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)

April 1, 2014 Community Happenings

Companion Fares,
    Mileage Sought
    The Sitka Seafood Festival is seeking companion fares and mileage to help with travel expenses to bring chefs and speakers to Sitka for this year’s festival, Aug. 1 and 2. Those who can help out are asked to call Linda at 747-6985.

    Capital Budget
    Testimony Taken
    The Senate Finance Committee will take testimony on SB 119 for the capital budget 3-3:30 p.m. April 3 at the Sitka Legislative Information Office, 201 Katlian Street, Suite 102, on the first floor of the Totem Square Inn.
    Those wanting to testify should arrive by 2:45 p.m. Testimony will be limited to two minutes.

    Tribal Council Meets
    The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council action-only meeting will be held noon April 2 at the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.
    Those wishing to give a presentation or speak before the Tribal Council may do so at the regular monthly meeting on April 16. For information contact Kathy Hope Erickson, 747-7352.

    FASD Support
    Meeting April 3
    The FASD Community Support Group will meet 6 p.m. April 3 at the Sitka Pioneers Home Manager’s House.
    The program will include ‘‘How Family and Community Offer Support for an Invisible Disability.’’ Networking time will follow.
    Those seeking information about fetal alcohol syndrome are invited to attend. Light refreshments will be served. Call 747-7978 for more information.

    Seafood Festival
    Group to Meet
    The Sitka Seafood Festival will hold a meeting, open to the public, 6 p.m. April 17 at Centennial Hall. Anyone who is interested in being involved, or has any ideas or suggestions for the 2014 festival, is being encouraged to attend.
    For more information contact Alicia at 928-607-4845 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Cardio Dance
    Class at Hames
    Starting April 3 Sitkans can ‘‘bust-a-move’’ with local physical therapist Gio at his cardio-based dance class.
    Eight classes will be offered. The calendar with dates and details can be seen at or the Hames Center at 747-5080.

    Grants Offered to
    Nonprofit Groups   
    The Coast Guard Spouses’ and Women’s Association is granting funds to local nonprofit community organizations and to school athletics and activities in May.
    Organizations wishing to receive funds will need to complete the community grant request form located at
    The form must be completed and postmarked by April 16. Submit completed form to CGSWA of Sitka, P.O. Box 1164, Sitka. Call Rose at 966-2599 for questions.

    Boards, Panels
    Open at STA
    Sitka Tribal Enterprises board of directors has openings for two tribal citizens and two at-large seats for those interested in economic development.        The Health Committee has two tribal citizen seats for those interested in health and human services. The Gaming Committee has one opening for a tribal citizen who is interested in charitable gaming.
    Submit letter of interested to STA, 456 Katlian Street, by Friday, April 4. Call 747-3207 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.

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 1-15-21)

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.