NEW ROUND – Sitka Fire Chief Craig Warren chats with Patrick and Catharine Weaver this afternoon at the fire hall during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Weavers were waiting fifteen minutes after receiving the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 Sitkans were scheduled to receive their first dose today. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full efficacy. Sitkans can sign up to receive vaccinations at (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 27, 2020, Police Blotter

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today:

July 24

At 12:27 p.m. suspicious activity was reported in the 400 block of DeGroff Street.

At 1:23 a.m. an assault was reported at a medical facility.

An animal problem was reported on Vitskari Street at 1:28 a.m.

 A theft was reported at a downtown bar.

At 11 a.m. citizen contact was made at the Baranof St. trailhead.

An agency assist was made in the 400 block of Lake

Civil disputes were reported  in the 2700 block of HPR at 4 p.m. and at an HPR trailer court at 5:25 p.m.

Citizen contact was made on Harbor Mt. Road at 5:38 p.m.

At 8:21 p.m. a traffic accident with damage was reported in the 300 block of Katlian.

July 25

Civil disputes were reported at 1 a.m. on Anna Circle and 4:15 a.m. in the 1800 block of HPR.

A report of drunkenness at Jeff Davis and Lincoln Street came in at 8:51 a.m.

A report of fraud is under investigation.

At 4 p.m. a report of a theft in the 1200 block of HPR was filed.

At 4 p.m. a burglary was reported at a church on HPR. Followup calls were made at 4:43 a.m. and 9 a.m. July 26.

A domestic problem was reported at 8:18 p.m. on Burkhart Street.

July 26

Littering was reported in the 300 block of Harbor Drive at 9:24 a.m.

At 4 p.m. a suicidal subject was reported in the Sitka area.

At 9:43 p.m. a disturbance was reported at a hotel.

At 10:19 p.m. a report of harassment on Burkhart Street was logged.

At 11:31 p.m. a caller reported suspicious activity at Eliason Harbor.

July 27

At 12:17 a.m. criminal mischief was reported in the 4100 block of HPR.

At 12:26 a.m. a bear was reported getting into garbage in the 901 block of Lincoln Street.

At 1:37 a.m. and 3:58 a.m. bear citations were issued at two residences on Andrew P. Hope Streets; at 4:04 a.m. one was issued at a residence on Thomas Young Street; and at 4:08 a.m. one was issued on Rudolph Walton Drive.


Sitka Police

Jack Joseph, 30, was charged with driving with a revoked license and two counts of violating conditions of release.

Colton Cummins, 22, was charged with domestic violence, criminal mischief, in the fourth degree.


Emergency Calls

Sitka Fire Department received three ambulance calls Friday, three on Saturday and two on Sunday.


At 5:16 p.m. Friday, an engine was sent to 200 Flume Circle where burned food had caused alarm.

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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-15-21)

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 10:55 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 296

Total statewide – 49,835

Total (cumulative) deaths – 228

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,126

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 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 17

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 301 (274 resident; 27 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 281

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




January 2001

Photo caption: Sarah and Jeremy Pickard and Dr. James Brooks show off Lauren Marie Pickard, the first baby born in Sitka this year. She arrived at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:05 a.m., Jan. 4, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She’s the first child for the Pickards,who moved here in May with the U.S. Coast Guard.

January 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Foster and daughter Marchele have ended a two-week vacation trip to Idaho. They bought a new Mustang in Seattle, drove it to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit relatives and stopped in Everett, Wash., to visit Mrs. Foster’s cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in 13 years. Mrs. Foster and Marchele returned by plane and Foster is following with the car, on the ferry.