PERFECT WEATHER – Surfers assess the waves at Sandy Beach this morning. Waves were between 14- and 20-feet today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 5, 2013 Community Happenings

Christmas Bird
    Count Set Jan. 4
    The annual Christmas Bird Count is set Jan. 4. A planning meeting will be 6 p.m. Jan. 1 at the Alaska Raptor Center. A slide show will be presented to review the birds.
    A post-birding party will be 4 p.m. Jan. 4. Snacks will be sponsored by Pet’s Choice Veterinary Hospital.
    For more information call Jen at 738-0181 or Victoria at 738-8661.

    Winter Concerts
    Staged at KGH
    The public is invited to all Keet Gooshi Heen winter concerts this month. All begin at 7 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center.
    Concerts are scheduled: second grade, Dec. 10; third grade, Dec. 12; fourth grade, Dec. 17; and fifth grade, Dec. 19.
    Admission is free of charge. Seating will be ample; however, those who would like to pre-reserve seats can contact the KGH office at 747-8395.

    Ice Cleat Coupon
    Offered to Seniors
    The SEARHC injury prevention department is offering coupons for $7 ice cleats to elders.
    In partnership with the Sitka Fire Department, SEARHC is providing ice cleat coupons to help with foot traction for those ages 65 and older. Ice cleats priced at $25 or less can be purchased for $7 with the coupon from participating stores – Orion’s Sporting Goods, Russell’s or Work and Rugged Gear Store.
    Seniors can pick up a coupon at the Sitka Fire Department at 209 Lake Street, or from Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital social services, security or physical therapy departments at 222 Tongass Drive. The offer is available through Dec. 24 and limited to stock on hand.
    For additional information contact Cory Welsh at 966-8866 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Scientists to Give Talk About
    Voices of Glacier Bay Park
    As part of its Natural History Seminar Series, Richard Nelson and Hank Lentfer will tell about their explorations of Glacier Bay National Park 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    “Glacier Bay is one of the most amazing places in the world,’’ Nelson said. ‘‘It was under ice and water until only about 200 years ago.”
    For the last two years Nelson and Lentfer have taken their recording equipment and descriptive skills with them to this strange and remarkable area – 4,164 square miles of wilderness, managed in a cooperative effort by the U.S. government and the Tlingit and Hoonah Native American organizations.
    In their Sitka Campus lecture, they will present photos and sounds from their efforts to document the sounds under water, under ice, in the air and on land in this diverse and changing topography.
    “Everything from the subtle scratches of a crab’s claw on sand grains, to the reverberating trumpet calls of humpback whales” have been gathered, according to Nelson.
     Nelson and Lentfer call this audio catalog of rarely-heard natural sounds “Voices of Glacier Bay National Park.” The Glacier Bay audio project is an effort to pursue the sounds of nature –  track them, listen to them, record them, and attempt to understand what they are saying – their “voice.” Then, from the hours of meticulously recorded material, the two scientists are creating a library preserving and documenting the natural sounds from the park and surrounding protected areas – the surprising sounds of barnacles on rocks, and the persuasive inanimate voices of the ice, the water, and the air.
    Nelson has a weekly series on NPR, “Encounters North.” Lentfer has recently written a book titled ‘‘Faith of Cranes’’ about his dual transformative experiences – raising a young daughter and tracking the life of sandhill cranes.
    The presentation at UAS, like other Nelson/Lentfer productions, combines careful science with the dramatic and emotional excitement of “earwitness” encounters with nature, UAS said.
    Contact Kitty LaBounty at UAS with questions about the event at 747-9432 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust and by the University of Alaska Southeast.
    City Calendar
    Meeting Jan. 7    
    The Greater Sitka Arts Council announces the all-city calendaring meeting to be 7-9 p.m. Jan. 7 at Centennial Hall.
    The intent is to invite all Sitka event planners, concert promoters, community event organizers, strategists and others to a session to work together to plan future events and avoid duplication when possible.
    ‘‘By sitting down together and reviewing our future programs, activities, events and their dates/times our hope is to avoid stepping on toes as much as possible from March 2014 to April 2015,’’ said Jeff Budd of the GSAC. ‘‘We recognize that there are many upcoming events that are unknown, or this is too far out to plan, but this will also allow others to see what dates are filled and possibly avoid those dates. ‘‘
    Those with questions can contact Budd at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-24-20)

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 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 578

Total statewide – 27,669

Total (cumulative) deaths – 115

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 619

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. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 29

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 176 (155 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 147 cumulative

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




November 2000

Photo caption: A painting by the late Dr. Walt Massey hangs on the wall of the Pioneers Home dining room,. bringing smiles from home administrator Julie Smith and Massey’s son Brian and daughter-in-law Amy, the home’s dietary manager. The painting of early-day Sitka was done in 1971, the year Dr. Massey, an optometrist and artist, died. It originally hung in the Canoe Club and was given by the restaurant’s owner, Frank Richards, to local historian Joe Ashby, who gave it to the Pioneers Home.

November 1970

Photo  caption: Sitka High School band director James Hope receives a check for $2,000 from American Legion Post 13 Commander Carroll Kohler. The Legion had voted to contribute $1,000 for uniforms and the Auxiliary voted to match that amount. The check was presented at the Legion’s Veterans Day banquet.