June 11, 2019, Community Happenings

KCAW Names

Summer Intern

Nina Sparling is KCAW’s summer reporting intern. She’s a master’s candidate at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she’s studying radio and narrative writing. 

She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. Since then, she has worked a variety of odd jobs – everything from a cheesemonger in Brooklyn to an English teacher in Paris – to support herself while writing. 

Nina has covered stories that range from voting rights restoration in Alabama to indoor, vertical farming in New Jersey. This summer, she’s eager to hear from Sitkans about the issues and happenings that matter to them.


Earns Scholarship

Hannah Kimber of Sitka has been awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver to Missouri State University.

The university recently awarded scholarships to incoming students for the upcoming academic year.

Students were selected based on their ACT scores, GPA, standing in graduating class, and leadership shown in community and school activities.

She is the daughter of Mike and Charlotte Kimber of Sitka. She is a 2016 Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate.


Bach’s Lunch Set

For Music Festival

All are invited to take their lunch for a free all-ages concert presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival 12:15 p.m. June 6 at the Odess Theater on the SJ Campus.

The Bach’s Lunch program features Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff and Matt Herzkowitz’s CD release. Festival details can be found at sitkamusicfestival.org or 747-6774.


Be-Tweens Invited

To Sitka Library

Sitka Public Library invites Be-Tweens Summer Club members to participate in ‘‘A Sky Full of Stories’’ evening 6-7 p.m. Friday, June 14.

The club is a place for ages 11 to 13 years. The program will appeal to tweens craving independence and connection. Tweens of all abilities are welcome but registration is required.

The initiative is part of ‘‘A Universe of Stories!’’ Summer Library Program. For information, call the library at 747-8708 or visit the Library Teen Website.


Evening Summer

Music Concerts On

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present concerts on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Pianist Matt Herskowitz will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday. Festival founder Paul Rosenthal and other guests will perform Shostakovich and Beethoven.

On Saturday, Natasha Paremski will perform one of Ravel’s Gaspard de lu nuit. William Walton’s Cello Concerto also will be featured. The concert is sponsored by White’s Incorporated.

Pre-concert conversations are at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books, online at sitkamusicfestival.org, or at the door. 


Crab Feed Sunday

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will offer its annual Dungeness crab feast 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, served under the Crescent Harbor shelter.

Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books or online. Call 747-6774 or visit sitkamusicfestival.org for information.



SAFV Board Meets

The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 4:30 p.m. June 17 at the interim office, 601 Alice Loop, Room 109.

The meeting is open to the public. For information, call 747-3370. 


Emblem Meets

Sitka Emblem Club 142 will have its June business meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Sitka Elks Lodge.



Wildlife Cruise

Benefits Nonprofit

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will host its annual July 4 history and wildlife cruise. Boarding will begin at 3:15 p.m. at Crescent Harbor, with departure at 3:45 p.m. The approximate return time is 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at www.sitkamaritime.org. Adult tickets are $50, and age 12 and younger, $30.


For information contact 907-623-8054 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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At a Glance

(updated 11-29-22)

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 12:15 pm Tuesday, November 29.

New cases as of Tuesday: 414

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 286,561

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,399

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 4,195

Case Rate per 100,000 – 56.8

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 70.40

Cases in last 7 days – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,173

Hospitalizations (to date) – 31

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






December 2002

 Alaska Native Sisterhood will hold a Christmas bazaar Dec. 7 at the ANB Hall. Isabella’s famous clam chowder and fry bread also will be for sale.



December 1972

Photo caption: Presbyterian women of today wear costumes from 1877-1899 at Sunday’s service. From left are Alice Postell, Dorothy Streit, Gladys Whitmore, Carrie Maura, Harriet Hannigan, Eugenie Williams, Esther Littlefield, Isabel Miller, Marilyn Ryan, Esther Billman, Beverly Scholz, Gertie Zeiger, Marcia Strand and Betty Stratton. (Photo by Martin Strand)