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

March 18, 2014 Community Happenings

Chamber to Meet
     Pat Sidmore, a Health and Social Services planner for the Alaska Mental Health Board, will address the Chamber weekly luncheon noon Wednesday at the Westmark Sitka.
    His presentation will be on an Adverse Childhood Experiences Study  and an Alaskan Counterpart Initiative.
    Luncheons are open to the public. For more information, call the Sitka Chamber office at 747-8604 or visit  the website at for calendar of events and upcoming lunches.

    Rainy Day Bazaar
    Listed for April 12
    The Rainy Day Bazaar will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. April 12 at Centennial Hall, with 40-plus vendors and a silent auction.
    Bidding for the auction will close at 3 p.m. Children can also have their picture taken with the Easter Bunny for $5 until 3 p.m. and receive a coupon for one free photo from Harry Race Photo.
    Admission to the event is $1. Children 12 and under are free.
 Tables are still available for $45. Contact Alyssa Reines at (707) 495-3619 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.

    Natural History
    Field Trip Set
    A geology and natural history field trip to Kruzof Island is planned 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 19 through UAS-Sitka Campus.
    The field trip will consist of discussions about the geology and natural history of Southeast Alaska. Students should dress for being outdoors all day and bring plenty of food and water. The Allen Marine vessel will leave from Crescent Harbor. The cost is $25. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.
    Dog Agility 2
     Set to Register
    Dog Agility 2, for dogs age 6 months and older that have taken either a basic obedience class and Agility 1, or on approval by the instructors, is offered 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays March 25-April 29.
    The class will build on the Dog Agility 1 class with more equipment, harder moves and a quicker pace. It is great mental and physical exercise.
    The cost is $100. For more information or to register for the UAS-Sitka Campus class, call 747-7762.
    Dog Obedience
     To be Taught
    Basic good manners with the main focus on obedience commands will be taught in the Dog Obedience class 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays March 25-April 29 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    Games for fun and “tricks” for alleviating boredom and what to do about separation anxiety will be covered.
    The class is structured for dogs over one year of age. The cost is $100. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.
    First Aid/CPR Set
    UAS-Sitka Campus, Office of Continuing Education, will offer an American Heart Association First Aid and CPR training 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5.
    The training fulfills OSHA and Coast Guard requirements. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive Heartsaver cards.
    The cost of $90 includes the book. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.
    Driver’s Education
    Training at UAS
    UAS-Sitka Campus, Office of Continuing Education, will offer a driver’s education training April 1-22.
    The course is primarily for new drivers and those wishing to prepare for their driver’s license exam, but also anyone interested in improving their driving skills. The course will include classroom instruction and hands-on driving plus observing other drivers.
    Student accident insurance is included in the fee. Students must have a learners permit at the time of registration. Parental consent necessary.
    The cost is $369. For more information or to register, call 747-7762.

    Tree Pruning
    Workshop Set
    The Sitka Local Foods Network will present a free, short, on-the-ground fruit tree pruning workshop 9 a.m. March 22 at St. Peter’s Fellowship Farm.
    Jud Kirkness will teach the workshop. Due to limited space, those interested in participating need to pre-register by calling Michelle at 747-2708. The Sitka Local Foods Network will sponsor the workshop and additional vegetable gardening and fruit growing workshops and classes this spring and summer.

    Sitka Cross Trail
    Marathon Slated
    Registration for the second annual Sitka Cross Trail Classic Marathon and Half is open. The event is 7 a.m. Aug. 2.
    Registration online is at The fees for the 26.2 and 13.1 mile race increases to $105 and $85 on June 1. For more information contact race directors Penny Brown 738-7366 or Julie White 738-3146 or email them at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Harp Sing Set
    The 4th Sunday Sitka sacred harp sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. at the Sitka Pioneers Home Chapel.
    For more information call 738-2089.

    Green Business
    Nominations Set
    Nominations are being accepted for the second round of 2014 Sitka Green Business Awards.
    Local businesses, not-for-profit groups, agencies, schools and others are being encouraged to nominate themselves. Customers, staff and supporters of businesses and organizations may also nominate one of the groups for an award.
    The nomination deadline is March 30. Nomination forms are available from the Sitka Global Warming Group at or by calling Michelle at 747-2708.

    Choose Respect
    Rally March 27
    All are invited to attend the fifth Choose Respect march and rally in Sitka noon-1 p.m. March 27 to acknowledge the epidemic of domestic violence and sexual assault and show support for victims and survivors.
    The rally will start at Totem Square/ City Hall and run down Lincoln Street to the Crescent Harbor shelter. All are invited to speak. Commissioner of Administration Curtis Thayer will march and speak on the governor’s behalf.
    More than 150 towns and villages in Alaska will engage in similar events at the same time.
    ‘‘Interpersonal violence is a huge problem in Alaska, and it does not only affect individuals and families, but the entire community,’’ organizers said. ‘‘Please join and demonstrate that as a community, we can stand together, learn about the issues, help protect and heal, and prevent future violence.’’
    For more information, log on to or call Sitkans Against Family Violence at 747-3370.

    Kiksadi to Bless
    Herring Rock
    The Kiksadi Clan will bless herring rock 11 a.m. March 24 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. All are welcome to attend. Questions can be directed to John at 738-5540.

    Events Set
    Sitkans are reminded of the deadline to apply for affordable health care coverage, and an opportunity to attend two upcoming enrollment events.
    Individuals may be eligible for lower cost insurance based on income, age and number of people in a family. The Affordable Care Act deadline for required insurance coverage is March 31. Those who do not have health insurance in place by that date must be eligible for and file an exemption form or face a tax penalty in 2015.
    There will be two more enrollment events in Sitka at the UAS Student Success Center, 5:30-7:30 p.m. March 25 and 27. Assistance by trained staff will be offered to enroll on Attendees should take their income verification (2012/2013 tax information), Social Security number, date of birth and, if applicable, Green Cards for each member of the income tax household.
    Individuals may also call the national line at  1-800-318- 2596, 24 hours/day, 7 days/week or go online at
    “People have been amazed with the affordable monthly rates they’ve received through the Marketplace,” said  Andrea Thomas, outreach and enrollment manager for SEARHC.
    Those who haven’t enrolled in affordable health care, should act now, Thomas said. For more information contact SEARHC at 966-8883.

    ANS Schedule
    Spring Bazaar
    The annual Alaska Native Sisterhood spring bazaar will be 9 a.m.-noon  Saturday, March 22, at the ANB Founders Hall. The public is welcome.
    Local artists, crafters and beaders will sell Native artwork, jams, jellies and handmade items.
    Those wanting to reserve a table may call Helen at 747-3410 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .. Tables are limited and the cost is $20. ANS memberships may be renewed. New members are invited to sign up.

    Donations Sought
    For Silent Auction
    The Coast Guard Spouses’ and Women’s Association of Sitka is seeking donations from local businesses for its annual Rainy Day Bazaar Silent Auction.   
    Proceeds from the auction will be distributed to organizations in the community in May. Contact Mary Grace Greene at 401-662-6279 to make a donation or for more information.

    Event Programs
    At Visitor Center
    Sitka National Historical Park will  host two free evening programs at the visitor center this week.
    On Wednesday, at 7 p.m., will be ‘‘Hidden in the Forest: The Emerging Story of Past Shorelines in Southeast Alaska.’’ Jim Baichtal, forest geologist with the Tongass National Forest, will give an update on current research focused on determining where the shorelines of Southeastern Alaska have been through time.
    The 7 p.m. Thursday program will be ‘‘Scat to Sonar: Unraveling Marine Mammal Diets in the Gulf of Alaska.’’ Marine mammals are massive consumers in Alaskan waters - but how do we know what they are eating? UAF SeaGrant Recipient, Kate Wynne will discuss some of the challenges and methods used to answer this basic question and present results from long-term studies of seal, sea lion, and whale diets near Kodiak.

    PFD Help Given
    At Kettleson
    A special help session for filing online Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend applications will be provided by Marie Murray at Kettleson Memorial Library 10:30 a.m.-noon March 22.
    Marie Murray is the director of the local Legislative Information Office and will assist patrons and answer any questions regarding PFD applications.

    Blatchley Pool
    To Offer Lessons
    Blatchley pool has listed the schedule for swim lessons.
    A noon-1 p.m. swim is offered Monday through Friday.
    Swim lesson sign-ups will start March 24. For those who can do rhythmic breathing the time is 2-2:45 p.m. and those who cannot swim well, nor do rhythmic breathing, will meet 6-6:3- p.m. and 6:30-7 p.m. Days will be Monday, Wednesday and Friday until the end of May.

    OE to Meet
    Overeaters Anonymous meets 6 p.m. Wednesdays at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, ground level in Room B.
    Call 623-0356 with questions.

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.

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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.