TREE LIGHTING – Sitkans gather next to a decorated spruce tree across from City Hall Saturday. Scores turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration that included caroling, a tree lighting hosted by Mrs. Santa Claus, and remarks by Chamber of Commerce member Loren Olsen and City Administrator John Leach encouraging people to shop in town during the holiday season. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

February 16, 2016 Community Happenings

Lent Services

Set at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will offer a Holy Communion service 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays  throughout Lent (through March 23).

Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays at noon during Lent.

All are welcome to attend. The church is at 611 Lincoln Street. For more information, call the church at 747-3977.


Science Saturday

Event at KGH

The community is invited to the Keet Gooshi Heen family science Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

Exhibitors include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Maritime Refuge (Lazaria), Sitka Sound Science Center, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Conservation Society, 4-H, the Alaska Raptor Center and Sitka National Historical Park. The U.S. Forest Service will provide a stream table to model watersheds.

All exhibits will be hands-on or make-and-take. Short family star shows are planned in Starlab – a portable planetarium – as well as hands-on science exhibits presented by the Sitka High National Honor Society.

More information is available from Rebecca Himschoot at 738 6744.


Voices of Tongass

Gathering Feb. 28

Those who care about the future of the Tongass, want to learn more about tiny homes, or how to promote local businesses are invited to join the staff and board of the Sitka Conservation Society for an evening with food, conversation and idea sharing.

The Voices of the Tongass Gathering will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28,  at the Sitka Kitch, in the Presbyterian Church, 505 Sawmill Creek Road. Sitkans are invited to bring their ideas about how to promote sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska.The annual meeting is free and open to the public. For more information call 747-7509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Adult Mushball

Signups Listed

Thursday at 6 p.m. is the deadline to register for Community Schools adult coed superdraft mushball. 

Mushball is played with a 16-inch ball soft enough that gloves are optional.

The draft will be at the Pub at 6 p.m. Individuals can register at the Pub or online at The games will be on Moller Field Saturday, Feb 27. 

‘‘The tournament will be a hoot, and a great way to ease on in to the softball season,’’ Community Schools said.


Maritime Heritage

Society to Meet

Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will hold its annual meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the ANB Founders Hall.

A reception with an exhibit will be followed by a 7-9 p.m. program.

Those who have history of Katlian Street boatyards, maritime workers or ‘‘Katlian’’ life are invited to attend and/or share stories. Organizers said people should call in advance if they would like copies made of photos.

The event is open to the public. For more information go to, Facebook, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Rebecca at 747-3448 or Karen at 738-6999.




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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-3-21)

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 10:21 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 312

Total statewide – 146,558

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,117

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 13 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 152.52 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,142

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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December 2001

Photo caption: Cathy Hanson shovels snow off the sidewalk in front of Russell’s today. What started as a few flakes Monday evening had mounted to an estimated half-foot by noon today. More was forecast but rain is possible Wednesday.

December 1971 

Several fish fatalities resulted Monday night when a car apparently went out of control, ran off Halibut Point Road and slammed into the rear of Sitka Petland Store. Vibrations shattered fish tanks, and several hundred dollars worth of tropical fish were casualties.