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 12, 2013 Community Happenings

Science Center
    Training on Tap
    Those interested in helping the Sitka Sound Science Center share its understanding of Sitka’s science legacy are invited to sign up for docent and junior docent programs.
    Docent training sessions, beginning the first week in March, will equip students with a breadth of knowledge on local organisms and science center projects.
    To register, or for more information, contact Ashley at 747-8878 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .”

    Fine Arts Camp
    Offers Workshops
    The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is offering workshops and classes for adults starting next month.
    Students can learn the basics of digital photography with instructor Adam Andis or take one of Frances Donohoe’s three workshops learning a range of dance from tango, salsa, and swing to contact improvisation.
    A list of classes is available on line at Sign up by calling the Fine Arts Camp at 747-3085, or stop by the Rasmuson building on the SJ campus.

    SEARHC Plans
    Holiday Bazaar
    The annual SEARHC Christmas Bazaar is set 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 13 in the conference room area just off the Lighthouse cafeteria on the ground floor, and is open to the public.
    For booth space, contact Rachel Moreno at 738-6595.

    Gift of Health
    Fund Started
    The Hames Center is asking Sitkans to give the gift of health this year by helping families in need.
    Individuals may sponsor monthly family memberships, monthly youth passes, a workshop pass, or make a simple donation to the Hames Wellness Fund. The program partners with local service agencies to provide motivated families and individuals with health and fitness opportunities.
    For more information contact Caitlin Blaisdell at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or stop by the Hames Center.

    KGH, BES Set
    Math Meetings
    Keet Gooshi Heen and Baranof elementary schools will hold a math committee meeting 2:45-4:45 p.m. Dec. 18 at Keet in Room 3.
    The group will discuss and review math materials and alignment to the common core standards. Members of the public are invited.

    Vigil Planned
    For Homeless
    The Easter Group will hold a Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day Candlelight Vigil 4-4:30 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Crescent Harbor shelter.
    ‘‘On the darkest night of the year, come help shed light on homelessness, and remember all those who have died recently without homes in Sitka,’’ said Dorrie Farrell of the Easter Group.
    The ceremony will be conducted by the Salvation Army. Candles will be provided. For more information, contact Farrell at 747-4109 or email her at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Affordable Care
    Act Discussed
    “Understanding the Affordable Care Act,” a videoconference originating in Anchorage from the Loussac Library, will be offered 12:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at Kettleson Memorial Library. The approximately hourlong videoconference is interactive. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of the speaker.

    GMOs Topic of
    Library Program
    Brett Wilcox, author of “We’re Monsanto-Feeding the World,” will be at Kettleson Memorial Library 5 p.m. Dec. 15, to discuss what he has learned while researching and writing his book about genetically modified food.
    He will also tell about the cross-country bicycle trip he and his teenage son will be undertaking in 2014. The purpose of the trip is to highlight and educate people about the impact of genetically modified crops being grown around the world.
    Copies of Wilcox’s book will be available after the presentation.

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 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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