SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Grab & Go Meals Off to A Good Start

Sentinel Staff Writer

The first day of free breakfast and lunch distributions by the Sitka School District “went really well,” District Co-assistant Superintendent Phil Burdick said today.

Monday was the first day of the program to provide the school meals that many students had relied on before schools were ordered closed on March 14 in response to the coronavirus disaster emergency.

By order of Gov. Dunleavy, Alaskan schools will remain shut at least through May 1.

Today was even busier than Monday at the food service line in the Sitka High School parking lot, Burdick said.

“The first day went really well. We were able to deliver nearly 200 breakfasts and lunches, and most of those were through the grab-and-go at Sitka High School,” Burdick said. “We delivered about 25 or 30 meals into the community. And by this morning, this number had doubled, so we are now delivering 65 meals this morning.”

The free meals are being made available to all young people up to age 19.

Burdick expressed thanks to Island Bus Co., the district school bus contractor, for delivering the food, as well as district lunch contractor NANA Food Services.

Chef Jo Michalski and her crew had not only the 300 meals set up for today but also had prepared for Wednesday distribution as well, Burdick said.

AmeriCorps volunteers in the schools and teaching paraprofessionals handed out the food  at the high school.

Burdick said that on Friday everyone will get four days worth of food to get them through the weekend.

He added that changes to the food distribution plan are in progress, but not final yet.

“We really want our students and families to stay safe, and so please abide by the (coronavirus) health mandates so we can come out of this from the other side without a case in Sitka,” he said.

The district also continues to work on its plans for distance learning during the school closure, Burdick said. 

“Every school yesterday (Monday) had an online meeting so that staff could talk about where they’re going to go and what they want to do,” he said. He said it was a learning experience for all involved. 


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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-21-20)

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 11:40 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 70

Total statewide – 6,906

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 32 (22 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 265.

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

A bill approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday would increase federal funding to Sitka for roads and schools to $1.3 million, six times the amount received in 1999. The bill by Sens. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., changes the formula for distributing aid to counties that have tax-exempt federal forest land.

September 1970

A car driven by Del Childress apparently put a dent in the left front fender of a vehicle belonging to William Burns. Damage was estimated at $25.