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)

June 16, 2014 Community Happenings

Organ Concerts
    Set This Week
    Marianne Gould, of New Braunfels, Texas, will perform two noon concerts, June 18 and 20, on the 1844 Kessler organ at Sitka Lutheran Church.
    The program titled “ Pipe Dreams” will feature sacred music including two pieces from Russian Orthodox liturgical music. The audience is invited to take their lunch during the concert.
    Gould will also provide music for 10:30 a.m. services at Sitka Lutheran on June 22. All are welcome.

    Kayaani to Meet
    The Kayaaní Commission will meet at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska Resource Protection Office, 429 Katlian Street, 5:30 p.m. June 17.
    For more information, contact Heather Riggs at 747-7167.

    School Board Meets
    Sitka School Board will meet 6 p.m. June 17 in the district office board room. The public is invited to attend.

    Planning Set
    For Alaska Day
     Continuing coordination for Sitka’s mid-October Alaska Day Festival, planners will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at Centennial Hall.
    The 2014 theme celebrates 65 years of commemorating the 1867 transfer of Alaska from Russian claim to the United States of America.
    New volunteers or suggestions for activities are always welcome.  Contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124 for more information or attend a planning meeting each third Tuesday of the month.

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.