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 28, 2020, Community Happenings

School District

Sessions Set on

Opening Schools

The Sitka School District will hold  Smart Start information sessions 11 a.m.-1 p.m. July 29-30 at Centennial Hall.

School district employees will meet July 29 and parents and students on July 30. A Zoom link will be posted on the website under announcements.

Superintendent John Holst and members of the Smart Start Task Force will answer questions, hear concerns, and gather suggestions regarding the opening of schools on Aug. 27.


Music Festival

Via Raven Radio

The Uncommon Music Festival Radio Hour will be held 10 a.m. Aug. 10, 17, 24 and 31 on Raven Radio. It will include selections from four years of performances in Sitka plus glimpses behind the scenes and new pieces.

Visit for more information.


40 Day Party for

William Howard

A 40 day party for William Eli ‘‘Buddy’’ Howard, 78, will be 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Sitka Moose Lodge, downstairs.

Mr. Howard died June 4.


Walking Group

To Start Aug. 5 

All are invited to join SEARHC staff for weekly fitness walks starting Aug. 5.

Participants will meet at lower Moller Field at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in August. 

Everyone is asked to take a clean face covering and follow public health guidelines about social distancing.  Walkers will go around the track as many times as they like to increase their step counts for  the Start Stepping Southeast 29-day walking challenge that runs Aug. 3-31.

For information contact Doug Osborne at 966-8674/ or go to


Utility, Moorage

Help Deadline

Set for Friday

Applications for the CARES Act utility and moorage subsidy programs through the city are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, July 31.

Applications received after the deadline will be considered late and will not be accepted, the city said. 

Residents should submit the online application at or an electronic copy to Paper applications can be picked up and submitted at the utility office at City Hall.

Call 747-1818 or 747-1859 with questions.


Car-A-Van Event

Slated Saturday

A Car-A-Van for those with older cars, 1970s and older, will gather at the Sea Mart parking lot 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, to take a group ride out to Starrigavan and back through town and end at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

All are invited to join. For information call Jeff, 747 4821.


Moose Annual

Picnic Aug. 2

The Loyal Order of the Moose will host its annual picnic noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the Halibut Point Recreation Area main shelter. 

Hamburgers, hotdogs and the trimmings, and beverages will be provided. Attendees should take a potluck dish to share. A signup list is at the lodge to check what’s already being taken.

Adult horseshoe tournament, teens scavenger hunt, kids races, face painting and other activities are being planned. Members and guests are welcome.


Oct. Alaska Day

Festival Put Off

Trustees of Alaska Day Festival Inc. have postponed the Oct. 18 observance of Sitka’s popular weeklong set of activities.

Coordinators said they have spent the last few months considering the pros and cons of moving forward this year despite the risks and prolonged uncertainties associated with the coronavirus.

The annual parade, traditional re-enactment ceremony, formal ball, variety show, and Army band concert are among the events that would be impacted, the committee members said.

“Mark your calendars now for 2021,” said festival Vice Chair Steve Dalquist and Secretary Mindy Lowrance.


Quilting Class

Slated in Sitka

Ocean Wave Quilters will hold a S. Dresden ‘‘town in the round’’ quilting class 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 29 at Centennial Hall.

Go to Abby’s Apparel and Quiltworks to register and pay $60 for members and $70 for non-members.

‘‘We will maintain social distance, not share food and require masks when closer than six feet indoors,’’ a press release from the quilt group said.


For a supply list or information call 738-1627.


Reception Slated

For Rickett Book

To celebrate the publication of Sitkan Nancy Rickett’s memoir, a reception will be held 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 31, on the lawn of the Pioneers Home near the main entrance. 

The memoir, ‘‘Becoming Myself,’’ covers the first 50 years of Nancy’s life. Signed copies of her memoir can be purchased at Old Harbor Books.

John Straley, her longtime friend, will serve as moderator for the reception.

Attendees are asked to observe distancing and mask requirements for the short ceremony. For information, call 747-5941.



City Seal Redesign

Project Reveal Set

Entries in the city’s contest to redesign the official city seal can now be viewed.

An open house for the public to view entries is 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, July 29, at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Entries will be on display, and a survey available for the public to fill out.

The survey also is online through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 4. It can be accessed at:

A guided discussion on the entries will be hosted over Zoom 7 p.m. Thursday, July 30. Those who wish to participate can contact for the meeting link.

Call the city planning department at 747-1814 with questions.



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. 

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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.