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 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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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.