NEW ROUND – Sitka Fire Chief Craig Warren chats with Patrick and Catharine Weaver this afternoon at the fire hall during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Weavers were waiting fifteen minutes after receiving the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 Sitkans were scheduled to receive their first dose today. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full efficacy. Sitkans can sign up to receive vaccinations at (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 16, 2013 Community Happenings

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, candy and a holiday dessert to share are needed for the children’s party set for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Dec. 21 at the lodge.
    Parents are reminded to sign up their children, ages 10 and younger, for the event. It is rumored that Santa will arrive at approximately noon.
    For more information contact Laurie, Marybeth, Faith or Lynn.

    ANS to Meet
    Alaska Native Sisterhood will hold a meeting 6:30 p.m. Dec. 17 at the ANB Hall.

    Parent Power Hour
    Offered at Hames
    Hames Center offers Parent Power Hour 8:15 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays where parents may work out while child care is provided. For further information call 747-5080 or visit

    Homeless Connect
    Work Session Set
    The Easter Group will hold a Project Homeless Connect work session noon-1:30 p.m. Dec. 27 at the Sitka School District board room, 300 Kostrometinoff Street.
    The Easter Group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people. Project Homeless Connect committee members and people interested in planning for the Project Homeless Connect event (to be held Jan. 29) are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact 747-4109 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Christmas Eve Set
    At Methodist Church
    Sitka United Methodist Church will  host two Christmas Eve services on Dec. 24.
    The first service is at 5:30 p.m., which is a traditional family service. The second service will be at 11 p.m. Both services will have candle-lighting and Christmas music.  All are welcome to attend.

    Sale Tonight at
    White E Shop
    The main store at the White Elephant Shop has all Christmas decorations and clothes for half price starting today at its 6-8 p.m. opening.
    The sale will continue noon-3 p.m. Thursday and Saturday. In the children’s store only on Monday all the toys, puzzles and dolls will be $2 per green grocery bag. It does not include books or clothes.
    Snow and Ice
    Program Subject
    All are invited to the Sitka Sound Science Center 10 a.m.-noon Dec. 21  to explore the magical properties of snow and ice. From snowflakes to glaciers, participants discover the frozen world.
    It is an annual passholder event, but passes are available at the door. Call Ashley at the science center for more information 747-8878.

    See’s Candies
    Now on Sale
    See’s Candies are for sale at Sitka Community Hospital gift shop and by contacting Judy, 306 Peterson Ave., 747-3670.

    Blatchley Math
    Panel to Meet
    Blatchley Middle School will hold a math committee meeting 5-7 p.m. Dec. 17 in the BMS library to discuss and review math materials and alignment to the Common Core.
    The public is invited to attend.

    BMS, SHS Music
    Concert Dec. 18
    Blatchley Middle School first, second and third period concert bands, jazz I, Sitka High symphonic band and vocal jazz will perform at a winter concert 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Performing Arts Center.
    The concert is free and open to all.

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.

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

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-15-21)

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 10:55 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 296

Total statewide – 49,835

Total (cumulative) deaths – 228

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,126

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 – 17

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 301 (274 resident; 27 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 281

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




January 2001

Photo caption: Sarah and Jeremy Pickard and Dr. James Brooks show off Lauren Marie Pickard, the first baby born in Sitka this year. She arrived at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:05 a.m., Jan. 4, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She’s the first child for the Pickards,who moved here in May with the U.S. Coast Guard.

January 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Foster and daughter Marchele have ended a two-week vacation trip to Idaho. They bought a new Mustang in Seattle, drove it to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit relatives and stopped in Everett, Wash., to visit Mrs. Foster’s cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in 13 years. Mrs. Foster and Marchele returned by plane and Foster is following with the car, on the ferry.