EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 30, 2020, Community Happenings

Artist Pardue

To Give Virtual

Talks Via Zoom

Sheldon Jackson Museum artist-in-residence June Pardue (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq) will give two virtual talks on Zoom in the coming weeks. 

The first, titled “An Alutiiq Kakiwik- An Alutiiq Sewing Bag,” will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, on Zoom. The public may view the Zoom talk live: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82788588785?pwd=QVhtYlYvYVlvT2FLQkdTU2VRQ0hBZz09. To access the meeting, enter: meeting ID: 827 8858 8785 and passcode: 722432.

Pardue will give her residency recap talk 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. She will show what she created while in residence. The talk can be viewed at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87612061308?pwd=SklNS1lzZkRqa1BIb2FQUDAxdTJyQT09 and accessed by using meeting ID: 876 1206 1308 and passcode: 502124.

Pardue grew up in Old Harbor, Kodiak. As a child, she spent time with her mother and their neighbor, Fedosia Inga, weaving grass into baskets and other types of containers in the traditional Alutiiq/Sugpiaq styles. 

Over time Pardue became one of the most highly regarded traditional Sugpiaq weavers and began to work in other traditional mediums including gut and fish skin. Her artwork can be found in the collections of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the Baranof and Alutiiq museums in Kodiak, and in numerous private collections.

She is dedicated to teaching her art form, cultural values, and respect for elders, through her craft, the museum said. She has been an artist demonstrator at Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage and an artist-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and has given numerous workshops online and in person on sewing and tanning fish skin, gut, and pinguat (traditional Alutiiq beaded headdress) making.

Zoom links for the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program talks and most classes will be posted online in Alaska State Museum press releases at https://museums.alaska.gov/, the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page and website: http://www.friendsofsjm.com/. If there is a limit to the number of students permitted to attend an artist-in-residence class, the link will be shared only with people who have pre-registered for the class.

Videos of recorded Alaska Native Artist Residency Program talks and most Alaska Native Artist Residency classes will be posted to the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page, website, and Youtube Channel soon after they have been filmed.



On Honor Roll

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans’ list.

Fall chancellor’s list recipients are  Rachel Larson, Ian Longridge, Michelle Snowden and Danika Weaver. On the dean’s list are Tim N. Adickes, Ben Holmgren, Zosha Krupa, Kyleigh N. McArthur, Francine M. Simeon, Ashlyn R. Strom and Jordan C. Zellhuber.

Those named to the spring chancellor’s list are Tim Adickesand Rachel Larson.  Ben Holmgren, Kyleigh McArthur, Whitney McArthur, Ava Parrish, Francine Simeon, Ashlyn Strom and Jordan Zellhuber are on the dean’s list.


Summer Reading

Program Ending

The Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program at Sitka Public Library will end Saturday, Aug. 8.

The library is inviting participants to claim their final reading prizes by that day. Those who prefer to use the window service can ask for the incentives noon-4 p.m. Sunday, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The building is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 

For information, call the library at 747-4020. 


Early Literacy

Program Ends

Babies and Books and Old Harbor Books reminds families who completed the Early Literacy Summer Reading Program at Sitka Public Library this summer that the coupons earned need to be redeemed no later than Aug. 8. 

Those who prefer to use the window service can ask for the incentives noon-4 p.m. Sunday, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The building is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 




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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 




August 2000

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.