FAREWELLS – TOP: Staff and faculty of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School wave to students and families as they drive by in the school parking lot this morning during a "reverse parade." Today was the final day of school in the district. ABOVE: Also today, Blatchley Middle School held a Rites of Passage ceremony in the parking lot. Principal Ben White hands out certificates to eighth-graders who will be attending high school in the fall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 10, 2015 Community Happenings

PHS Registrations

Being Accepted

Pacific High School is accepting registration for the upcoming school year.

New students can pick up registration packets and returning students and their families can call to set up intake interviews.

PHS is an Expeditionary Learning high school, grades 9-12, with a hands-on approach.  Those who want to learn more about this educational opportunity within the Sitka School District can stop by 509 Lincoln Street between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or call 747-0525.



SCVB Board Meets

The Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau board of directors will meet 6 p.m. today, Aug. 10, in the SCVB offices at 303 Lincoln Street, Suite 4. Contact the SCVB office for more information at 747-5940 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  



Summer Troll

Fishery Updated

The Southeast/Yakutat commercial troll fishery will remain open until further notice, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said.

No mid-August troll closure for coho salmon management is planned for this season. A troll closure is not required by regulation, since there will not be a second Chinook salmon retention period during the summer fishery.

The department said that based on the second assessment of the coho salmon run strength, catch rates by all gear groups, effort and projected catches, the department has determined that a troll closure is not needed at this time for conservation or allocation purposes.

Fish and Game will closely monitor abundance indicators as the season progresses and will take appropriate action should the run fail to develop as expected.

The waters of frequent high king salmon abundance will remain closed.

The 2015 Summer Troll Fishery Management Plan is available at all regional ADF&G offices and on the troll website at: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareasoutheast.salmon_trollsummer


Registration Set

At Sitka High

Students in ninth through 12th grades who are new to the Sitka School District should stop by the Sitka High School front office as soon as possible to pick up registration materials and make an appointment with an academic counselor for scheduling classes.

Registration and fall schedules will be available for current Sitka High juniors and seniors 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.  Tuesday, Aug. 18, at Sitka High’s front office. Current Sitka High freshmen and sophomores should register and pick up their fall schedules 9-11 a.m. 1-3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, at Sitka High.

Call Sitka High at 747-3263 with questions.  


Pioneer Auxiliary

Meets on Aug. 14

The Sitka Pioneers Home Auxiliary will meet 2 p.m. Aug. 14 in the Chapel of the Pioneers Home. All are welcome.








Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-22-20)

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 11:00 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 2

Total statewide – 404

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 44, 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.

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