ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

March 25, 2020, Community Happenings

Card of Thanks

On March 6, my father, Michael Bagley passed away from complications of COPD. I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks on behalf of myself and our family to Sitka’s first responders, Prewitt Funeral Home, SEARHC, Sitka Lutheran Church, Pastor Sandra Rudd, and the many friends and family members who made this trying time a lot easier. At every turn we encountered nothing but professional behavior and kind, heart-warming compassion.

  In addition, the family extends its gratitude to JBER color guard from Anchorage, Sitka Sportsman’s Association and Bev Brill.

  Thank you, Sitka. My father loved this community and your efforts during this event were appreciated.

The family of Michael Bagley:

Mark, Cathy, Ellen Bagley, 

Bill and Laura Mallula


Virtual Gentle

Yoga on Tap

Virtual gentle yoga with Lisa is planned 5 p.m. March 30 on Zoom.

The 60-minute class will focus on the Viniyoga sequence for sacrum and low back plus a standing asana for strength and balance. Class will end with a guided Savasana, Pranayama and a mindful meditation morsel.

Join the Zoom meeting at


Land Trust

Meeting Set

The Sitka Community Land Trust will meet 6-8 p.m.  Monday, April 6, on a Zoom call.

The public is being encouraged to attend. The SCLT is a non-profit organization that relies on community support and participation. For more information about joining the virtual meeting, contact Mim McConnell at 738-2888.     


Meal Program

Schedule Updates

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup from 8:30-12:00 daily at Sitka High School through Thursday, March 26.

On Friday, March 27, four days’ worth of meals will be provided.

The next meal pickup will be Tuesday, March 31. Three days’ worth of meals will be provided.

After this week, meals will be provided twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, three or four days’ worth of meals at a time.

Limited delivery is available by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling 747-8622.

Meals are free to all district students, Wooch.een/Head Start students, and those under the age of 19 in the same household. Families with an economic need are being encouraged to participate.

Call 747-8622 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions. Go to



Sitka Mutual Aid

Network in Gear

The Sitka Mutual Aid Network is connecting Sitkans who need support with those who can help.

It provides no contact, doorstep deliveries of supplies to folks in quarantine or self-isolating.

Up to $50 of grocery aid can be given to folks with financial need, as long as funds last.

For more information call 738-0357 or go to Facebook at SitkaMutualAid.

Those who have a different need or offer of help can contact the group.


St. Peter’s Church

Services Suspended

Worship services at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church have been suspended until further notice. 

A 10 a.m. Sundays prayer service and a noon Wednesday prayer service are being offered through Zoom.

For more information on how to join the Zoom calls, email the church at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The church will continue to be open daily for individuals to stop in, to be still, to rest, to pray.




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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

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 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

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



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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