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)

July 15, 2020, Community Happenings

Sitka School District

Discusses Reopening

The Sitka School District Smart Start Task Force school teams will be reporting on their rough drafts for the start of the upcoming school year 6 p.m. Thursday, July 16, in the ballroom at Centennial Hall.


It will also be available on ZOOM via a link on the SSD homepage.


Medicare, SS

Presentation Set

A joint presentation on Medicare and Social Security retirement benefits will be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, July 30, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Lunch will be provided.

Susan Briles of SEARHC and Cynthia Gibson, CFP® with Waddell & Reed Inc., will speak.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, space is limited with signup required by Friday, July 24. 

‘‘It is common to be unsure of Medicare options, including coverage needed and when to sign up,’’ said Briles, a Certified Medicare Specialist with the Patient Health Benefits team at SEARHC. She will speak about Medicare options and avoiding common pitfalls and penalties.

Gibson will speak on how to make the most of Social Security benefits.

SEARHC is a Certified Application Counselor agency offering free assistance to all Southeast residents.  Gibson is a financial adviser offering securities and investment products and services provided through WRI, member FINRA/SIPC.

 Call Gibson at 966-2803 to reserve a spot, or receive information. For information from the SEARHC PHB team, contact Susan Briles at 966-8662. 


Artist Abel Ryan

To Talk Thursday

The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum will stream Alaska Native artist-in-residence Abel Ryan (Tsimshian) giving a one-hour virtual residency recap talk 3 p.m. Thursday, July 16, on Zoom. He will outline the work he created while at the museum. 

Go to Zoom at:  or ZU96TTNTdWtCa2srOTRzLzFlVDhwdz09     and input the meeting ID: 817 2554 6379 and the password 647657.

The recording of the talk will be posted to the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum YouTube Channel in the near future.


Gathering July 19

For Older Cars

A car-a-van for those with older cars – about 1970s and older – will gather at the Sea Mart parking lot 4 p.m. Sunday, July 19, to take a group ride to Starrigavan, back through town and end at  Centennial Hall.

All are invited to participate. Those with questions can call Jeff, 747-4821.


Tidepool Walks

Set Next Week

The Sitka Sound Science Center has planned three upcoming tidepool walks, 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 22; 9 a.m. Thursday, July 23, and 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 25.

The cost is $10 for adults, $5 for kids, and advanced registration is required.  Due to COVID-19, the center asks participants to wear face coverings and practice social distancing.  To book a spot, visit and click ‘‘book now.’’


Garage, Bake Sale,

Lunch at Legion

A garage and bake sale at 9 a.m., followed by a clam chowder and fried bread lunch at 11 a.m., will be held Saturday, July 18, at the American Legion Hall.

Homemade jams also will be for sale.


Cost of clam chowder and fried bread is $10. Call 747-8629 for delivery.


Park to Offer

Dogs, Walkers

Day to BARK

Sitka National Historical Park will host a BARK Ranger and dog walker appreciation event 2 p.m. Saturday, July 18, on the front lawn of the visitor center near the lower parking lot.

Socialized dogs on leashes (6-foot leash or shorter) and their walkers can participate in a short “Induction Ceremony” in which the dogs will promise, with the assistance of their humans, to always follow the rules of the BARK Ranger Code, which are:

B: Bag your waste.

A: Always wear a leash that is 6 feet or shorter (not retractable).

R: Respect Wildlife.

K: Know where to go.

Dogs participating in the ceremony will be given a special BARK Ranger Badge (dog tag) after the ceremony. An activity booklet will be available for kids. Photographs will be taken, with their human’s consent, to be posted on the park’s social media page. 

 Dog walkers are asked to maintain a 6-foot physical distance from others during this event.

‘‘Please bring a mask in case it becomes too crowded to sustain that distance,’’ the park said.


For information visit the park’s webpage at or call the visitor center at 747-0132. 

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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 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.