EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Yes On 2



    In the days and weeks leading up to next Tuesday’s primary we have looked in vain for some reason that any rational Sitka voter would vote against Ballot Measure 2, which would restore Alaska to the family of states that have a Coastal Zone Management plan.
    The corporate sponsors of the Vote No campaign, the majority of which are out-of-state or multinational companies, have made it clear that they want as little public oversight as they can get away with in their plans for use and development of  Alaska’s coastal zone.
    Disregarding the 34 years of successful operation of a Coastal Zone Management plan before the Legislature killed the program last year, the opponents have raised one straw man after another in their attempt to mislead and confuse the voting public.
    All Alaskans, we believe, owe a debt of gratitude to the selfless efforts of the volunteers, led by Juneau Mayor Bruce Botelho, who campaigned throughout the state to gather the 33,000 signatures that have allowed the voters to take action after the Legislature proved unable to deal with the issue.
    With the Coastal Zone Management plan that will be developed following passage of Proposition 2, Sitka, like every other community that will be affected by undertakings affecting our coastal waters, will once again have a seat at the table when decisions are made on those issues.
    The stakes are high, for our community and our state.
    We believe it is important for Sitka to demonstrate its support for rational management of Alaska’s coastal areas by giving a resounding Yes vote on Ballot Measure 2.

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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.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 

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20 YEARS AGO
August 2000

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

50 YEARS AGO
August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.

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