HISTORIC MOVE – Harry Greene, maintenance and operations superintendent at the Sitka Public Works Department, uses a backhoe to lift the Baranof statue onto a wooden dolly with the help of co-worker Mike Callahan, this morning in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall. The bronze statue, estimated to weigh between 400 and 600 pounds, was relocated to inside the Sitka History Museum today. The city Assembly passed a resolution, on a 6-1 vote, in July to move the statue from its prominent  outdoor location to inside the museum.  At the July meeting several members of the public said the statue was a symbol of “historical trauma.”  The statue, created by artist Joan Bugbee Jackson, was given to the city in 1989 by Lloyd and Barbara Hames. Hames family members said earlier this year they supported moving the statue into the museum. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Group Gets Signatures In Effort to Recall Gov

By BECKY BOHRER
Associated Press
    JUNEAU (AP) — The group pursuing a recall of Alaska Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy said it plans to submit signatures today as part of an initial phase of its push.
    The Recall Dunleavy group last month said it had obtained more than the 28,501 signatures needed but planned to collect signatures through the recently ended state fair to compensate for any that could be disqualified.
    The group said it plans to submit the signatures to the Division of Elections in Anchorage following a kickoff in the parking lot of Cook Inlet Region, Inc., an Alaska Native corporation whose board of directors has endorsed the recall effort.
    If the application is certified, it would trigger another signature-gathering phase, with supporters needing 71,252 signatures in a bid to try to put the issue to voters. Individuals who signed during the first round of signature-gathering would be allowed to sign during the second, said Cori Mills, a Department of Law spokeswoman.
    The Department of Law has said there is not a specific, required time frame for the initial review. Mills pointed a reporter inquiring about the review process to a 2013 department analysis of an effort to recall a state legislator, which in addition to ensuring proper signatures were gathered and other technical requirements met also made a determination on the whether the claims outlined were sufficiently stated.
    Grounds for recall under state law are lack of fitness, incompetence, neglect of duties or corruption.
    Public anger over Dunleavy budget vetoes helped fuel the recall campaign, which accuses Dunleavy of separation of powers violations and violating state law by not appointing a judge within a statutory timeframe, among other things. A message seeking comment was sent to a Dunleavy spokesman. Dunleavy took office in December.
    According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, there have been many attempts to recall governors across the country, but few have gone far enough to trigger recall elections. Then-Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker survived a recall election in 2012.
    This appears to be the most serious effort aimed at recalling a governor in Alaska since 1992, when there was a push to recall then-Gov. Wally Hickel and Lt. Gov Jack Coghill. According to the Division of Elections, the application in that case was certified and the matter went to court, but the recall attempt was not completed.
   

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-29-20)

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 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 118

Total statewide – 7,721

Total (cumulative) deaths – 56

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (13 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 47 (37 resident; 10 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 288.

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. 

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20 YEARS AGO
September 2000

Gilnettings, By Gil Truitt: The Sitka All-Star Team (Team II) of 1939-1956 is revealed here for the first time.  Fermin “Rocky” Gutierrez, Hugh Pace, “Red” Belinski, Harold “Pretty Boy” Morris, George Kucherak, Dorm McGraw Sr., Herb Didrickson Sr., Gorman Shutt, Vic Adamson, Bill Robinson  and Johnny Vander. ... Other gifted players include Tony Herman, Bunny Donnelly, Hal Taylor, Archie Nielsen, Cecil McClain and Richard (Dick) Eliason.

50 YEARS AGO
September 1970

The Alaska Judicial council has selected Sitka as the site of a new branch of the state superior court. The Legislature had created a position for a third Superior Court judge in Southeast, but the city was not specified in the legislation.

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