2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 17, 2020, Letters to the Editor

Castle Hill Cannons

Dear Editor: With the Baranof statue going to Sitka’s museum it seems the perfect time to move the two Russian cannons from Castle Hill.

Each cannon is supported by a now-rotting wooden carriage. The carriages could be re-built, placed along each side of the statue, and hold the cannons in the museum.

A more historically correct structure: a Tlingit long house could be returned to the Castle Hill site.

Let’s make it happen.

Stanley Schoening, Sitka


Wear a Mask

Dear Editor: To all those who do not believe in wearing masks,  the next time you have to have surgery, please tell the surgery suite, medical and nursing professionals that you would prefer all of their germs in your opened surgical site. My goodness you would not want them to breathe their own expelled air. You would much prefer to get a nosocomial infection.

The reason to wear a mask is to show you care about others and do not want them to get ill. I immediately assume that all individuals not wearing a mask do not care about anything but themselves. 

Stores that do not require masks do not care about society. 

We are in unusual times it is science that matters not one’s politics or your rights.

It is your caring of others that you are showing by wearing a mask.

Lorraine Inez Lil, Sitka


Time Passes

Dear Editor: Re: Please be advised.

Quoth Bertrand Russell:

‘‘After ages during which the earth produced harmless trilobites and butterflies, evolution has progressed to the point at which it has generated Neros, Genghis Khans, and Hitlers. This however is a passing nightmare; in time the earth will become again incapable of supporting life, and peace will return.’’


Jeff Kinnan, Sitka

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August 5, 2020

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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. 




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.

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.