GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 23, 2020, Community Happenings

On Dean’s List

Sydnee Kimber of Sitka is on the McKendree University dean’s list for earning a grade point average of 3.60 or higher during the spring semester.

McKendree University is 25 miles from St. Louis, Mo. 

Kimber, a Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate, is the daughter of Mike and Charlotte Kimber.


Nominations Sought

For Youth Heroes

As part of its Summer of Heroes scholarship program, Alaska Communications will honor up to six Alaska youths, ages 6-18, who are making a positive difference in their communities with $1,500 scholarships.

Anyone can nominate a young person in their life. A hero can be any youth who has: volunteered or raised funds for a cause; made a difference in school through education or sports; inspired others to take action; made a contribution to his or her community; or considered others’ needs before their own.

This year, a hero’s efforts may have come to light during the pandemic when he or she took action to help others in the community during this challenging time.

Now in its 10th year, the Summer of Heroes program aims to promote awareness and support for youth development programs throughout the state.

Learn more about the Summer of Heroes program and fill out a nomination at



Homeless Group

Meets June 25

The Sitka Homeless Coalition will meet via Zoom 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25. Call 747-7978 for Zoom sign-on information. The meeting is open to all.


Photo Contest

By United Way

The Southeast Alaska Independence Day photo contest is being held to bring awareness to the United Way of Southeast Alaska and benefit 34 nonprofits in our communities. 

‘‘We want to see how you celebrate the 4th of July in this amazing part of the country we get to call home,’’ the United Way said in a press release. ‘‘Create a spark in your community this 4th of July and show us how you will be celebrating.’’

Individuals can submit a photo for $500, $250 and $100 cash prizes.

‘‘As this year’s 4th of July celebrations may look a bit different due to COVID-19 that does not mean we cannot have some fun,’’ the press release said. ‘‘Please show us your favorite patriotic photos of yourself, friends, and family, your pets, and your vehicles.’’

Submissions will be taken until midnight on July 8 and voting will close on July 10. The winner will be determined and announced on July 14.

‘‘The sooner you get your photo in the longer you have to acquire votes from your community members,’’ United Way said.

Ten extra points will be awarded to those who are able include a United Way logo into their photo.

Go to: for more information.



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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




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March 23, 2020



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