PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 28, 2015 Community Happenings



Marine Mammal

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Marine Mammal Commission will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, in the STA resource protection department office, 429 Katlian Street. The public is invited to attend.


‘Lotsa Helping

Hands’ on Tap 

‘‘Lotsa Helping Hands’’ will be the focus of an interactive presentation 4-5 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Sealing Cove Business Center, 601 Alice Loop Road. Light refreshments will be served.

Erin Matthes, Brave Heart Volunteers therapeutic program director, will lead the presentation. 

Lotsa Helping Hands is a confidential online tool that has been used with families in Sitka and thousands worldwide to provide coordination, communication, and support for caregivers from family and friends who want to help during times of caregiver exhaustion. Childcare, transportation, visiting, meal preparation, snow removal, gardening and check-in phone calls are a few of the tasks caregivers may need. Caregivers identify specific tasks and friends choose and sign up for tasks they can do. The tool is useful to those providing care from a distance as well as for those caring for someone locally.

“The tool removes the awkwardness of having to ask for help during a stressful time when a caregiver needs to focus on caregiving, not asking for and scheduling help,” organizers said. “Lotsa can strengthen Sitka by being a place where everyone can give and receive help through the power of community.”

Attendees are asked to take their own laptop, smartphone, or tablet if available; however, they are not required.

For further information, contact BHV, 747-4600.

Youth, Adult

Hip Hop Taught

Hames Center is offering youth and adult hip hop classes beginning Sunday, Jan. 3.

Individuals can sign up for the four-week series and learn new moves while getting a great workout, organizers said.

Those ages 13 and under start at 1 p.m. and ages 14 and up start at 2 p.m. Students who attend all four classes will receive full class credit for any future Hames Center purchases.

Sign up at or 747-5080.


TRX Classes Set

The Hames Center will offer TRX Fusion drop-in classes with Michalene and Dawn 4-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Jan. 4.

TRX is a low-impact, suspension training workout designed by Navy Seals. 

Classes offer a blend of TRX with functional fitness using kettlebells, medicine balls and other equipment.

Grace will teach TRX-plus 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; and TRX basic 11:30 a.m. Monday and Wednesday Jan. 4-29.

Sign up at or 747-5080.


Quilters Meet

Ocean Wave Quilt Guild will meet 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 5, at Grace Harbor Church across from Sea Mart.

A potluck dinner will be at 6 p.m. Members should also take their own tableware. For more information, call Megan Pasternak at 747-5943.



Open Sewing Listed

Ocean Wave Quilt Guild will sponsor open sewing 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 9, at the Church of Christ on Kashevaroff Street.

The event is open to members and non-members for fellowship and a potluck lunch. Call Audrey at 907-623-0301 with questions.



August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30, 2020, the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





May 2001

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.