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 28, 2014 Community Happenings

WOTM Plans
    Women of the Moose will have installation of officers and chairmen for the ensuing year 7 p.m. Wednesday upstairs at the Moose Lodge.
    All members are invited to attend. A potluck of appetizers and desserts will be at the conclusion of the ceremony.
    Those with questions may call Faith at 752-0306.

    Strong and Steady
    Times Change
    The Strong and Steady exercise class at the Swan Lake Senior Center meets 2 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning May 1.
    Sitka’s senior citizens are being invited to participate in the free activity designed to improve strength and balance. For more information call 747-3412.

    Vehicles in Park
    Permits Needed
    Special-use permits are required for any vehicle access to Halibut Point Recreation Area due to increased damage to park terrain.
    Permits may be obtained by calling the Sitka State Parks office at 747-6249, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.

    Accessible Tourism
    Training May 9
    Southeast Alaska Independent Living announces a special, one-time training opportunity on ‘‘Accessible Tourism: Customer Service for Visitors with Disabilities’’ 1 p.m. May 9.
    Training is open for business owners, employees, tour operators, agencies, government entities or others involved in the tour and hospitality industry in Sitka.
    Topics cover a wide range of accommodations needed to assist individuals with hearing, visual and mobility impairments. It will include guiding someone with a visual impairment, assisting someone using a wheelchair, tips on how to make a business more accessible, as well as information on local resources.
    Each attendee will receive a certificate of completion, valid for up to two years. Registration requires a $75 deposit, with $25 refunded upon training attendance. In addition, any business or agency can register three people for the price of two. Deadline for registration is 5 p.m. May 2.
    Businesses can also set up a time for personal, customized trainings for employees at their place of work on either May 9, 10 or 11.
    For more information, or to register, visit www.alaskaaccessibletravel.com, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 907-321-3154(cell and text). Questions can also be directed to Tristan at 907-586-4920, ext. 407.

    SHS Parents Sought
    Parents of Sitka High School seniors are being called for the final organizational meeting for the graduation party set 7-8 p.m. May 1 in the Keet Gooshi Heen library.
    Parents who have not sent the group their email address are being asked to do so at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    ANB Meets Tonight
    The meeting at the ANB Hall today at 6:30 p.m. will be for Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1. The ANS Grand Camp first vice president will not be attending as originally planned.
    ANB Camp 1 Vice President Bob Sam is scheduled to chair the meeting. A second reading of the proposed by-laws is planned. Those with questions may call Betty Jo at 738-8210.

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.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-25-20)

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 1:10 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 127

Total statewide – 7,254

Total (cumulative) deaths – 51

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (8 resident; 12 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 277.

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

School Superintendent John Holst, Police Chief Bill McLendon and Magistrate Bruce Horton are among panelist confirmed for a community forum on teen alcohol and drug use and the new random drug testing by police in the schools. Other panelists are to be Tribal Judge Ted Borbridge, Nancy Cavanaugh, R.N.,  Asst. District Atty. Kurt Twitty, Tami Young, Trevor Chapman and School Board member Carolyn Evans.

September 1970

Mark Spender, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ed Spencer, and David Bickar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bickar, are among 14,750 high school seniors honored today be being named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.