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)

March 30, 2020, Community Happenings

Welcome Bags

Items Sought

The U.S. Coast Guard Spouses’ and Women’s Association is putting together welcome bags for incoming Coast Guard families moving to Sitka. Those with information to contribute can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Public Library

Closure Continues

In conjunction with school closures, Sitka Public Library has announced it will be closed until May 1.

All online services will be available during the closure, and no late fees will be charged. Staff can be contacted between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 747-4020 or 747-4021 with questions. 


ADF&G Plans


The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will hold the Joint, Northern,and Southern Southeast Regional Planning Teams spring 2020 meeting via teleconference 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 8.

RPT consist of representatives of salmon fishing gear groups and ADF&G personnel. RPTs were established by the Commissioner of ADF&G for the purpose of development and amendment of comprehensive salmon plans; making recommendations concerning private non-profit hatchery permits and permit alteration requests; and making recommendations concerning the allocation of enhanced salmon throughout Southeast Alaska. 

The meeting is open to the public.

For more information and/or the teleconference call in number: http://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=fishingHatcheriesPlanning.regional

Contact: Flip Pryor 907-465-4235 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


SAFV Closure

Sitkans Against Family Violence’s business offices will be closed until further notice, but the shelter will remain open.

Anyone seeking shelter or needing non-residential services must first call SAFV’s business line or hotline at 747-3370 or 1-800-478-6511.   








SEARHC Updates

Visiting Hours

Beginning today, patient visiting hours at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Medical Center will be 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Only one visitor per patient is being allowed at a time, SEARHC said in a press release. The exception is a parent with an infant.



White E Closed

Through April

The White Elephant Shop will remain closed through April. 



Sitka Court

Gives Notice

The Alaska Court System will remain open for in-person customer service; however, until further notice all attorneys, parties, witnesses and other participants in cases must appear by telephone or video conference.

Two exceptions to the rule are: victims of crimes may appear in person; and defendants may appear in person at evidentiary hearings or at sentencing.

To minimize exposure the court encourages customers to:

–File motions, requests, or paperwork via mail, email or the drop box located at the clerk’s counter;

–Call the court instead of coming in person with questions;  

–Call the court for the correct teleconference line for hearings.

The court phone number is 747-3291; email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; and the physical address of the court is 304 Lake Street, Room 203.



Yoga Union

Update Given  

Yoga Union will be closed through April 14 in alignment with the City of Sitka’s “shelter in place” ordinance.

Passes have been extended by at least a month to accommodate the closure. Yoga International offers many online resources that individuals may find helpful at https://yogainternational.com/.

ZOOM-based Tuesday and Friday gentle yoga and Wednesday Yasodhara hatha yoga are held at 1 p.m. Download the ZOOM app ahead of time at zoom.us/. An announcement with the registration code for each class will be sent the night before and posted on the Yoga Union Facebook page. Those who are able are being asked for a $5-10 donation per class.


Outer Coast

Registration On

Those wanting to apply for the Outer Coast summer seminar are reminded of the 11:59 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, deadline to apply.

‘‘We have been busy gathering all the parts for the upcoming summer seminar, but it will be the student body who decides how to put them together this summer,’’ the Outer Coast said in a press release. ‘‘We have already enrolled our first four Summer Seminar students in our early application cycle and can’t wait to meet the other superstars who will join them.’’

Those with questions about the application or to schedule a time to talk to someone on the team before applying, may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



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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.



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 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.

The Sentinel office at 112 Barracks Street is closed to the public. We encourage people to use the phone, email or the U.S. Postal Service as much as possible.There is a slot in the front door of the office for ads, news items and payment checks. Emails may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is (907) 747-3219.                                                                          

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