CHEER SECTION – Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe High School cheerleaders react to a successful free throw Tuesday night at Sitka High during the cross-town boys basketball game. Edgecumbe boys and girls teams each won their games against Sitka High. Stories on the hard-fought games are on page 4 of today’s Sentinel. The region tournament takes place in Sitka in mid-March. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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20 Feb 2024 15:10

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February 1, 2023, Community Happenings

Participants, Coaches

Sought for GOTR

The Pathways Coalition is again  sponsoring Girls on the Run and is seeking participants and coaches.

This 14th year of the after-school program inspires girls in third- through fifth-grade to be ‘‘joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates physical activity,’’ the organization said. 

Participants and coaches are needed to spend the 14th season of the program ‘‘exploring valuable lessons such as practicing empathy, inclusion, and acceptance, all while training for a 5K community fun run,’’ the Pathways Coalition said.

Participants can register by Feb. 13 at or pick up a paper registration form at the Keet Gooshi Heen front office. 

Apply to be a coach by Feb. 8 at (new coaches) or (returning coaches).

For more information, call Katie at 747-3493 or email


On Honor Roll

Erin Blankenship was named to the Mississippi State University, Starkville, fall president’s list.

Students on the list achieved a 3.80 or better grade-point average, based on a 4.0 scale, while completing at least 12 semester hours of course work with no incomplete grades or grades lower than a C.

The 2019 Sitka High graduate is the daughter of Eric and Jenny Blankenship.



On Dean’s List

Grace Harang of Sitka was named to the Utah Tech University, St. George, fall semester dean’s list. Inclusion requires students to complete a minimum of 15 credits and achieve a GPA of 3.5 to 3.89.

The 2021 Sitka High graduate is the daughter of Trevor and Tracie Harang.


Sitka Nonprofits

Listed for PFD


Sitkans filing their Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend check applications can share the wealth with nonprofits through the Pick.Click.Give. charitable donation program.

Fill out the PFD application at In the section of the application asking to participate in Pick.Click.Give. Charitable Contributions program, click on the PCG link.

In 2022, Alaskans donated $38,875 to Sitka-based nonprofits. (Total doesn’t include donations to some nonprofits based in multiple cities.)

Sitka nonprofits participating this year include: 3 to 5 Preschool, Alaska Association For Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health, Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Brave Heart Volunteers, Catholic Community Service Inc., Friends of Sitka Circus Arts, Friends of Sitka Public Library Inc., Healing Hand Foundation, Kootznahoo Fortress Of The Bear, Mt. Edgecumbe Preschool Inc., Outer Coast,  Raven Radio KCAW CoastAlaska, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, Sitka Historical Society Inc., Sitka Legacy Foundation ACF, Sitka Local Foods Network, Sitka Maritime Heritage Society Inc., Sitka Sound Science Center, Sitka Summer Music Festival, Sitka Trail Works Inc., Sitkans Against Family Violence, Southeast Alaska Independent Living SAIL, Spruce Root Inc., The Salvation Army-Sitka Corps, United Way of Southeast Alaska, and University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) Sitka Campus.


Talking Circle Set

For Grief, Healing

A grief and healing talking circle will be offered 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Sitka Tribe of Alaska headquarters, 204 Siginaka Way.

Snacks will be provided.

Those with questions can contact Jean Swanson at (907)747-3968 or


‘Save the Trollers’

Fundraiser Feb. 5

A benefit dinner and dessert auction to ‘‘Save the Trollers’’ will be held 5 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Sitka Elks Lodge.

The fish and chips dinner is $19.

Those with questions, or wishing to donate an auction dessert, can contact the Elks Lodge at 907-747-3511.

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At a Glance

(updated 9-12-2023)

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 8:57 a.m. Tuesday, September 12.

New cases as of Tuesday: 278

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 301,513

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,485

Case Rate per 100,000 – 38.14

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 152.50

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,575

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






February 2004

Photo caption: White Elephant Shop treasurer Ginny Cushing presents a $1,300 check to Monica Bettis, Sitka Community  Hospital long-term care activities director, and Kathy Inman, long-term care manager at the hospital. The donation is to be used to buy a wide-screen TV for the long-term unit.


February 1974

Photo caption: Gov. William Egan presents trophies to the all-tourney team in the Sitka American Legion Invitational Basketball Tournament. From left are Brad Sele, Klukwan; Gene Short, Ketchikan; David Harnum, Sitka Arrowhead Truckers; Terry Friske, Klukwan; and Jay Levan, Sitka American Legion.


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