September 16, 2013 Community Happenings

    ADF&G Extends
    Troll Fishery
    The Southeast/Yakutat commercial troll fishery has been extended through 11:59 p.m., Sept. 30, to the retention of all species except king salmon. The areas of frequent high king salmon abundance will remain closed, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.
    Recent catch rates in the drift gillnet fisheries have generally been above average, the department said. The wild coho salmon return and all-gear commercial are projected to be 5.73 and 3.32 million respectively.
    ADF&G said that both projections are well-above average and second only to 1994, when the coho salmon run was the largest on record.
    The Hidden Falls THA will remain open to trolling for all species except king salmon through 11:59 p.m., Oct. 10, with exceptions.
    The 2013–2014 winter troll fishery will open according to regulation at 12:01 a.m., Oct. 11. The management plan will be available by early October in all ADF&G area offices and on the troll fishery website.

    Book Release
    Celebration Set
    The public is invited 3:30-4:40 p.m. Sept. 21 to the Brave Heart Manager’s House to celebrate the book release of ‘‘Reclaiming Our Democracy.’’
    Conference calls will include those  from RESULTS’ founder and author Sam Daley-Harris and Nobel laureate Dr. Muhammad Yunus.
    ‘‘There will also be time for questions and answers to learn how you can participate in our democracy to end the worst aspects of poverty both domestically and globally,’’ a RESULTS spokeswoman said.
    Call Michele at 752-0472 with questions.

    ALFA to Meet
    Alaska Longline Fishermen’s Association will host a meeting 5 p.m.  Oct. 7 at the Sitka Sound Science Center, 834 Lincoln Street, with guest Bruce Leaman, executive director of the International Pacific Halibut Commission.
    The meeting is open to the public. Light snacks and coffee will be available. Call 747-3400 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

    School Board Meets
    Sitka School Board will  hold a work session, followed by a special board meeting, 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the Sitka School District board room. The public is invited.
    The board will discuss the superintendent hiring process, and will go into executive session to discuss personnel.

    Ranger-Led Park
    Programs on Tap

    Ranger-guided programs at Sitka National Historical Park this week are: Tuesday, 2 p.m. Totem Walk; Wednesday, 9 a.m. Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk, 2:15 p.m. Discovery Walk; Thursday, 9 a.m.  Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk, 2:15 p.m. Discovery Walk; Friday, 2 p.m. Totem Walk; and Saturday, 10 a.m. Totem Walk and 2:15 p.m. Discovery Walk.
    Ranger-led tours meet at the park’s  visitor center. For more information call 747-0110.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.