October 17, 2013 Community Happenings

Clam Chowder,
    Fish Pie Sale Set
    Fish pie and clam chowder, along with fried bread and desserts, will be for sale 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 18, Alaska Day, at St. Michael’s Cathedral in the basement.

    Services Pending
    For Ann Strain
    Longtime Sitka resident Alice Ann (Harrigan) Strain, 79, passed away in her sleep at home Oct. 16. Services are pending.
    A full obituary will be published in the Sentinel.

    Sitkan Earns
    Master’s Degree
    Coral Garnick, a 2005 Sitka High School graduate who has been pursuing her interest in journalism since even before she wrote and edited for the Sitka High Pushka, received her master of science in journalism degree with honors from Columbia University in New York City on May 22.
    Garnick  is the daughter of Steven and Robin Garnick of Port Alexander. She completed her undergraduate work at Western Washington University in Bellingham in 2009 and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Los Flores, Lempira, in Honduras before beginning her graduate studies.
    Following graduation, Garnick interned at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, Wis., as a general assignment reporter. She will soon be starting the next phase in her career as a three-year resident for the business section of the Seattle Times. (Photo provided to the Sentinel)

 Poet, Author to Speak Here
    Poet and published author Caroline Goodwin will read from her new book ‘‘Trapline’’ 5 p.m. Oct. 20 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Goodwin will read and discuss poetry from her newly published anthology.
    Goodwin has lived and worked in Sitka, at fish processing and driving a forklift for the pulp mill. She currently resides and teaches writing in the San Francisco Bay area.
    Goodwin’s poems and essays have appeared in The New Republic, The Cimarron Review, Junction Box, Prism International, Puerto del Sol, and many other literary journals. A microbook titled ‘‘Text Me, Ishmael’’ was recently featured in the Literary Pocket Book Series in Wales, UK, and her poetry collection, ‘‘Trapline,’’ was published by JackLeg Press in Chicago in May 2013.
    She received a master of fine arts degree from the University of British Columbia, where she studied poetry and creative nonfiction. In 1999, she moved to California from Sitka to attend Stanford’s Creative Writing Program. She was recently appointed San Mateo County’s first poet laureate and will begin her two-year term in January 2014.
    She lives in Montara with her husband Nick Goodwin and her daughters Naomi, 16, and Izzy, 9, and teaches at both California College of the Arts and the Stanford Writer’s Studio.
    Goodwin’s parents are William and Nancy Yaw Davis of Sitka.

    Alaska Day Book
    Sale on Oct. 18
    The ‘‘Big, Blowout Book, Movie and Music Sale’’ is planned 9 a.m.-noon Oct. 18 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    Donations have been rolling in, so the library said it will have loads of books, movies and music CDs for sale. All proceeds from this annual Friends of the Library event will be given to the library expansion project. No admission is charged and all pricing is by donation.

    Panel to Meet
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Transportation Committee will meet noon Oct. 21 at the STA administration building, 456 Katlian Street.
    Topics include an update on the bus maintenance facility and upcoming Tribal transportation projects. Tribal citizens and interested public are being encouraged to attend. For more information contact Gerry Hope, transportation director, 747-5910.

    Work Party Set at
    Shooting Range
    Sitka Sportsman’s Association will have a work party clean-up fix-up on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the indoor shooting range and grounds at 5211 Halibut Point Road from 9 a.m. to Noon.
    The public as well as all current members are encouraged to take part in an hour or two for improving the grounds and indoor facility.  Tours of the building will be offered along with membership information and refreshments.
    Trap and skeet shooting are offered each week on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. followed by indoor range pistol shooting 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.  Pistol shooting is also offered on Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m.
    For more information, contact SSA President Foy Nevers at 747-3469 or Vice President Jerry Lindvall at 747-3057.

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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.