Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s office building on the corner of  Siginaka Way and Katlian Street is pictured Tuesday. The building’s HVAC system was replaced using Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Alaska Native corporations are also eligible for CARES Act funding. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Sitka Softball Wins Again

The Sitka Little League Major Softball All-Stars destroyed Nunaka City View 17-2 tonight (Friday) to take a 2-0 lead in their best 3-out-of-5 State Championship series in Anchorage.
"The bats came out a swinging today," Sitka manager Mike Callahan said. "Everyone was seeing the ball and getting a piece of it. On the defensive side the girls kept it clean."
The Sitka girls are just one win away from advancing to the Little League West Regionals in San Bernardino, California, July 24-26. The winner of regionals advances to the 2019 Little League Softball World Series in Portland, Oregon, August 7-14.
Sitka pitcher Kaiya Balovich wants to go there. She started and finished the game in just 3 innings with 36 pitches (23 for strikes), allowing 4 hits, 2 runs, and striking out 2 while walking no Nunaka batters.
Nai’a Nelson wants to go. She went 3-4 at the plate, with 2 runs batted in and 3 runs scored.
Tessa Anderson 3-3 (2 RBI, 3 R, 1 BB) wants to go.
So does Dalila Callahan 1-2 (2 R, 1 BB), Kaelynn Balovich 2-3 (2RBI, 1 R, 1 BB), Kayaani Weather (1 RBI, 1 BB), Lei’a Daly 1-1 (1 RBI), Alina Lebahn 1-2 (2 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB), Adriana Denkinger 1-2 (3 RBI, 2 R), Mecca Goldsberry 2-2 (2 RBI, 1 R), Chalice Brenton 1-1 (1 R), and Madison Dill, Tadum Markegard, manager Mike Callahan, and coaches Nikki Balovich and Shannon Callahan.
Sitka notched 16 hits in the game. They scored 6 runs in the first inning, 2 in the second, and 9 in the third to end the game by the run-rule.
Defensively the team went errorless with Denkinger leading the way with 5 fielding put outs.
Sitka also had 16 stolen bases
"Came out on fire," coach Nikki Balovich said. "Everyone was flaming. Zero walk day for Kaiya. Huge hits for all."
Oh, and Kaiya Balovich put on her batters glove as well, going 1-2 (1 RBI, 2 R, 1 BB). 
I think she wants to go.
Saturday’s game 3 is at 2 p.m. on the Nunaka Valley Little League fields near Nunaka Valley Elementary School off Boniface Parkway.

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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-21)

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 11:27 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 323

Total statewide – 72,584

Total (cumulative) deaths – 385

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,738

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 123

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 37

Cumulative Sitka cases – 873 (797 resident; 76 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 748

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Wednesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,682 (77%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,242 (71%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 79 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





August 2001

The Assembly agreed Thursday to place ballot questions on cell phone usage, downtown traffic lights and a fire hall before the voters in the Oct. 2 municipal election. Assembly members emphasized the election results would be used as a rough guide, not a mandate, on policy issues.

August 1971

Sitka student Phillip R. Wyman is among new admissions for the fall at Washington State University.