FILLING IN SHORTFALLS – Sitka Public Works street maintenance worker George Hardison fills a deep pothole at the intersection of Barracks and Seward Streets this afternoon. The city budget for the 2021 fiscal year did not include money for capital projects such as resurfacing roads. Because of the pandemic and the resulting decreased tax revenue there will likely be no city capital projects in Sitka in the 2022 budget either. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 4, 2013 Community Happenings

‘Count the Lights’
    Contest to Begin
    The Second Annual Count the Lights and Light Up Downtown contest will run Dec. 7-Jan. 7.
    Residents can guess how many lights are on the town’s Christmas tree, which will be lighted 5 p.m. Dec. 6 in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral.
    Ballot boxes are in downtown stores.

    Christmas Tree
    Lighting Dec. 6
    The public is invited to an old-fashioned lighting of the Christmas tree in front of St. Michael’s Cathedral 5 p.m. Dec. 6.
    The ceremony will include caroling and is a kick-off event for the ‘‘Count the Lights’’ contest.

    Harp Sing Set
    The Second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Dec. 8  at the Pioneers Home Chapel.
    Beginners and listeners are welcome. Christmas songs from the distant past will be sung. Call 738-2089 for more information.

    SEARHC Team:
    Reflective Tape
    A Good Idea
    SEARHC’s Injury Prevention Team reminds everyone to take precautions this time of year by adding reflective tape to clothing or buying clothes with built-in reflectives to help children “Be Safe, Be Seen.”
    Wearing reflective gear allows children to be seen from 500 feet away in the dark, especially while waiting for the bus or riding their bikes.
    Reflective tape is inexpensive and easy to apply and remove from clothing, SEARHC said. It should be placed  on all sides of the child’s jacket — the front, back, both sides and along both arms. It can also be applied to backpacks, book bags and bike frames.
    Free reflective tape may be requested from the SEARHC Injury Prevention Team by contacting Lesa Way at 966-8804 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    For more information, visit the ‘‘injury prevention’’ section of the SEARHC website,

    Volunteers Sought
    Big Brothers Big Sisters of Sitka is seeking volunteers to serve as Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
    The program matches volunteers with youths who could benefit from a positive adult role model. Volunteers meet with their little sister or brother to share activities and develop a friendship. For more information on the enrollment process and program guidelines contact Barb Morse at 747-3500 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Office Hours Set
    Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins will hold office hours Dec. 10 in Sitka. He will be at the Backdoor 9-11 a.m. and Highliner Coffee 1-3 p.m. No appointment is necessary.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-22-21)

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 10:40 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 262

Total statewide – 51,204

Total (cumulative) deaths – 252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,160

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 307 (275 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 302

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




January 2001

Photo caption: Graduates of the Certified Nurses Aide program offered at the University of Alaska, Southeast, Sitka Campus, are Sabrina Barkhoefer, Roxanne Newell, Diane Cox, Ruby Lanham, Amanda Hutchins, Cynthia McCarr, Saori Handy, Darcy Jones and Jeff “Richie” Richards.

January 1971

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