PASSING THROUGH – Orca whales swim near the Indian River estuary Thursday night. A pod of more than a half-dozen adult and juvenile orcas spent the late afternoon in Sitka Sound near shore as people along Sawmill Creek Road photographed and video recorded them. NOAA Fisheries recommends staying at least 100 yards away while viewing whales from boats. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 18, 2015 Community Happenings

Dog Classes Offered

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, will offer puppy kindergarten classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17.

Classes are for puppies up to age 6 months. Susan Royce and Karen Royce teach basic good manners appropriate for each age level using only positive training methods. Cost for each class is $100. Call 747-7700 for more details or register online at 


Christmas Dinner

Meeting Dec. 22

The final ANB/ANS Holiday Dinner Committee meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the ANB Founders Hall to make final plans for the annual free community Christmas dinner.

Volunteers are being asked to let the coordinators know that they have an hour or more to volunteer. They will be assigned a task when they come to the hall.

Ten turkeys need people to roast them (turkeys are provided). For information contact Kerry MacLane at 752-0654 or Joy Wood at 752-0845.


City Offers Many

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer positions are available on several municipal boards and commissions, including Hospital Board, Animal Hearing Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Investment Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, Police and Fire Commission, Tree and Landscape Committee, Port and Harbors Commission, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Library Commission, Health Needs and Human Services Commission, and Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors. 

Those interested may submit a letter of interest and board application to the municipal clerk’s office at 100 Lincoln Street. Applications are available online at or at the municipal clerk’s office. For further information, call Melissa, 747-1826.


Cold-Water Safety

Training for Educators

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer its Cold-Water Safety and Survival Training for Educators online starting Jan. 11.

The 14-week course is offered through the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. Two 593 continuing education credits may be awarded upon completion.

The course teaches the content youth educators need to teach children and young adults to play and work safely around cold water. Topics covered include, cold-water safety and survival, hypothermia, personal flotation devices, ice safety and rescue, and risk assessment.

The course is built around AMSEA’s activity-based K-12 curriculum, Surviving Outdoor Adventures. Materials are presented through computer-based activities, as well as interaction with fellow students and the instructor in online forums. Students will get ready-to-use lesson plan and templates for age-appropriate lessons. The course costs $655 for tuition, books and fees.

This is the fifth year that AMSEA will offer training to educators online. Interested educators may register at or call 747-3287.


4-H Winter Wonders

Week Dec. 28-31

Those wanting a winter break activity are invited to join 4-H Alaska Way of Life for Winter Wonders Week, Dec. 28-31. Each day, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is a different winter-related activity.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 747-7509 for more details. 



Pioneers Change

Meeting Venue

A regular meeting of Igloos 22 and 12 of the Pioneers of Alaska will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Sitka Pioneers Home on Barracks Street. Members should note the new meeting location.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and a short business meeting follows. Pioneers of Alaska members and friends are welcome.


White E Shop Sets

Holiday Hours

Saturday, Dec. 19, noon-3 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m. will be the last two chances for shopping at the White Elephant Shop before Christmas.

The shop will be closed on Thursday, Christmas Eve day, and Saturday Dec. 26. The store will reopen 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 28.





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-31-20)

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 12:50 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 2,990

Total (cumulative) deaths – 23

Active cases in Sitka – 15 (10 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 133.

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. 



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

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Clinton Buckmaster shot and wounded a large brown bear Tuesday night when it charged him near his Thimbleberry Bay home in the 2100 block of Sawmill Creek Road. As of press time, the bear was still at large.

July 1970

The city council agreed at a special meeting Thursday to consider the request of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 1 for redevelopment planning funds for the Indian Village. Cost has been estimated at $12,000.