A WALK IN THE PARK – Jim Moormann walks through Sitka National Historical Park this morning, as he has every day for the past two and a half years. This Saturday is National Trails Day, an annual event which began in 1993 to honor the National Trail System. In normal years volunteers help with trail maintenance in parks across the country. This year there will be no organized cleanup in Sitka and, without tour ship visitors, Sitkans will have the park to themselves. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

January 12, 2015 Community Happenings

Sitka Art Walk

Business Sought

Sitka businesses that are hosting  events for Art Walk 2015 on March 13 during the Arti-Gras celebration are being asked to contact the Greater Sitka Arts Council.

The council plans to promote the event along with Art Walk activities.

The Art Walk is planned 5-8 p.m. on Friday, March 13, at various businesses in downtown Sitka. For a $60 fee, the Greater Sitka Arts Council will provide promotional support. Events also will be featured in promotions for the eighth annual Arti-Gras Music and Arts Festival, March 2-14.

For more information, contact Sarah Lawrie at 738-5234 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Senior Party

Meeting on Tap

The senior party planning meeting will be 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Exhibit Room at Centennial Building. 


White E Shop Sets

Monthly Meeting

The White Elephant Shop monthly meeting will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Swan Lake Senior Center. All volunteers are welcome to attend. The public is invited.


Monthly Grind

Tickets at Door

Tickets will be available at the door for the Jan. 17 Sitka Monthly Grind at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Nah Kahidi.

Because of remodeling efforts at Old Harbor Books, grind tickets will only be available at the door at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi 3-5 p.m. and 6:30- 7 p.m. on the show day.

The theme this month is the “Fiddle Grind” and all musicians are being encouraged to join the Stageful of Fiddlers at the start of the show to play the tunes “Angeline the Baker,” “Soldier’s Joy” and “Over the Waterfall.”

For more information call Ted Howard 747-5482.


Family Program

At SJ Museum

The Sheldon Jackson Museum will teach children about Unangan artist John Hoover during the At Saxan free family program 1 p.m. Jan. 17 at the Sheldon Jackson Museum.

A slide show about his art will be followed by the group making raven mobiles inspired by Hoover’s work. The program is free and best for children ages 6-10, the museum said. 

For more information and to register a child for this free program, call 747-8981.

 Updating income information may lead to lower payments through the Health Insurance Marketplace

Alaskans who signed up for the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace last year are being reminded that is it necessary to update their income information before Feb. 15. 

SEARHC said in a press release that many people have received notices that their insurance premiums have increased. In order to receive the lowest price available, individuals must call the Health Insurance Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596 and provide 2015 income information, even if it has stayed the same. Information may also be updated online or by calling SEARHC at 966-8883 or 966-8662 for local assistance.

Updating the information will automatically recalculate your tax credit against the premium cost which may then provide more assistance paying a monthly premium. If done before Jan. 15, the lower premium will start Feb. 1. If information is updated between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15, lower monthly cost will start on March 1. 

For more information, call Andrea Thomas at 966-8883 or 752-3336.



Pacific High School will host the Sitka LGBTQIA2S and Allies gathering on the last Sunday of each month beginning with 2-3:30 p.m. Jan. 25.

‘‘Let’s meet one another in this safe and supportive atmosphere to share stories and friendship to help our community appreciate the diversity that makes Sitka fabulous,’’ organizers said.

The gathering is open to all ages. Call or text Jeannie 510-610-0075 with questions.




Clinic Jan. 17

The Sitka High School cheerleaders will host a cheerleading clinic 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 17, for ages 6-13 at the SHS gym.

Kids will also get a chance to perform at Sitka versus MEHS boys basketball game at halftime on Jan. 30 at SHS.

Cost of the clinic is $25 per child. Parents must call to reserve a child’s space prior to Saturday by calling 747-5746 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Parents must take their child to the clinic to finish paperwork between 10:30 and 10:45 a.m. Space is limited. To sign up or ask a questions call 747-5746 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-5-20)

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. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 11

Total statewide – 524

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 48, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website sitkasentinel.com. Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

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