ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 21, 2015 Community Happenings

Raffle Listed

For Raven Radio

Raven Radio is selling raffle tickets for two Alaska Airlines tickets, good for travel to any destination Alaska Airlines flies with no blackout dates. 

Tickets are $10 each and available a the Sitka Farmers Markets and weekdays at the station. 

The drawing will be held Wednesday, Oct. 21. All proceeds will benefit Raven Radio.


Salmon Lake Trail

Hike Saturday

Sitka Trail Works will lead a hike over the Salmon Lake trail Saturday, July 25. The trail is located at the head of Silver Bay and the hike will pass the cabin on the lake and travel three miles inland to a stand of high volume old growth spruce before returning. 

Hikers will be provided with hand nippers and loppers to help with brush control along the way. The Salmon Lake cabin will be available as a rest area for the group.

Allen Marine is providing transportation and a $65 donation is requested. A limited amount of space is available. Call 747-7244 for more information and to make a reservation.


Youth Kayaking

Slated for Aug. 13

SAIL invites youths age 18 and younger experiencing a disability to  a morning of ocean kayaking around Mosquito Cove 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13.

No prior experience is necessary – just a desire to be on the water.

Participants can meet at the SAIL office at 514 C Lake St. SAIL will provide kayaking gear, transportation to the boat launch, and a small snack. Call Dave at 747-6859 to reserve a spot by Aug. 11.


Senior Hiking Set

Ages 60 and older can attend SAIL’s monthly hiking club Thursday, Aug. 20.

Transportation from the Swan Lake Senior Center is provided at 9:15 a.m. Participants will return by 11:30 a.m. Trekking poles, water and snacks are  provided. Cost of activity is $5. Contact Claire at SAIL for more information and to RSVP at 747-6859.


STA Seeks

Board Members

Sitka Tribe of Alaska is seeking   Tribal citizens to fill an unexpired term on the STA Tribal Council. The appointment will expire Nov. 30, 2015. Those interested in serving must send a letter of interest to Chairman Michael Baines, Tribal Council vacancy, 456 Katlian Street, Sitka AK 99835.

Letters must be received at the STA offices by 4:30 p.m., Thursday, July 23, 2015, at 456 Katlian Street or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Tribal Council members must be 30 years old or older and have resided in the traditional territory for one year or more.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

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 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

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 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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