

Grutter said her hand landed on the kittens.

“(Sally) the cat was on top of my son, on top of his legs, and the kittens were on his comforter.”

Grutter said Vinden slept through the whole thing, but was excited to discover five kittens when he woke up.

“He’s kind of figured out where baby animals come from – out of the tummies of their mom. He was excited there were little cats inside the cat,” she said.

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Grutter told the Sentinel Monday that she’s confident the kittens, now a little over a week old, have homes waiting. 

“They’re going to have homes really easily,” she said.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic is a concern for her, she added.

“Cats are really susceptible to getting COVID-19,” she said.  

Grutter said she’s being very careful around the kittens, and the soon-to-be owners will need to wash hands frequently and wear masks when around the kittens.

For now, she said, she’s planning to arrange for an outside kitten meet-up when the time is right.

“It’s really hard to keep everybody socially distant with kittens,” she said. “We’re going to take them out in the yard and let (prospective owners) play with them a little bit.”

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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-15-21)

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. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 296

Total statewide – 49,835

Total (cumulative) deaths – 228

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,126

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 17

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 301 (274 resident; 27 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 281

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




January 2001

Photo caption: Sarah and Jeremy Pickard and Dr. James Brooks show off Lauren Marie Pickard, the first baby born in Sitka this year. She arrived at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:05 a.m., Jan. 4, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She’s the first child for the Pickards,who moved here in May with the U.S. Coast Guard.

January 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Foster and daughter Marchele have ended a two-week vacation trip to Idaho. They bought a new Mustang in Seattle, drove it to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit relatives and stopped in Everett, Wash., to visit Mrs. Foster’s cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in 13 years. Mrs. Foster and Marchele returned by plane and Foster is following with the car, on the ferry.