GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 12, 2020, Letters to the Editor

In Appreciation

Dear Editor: The Sitka Fine Arts Camp wishes to express profound gratitude to Mary Goddard for her service on the board of directors from 2012 to 2020. 

Mary Goddard is a Tlingit artist of the Eagle Kaagwaantaan Clan. She was raised in Yakutat and has lived in Sitka with her family since 2010. Mary’s contributions to the Fine Arts Camp include a stunning art installation that features Alaska Native artists. It is in the stairwell of Odess Theatre going up to the Del Shirley room. 

Mary also served as secretary, member of the finance committee, and member of the executive committee during her time on the board. Mary leads from her heart and demonstrates respect for everyone. Her steady hand was instrumental in helping us make such profound progress for the camp and campus during her tenure. We will miss her. 

Mary reports that during her time on the board, she “gained more than she gave,” and learned many skills that strengthened her professionally and that positively impacted her ability to share her art. Her most rewarding work with the camp was working with the community and students; teaching jewelry making and community cultural classes to multiple age groups. 

Gunal’ ch’eesh, Mary!

Sitka Fine Arts Board of Directors


In Response

Dear Editor: I want to thank Karen Lucas for her thoughtful letter to the editor yesterday.  Somehow I feel it is time to think new thoughts about our shared community. How can the good, rich, diverse stuff of o  ur histories and continuity be acknowledged, validated, strengthened?  Rather than take down statues, might we design and add new ones that capture contemporary issues and new understandings of our shared humanity?  How might the former Presbyterian buildings be repositioned for a new era, one that is forward-looking with multiple uses, connecting and celebrating our many places of origin, and engage all generations.  

Thank you Karen for nudging us toward new thinking.  And gunalcheesh, salamat, gracias, merci, arigato, chamai, and cheers to the remarkable community we share.

Nancy Yaw Davis, Sitka

You have no rights to post comments



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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. 




Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

The Sentinel office at 112 Barracks Street is closed to the public. We encourage people to use the phone, email or the U.S. Postal Service as much as possible.There is a slot in the front door of the office for ads, news items and payment checks. Emails may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is (907) 747-3219.                                                                          

Login Form

Most recent Sentinels — PDF edition

July 6, 2020

July 7, 2020

July 8, 2020

July 9, 2020

July 10, 2020