SPLASH – An SUV makes a tremendous splash as it drives through a puddle on Lake Street Sunday morning.  A storm front Sunday and Monday morning brought with it torrential rain, thunder,  lightning and a power outage, but no major damage. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

April 14, 2014 Community Happenings

Silent Auction
    Benefit on Tap
    The public is invited to stop by the Homeport Eatery 5-8 p.m. Friday, May 2, for a silent auction to benefit the Imagination Library in Sitka.
    Bids will be taken on artwork made by children working with local artists. For every $15 raised, a child age 0-5 in Sitka can receive a dozen books.

    Crepes, Pancakes
    At Annual Meet
    Friends of the Library will hold its annual crepes and pancakes meeting 10:30 a.m.-noon April 19 at the library.
    Updates on the library expansion project, discussion of how Friends of the Library can help volunteer for the big move to temporary quarters and a silent auction of artwork and collectible cookie jars loaded with cookies, and pledge challenges are planned.

    ANB to Meet
    On Tuesday
    Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 will meet 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Due to the Sitka Native Education Program’s end-of-year program being held tonight, the meeting was rescheduled to accommodate the community cultural program.

    Plant Starts
    Now on Sale
    The Sitka Local Foods Network and Sitka Food Co-op are teaming up to make locally grown garden starts available for Sitka food gardeners.
    The plant starts will be available through the Sitka Local Foods Network on the next three monthly Sitka Food Co-op delivery days, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. April 21, May 19 and June 23, at the Sitka First Presbyterian Church.
    The sale of the plant starts helps benefit the Sitka Local Foods Network. They are from Sitka gardeners and are  plants that do well in Sitka’s climate.
    For more information, contact Keith Nyitray at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Alaska Day Panel
    Meets Tuesday
     Planning for Sitka’s 2014 mid-October community celebration, the Alaska Day Festival Committee next meets 7 p.m. April 15 and each following third Tuesday of the month.
    Persons having comments about Festival activities or new volunteers are invited to attend the 6:30 p.m. meetings at Centennial Hall or contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124.
    Other trustees for 2014 are Joan Berge, Helen Cunningham, Steve Dalquist (vice chairman), Jen Houx, Lisa Langenfeld, Marsha Lysons, Elaine Strelow (secretary), Linda Trierschield, MaryLou Vilandre, and Ann Wilkinson (treasurer).
    A liaison from the U.S. Coast Guard is to be named. The festival’s mailing address is P.O. Box 1355, Sitka.

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 9-28-20)

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 11:50 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 115

Total statewide – 7,597

Total (cumulative) deaths – 56

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (11 resident; 9 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 44 (37 resident; 7 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 286.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

Sitka Open Golf Tournament winners are: Men’s Division – Semisi Funaki, Tom Mattingly and Gregory Martin. Women’s Division – Janet Schwartz, Judy Sudnikovich and Liza Martin. Youth Division – Elaina Mattingly, Matthew Way and Sidney Wyman.

September 1970

Lions Catch a Bear at Kake. They were on Lions Club business, but Willie Dick and Bill Pasek, Sitka, brought back a bear from Kake. Pasek shot the 6-foot-tall black bear after Lions Club business was ended. He and Dick brought the bear back to Sitka where Larry Ross and Dick Wight helped prepare it for a taxidermist.