September 23, 2013 Community Happenings

Arctic Photos
    Subject of Talk
    “Down the John River: 8 Days in the Gates of the Arctic National Park” will be presented 5 p.m. Sept. 29 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Peter Gorman and Mary Therese Thompson spent eight days taking a field photography class offered by the University of Alaska Fairbanks in partnership with the Gates of the Arctic National Park.
    Highlights of the trip included the photography instruction, viewing early homesteads as well as the first ice road to Prudhoe Bay.

    Art Auction For
    Seafood Festival
    All are invited to a live art auction to support the Sitka Seafood Festival 6:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Westmark Sitka banquet room.
    The event will include a no-host bar, light hors d’oeuvres, door prizes and art work. John Stein is auctioneer.
    Fisherman’s Eye Gallery and SSF are presenting the auction. More information is at or call Alicia at 928-607-4845.

    Final Week of
    Park Programs
    It is the final week of seasonal Sitka National Historical Park daily ranger-led programs. Regularly scheduled programs will begin again in May.
    Ranger-guided schedules this week are: Tuesday, 2:15 p.m. Totem Walk; Wednesday, 9 a.m. Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk and 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; Saturday, 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Public Lands Day Events.
    Ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Metlaktala Street. For more information. call the visitor center at 747-0110.

    AFS Event is
    The AFS informational event originally scheduled for Sept. 25 has been moved to early November. For more information contact Rebecca Himschoot at 738 6744.

    Monthly Grind
    Staged Oct. 5
    The Sitka Monthly Grind announces the Health, Hearty and Wholesome Grind to be held Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.
    The philosophy of the Monthly Grind is affordable, non-political and family entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Old Harbor Books at $5 for adults and $1 for children. Those who take a plate of homemade dessert will be reimbursed at the door.
    Attendees should take their own cup to help reduce the trash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information call Jeff at 747-4821.

    Coho Offered for
    Lunch at Schools
    Coho salmon will be offered for lunch at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary, Blatchley Middle and Sitka High schools Sept. 25.
    The Sitka Conservation Society’s Fish to Schools program offers local fish every second and fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information, contact Tracy at 747-7509.

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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.