PERFECT WEATHER – Surfers assess the waves at Sandy Beach this morning. Waves were between 14- and 20-feet today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 11, 2015 Community Happenings

Multimedia Artist

Plans Workshop

Sitka Fellow and multimedia artist Ellie Schmidt will host an improv dance workshop, “How to Dance with Sea Lions,” 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, in Fraser Hall on the SJ Campus.

The event is by donation, and no experience is required. Participants should wear comfortable clothes and come ready to play. The Sitka Fellows program is sponsored by the Island Institute and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.


Service Set for

Marie Wichman

A  funeral service in remembrance of Marie Wichman will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15, at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church, 611 Lincoln Street.

For any additional questions, contact the church office at 747-3977.


Mount Verstovia

Hike is Aug. 15

Sitka Trail Works will offer a free guided hike 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 15. The hike will lead participants up Mount Verstovia. Meet at the Verstovia trail head at 9 a.m. The trail is rugged, steep, and while the distance is not that great, the incline is. Bring water and a snack. For more information please call 747-7244.


SAFV Board Meets

The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 4:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the shelter. The meeting is open to the public. For directions and more information, call 747-3370.


Mudball Classic

Tourney Sept. 4-7

Sitka Softball Association invites all men’s, women’s and co-ed softball teams to participant in the annual Mudball Classic Tournament, Sept. 4-7.

Registration is available from the committee at the email below or on the Mudball Facebook Page.

Any sponsors interested in helping out the planning committee can contact the committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ANB, ANS to Meet

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 and Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 reconvene 5:30 p.m. Aug. 17 at the ANB Founders Hall. Members and guests are invited to a welcome-back potluck. All can take a dish to share.

For more information contact ANS secretary Josephine Johnson, or ANB secretary Steve Warren at 738-3695.


ANS to Meet

Sitka’s Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will hold its first regular meeting 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 18, at the ANB Founders Hall.

Wrangell ANS Camp 1 will host the 100th-year celebration of the ANS at Grand Camp in October.

Agenda highlights will include the first of two nominations for delegates and alternates to attend Grand Camp to advocate for local resolutions. Second nominations and elections will be Sept. 1 at the ANS regular meeting. Other agenda items will include fall schedule items and discussion on the purchase of new kitchenware and other business.

For more information contact ANS Camp secretary Josephine Johnson.



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.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-24-20)

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 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 578

Total statewide – 27,669

Total (cumulative) deaths – 115

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 619

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 29

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 176 (155 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 147 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




November 2000

Photo caption: A painting by the late Dr. Walt Massey hangs on the wall of the Pioneers Home dining room,. bringing smiles from home administrator Julie Smith and Massey’s son Brian and daughter-in-law Amy, the home’s dietary manager. The painting of early-day Sitka was done in 1971, the year Dr. Massey, an optometrist and artist, died. It originally hung in the Canoe Club and was given by the restaurant’s owner, Frank Richards, to local historian Joe Ashby, who gave it to the Pioneers Home.

November 1970

Photo  caption: Sitka High School band director James Hope receives a check for $2,000 from American Legion Post 13 Commander Carroll Kohler. The Legion had voted to contribute $1,000 for uniforms and the Auxiliary voted to match that amount. The check was presented at the Legion’s Veterans Day banquet.