FISH TO FLY – Charter clients claim their fish boxes at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport on Wednesday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 

 

 

 

Local Decisions

Turning away from our ongoing concerns about the federal budget impasse in Washington, it is fitting that over the next few days we focus attention on government issues close to home.
    Election day next Tuesday is when we voters make our major decisions of the year for our hometown.
    The candidates, as usual, are our friends and neighbors. This issue of the Sentinel contains an overview of the election and the ballot proposition, as well as information provided by the candidates themselves, which we hope will assist our readers in making decisions in the polling booth.
    The ballot proposition, particularly, deserves careful consideration by every voter and taxpayer. It proposes a trade-off of funding sources to pay off an old issue of Sitka school bonds.
    There is no doubt that, if approved, it will “free up” several hundred thousand dollars every year that will no longer be needed to pay for these bonds.
    But as in many such situations, there is no free lunch being offered here. The price will come in the form of extra years being added to the term of the temporary 1 percent seasonal sales tax, which is accumulating revenue faster than it currently is needed to pay off other school bonds.
    Other things being equal, this extra revenue could be used to put an end to the seasonal tax earlier than scheduled.
    There is a persuasive argument, however, that since out-of-town visitors contribute to the summertime tax, this is the way to share our burden, since one way or another, the bonds WILL be paid off.
    We leave it to our informed readers to make wise choices in their selection of officers for the Assembly and the School Board, and we endorse passage of the proposition that will allow us to use our local tax resources more efficiently.

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30, 2020, 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.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-17-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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. Wednesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 2

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 388 (339 resident; 49 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

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

Partially vaccinated – 5,318 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,940 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 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: https://bit.ly/3apStpb

 

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20 YEARS AGO
June 2001

When it comes to selling lots in the Gavan subdivision, the city has to look at the long-term picture, says City Planning Director Wells Williams. Since the 32 city-owned lots in the 69-lot subdivision went on sale in 1997; only 12 have sold. “We’d certainly like to sell a lot more,” Williams said.

50 YEARS AGO
June 1971

Myron J.  Oen, a Sitka High science teacher, has been accepted as a participant in the Academic Year Institute for Physics Teachers at Wisconsin State University.

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