DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS – Harbor Point and No Name Mountain are pictured this afternoon from the Old Sitka Cruise Ship Dock. A draft master plan for the Granite Creek to No Name Mountain area was discussed at a joint Assembly and Planning Commission meeting Wednesday. (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, http://www.searhc.org/services/health-promotion/injury-prevention.

    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.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-4-20)

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 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 8

Total statewide – 513

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 48, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



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March 23, 2020



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.

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