October 3, 2013 Community Happenings

Carnival Oct. 26
    At Betty Eliason
    Games, activities, a cupcake walk and spooky stories will be part of the 3-6 p.m. Oct. 26 Carnival event at Betty Eliason Child Care Center, 106 Lincoln Street.
    Tickets are $3 a child or two for $5. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

    ‘We’re Positive’
    Photo Contest
    Reception Set
     Sheldon Jackson Museum will host a selection of works featured in the 2012 Alaska Positive competition, a biennial photographic competition open to all Alaskans 1-3 p.m. Oct. 12.
    The exhibition will be on display until Nov. 30.
    Selected for awards were: Juror’s Choice Award ($300), Loren Holmes, Anchorage, ‘‘Butchering the Whale’’; Award of Recognition ($150), Ben Huff, Juneau, ‘‘Mile 250, Idling Trucks, Chandalar Shelf’’; Award of Recognition ($150), Deanna Lampe, Juneau, ‘‘Lost, Found’’; Honorable Mention for ‘‘Body of Work’’: Loren Holmes, Anchorage; Honorable Mention, Douglas Yates, ‘‘Ester, Main Street, Ester, Alaska’’; Honorable Mention, Clark James Mishler, Anchorage, ‘‘Winter Dogs.’’
    “Every submission to Alaska Positive 2012 reflects pride in the state’s unique culture, industry and landscape,” said this year’s juror Holly Andres, a professional photographer from Portland, Ore. “The judging process gave me a whole new appreciation for the contemporary Alaskan experience.”
    The exhibition has been travelling around the state.

    STA CCTC Meets
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Cultural, Customary and Traditional Committee will meet noon Oct. 4 in the STA Resource Protection Department Office at 429 Katlian St.
    A light lunch will be provided. The public is invited to attend.

    Life Celebration
    For Jean Nelson
    A Celebration of Life for Jean Nelson, longtime Sitka resident, will be 2 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Sitka Pioneers Home Chapel.
    Jean was a well-known Sitka resident having been a teacher at Sitka High School from 1945 until her retirement in 1972. The family invites all acquaintances, friends and former students to celebrate Jean’s life.

    Office Hours for
    Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will  hold office hours for Sitkans on Oct. 14. He will be at the Backdoor Cafe from 9 to 11 a.m., and at the Highliner from 1 to 3 p.m. All are welcome to stop in.

    Call for Judges
    A drama-debate meet is being hosted by Mt. Edgecumbe High School Oct. 11-12. Over 120 judging slots are needed for the tournament and volunteers are being sought.
    Schools competing are Sitka High, Juneau Douglas, Thunder Mountain, Ketchikan, Haines, Wrangell and MEHS. Those who can judge an event are asked to call Marcy Drake at 966-3212.

    Open Seat on
    STA Commission
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Kayaani Commission is soliciting letters of interest from community members to fill an open seat on the commission.
    Letters must be received in office by Oct. 10. The seat is open to anyone in the community who has an interest in and knowledge of local flora.
    The Kayaani Commission is a group concerned with preserving and protecting plants and the traditional ways they are used.
    Mail letters to Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Kayaani Commission/Resources Protection, Heather Riggs, 456 Katlian Street or email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . For more information call 747-7167.

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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.