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)

City Seal Redesign To Get Public Review

Sentinel Staff Writer

The official seal of the City and Borough of Sitka is receiving an update after nearly 50 years, and a decision is near on the design of the replacement.

The current seal design is based on a souvenir medallion with a view from Castle Hill in 1970 and showing an antique cannon pointing outward from the modern-day stone wall atop the hill.

“It represents some historical trauma,” said Kevin Knox, who co-sponsored the redesign project with fellow Assembly member Steven Eisenbeisz.

Knox and Eisenbeisz brought the issue of the seal design forward early this year after it was a topic at meetings between the Assembly and the Tribal Council of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska. A new design “was a desire of members of the Native community,” Knox said.

The city ran a contest for a new design for the seal from mid-February to the end of March. It drew in 13 responses, of which seven met the criteria for the redesign. The designs have been displayed on the city website and have been put out for review by city boards and commissions.

On Wednesday night there will be an open house 5-7 p.m. at Centennial Hall where the public can view the designs and complete a survey. At 7 p.m. Thursday facilitator Doug Osborne will lead a guided discussion on the entries on Zoom.

Those interested in participating by Zoom should email

Knox said the redesign project is a part of the decolonization and reparative movement in Sitka. It started before the present nationwide discourse on racism arose in June with the death of George Floyd in police custody.

“It’s important to remember that some people want to look at this as yet another reaction to some of the national dialogue going on about historical trauma, but this was something we’d looked at before any of this stuff happened,” Knox said.

“It’s been an interesting process to be a part of,” he said. “The submissions people put forward are really great and there are some really great ideas out there for an exciting new design.”

“Part of the stated intent and part of the project ... is that we want the resulting seal to be representative of Sitka,” said Amy Ainslie, city Planning and Community Development director. “We thought that putting this out to all of the boards who oversee different aspects of city government would be a nice way to get a lot of different perspectives.”

Ainslie and Knox have both observed commissioners and board members react to the prospective seal designs.

“So far I think it’s been really positive,” Ainslie said. “The two (meetings) I’ve been at commissioners were saying how hard it is to choose.”

Knox said he’d seen similar reactions at the commission and board level.

“People are really interested in seeing broader representation of the Sitka community,” he said. “The (O’Connell) bridge and the mountains and either a canoe or a totem seem to span throughout almost all of the designs ... People are excited about them.”

The options for the redesign are available to the public. Sitkans interested in commenting on the designs can take the Google survey on the city website, The survey is located under the page’s fourth headline, “City Seal Redesign Project.” 

The survey link is It will be available until Aug. 4.






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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.