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 7, 2014 Community Happenings

Amason Animals
    Topic of Program
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum invites children ages 6-10 and their families to a free, family friendly, At Saxan program 1 p.m. April 19. The topic will be ‘‘Alvin Amason Animals.’’
    Participants will learn about theSugpiaq artist and his whimsical artwork, and paint their own animal in Amason’s style. Space is limited. Call 747-8981 to register.

    Kathleen Beck
    Services Pending
    Services for Kathleen (Kathy) Beck, 65, are pending and will be announced in Tuesday’s Sentinel. She died April 6 at Sitka Community Hospital.
    Those having questions may call Juli Audette at 738-7453.

    Cookies on Sale
    To Benefit Troop
    Girl Scout Troop 4140 is earning funds to travel to Washington and Idaho as part of a service project with the Special Olympics.
    The Troop has extra Girl Scout cookies to sell to cover travel expenses. Samoas and Thin Mints may be purchased by calling Verna Peterson at 623-3996.

    Emblem Club Sets
    Special Meeting   
    The Sitka Emblem Club will meet at 5 p.m. on April 10 at Elks Lodge. Members are being encouraged to attend.
    Supreme President Jackie Fanzo will be visiting. A halibut dinner is planned     in her honor. Dress is social casual for the business-social meeting. Anyone needing a ride or having questions can call  Glade at 730-0630 or 747-8451.

    Prayer Walk Set
    The United Methodist Church will host a Labyrinth Prayer Walk 5-8 p.m. April 9 at the United Methodist Church.
    Labyrinth is a form of meditation and spiritual centering. For more information call 747-8775 or 747-8775, or visit

    ‘Parfumerie’ Play
    Tickets on Sale
    Tickets are on sale for the upcoming GSAC Sitka Community Theater production of “Parfumerie” 7 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.
    The comedy, written originally in Hungarian in 1937, was the basis of the 1940s script for the Jimmy Stewart film “The Shop Around the Corner,” the musical “She Loves Me” and the film “You’ve Got Mail.” The story is set around the staff in a perfume shop in Budapest.
    The play should be enjoyable for ages 10 and up. Material is mostly PG-rated, with no objectionable language.
    Tickets are $10 for adults, and $8 for students and seniors. Those with questions may call 738-0602.

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 1-15-21)

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.