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 25, 2016 Community Happenings

‘Spring in Alaska’

Film to Show

Spring is almost here, and to observe the upcoming changing of the season ‘‘Spring in Alaska’’ will be the featured film 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, and 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, during February’s Winter Film Series at Sitka National Historical Park’s visitor center.

The hourlong film highlights the rich transformation that occurs throughout Alaska in the spring. The film shows the Pacific herring spawning, bear cubs emerging from their den, the return of the humpback whales, the amazing journey of migratory birds and more.

The Winter Film Series, held monthly at the visitor center, is jointly presented by Sitka National Historical Park, Sitka Conservation Society and the Sitka Sound Science Center. Free popcorn will be provided at each screening.

For more information contact Ryan Carpenter, 747-0121, or email  at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Sitka Veterans

Group to Meet

Sitka Veterans Association will meet 7 p.m. March 2 at the SEARHC Community Health Building first floor conference room.

The group will continue work on Sitka Veterans Memorial Park.



Kaagwaantaan Meet

Sitka Kaagwaantaan will meet 1 p.m. Sunday for memorial planning and song practice in room 114 at Blatchley Middle School.

Call Roby at 738-4004 for more information.



Sacred Harp Sing

Slated Feb. 29

The 4th Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp singing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.  Beginners and listeners are encouraged to attend.  Call 738-2089 with questions.




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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.