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)

May 26, 2020, Community Happenings


Classes on Tap

Motherhood Is Sacred parenting classes are being offered 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning June 9. Classes will be conducted through Vidyo.

To register, contact Jean Swanson at 747-3968 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The class is hosted by Sitka Tribe of Alaska Social Services Department. Classes are made possible with funding from the Alaska Children’s Trust grant.


Youth Football 

Slated to Begin


Tackle football preseason for grades six through 12 is starting. Players or parents should contact Coach Richie at 738-8779 for information on when practice begins. 


Library Updates Process

Checking Out Books, Items

Sitka Public Library, in its first phase of its re-opening process, will remain closed to the public, but will have walk-up services available on the ocean side of the building. There will be two window options.

At the Grab N’ Go Window, after confirming a pickup time for held items. Patrons can pick up the books at the window. Individuals will need a photo identification or library card and are asked to ring the bell. A staff member will pass the items  through the window. Grab and go kits for kids, youth programming materials, and summer reading incentives also can  be picked up there. 

All other services will be provided at the walk-up window.

A librarian will be available to answer reference questions, help register for a library card, or assist in checking out up to five items at a time.

Items can be returned to the book drop located at the front entrance of the library. No returns will be accepted at either walk-up window. Donations are not being taken at this time.

Patrons also are being encouraged to continue taking advantage of the wide selection of digital resources. Holds can be placed online using library accounts, then contacting the library to confirm pickup in advance. The sidewalk has been marked to help the public maintain good social distancing. Everyone is being encouraged to continue wearing masks and washing their hands frequently. 

New operating hours are: noon-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday; noon-6 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; and closed on Sundays.


Those who have questions can call at 747-4020.

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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.

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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