STEADY STREAM – With a sheet of glass separating them, poll worker Denise Blankenship, left, hands a ballot to voter Stan Schoening this afternoon at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Poll manager Jude Reis said so many people were taking advantage of the opportunity to cast an early vote in the municipal election that she had to request extra help. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-24-20)

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 3:15 p.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 130

Total statewide – 7,132

Total (cumulative) deaths – 46

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (8 resident; 12 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 275.

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

Golfers, sharpen your spikes and shine your clubs – the second annual Sitka Open golf tournament begins 9 a.m. Saturday. The tourney, sponsored by Sitka Golf Association, is held at the Mountain View driving range. ... A few years ago Roger Sudnikovich, Gary Sterton, Dave Cook, Carol Spitzler and Jud Fager first brought the driving range to town.

September 1970

Ad: Specials at Lakeside Grocery – Hills Brothers Coffee 97c lb. Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancake Mix 4 lb. 79c. Bacon all brands 95c lb.  MD Tissue 4 roll 49c  Foremost Ice Cream 95c 1/2 gal. Chicken Thighs, Drumsticks, Breasts 2 lb. pkg. $1.49