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)

June 10, 2020, Community Happenings

SSA Ranges

Open to Public

The Sitka Sportsman’s Association has opened its indoor and outdoor ranges for practice during the following times.

On the first and third Saturday of each month, the indoor pistol range hours are 9 a.m.-10:30 a.m. followed by outdoor trap and skeet, 10:30 a.m.-noon.

The indoor range is open 7-9 p.m. Wednesdays. 

‘‘We look forward to seeing you at the ranges now that the rules have been relaxed for COVID-19,’’ the sportsman’s association said. 



Walk, Bike


Set this Week

The Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is going virtual. The free event will be 9:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. daily June 9-12. 

Each day will open with a specialist discussing the science and evidence of that day’s theme, followed by another speaker who will feature an Alaska example. Attendees can ‘‘chat’’ and share information after each day’s events.

The themes and speakers for each day are: June 11 ‘‘Parks and Health’’; and June 12 ‘‘Biking to Health.’’

Speakers include: Ana Lucaci and Nicole Huegenin of Denver-based Walk2Connect; Dr. Elliot Bruhl of SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium; Bonita Banks, BSN, RN, of South Peninsula Hospital in Homer; Alfgeir Kristjannson, Ph.D., from the University of West Virginia and Reykjavik University (Iceland); Maeve Nevins-Lavtar from the Municipality of Anchorage Department of Parks and Recreation; Dr. Frederick Foote and Sarana Schell of AARP Alaska; Ken McLeod, J.D., policy director of the League of American Bicyclists; Lee Hart of the Alaska Outdoor Alliance; and Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Sustina Bicycle Institute.


A tentative agenda has been posted. To register for the free, virtual conference, go to For information, email Dawn Groth,


Sitka Trail Works

Hike Set June 13

Sitka Trail Works will lead a free hike up the Indian River Trail 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13. 

A mandatory COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire and a liability waiver must be completed prior to participation, STW said. Forms can be accessed online and taken to the hike to minimize paper handling.

Hikers should meet at the trailhead parking area on Indian River Road at 9 a.m. The nine-mile, five-hour round-trip hike will go to the waterfall and back. The trail gains elevation gradually and runs alongside Indian River and then through stands of old-growth spruce. 

STW said a small slide happened earlier this year and hikers will need to traverse just before the waterfall. Hike leaders will carry first aid supplies and VHF radios. Hikers should take water, snacks, hiking poles and a camera. Social distancing between different household groups and face coverings are being encouraged.


For more details and forms visit or call 747-7244.


Snack Grab-’n’-Go

Program at Library

The Sitka Public Library is hosting a summer snack grab-’n’-go program on Thursdays, June 11-Aug. 6.


Youths of all ages can pick up a bagged snack through the service window at the library, and choose to participate in the library’s I Spy program. Twenty bags will be available first-come, first-served.


Natural Resource

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Natural Resource Committee will meet via Zoom 6 p.m. June 11.


 Those wishing to attend the meeting can contact Jeff Feldpausch at 747-7469 or email The public is invited.


CLT to Meet

The Sitka Community Land Trust will meet 6-8 p.m. Monday, June 15,  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 information about joining the virtual meeting, contact Mim McConnell at 738-2888.    



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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

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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 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

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

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.