UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 22, 2015 Community Happenings

Haunted Ship

Set for Oct. 29

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Maple will again this year be transformed into a Haunted Ship 6-10 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, at the Coast Guard pier.

Baked goods will be for sale on the pier. 

The event is a food drive to benefit the local area. Donations are encouraged.

The Coast Guard reminds parents that discretion is advised as the haunted ship may not be suitable for young children.


ANB to Meet

ANB Camp 1 will meet 7 p.m. Sept. 28 at the ANB Founders Hall.

On the agenda will be nominations for new officers for the coming year, 2015-16 and guest speakers from SEARHC.

All members are invited. Call 738-3470 for more information.


Healing and Hope

Service Listed

In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness month, St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church is inviting the community to join a special Service of Healing and Hope, celebrating cancer survivors.

The service will be held 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at 611 Lincoln Street.

For more information, contact the church office by phone at 747-3977, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Rosary Rally

Set for Oct. 10

The public is invited to join the annual America Needs Fatima Public Square Rosary Rally noon-2 p.m. Oct. 10 in the parking lot in front of the Church of the Nazarene.

Rosaries are available. Those with questions may call Virginia at 747-8024 or Michael at 738-2885.


Chamber to Meet

The Chamber of Commerce will begin its weekly Wednesday luncheons noon Sept. 23 at the Westmark Sitka banquet room.

The first lunch will feature a forum of the five School Board candidates. The public is invited to attend and to have questions for the candidates.

For more information, contact the Chamber at 747-8604.


Exchange Student

Applications Sought

The Rotary Club of Sitka is accepting applications for students who want to spend their 2016-17 year in a foreign country.

Candidates for the program must be under 18 during their year of exchange. They should be open-minded and curious, with an interest in foreign languages and cultures, said Rotary Youth Exchange. The cost is $7,400, which includes plane fare to and from the foreign country, three orientations in the Anchorage area before and after the exchange year, orientations abroad, tuition for school, health insurance and a monthly stipend.

Representatives from the program – including last year’s exchange student to Bolivia – will be speaking to sophomore classes at Sitka High in October. Applications are available in the Sitka High counseling office, and are due Oct. 23.

Those with questions may call Shannon Haugland, youth exchange officer, at 738-0602.


Prize Categories

Announced for

Running of Boots

The Sitka Local Foods Network has announce the prize categories for Saturday’s Running of the Boots to be Fastest Boots, Fastest Boots, Best Looking Boots, Zaniest Outfit, Most Creative, Best Couple, Best Family Group, Best Adult Group, Best Kids Group, Most Creative Kid Group and a few Wild Cards.

Prizes include toys, gift certificates from local restaurants and merchants and a flightseeing trip from Harris Air.

The event begins at 10 a.m. under the big tent next to the St. Michael’s Cathedral on Lincoln Street. Costume judging is at 10:30 a.m. and the race starts promptly at 11 a.m.

For more details go to sitkalocalfoodsnetwork.com or call Kerry at 752-0654.


Job Center Hours

Sitka Job Center will be open 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday with limited services available Sept. 30-Oct. 16.


Customers can use the computers and office equipment for job search purposes, to pick up applications and use the unemployment hotline. At times, staff will not be available to assist with technical services, such as reset passwords and update resumes. Customers will then need to contact the Juneau Job Center, 907-465-4562.

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 9-18-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

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. 




September 2000

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.