2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 3, 2015 Community Happenings

Book-Signing Set

At Fortress of Bear

Sitka author Debi Teri will be selling copies of her book, ‘’You’re Keeping Bears Where? The Fortress of the Bear: A Volunteer’s Experience,’’ 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at the Fortress of the Bear.

Terry will be on hand to sign books. All proceeds will benefit the Fortress. 



SEARHC Clinics

Close on Sept. 7

 Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium outpatient clinics will be closed on Monday, Sept. 7, in observance of the Labor Day holiday.

Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital will remain open and be fully staffed to care for hospital patients. The emergency room will also remain open.


Baranof School

Photos to be Taken

Baranof Elementary School will have school pictures taken the morning of Thursday, Sept. 17. 

Picture packets will be sent home on Friday, Sept. 11. 

Packets are to be returned to the classroom teacher on or before picture day, the school said.



SCH Auxiliary

Meeting Date

Changed to Sept. 9

Kay Turner, DPT, director of long-term care at the hospital will speak at the hospital Auxiliary luncheon meeting noon Wednesday, Sept. 9.

Turner’s talk will be heard after a short business session at noon in the downstairs classroom

The public is invited. Membership is open to all. Lunch is free to members.


Kaagwaantaan Meet

Sitka Kaagwwantaan will hold a planning meeting 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at Blatchley Middle School, Room 114, to plan for a dedication ceremony and potluck dinner.

Women dancers are needed and asked to attend practice.

For more information call Roby at 738-4004.



Bike Group Plans

‘Kidical’ Mass

The Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition will meet noon-1 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the UAS-Sitka Campus, Room 120.

Agenda items include planning for the “Kidical Mass” ride scheduled 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19, at the playground/tennis courts across from the SJ Campus.

Kidical Mass (http://www.kidicalmass.org/) is a legal, safe and fun bike ride for kids, kids at heart, and their families. The first ride was held in 2008 in Eugene, Oregon, and has now spread to over a dozen communities throughout North America and beyond.

The ride has been dubbed “Kidical Massive” by the Oregon organizers who estimate that it will be the biggest global family bike ride ever. Local organizers include the Sitka Bicycle Friendly Community Coalition, 4-H, UAF Cooperative Extension Service Sitka District Office, Sitka Community Schools, and Sitka Community Hospital. For more information call Doug Osborne at 747-0373.


Hope Floats

Cruise Oct. 3

The 8th Annual Hope Floats Cruise and Chocolate Extravaganza Auction Breast Cancer Awareness Fundraiser kicks off at Crescent Harbor at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The three-hour cruise will feature scenery, a gift bag, door prizes and a chance to bid on desserts with help from auctioneer Dave Miller.

Tickets can be purchased at the Sitka Community Hospital radiology department. Tickets are $40 each and only 80 are available. Proceeds will be used to benefit uninsured mammography patients.


The event is sponsored by Allen Marine Tours and the Sitka Community Hospital radiology department. For more information on cruise tickets or how to donate a dessert, contact Ronda Anderson at 747-1727.

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.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 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

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.