FOOD LINE – A long line of cars on Lincoln Street, which at times stretched to the Harbor Drive intersection, wait to pick up free boxes of food on the SJ campus this morning. Sitka Conservation Society and Sysco Corporation administered the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program today, handing out 12,000 pounds of fresh produce, precooked meats and other items. So many people turned out for the distribution that supplies ran out about an hour before the advertised end. Organizer Chandler O’Connell with SCS said that next week’s distribution will be at a different time and location in order to avoid traffic congestion. Information on time and location will be posted on the Sitka Mutual Aid Facebook page. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 7, 2020, Community Happenings

ANB to Meet

At Founders Hall

Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 will meet 5 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the ANB Founders Hall.

For more information call ANB President Harriet Miyasato Beleal at (907) 744-6910.



Harbor Mountain

Hike on July 11

Sitka Trail Works will lead a hike along the Gavan Hill/Harbor Mountain Trail 9 a.m. Saturday, July 11. Hikers will meet by the Sitka High School Performing Arts Center entrance to Cross Trail.

A mandatory COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire and a liability waiver must be completed prior to participation, STW said. Go to to fill out paperwork beforehand. Social distancing between different household groups and face coverings are encouraged, the organization said. 

The hike is a strenuous 6 miles and depending on the speed of participants may take about six hours, STW said. Expect extensive stairs, roots, rocks and log or rock steps, which can be slippery when wet. The group will hike up the Gavan side, then past the small shelter, and around to the Harbor Mountain parking area. 

Participants should take their own water, food, hiking poles and appropriate clothing for the weather. Hike leaders will carry VHF radios and a first aid kit. Anyone under age 18 attending must be accompanied by an adult and have a liability waiver signed by their legal guardian, the organizers said. 

STW will not provide transportation down from the Harbor Mountain trailhead this year due to social distancing requirements so participants must arrange to be picked up or stage a personal vehicle at the trailhead. 

For information call 747-7244, or visit  


Dance Party Set

On Zoom July 17

Dancers and non-dancers alike can  register for the 8-10 p.m. July 17 Friday Night Dance Party on Zoom.

The dance is free and all ages are welcome. Michelle Putz and Perry Edwards will host the dance and provide different genres of music from several decades. 

The dance and Zoom meeting are sponsored by the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. 


To attend, register by Friday morning, July 17, at After registering, individuals will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Contact Michelle at 747-2708 for information.


SJ Museum

To Livestream

Talks, Classes

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum is planning to stream Alaska Native artist residency talks and some classes live on Zoom.

The group said if a Zoom virtual event has no size limit and is open to the public, the link will be posted on the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum website, Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page, and in press releases available on the Alaska State Museum website and in the Sitka Sentinel newspaper.

They also will be sent to those on the public programs email list. If a virtual event has a limit, the Zoom link will be sent only to those who have registered. To register for classes call  747-8981 or email the museum curator at

The museum said any classes offered, whether they are open or capped, likely will have a materials list that students will need to prepare or purchase in advance.


Zoom virtual events will be recorded and will likely be posted on Friends of Sheldon Jackson social media pages at a later date, the museum said.


Suicide Prevention

Fund for Non-Profits

Non-profit organizations working to prevent suicide in Alaska have until July 15 to apply for the 2020 GCI Suicide Prevention Fund. GCI has committed $100,000 to this year’s round of grants.

Since 2017, the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund has provided more than $400,000 to Alaska organizations and non-profits to help prevent suicide and promote healthy communities across the state. 

GCI has tapped into the expertise of the Alaska Community Foundation to help administer the grant. 


For information about the GCI Suicide Prevention Fund, visit


Emblem Club


Meets Via Zoom

Sitka Emblem Club 142 invites all officers to the July officers meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, July 9, via Zoom.

The Zoom link is available via email.



Sitka Land Trust

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Community Land Trust will meet 6-8 p.m. Monday, July 13, 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. 



Life Celebration

For Betty Haws

A celebration of life will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 19 for Elizabeth Ann Haws (also known as Betty or NahNah) at Pioneer Park shelter.

Betty passed away July 14, 2018, at 86 years of age surrounded by her children and grandchildren. At her request, her ashes will be spread at a halibut hole where she captured some of her favorite memories.

Betty had many Sitka friends and was known for her generosity and smoked salmon skills. She is dearly missed. Betty is survived by her children Rod Beer, Robert and Tammie Beer, Traci and Bruce Bandy, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

‘‘Please join us to share memories and celebrate and honor Betty where her heart was, at ‘Sitka by the Sea,’’’ her family said. 


Masks and sanitizer will be provided. 

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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.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 10-27-20)

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: 378

Total statewide – 13,742

Total (cumulative) deaths – 70

Active cases in Sitka – 13 (10 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 62 (49 resident; 13 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 400.

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. 




October 2000

Photo caption: Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 cookbook committee members Helena Wolff, Marta Ryman, Jean Frank and Margaret Gross-Hope stand behind a shipment of cookbooks, “Best Ever Recipes.” Proceeds from sales will go to the ANS and ANB scholarship funds.

October 1970

Alaska Day weather was cold – in the 30s and 40s – but spirits were high. ... At the Baranof Ball Mr. and Mrs. Pete Karras won first prize in Native costumes. Period costume winners  were Mr. and Mrs.  Bob Marlow, Suzie French and Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Korthals. Jim Johnson, Alaska Airlines, presented the trip prize to Mr. and Mrs. Lewie Rucka.