CHECKING THE SLOPES – Ski companions Aaron Prussian, Emily Clark and Will Sirokman measure the snow depth and conditions on Mt. Verstovia Saturday. The friends have been tracking conditions this season, looking for weaknesses in the snowpack that could lead to avalanches. They saw signs of stable conditions, some hardpack and compacted layers, but no signs of weakness in that specific area. Dozens of skiers were on the mountain this weekend. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

January 6, 2013 Community Happenings

    Blue Lake Road
    Closure Noted
    Blue Lake Road is closed and will remain closed until the end of construction on the Blue Lake Dam. Heavy equipment will be on the road.
    The road will re-open in the spring of 2015.  Public tours will be conducted April-July. For more information visit

White E Shop
To Meet Jan. 8
The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 at the Swan Lake Senior Center.  Meetings are open to the public.

    Basketball Tourney
    At Mt. Edgecumbe
    The 8th Annual Mt. Edgecumbe Invitational Basketball Tournament is scheduled Jan. 15-18 at the BJ McGillis Gymnasium on the MEHS campus.
    Action starts 6 p.m. Wednesday and will continue all day Thursday through Saturday beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day.
    Twenty teams from across Alaska – including Anchorage, Juneau, Haines, Metlakatla, Ketchikan, Juneau, Hoonah, Petersburg, Kake, Klawock and Sitka – are planning to participate.
    Admission may be paid at the door or passes are being sold at the MEHS front office. Admission prices are: adult tournament pass $30; senior tournament pass $20; family tournament pass $50; and day passes are $10-$15.
    Event sponsors are Schmolck Mechanical, Sitka Bottling Co., McDonald’s of Sitka, Sitka CHARR, ASRC McGraw Constructors, Shee Atika Inc., Totem Square Inn and Delta Western.
    Teen Advisory
    Board to Meet
    Kettleson Memorial Library’s Teen Advisory Board will meet 7 p.m. Jan.  10.
    TAB members help select materials for the library’s collection and will make suggestions for the future teen area at the new library. Teens 13 and up are invited to join the board. Registration is preferred. Snacks and pizza are included.
    For more information, call the library at 747-8708.

    Domestic, Sexual
    Violence Discussed
    The Domestic and Sexual Violence Task Force meeting is scheduled noon-1 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, call SAFV at 747-3370.

    Emblem Club
    To Meet Jan. 9
    Sitka Emblem Club will hold an April 2014 convention planning meeting 5:30-6:30 p.m. Jan. 9 at the Sitka Elks Lodge.
    The regular business meeting will follow at 7 p.m. Members are being encouraged to attend. Several projects are  ongoing for the convention and helpers are needed, the club said. All members are being asked to attend.

    Fish and Game
    Panel to Meet
    The Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet 6:30 p.m. Jan. 17 in the classroom of the Sage Building at the Sitka Sound Science Center.
    Business will include election of officers,  framing proposals for the next board cycle, and other issues that may emerge.

    Pool Closed
    Blatchley pool is closed until further notice. Parts have been ordered and have yet to arrive.
    Pool personnel apologized for any inconvenience the closure may cause. Call 747-5677 or 747-8670 for further information.

    Gilbert Kuhnle,
    Longtime Sitkan,
    Dies in Olympia
    Former longtime Sitka resident, Gilbert “Gib” Kuhnle, passed away on Jan. 1, 2014, at the age of 91, at his home in Olympia, Wash., surrounded by his children.
    Gib and his wife, Betty, moved their family to Sitka in 1960 from Shelton, Wash. He was employed at Alaska Lumber and Pulp as a tug boat operator until 1983, when he retired and moved to Olympia.
    He is survived by his five children, Carol, Gary, Sue, Sherri and Albert.  Alaska held many fond memories for him, his family said. He rarely missed the annual Washington Sitka picnic.
    A guest book is available on line at!/Obituary.

    School Board Meets
    The Sitka School Board will hold a regular school board meeting 7 p.m. Jan. 7 at the Sitka High School library.
    Prior to the meeting the board will hold a work session on ‘‘Budget 101; Five-Year Strategic Budget.’’
    The board will also meet in executive session to discuss the superintendent’s evaluation. The public is being encouraged to attend.

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.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-26-21)

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 12:20 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 86

Total statewide – 51,778

Total (cumulative) deaths – 258

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,170

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 – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 309 (277 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 308

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




January 2001

Rory Schneeberger of Sitka has been tapped to serve as state Rep. Peggy Wilson’s chief of staff, the District 2 representative announced today. Wilson, of Wrangell, was elected in November to represent Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan in the state House.

January 1971

Eleven Sheldon Jackson students will visit churches in the northern half of Southeast Alaska as part of a four-week interim study course called Contemporary Alaska Mission. Their instructor, Rev. William Zeiger, who is college chaplain, has arranged the course.