SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 30, 2015 Community Happenings

Functional Movement

Screenings on Tap

Those who are active, pain-free and interested in learning about their body’s asymmetries can schedule a free appointment for a functional movement screening with Gio Villaneuva, SEARHC PT, DPT and ACT by calling 966-8576 

Silver Saver card holders have priority, followed by Hames Center members. For more information go to or call 747-5080.


Andy Benton Gets

Bachelor’s Degree

Andy Benton, Sitka High School graduate,  received his bachelor of science degree in worship and music studies: pastoral leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia, May 9. 

He is currently attending Liberty University School of Divinity on scholarship and pursuing a master of divinity in pastoral ministries.


CORE Session


Community Schools next CORE class session will be July 2-Aug. 27. No classes will be held  July 9 or 14.

A total of 15 classes will be held 5:15-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at Baranof Elementary gym.

Cost for the session is $75.

To register call Community Schools

at 747-8670.


National Park Sets

Presentation on

Tlingit Place Names

Sitka National Historical Park will offer an evening program 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2,  in the visitor center theater, by Felipe Vasquez, graduate student at the University of Kent, England.

Vasquez will present “Names on the Land,” a lecture on Tlingit place names in Southeast.

Vasquez is studying data compiled by Dr. Thornton in the award-winning book ‘‘Haa Leelk’w Has Aanii Saax’u: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land,’’ published by Sealaska Heritage Institute in association with the University of Washington Press. 


STW to Lead Hike

Sitka Trail Works will lead a hike around Beaver Lake starting at 9 a.m. Sunday, July 5

Participants should meet at the Herring Cove Trailhead.

The hike has a moderate amount of stone steps and a touring pole is recommended to help stability and lessen impact on knee joints. The trail travels through old spruce, past three waterfalls and around the lake. Total distance is three miles and the hike is rated moderate.

Sitka Trail Works offers guided hikes on the Sitka road system to the public at no charge as part of the mission to develop maintain and promote the Sitka Trail system. The hikes offer an opportunity to learn about the Sitka Trail system, hike safely with a group and meet new people. For more information call 747-7244


Card of Thanks

Thank you to the family and friends of Agripina Rivera for being there with her through her end-of-life journey. She left this world at peace surrounded by the love and support she always cherished.

Agripina’s family is very grateful for the care that the Sitka Community Hospital staff provided throughout her illness, especially to Dr. Hunter for the care he provided to her over the years.

Thank you to all the individuals who contributed to the potluck and ceremony, especially to brother Cuff Blakeley for the kind eulogy.

Lastly, thank you for the flowers, donations and for attending the celebration of Agripina’s beautiful life.

The Rivera family


Library Sets

New Hours

Beginning Monday, July 6, Kettleson Memorial Library will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 1 -6 p.m. on Sunday. 

The change reflects the 8-hour reduction in operating hours as part of the cost cutting measures for the City and Borough of Sitka, that were recently approved by the Assembly. 

As always, many library services will remain available online from the library website,,  when the building is closed. 

For further information, contact Robb Farmer at (907) 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Farmers Market

Seasons to Begin

Sitka Farmers Markets – six total this summer – are set 10 a.m.-1 p.m.  Saturdays July 4, 18, Aug. 1, 15, 29 and Sept. 12 at the ANB Founders Hall.

Markets feature local seafood (including fresh, frozen and ready to eat), locally grown and harvested fruits and vegetables, baked goods, locally made jams and jellies, live entertainment and music, local arts and crafts, and other items gathered or made in Sitka.

WIC coupons and Alaska Quest EBT for SNAP (food stamps) are accepted.

For more information about the market and how to be a vendor, contact Sitka Farmers Market Manager Debe Brincefield at 738-8683 or by e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Vendor rules, registration forms and other info for potential vendors can be found on the Documents page at


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 9-21-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

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

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

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

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.