VIGIL – More than 300 people share seven minutes of silence on Totem Square during a vigil for George Floyd, who died last week while in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The large turnout for event made it difficult for participants to maintain the six-foot social distance that organizers had hoped for. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Sitkans Speak for Respect at Silent Vigil
02 Jun 2020 15:46

Sentinel Staff Writer Hundreds of Sitkans gathered in Totem Square Monday evening [ ... ]

Food Series Focuses On Sitka’s Sea Mart
02 Jun 2020 15:40

Sentinel Staff Writer Sitka’s Sea Mart made national news in a feature story a [ ... ]

Getting Home Poses Problem for Students
02 Jun 2020 15:38

Special to the Sentinel Four of the five foreign exchange students in Sitka stayed i [ ... ]

June 2, 2020, Community Happenings
02 Jun 2020 15:34

Maritime Heritage Blog On View The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society’s new history blog is now ava [ ... ]

June 2, 2020, Police Blotter
02 Jun 2020 15:34

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: June 1 Suspicious activity was reported at [ ... ]

Sitka to Hold Vigil Tonight
01 Jun 2020 16:27

Sentinel Staff Writer A seven-minute silent vigil will be held at 7 p.m. tonight [ ... ]

Assembly, Planners to Inspect No-Name Plan
01 Jun 2020 16:26

Sentinel Staff Writer City planning staff will present development concepts – f [ ... ]

Testing Now Offered To Sitka Businesses
01 Jun 2020 16:24

Sentinel Staff Writer In line with the state’s “responsible reopening” pla [ ... ]

June 1, 2020, Police Blotter
01 Jun 2020 16:23

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: May 29 A bear was reported at 12:18 a.m. a [ ... ]

Gov: Jump in Virus Cases No Reason for Panicking
01 Jun 2020 16:23

strong>The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — Gov. Mike Dunleavy said Alaska’s largest si [ ... ]

June 1, 2020, Community Happenings
01 Jun 2020 16:15

Walk, Bike Conference Set June 9-12 The Alaska Walk and Bike Conference is going virtual. The fre [ ... ]

After 33 Years, Pastor of Grace Harbor Retiring
29 May 2020 16:10

By Sentinel Staff After 33 years as the pastor of Grace Harbor, Paul McArthur will lead his final s [ ... ]

May 29, 2020, Police Blotter
29 May 2020 16:10

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: May 27 A domestic problem was reported at  [ ... ]

May 29, 2020, Community Happenings
29 May 2020 16:10

Sitka’s Farmers Markets  hanging for the Summer The Sitka Local Foods Network will be scalin [ ... ]

Canada Extends Ban On Big Cruise Ships
29 May 2020 16:05

By The Associated Press
Sentinel Staff Writer Large cruise ships will continue t [ ... ]

Working Group Plan Gets Assembly’s OK
29 May 2020 16:05

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly on Thursday voted 6-1 to approve City Adminis [ ... ]

Sitka Rotary Hears Of COVID’s Lesson
29 May 2020 16:04

Special to the Sentinel Neal Axton, Graduate Engagement and Government Information L [ ... ]

State Virus Aid Excludes Recipients of U.S. Funds
29 May 2020 16:03

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska small businesses affected by the coronavirus that have already received fe [ ... ]

Alaska Posts Double-Digit Rise in COVID-19 Cases
29 May 2020 16:03

JUNEAU (AP) — State figures released Thursday show the first double-digit increase in COVID-19 cas [ ... ]

Positive Test Leads To Contact Tracing
28 May 2020 15:57

Sentinel Staff Writer Contact tracing and subsequent testing have resulted in no [ ... ]

Assembly to Tackle Sharing of $9.5M
28 May 2020 15:56

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly will hold a special meeting tonight to consid [ ... ]

2 Brothers Rescued After Small Boat Capsizes in SE
28 May 2020 15:56

By Sentinel Staff Two men were rescued by a good Samaritan vessel Tuesday evening after their 14-fo [ ... ]

Anchorage’s Higher Taxes Linked to School Funding...
28 May 2020 15:54

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Anchorage property tax bills have increased over the last year largely because of [ ... ]

Sitka Bill Payers To Share $4.5M
27 May 2020 15:51

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly on Tuesday moved forward with programs intend [ ... ]

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-2-20)

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 10:20 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 20

Total statewide – 487

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 47, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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 sitkasentinel.com. 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.

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