NEW TRAIL – Asa Dow wears a mask as he cuts a branch placed at the exit of the new 907 single-track mountain bike trail loop off the Sitka Cross Trail to officially open the trail Monday afternoon. Dow was one of about a dozen volunteers who built the trail, the first of its type in Sitka. The single-lane trail is exclusively for bikers and runs south to north. The Sitka Cycling Club, which organized the construction, will be building a second bicycle trail off the Cross Trail. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Sitka Closures, Cancellations

By Sentinel Staff
    Following is a list of events canceled and places closed because of the COVID-19 emergency, as reported to the Sentinel.
    The city has postponed the annual Spring Cleanup and Household Hazardous Waste Collection.
    Sitkans Against Family Violence business offices are closed; however, the shelter is open. Call 747-3370.
    Sheldon Jackson Museum is closed to foot traffic. Staff is accessible by phone, 747-8904, and web. Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum postponed an April 4 auction.
    Alaska Department of Fish and Game offices are closed. Staff is available by phone and online.
    Ocean Wave Quilters canceled the April 7 meeting and April 11 open sewing session.
    St. Peter’s Episcopal Church suspended services and plans to offer services online through Zoom. Email stpetersbytheseak@ gmail.com.
    Sitka Sportsman’s Association ranges are closed.
    Greater Sitka Arts Council events are canceled.
    Sitka Job Center is closed to foot traffic. Staff will meet with individuals via phone, email, SARA or mail.
    Closures and changes announced in Monday’s and Tuesday’s Sentinels included:
    The city’s utility payment office is closed; billing, payment and utility account setup and closure services are available by calling 747-1818. Payments – other than cash – can be left in the drop box outside city hall.
    Sitka Police Department suspended non-emergency services and limited public access to the department. The front door is locked. For non-emergencies call 747-3245.
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska offices are closed, and the April 7-9 Heritage and Cultural Tourism Conference is canceled. Call 747-3207 for info on the food pantry and financial assistance.
    Sitka Sound Science Center is closed at least through March 31. Staff will be working in a remote capacity. Use individual email address or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Sitka Kitch has postponed all events through March.
The Good News Club has canceled until schools are back in session.
    Sitka Youth Soccer spring season is on hold until further notice.
    Southeast Alaska Independent Living is closed for in-person service. Call 747-6859 for information.
    Sitka Pregnancy Center postponed its Lamps and Lampshades Art Auction Gala, originally set March 28.
    Sitka Cancer Survivors Society canceled its March 29 meeting.
    The RIDE public transit system continues to operate at this time. Route service may change.
    The second phase of signature gathering for the Recall Dunleavy campaign has been put on hold.
    Alaska Marine Safety Education Assoc. canceled its March 20 and 28 first aid and CPR classes, and the March 21 Fishing Vessel Drill Conductor class.
    Baranof Island Housing Authority has closed its office. Tenants and the public may contact the office via phone 747-5088, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax 747-5701, during regular business hours.
The Salvation Army Little Store is open 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
    Alaska Court System is open for in-person customer service; customers are asked to interact with court staff remotely.
    Sitka Legislative Information Office closed to foot traffic. Call 747-6276 to hear teleconferences.
    Hames Center on the SJ Campus is closed until further notice.
    Sitka Sound Science Center’s Food Web Cruise, March 28, canceled.
    Natural History Seminar, March 19, seminar canceled.
    Fiber Friends, March 21, gathering canceled.
    Russian Bishop’s House tours canceled.
    Kenwa Karate of Sitka closed.
    Rainy Day Bazaar canceled.
    Sitka Animal Shelter soliciting foster care options for animals.
    White Elephant Shop closed.
    The 7 p.m. Tuesday  AA Reaching for the Stars at Pioneers Home Manager’s House is canceled until further notice.
    The 7 p.m. Saturday AA Meeting in a Bag at SEARHC  and 7 p.m. AA Stormy Monday Group at SEARHC are canceled.
    Drum-making class at UAS-Sitka Campus canceled.
    Blessing of the Fleet is postponed.
    I Read Shakespeare group canceled.
    Zuill Bailey’s 10th Anniversary Celebration on April 4 is canceled.
    Original Artist Grind, March 21, canceled.
    Health Networking and Learning Lunch, March 20, by phone – call 966-8888, dial 1, then dial 1041610#.
    Master Gardener class (March 25) canceled.
    Early Learning Program playgroup canceled March 16-27.
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska offices closed. Essential services will be provided. Call 747-3207 for information.
    Sitka Job Center has canceled its March 25 Career Fair.
    Fortress of the Bear is closed until April 13.
    Sitka Studio of Dance, Sitka Cirque and Sitka Gymnastics are closed while Sitka School District is not in session.
    Yoga Union studio closed.



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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-3-20)

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 11:10 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 18

Total statewide – 505

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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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 sitkasentinel.com. 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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