BEST MEDICINE – Virgil Scott, left, leads a march around the SEARHC cafeteria Wednesday afternoon during the weekly meeting of a Parkinson’s support group. Speech therapist Liz Cooley, who helps facilitate the meetings, said that Parkinson’s medications treat only the symptoms, while physical therapy, including big exercises and being loud, has been effective in slowing the progression of the disease. The group formed in June and meets on Wednesdays at 4:30 p.m. Cooley says anyone suffering from Parkinson’s is invited to the free gatherings and is encouraged to bring friends, family and caregivers.  SEARHC speech, physical and occupational therapists have been leading exercises. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 

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At a Glance

(updated 3-28-2023)

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 12:15 pm Tuesday, March 28.

New cases as of Tuesday: 512

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 295,801

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 70.24

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 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,309

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






March 2003

Woody C.J. Litman, a Sitka High senior, has advanced to finalist standing in the 2003 National Merit Scholarship Program. Litman, 18, is the son of Mike and Sue Litman.


March 1973

 Photo caption: Professor Jim Atchison lectures to his English  class on “Masterpieces of World Literature.” It’s one of the classes offered at Sitka Community  College, a branch of the University of Alaska, located on Katlian Street. David Knapp is director.  Material on the college will be exhibited at the Chamber Trade Fair.


Winners in school swimming contests for ages 7-14 has been announced. In the ages 7-8 events winners were Tim Grussendorf, Maria Seesz, Mike Bateman, Drew Wilson and Adam Kuehn. In the age 9-10 events winners were Bill Konoski, Chris Bacon, John Gardner, Gillian Bacon, Spence Bovee, Glen Owen.... In diving ages 15-17, Fronty Parker, Bert Stedman, David Coulter and Mike Bovee were winners.