LONG LAYOVER – Bill Foster checks out the 40-foot Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran, Iskatel, that’s been hauled out near the UAS parking lot for the past two years. The pandemic put a halt to the international sailing trip that began in Russia, but the skipper, Anatoly Kazakevich, who recently spoke to the Sentinel, is hopeful about resuming the adventure in the spring and sailing to Siberia. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 29, 2013 Community Happenings

Volunteers Sought
    For Health Fair
    Volunteers and exhibitors are being sought for the upcoming Sitka Health Fair.
    The fair, which kicks off the Sitka Health Summit and is partnered with Alaska Health Fairs to provide low-cost lab draws, will be 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sept. 21 at Sweetland Hall on the SJ Campus.
    Exhibits must be educational. No selling of items or soliciting is allowed.
    Volunteers are needed for set-up and take-down, registration, taking blood pressures, drawing blood, and other activities. Those interested may contact Alyssa Sexton at 747-0388.

    Identifying Mushroom
    Class Date Changed
    UAS-Sitka Campus, Office of Continuing Education, will offer a workshop in identifying Southeast mushrooms 7-8:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 7.
    It was originally scheduled Sept. 8.
    Students will learn to recognize several species of locally common mushrooms and understand the basic biology of fungi and their role in the ecosystem. Cooking and preservation of mushrooms will be discussed. Participants should dress for the outdoors as field trips will be followed by in-class time.  
    Kitty LaBounty will instruct. The cost is $49. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.

    Tribal Council Meets
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will hold an action-only meeting 6 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    The brief meeting will be followed by an open forum to talk about the relationship between STA and the Sitka Native Education Program. Action-only meetings are for action items only. Topics for discussion and persons to be heard are reserved for the third Wednesday of the month.

    Sexual Violence
    Task Force Meets
    The Sitka Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force will meet noon-1 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom.
    The task force strives to create a community where interpersonal violence is not tolerated. The meeting is open to all. For more information, call SAFV, 747-3370.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 10-26-21)

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 10:02 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 749

Total statewide – 130,482

Total (cumulative) deaths – 688

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,749

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 30 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 351.99 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 4 

Cases in last 7 days – 30

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,088

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 10/22/21 – 1,210

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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October 2001

Bart Meyer earned first place in the Sitka Sportsman’s Association’s annual Alaska Day Biathlon. He was followed by Jeremy McLaughlin, Paul Lashway, Greg Horton and Jack Ozment.

October 1971

The Alaska Day parade was one of the longest ... Alaska Airlines’float with a giant golden samovar and the New Archangel Dancers aboard won first place; the Sitka High band and drill team won second; the Pioneer Bar float won third, and honorable mentions went to the Coast Guard float and Mt. Edgecumbe High band.