March 10, 2014 Community Happenings

Monthly Grind
    Set for Saturday
    Sitka Monthly Grind and Greater Sitka Arts Council announce the Artigras Grind to be March 15 at the Performing Arts Center.
    The theme will be original works of art by Sitka musicians. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at Old Harbor Books.

    Fireman’s Ball
    Set for March 28
    Tenakee Springs 28th annual Fireman’s Ball is slated 5 p.m. March 28 at the Tenakee Springs Community Center.
    Spaghetti will be served at 5 p.m. All are invited to take a dessert or salad to share. Live music will be played. Door prizes will be offered. Admission is $10 for adults, ages 5-12, $5, and  under 5, free.
    All proceeds support the Tenakee Springs volunteer fire department.

    Herring Panel Meets
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Herring Committee will meet 7 p.m. March 11 at 429 Katlian Street. The meeting is open to the public. Questions can be directed to 747-7168.

    Kids’ Herring
    Derby Slated
    Sitka Herring Festival will host a kids’ herring derby March 23-April 4.
    Donated prizes will be awarded for largest herring in different age groups. Weigh-ins will be at 429 Katlian on weekdays 5-7 p.m., and at Thomsen Harbor on weekends 5-7 p.m.
    Those with questions may call 747-7168.

    Affordable Care
    Act Discussed
    Raven Radio will host a live call-in show on the Affordable Care Act, 10 a.m.-noon March 12.
    The deadline to enroll in health insurance through the ACA is March 31. SEARHC outreach manager Andrea Thomas will be at the studio to answer questions about enrolling in a health insurance plan, qualifying for subsidies and submitting waivers.
    The number to call is 747-5878. Listeners can also post questions on Raven Radio’s Facebook page. Find the link online at

    Discovery Days
    At Science Center
    The 10 a.m. March 15 Discovery Days event at the Sitka Sound Science Center will explore plants and how they provide air, food and medicine.
    Discovery Days are annual pass holders events, but passes are available at the door.

    Men’s Bible
    Study on Tap
    Calvary Chapel men’s Bible study will show the soon-to-be-released 30-minute DVD “Noah the Movie,” featuring Ray Comfort, 7 p.m. March 11 at the Learning Center, 1547 Sawmill Creek Rd.
    A time of prayer will follow the movie. The event is for men only. The women’s group meets at 10 a.m. Saturdays.
    For more information go to, or call Dug at 747-5454.

    Emblem Club Meets
    The Sitka Emblem Club will hold its monthly business meeting 7 p.m. March 13 at the Elks Lodge.
    Members are being urged to attend.

    White E Shop
    Meeting Slated
    The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be 7 p.m. March 12 at the Swan Lake Senior Center. Meetings are open to all interested.

    Marathon Set
    A Shakespeare marathon, a Bard-a-thon, is being held at Kettleson Memorial Library noon-9 p.m. daily March 10-15. Today, it will run until 9 p.m.
    Juneau Public Library is hosting the event via videoconference. Sitkans are welcome to listen or participate as Shakespeare’s plays are read aloud.
    The event is to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday.

    Read-a-Thon Set
    At Kettleson Library
    ‘‘Snuggle Up with a Good Book” is a family read-a-thon to be held 5-8 p.m. March 14 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    All are invited at any time during the event. ‘‘Jammies and pillows’’ are welcome, library personnel said.
    Chicken soup will be served at 6 p.m. Mr. Joe will sing children’s songs at 7 p.m.
    The readathon is sponsored by Friends of Kettleson Memorial Library. Interested families may pick up pledge sheets at the library or download them off the library website. Families are welcome to participate with or without the pledge sheet.

    Book Signing
    Set at Library
    Don Rearden, author of ‘‘Raven’s Gift,’’ will give a reading and sign books 6 p.m. March 12 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    ‘‘Raven’s Gift’’ is Rearden’s debut novel and has been received with wide acclaim, the library said.
    The book is a “hunter-hunted suspense of Geoffrey Household’s ‘Rogue Male,’ the post-apocalyptic bleakness of Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’ and the haunting mysteriousness of ‘The X-Files.’” It is set in windswept Alaskan tundra.

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At a Glance

(updated 6-29-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, June 29.

New cases as of Wednesday: 2,123

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 261,987

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,772

Current Hospitalizations – 87

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

COVID in Sitka

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

Cases in last 7 days – 22

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,763

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2002

Photo caption: The ANB team celebrates after winning the Sitka Major League tournament. From left are Billy Allery, Gordon Reeder, Chris Scott, Ross Venneberg, Cole Venneberg, Kale Vilandre, Cedar Mayo, Rhys Kimmel, Leslie Isaacs, Ian Blair, Kory Hansen and Kyle Foot.



June 1972

For the second year in a row, Don Barton Jr., a Washington state logger, has walked off with the All-Alaska Logging Championship all-around logger trophy. Two other former winners, Mike McGraw (1968) and Jack Adams (1970), again placed high.