UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

March 23, 2020, Police Blotter

Police Blotter
    Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today:
March 20
    Suspicious activity was reported in the 700 block of Katlian at 12:25 p.m., and on Mills Street at 1:21 p.m.
    At 7:24 p.m. a caller requested a welfare check on the Nelson Logging Road.
    At 9 p.m. a caller reported suspicious activity on Burkhart Street.
    At 10:45 p.m. a caller reported fireworks in the 700 block of Lake Street.
    A theft was reported on Dodge Circle at 10:45 p.m.
    At 11:38 p.m. a report of drunkenness was reported in the 100 block of Lincoln Street.
    March 21
    At 12:18 a.m. a caller  on Harbor Mountain Road complained about noise.
    A person with a high PBT reading was taken to the hospital.
    At 1:09 a.m. a traffic accident with damage was reported on Kaagwaantaan Street.
    EMS was requested on Price Street at 2:24 a.m.; on Lake Street at 6:53 a.m.; in the 1300 block of SMC at 8:31 a.m.; in the 2000 block of SMC at 12:45 p.m.; in the 200  block of Seward Street at 8 a.m.; and in the 900 block of Lincoln Street at 10:41 p.m.
    At 11 a.m. a problem involving a mental issue was reported at the airport.
    At 11:29 a.m. a security check was requested at a downtown bank.
    At 11:37 a.m. an animal problem was reported on Davidoff Street.
    A traffic accident with damage was reported at 11:41 a.m. at the ferry terminal.
    Police were asked to stand by in a civil case at 1:24 p.m.
    At 6:10 p.m. a civil dispute was reported at a service station.
    At 6:45 p.m. criminal mischief was reported in the 2700 block of HPR.
    Suspicious activity was reported in the 800 block of HPR at 7:13 p.m.
    At 7:50 p.m. a trespassing incident was reported at Eliason Harbor.
    March 22
    At 12:04 a.m. a citizen assist call came in from O’Cain Street.
    At 9:28 a.m. an assault was reported at the O’Connell Bridge.
    At 11:03 a.m. an assault was reported at apartments on SMC.
    Citizen contact issues were reported at 12:23 p.m. at Lake and Lincoln streets; at 12:54 p.m. on Granite Creek Road; and at 1:21 p.m. in the 400 block of Lake Street.
    At 1 p.m. a caller complained of harassment at apartments on HPR.
    EMS calls came in at 1:16 p.m. and at 3:14 p.m. Sunday; and at 4:52 a.m. today.
    A security check was made at the library at 3:54 p.m.
    Criminal mischief was reported on Burkhart Street at 4:51 p.m.
    Citizen assist calls came in at 5:49 p.m. to the police station and at 7:46 p.m. from Lance Drive.
    A welfare check was made at Blatchley at 11:15 p.m.
    March 23
    A civil dispute was reported from Edgecumbe Drive at 7:07 a.m.

Sitka Police
    John S. Welsh, 18, was charged early today with driving under the influence.

Emergency Calls
    Sitka Fire Department received five ambulance calls Friday; seven on Saturday, and five today.


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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-18-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

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

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.