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)

November 5, 2015 Community Happenings

Shadow Theater

Event Nov. 11

Island Institute artist-in-residence Kimi Eisele will present ‘‘In/Out of the Shadows,’’ a free shadow theater for all ages performed with paper cuttings and live music, 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. 

The show explores yellow cedar and its die-off in Southeast Alaska. Those with questions can call Island Institute at 747-3794, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or visit www.iialaska.org. 

Free Parenting

Seminar Nov. 21

A Free Triple P Positive Parenting Seminar, for parents of children ages 0-12, will be 2-3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Hames Center.

In the Power of Positive Parenting seminar, participants will: learn ways to reduce stress in their family; become a more confident and competent parent; take home specific assertive discipline strategies; and connect with other parents in the community. Free dinner and free childcare are available.

Adults will be in the upstairs classroom, and children will be in the gym.

The event is hosted by Sitka Community Hospital and Center for Community.

For more information, visit: www.triplep-parenting.net, or contact Lisa Hodges 966-4229, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Eisele to Speak

At Fellowship

Kimi Eisele will be the guest speaker at Sunday’s Unitarian Fellowship meeting. Fellowship begins at 10:30 a.m., with the program beginning at 10:45 a.m. 

Eisele is the current artist in residence at the Island Institute. She is a versatile artist, working with fiction writing, paper cuttings, drawings, watercolors, photos, video and movement. While in Sitka, she has been investigating the yellow cedar tree through science and art, and has been offering workshops in compositional improvisation, shadow puppetry, and Story Lab. Her work explores themes of nature, spirituality and the body.

Soup and bread follow the program at noon. The Fellowship Hall is located at 408 Marine Street, with parking behind off Spruce Street.

Woman’s Club

Meets Saturday

Sitka Woman’s Club will hold a luncheon meeting at noon Saturday at the home of Sandy Poulson, 1 Maksoutof Street.

Those with questions may call the club president, Robin Shull, at 738-1934.

Elder Connection

Event Set Nov. 6

Elder Connection’s kick off event will be 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6, at the Hames Center.

The group will discuss ways to support seniors in Sitka. All are welcome. Those over 60, and those who want to support Sitka’s senior community, are encouraged to attend.

Contact Lily at 738-0560 with questions.

SEAWIFs to Meet

Southeast Alaska Women in Fisheries will meet 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 8, at 1937 Dodge Circle.

The group will discuss the Mariners Wall, Blessing of the Fleet and the Fishermen’s Flea Market, among other subjects.

Those with questions may call Denise at 747-5012.

STA Health Panel

Meeting Changed

The STA Health Committee has moved its meeting to noon-1 p.m. Nov. 13 in the STA Social Services building, 110 American Street.

Call 747-7293 with questions.


Meets Nov. 12-13

Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association Inc. will hold its fall board of directors meeting 9 a.m. Nov. 12-13, in the NSRAA conference room, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

Copies of the agenda will be available in the NSRAA office. Meetings are open to the public.

2nd-5th graders: Every other Tuesday, 3-4:30 pm

6th-8th graders: Every Wednesday, 3:30-5 pm

9th-12th graders: Every Thursday, 4:15-5:30 pm.


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.