A WALK IN THE PARK – Jim Moormann walks through Sitka National Historical Park this morning, as he has every day for the past two and a half years. This Saturday is National Trails Day, an annual event which began in 1993 to honor the National Trail System. In normal years volunteers help with trail maintenance in parks across the country. This year there will be no organized cleanup in Sitka and, without tour ship visitors, Sitkans will have the park to themselves. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 10, 2013 Community Happenings

BMS, SHS Winter
    Program Weds.
    Blatchley Middle School and Sitka High School music departments will hold the first of two Winter Programs 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Performing Arts Center.
    Performing will be 4B concert band, jazz II, SHS jazz band, BMS choir and ACE, SHS treble choir and concert choir.
    SJ Campus Tree
    Lighting Dec. 14
    To celebrate the holidays and offer appreciation to the community for its support over the past year, Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Sheldon Jackson Campus partners Sitka Summer Music Festival, Sitka Sound Science Center, Youth Advocates, Sheldon Jackson Museum and Hames Wellness Center will follow the tradition of lighting the giant tree on the campus quad 4:30 p.m. Dec. 14 to give light to the winter nights.
    Cider and cookies will be served from the porch of Stevenson Hall, and the SFAC After-school Carol Choir will perform.
    ‘‘From all the Sheldon Jackson Campus partners, may you have a bright holiday season and a shining new year,’’ organizers said.

    BMS Math
    Panel to Meet
    The Blatchley Middle School math committee will meet 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17 at the school library to discuss and review math materials and alignment to the common core.
    Members of the public are invited to attend.

    Affordable Care
    Act Chamber Topic
    Enroll Alaska will present at the Chamber luncheon noon Wednesday at the Westmark Sitka.
    Enroll Alaska is a division of Northrim Benefits Group and was established to focus on the education and enrollment of Alaskans into the Affordable Care Act.
    The federal law mandating that all Americans have health insurance begins in 2014. Because Alaska defaulted to the Federal Facilitated Marketplace, the funding that many states are receiving for outreach and enrollment will not be coming to Alaska. Because of this, Enroll Alaska was established and has taken on the responsibility to educate and inform all Alaskans on the law and the benefits that many people will receive via the tax subsidy.
    Enroll Alaska is working with health care facilities across the state as well as non-profit organizations and Alaska Native organizations to educate individuals get them enrolled in a health insurance plan.
    The luncheon is open to the public. Call the Sitka Chamber office for more information  at 747-8604.

    Holiday Lights
    Choices Sought
    The Chamber is seeking nominations for the Holiday Lights contest. Both residences and businesses are eligible.
    Contest judging will be Dec. 16. Nomination forms are available, and are being accepted, at the Chamber office, 329 Harbor Drive Suite 212. Email Director Jennifer Robinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-8604. Winners will be announced Dec. 19.

    Hames Center
    Open Holidays
    The Hames Center will be open throughout the holidays. Regular hours are in effect. On Christmas Day and New Year’s Day it will be open 1-5 p.m. The website is www.hamescenter.com. Call 747-5080 for information.

    Women of Moose
    To Meet Dec. 18
    Women of the Moose will hold its annual co-workers Christmas party 6:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the lodge. All are asked to take a potluck appetizer and a plate of holiday cookies for a cookie exchange.
    Donations of unfrosted sugar cookies and a holiday dessert to share are needed for the children’s party set for 11 a.m. Dec. 21 at the lodge.
    For more information contact Laurie, Faith or Lynn.

    Fish Lunch
    Set at Schools
    The next local fish lunch is slated Dec. 18 at Keet Gooshi Heen, Blatchley, Sitka High and Pacific High schools. The lunch is offered by the Sitka Conservation Society, local fishermen and community members.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-5-20)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 11

Total statewide – 524

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.



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

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.

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.

The Sentinel office at 112 Barracks Street is closed to the public. We encourage people to use the phone, email or the U.S. Postal Service as much as possible.There is a slot in the front door of the office for ads, news items and payment checks. Emails may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is (907) 747-3219.                                                                          

Login Form

Most recent Sentinels — PDF edition

June 1, 2020

June 2, 2020

June 3, 2020

June 4, 2020

June 5, 2020