February 22, 2016 Community Happenings

‘We Eat Fish!’

Film to Show

The Southeast Alaska Conservation Council will premier its new film “We Eat Fish!” 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Larkspur.

Shot partly in Sitka, the film celebrates the clean waters and healthy fisheries of Southeast Alaska and highlights the work being done to protect them. It is free to the public.

A fish special will be served.



UAF Seminars


Through February, UAS Sitka Campus will broadcast seminars from UAF on topics in environmental and human health.

The next will be 4:30 p.m. today in room 106 at the UAS campus. Dr. Falf Huettmann, associate professor of biology, will speak on Himalayan biodiversity conservation during climate change.

The public is invited to attend.


Satellites, Glaciers

Talk at UAS-Sitka

The next Natural History seminar features Dr. Allen Pope presenting “How Satellites are Changing What we Know about Ice” 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25 at  UAS-Sitka, Room 229.

Pope, scientist-in-residence fellow at the Sitka Sound Science Center, will talk about how satellite data are used to study and monitor glaciers and ice fields in Alaska and polar regions.  Pope is a  post-doctoral research  associate working at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado, and the Polar Science Center in Seattle.

His current research projects include studying Landsat 8 applications to the cryosphere as well as investigating drivers of elevation change in West Antarctica. More about his work is at on NASA’s Earth Obseratory website “Shades of Blue on the Greenland Ice Sheet’’  at  http://earthobservatory.nasa.gove/IOTD/view.php?id=86564

Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast. Contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


Story Time Set

‘‘Whaley Whale’’ by Rascka will be one of the readings during the next story time at the Sitka Public Library 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 25.

Rhymes, songs and a craft project will be part of the preschool program. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.



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At a Glance

(updated 5-18-22)

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 18.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,675

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 249,522

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,762

Current Hospitalizations – 44

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 – 54

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,633

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002

Sitka’s state parks will remain open, thanks to an 11th-hour $80,000 appropriation approved by the state House Finance Committee, Rep. Peggy Wilson said. “It happened because everybody pulled together .... E-mails, letters, telephone calls came to Juneau from Sitka en masse,”she said. 

May 2002

 Laurence and Zelma Doig will leave the Sheldon Jackson campus this year after 30 years of service. Doig, in fact, has already been installed as skipper of the M/V Anna Jackman. Mrs. Doig, who has been librarian, will join her husband in Juneau at the end of May.