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 29, 2015 Community Happenings

Pet Blessing Set

At Annual Event

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church invites the community to a special St. Francis Day “Blessing of the Pets” service 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 at the church.

All are invited to take their beloved pets to the outdoor service for a special blessing. For more information, contact the church by phone at 747-3977 or by email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Library Closure

Kettleson Memorial Library will be closed on Sunday, Oct. 18, and Monday, Oct. 19, in observance of Alaska Day.

It will reopen for regular operation hours on Tuesday, Oct. 20. For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Babies and Books

Open House Listed

Sitka Babies and Books will host a Trick or Read free open house program 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at Kettleson Library.

Children are invited to wear their Halloween costumes for a special scavenger hunt around the library with free board books, games, literacy activities and crafts.

The program is for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Registration is preferred. Everybody is welcome. For more information call the library at 747-8708.


ASAEC President

To Visit Sitka

Alaska State Association of Emblem Clubs President Ken Van Valkenburgh of Homer will visit Sitka Emblem Club 142 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Elks Lodge in preparation for the state workshop this weekend.

Members are being encouraged to attend the casual gathering and to take a finger food.


Winners Told in

National Park

Photo Contest

Three local judges evaluated 19 photographs submitted by seven amateur photographers for the 2015 National Public Lands Day photo contest and picked winners in three separate categories last week.

Congratulations are being extended to the 2015 National Public Lands Day photo contest winners.

–Doug Widdowson for (untitled), first-place winner of the Russian or Native Culture category.

–Tom Jacobsen for ‘‘SNHP Walking Bridge,’’ first-place winner of the Nature category.

–Tom Jacobsen for ‘‘SNHP Beach at Sunrise,’’ first-place winner of the Beach category.

–Christine Meaney for ‘‘Hidden Totem,’’ received 86 likes on Facebook to receive the People’s Choice award.

Judges determined the winners based on originality, technical excellence, composition, artistic merit and overall impact.

In the coming year, the National Park Service will celebrate its 100th birthday. It is encouraging everyone to ‘‘Find Your Park’’ and to learn, remember or share why the park is special.

Photo submissions will remain on display in the photo exhibit at the park visitor center until Oct. 18.


Visiting Scholar

At Park Tonight

Visiting Scholar in the Park Daria Safronova-Simeonoff, archivist of St. Herman Seminary, will present “Native Literacy” 7 p.m. tonight in the Sitka National Historical Park visitor center.

‘‘The highly relevant and fascinating discourse will cover hundreds of years of Native literacy and explore the legacy of Russian Orthodox Parochial Education (1882-present),’’ the park said. 

The program is open to the public.


Hike and Haiku

Event Saturday

The Island Institute will lead a morning hike and haiku writing adventure 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 3, starting at 304 Baranof Street.

The haikus will be incorporated into their newest publication, “A Million Haikus from Sitkans.” The free event is kid friendly.


Woman’s Club

Meets Oct. 3

Sitka Woman’s Club will meet noon Saturday, Oct. 3, at the club’s building, 300 Harbor Drive. Those planning to attend are asked to call 738-1934.



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.