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)

October 6, 2015 Community Happenings

Easter Group

Meets on Oct. 30

The Easter Group will meet noon Friday, Oct. 30, at St. Peter’s See House. 

The Easter Group works with other service providers in Sitka to end extreme poverty and empower people, and interested people are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Julia Smith at 738-6336, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


SCDC Seeking


Sitka Community Development Corporation is seeking qualified homebuyers for its Sitka Community Land Trust program. 

Applications are available online at www.sitkaafordablehousing.org. Prospective homebuyers must have AHFC HomeChoice certification.

Either a free eight-hour Home Buyer Education Class or a home-study course will be offered if classes are not available. Currently, no classes are scheduled for Sitka. For more information call 1-800-459-2921. 

Homes will be built for local, limited-income households. They will be built to SCDC specifications with contractor funding or through the buyer’s construction loan, SCDC said.

When there is more than one qualified buyer, being longer on the list is an advantage. For more information about the CLT program, call 747-2860.


Free Lectures

On Massage

In observance of National Physical Therapy Month, Sitka Physical Therapy is holding multiple free lectures to the public.

On Oct. 12, at 6 p.m. at Sitka Physical Therapy, manual physical therapy including techniques in mobilizations, manipulations and muscle energy techniques will be taught. The group will practice partner massages.

For more information contact Alicia at 747-4559 or sitkaphysicaltherapy.com.


Better Breathers

Club Meets Oct. 9

The Better Breathers Club will meet 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at the Swan Lake Senior Center.

Guest speaker Jessica Holland will discuss better eating for better breathing. Better Breathers Clubs offer the opportunity to learn ways to better cope with COPD while getting the support of others who share in the struggles. These support groups give you the tools you need to live the best quality of life you can.

Better Breathers Clubs meet regularly and feature educational presentations on a wide range of relevant topics.

For more information contact Trish at 966-2102.


Women’s Book

Group to Meet

The Women’s Book Group will discuss ‘‘Dirt work: An Education in the Woods,’’ by Christine Byl, downstairs in the Pioneers Home Recreation Room 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13.

All women are being encouraged to participate. For more information call Dorothy at 747-3412.


Sitkan Featured

In Native Film

Documentary shorts about Alaska Natives, including ‘‘Harvest: Quyurciq’’ featuring Peter Paul Kawagaelg Williams (Yup’ik) of Sitka, will be shown 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at the Anchorage Museum auditorium.

A question-and-answer session with Williams will follow the screening.


SCH Foundation

To Meet Oct. 12

The Sitka Community Hospital Foundation will hold its quarterly meeting noon Monday, Oct. 12, in the hospital classroom. 

Lunch will be provided from the Bistro. On the agenda will be investment of our endowment fund, fundraising efforts, distribution of funds and grants. The meeting is open to all members and those wanting more information about the group.

For more information call Ann Wilkinson at 747-2707.


Sewing, Quilting

Class to Begin

An open sewing and quilting class is set Thursday, March 26-May 28, at the Blatchley Middle School home economics room.

Basic sewing and beginning quilting are being offered with the student selecting what he or she wants to learn.

In past classes, instructor Sabra Jenkins has taught about sewing machines and sergers, simple alterations such as hemming pants and mending, bags, pillowcases, paper piecing and log cabin quilts.

Some machines are available for use. The class is for adults only and registration is at Community Schools. The cost is $35. For information contact Jenkins, 747-5071.


New Archangel

Dancers Audition

New Archangel Dancers will hold auditions 7-9:30 p.m. Oct. 26 and 29 at its dance studio, 208 Smith Street.

Leotards and tights or leggings, or other exercise wear, are preferred. Some dance shoes are available to borrow at the studio.

Those who have conflicts with the schedule are asked to call Linda Speerstra at 747-8316.


Music Concert

Set for Oct. 13

Select Sitka High music groups and Blatchley Middle School 4B band students will perform in concert 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Performing Arts Center.

For further information email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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 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.