TRAIL TRIMMING – Dyana Mutchler-Walsh trims trees and shrubs along the Castle Hill ramp this morning. Mutchler-Walsh is one of a half-dozen students building trails and doing trail maintenance this summer through a Southeast Alaska Independent Living program. The program wraps up Friday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 20, 2015 Community Happenings

40-Day Party for

Archie Nielsen

A 40-day party for Archie Nielsen is scheduled Sunday, July 26, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi following church services.

Those with questions can call James J. Nielsen, 738-5031.


AFS Seeking

Host Family

AFS Sitka is looking for a fourth host family for the upcoming school year.

Three Sitka families will host high school students from Tajikistan, Germany and Thailand. The fourth student might come from Turkey, the West Bank, Indonesia or Egypt. Students will arrive in mid-August 2015 and stay until June. AFS in Sitka has a long history, and provides advice and support to hosting families. Call Connie Kreiss 747-5387 or Julia Smith 747-6333 for more information.


Open Mic Set

The Greater Sitka Arts Council and Sitka Folk are hosting a benefit open mic at the Larkspur Cafe 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 26.

Sign up is at 6:30 p.m. Call 747-5482 for more information.


Seafood Festival

Contests Listed

The 6th annual Sitka Seafood Festival contests will start at Crescent Harbor with the tote race at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, followed by the parade leading to SJ Campus for daylong festivities. 

Contests will include: a fish head toss; fish head bobbing; crab race; a three-legged race and sack races; and possible surprise contests.

Call Linda with questions at 747 6985.


Ranger-Led Park

Programs on Tap

Sitka National Historical Park offers daily guided programs teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.

This week includes:

Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Toury, 11 a.m. Battle Walk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m. Sea Otter Talk, 3 p.m. Salmon Talk;

Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour; 1 p.m. Totem Walk; 2:30 p.m. Salmon Discovery Talk.

Thursday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk, 2 p.m Battle Walk; 3 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk;

Friday, 10:30 a.m. Russian-American History Walking Tour; 2 p.m. Totem Walk and 3 p.m. Salmon Discovery Talk;

Saturday, noon Totem Walk, 1:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk, 2 p.m. Battle Walk, 3:30 p.m. Sea Otter Discovery Talk.

The Russian-American History Walking Tour leaves from the Russian Bishop’s House. All others meet at the visitor center on Lincoln Street.

For more information, call the visitor center at 747-0110.


Sabbath Poetry

Retreat July 25

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites the community to a Sabbath Poetry Retreat 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 25 at the church, 611 Lincoln Street.


Attendees will reflect on scriptures and sabbath poetry from the book  “This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems” by Wendell Berry. Email ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or call (907-747-3977) the church to pre-register by July 23.

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 8-6-20)

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. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 




August 2000

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”