HEEDING THE CALL – Sarah Jordan holds up one of the colorful fabric face masks she is making at home today. City, health care and emergency response leaders in Sitka issued a “call to action” today, asking residents to sew face masks to donate to SEARHC, to help prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19.
(Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Search for Sitka Hiker Under Way

By SHANNON HAUGLAND
Sentinel Staff Writer
    A search started this morning for a 19-year-old Sitka man who was last seen by family members around 11 a.m. Monday in the Indian River neighborhood.
    The family of Scott Falzerano Jr. reported him missing to the fire department at 7:30 a.m. today. They said that after he left their Charlie Joseph Street home he didn’t return home as expected, said Sitka Mountain Rescue director Don Kluting.
    A search team was dispatched to the Indian River valley – a favorite hunting spot of Falzerano’s – but there were no leads as to his whereabouts by press time today.
    Kluting said that Falzerano told family when he left that he was heading into the woods to hide a possession that had been stolen in recent days and that he had recovered on Sunday.
     Scott Falzerano is described as 6 feet, 1 inch, tall, with hazel green eyes and sandy blond hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a black hoody and blue jeans, Kluting said.
    Kluting said the young man’s family is very concerned about him.
    “Hopefully we find him soon,” Kluting said.
    Two search dogs and a team of seven volunteers were in the Indian River Valley at press time today. Kluting and other volunteers were also conducting interviews with friends of the missing man for any information on his whereabouts. At press time today, Kluting said, the search team was requesting the help of a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.
    Anyone who has seen Falzerano since 11 a.m. Monday are asked to call the Sitka Fire Department at 747-3233, or police at 747-3245.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 3-31-20)


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 3 p.m. Tuesday. 

The list includes the total cases (and what portions are travel and non-travel-related or still being investigated):

 Total - 133 (40, 93)

 Anchorage area – 65 (24, 41)

 Homer – 2 (1, 1)

 Kenai – 1 (1, 0)

 Seward – 1 (1, 0)

 Soldotna – 2 (1, 1)

 Sterling – 2 (0, 2)

 Fairbanks area – 35 (7, 28)

 Palmer – 3 (2, 1)

 Juneau – 9 (1, 8)

 Ketchikan – 13 (2, 11)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is nine, and the cumulative number of deaths is three.

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March 23, 2020

NOTICE FROM THE PUBLISHERS

TO READERS AND ADVERTISERS

For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website sitkasentinel.com. Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

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