UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

GOP Senators Approve Revak for a Vacant Seat

    JUNEAU (AP) — Senate Republicans confirmed on Saturday Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s choice to fill a vacant seat in the chamber.
    The Republican senators appointed Josh Revak at a closed-door meeting Saturday.
    Revak, who served in the Alaska House representing a district in Anchorage, was the second nominee sent by Dunleavy to Senate Republicans for consideration for the seat. Senate Republicans earlier rejected Dunleavy’s nomination of Anchorage Republican Rep. Laddie Shaw.
    Revak will hold the Senate seat pending a November 2020 election.
    “I am deeply humbled by this opportunity to continue serving my neighbors in District M and the State of Alaska in the State Senate,” Revak said in a statement. “I want to thank the Governor for nominating me. I appreciate the time my new Senate colleagues took in considering my confirmation and I look forward to working with them.”
    Dunleavy praised the move.
    “Josh has dedicated his life to service of our nation and state - he joined the U.S. Army shortly after 9-11 and served tours of duty in Iraq where he was severely wounded,” he said in a statement. “He has worked for members of our Congressional Delegation on veterans issues, and he has proudly served the constituents of House District 25. I have all the confidence that Senator Revak will serve his district in the same fashion he has served our country and state.”
    Senate President Cathy Giessel, R-Anchorage, said Revak will be a good colleague. “Josh knows how to bring folks together, from across the political spectrum, and find real solutions that work for Alaska,” she said in a statement.
    The law states that the person nominated by the governor shall be a member of the same political party as the predecessor.
    Traditionally, political parties send a list of nominees to the governor when a vacancy is created. Shaw was on that original list. Revak was not.
    Revak’s appointment to the seat will create an opening in the House for which an appointment will need to be made.   

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-18-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

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

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.