UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

September 18, 2020, Police Blotter
18 Sep 2020 16:19

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 17 At 1:59 a.m. a disturbance was r [ ... ]

September 18, 2020, Community Happenings
18 Sep 2020 16:19

Repairs to be Made At Sealing Cove; Cars Must Move Sealing Cove parking lot will be repaired the  [ ... ]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Famed Justice, Dies
18 Sep 2020 16:10

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,  [ ... ]

City COVID Grants Near Final Approval
18 Sep 2020 16:09

Sentinel Staff Writer The city is nearly done processing COVID grant application [ ... ]

ALFA Spearheads Food Relief to Villages
18 Sep 2020 16:08

By Sentinel Staff Some 49,000 pounds of wild salmon is on its way to families in Yakutat and Hydabu [ ... ]

Judge: Won’t Order State To Reprint 800K Ballots
18 Sep 2020 15:46

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge decided today not to force the stat [ ... ]

September 17, 2020, Community Happenings
17 Sep 2020 15:51

  athering Sept. 27 For Neil Huff, 68   A celebration of life for Neil James Huff, who passed [ ... ]

September 17, 2020, Police Blotter
17 Sep 2020 15:51

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 16 At 3:30 a.m. a bear was reported [ ... ]

City Denied Grant For Haulout Project
17 Sep 2020 15:47

Sentinel Staff Writer City officials were disappointed this week to learn that S [ ... ]

Planners Give OK To GPIP Zone Plan
17 Sep 2020 15:47

Sentinel Staff Writer The Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning text ame [ ... ]

Virtual Klondike Keeps Sitka Runners in Shape
17 Sep 2020 15:46

Sentinel Sports Editor A group of Sitka women didn’t let the cancellation of th [ ... ]

U.S. Judge Blocks Mail Service Changes
17 Sep 2020 15:44

The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial [ ... ]

State Ordered: Stop Printing New Ballots
17 Sep 2020 15:44

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge today ordered the state of Alaska to stop printing general election ballo [ ... ]

Shell Files Plans to Drill Offshore of Alaska Slop...
17 Sep 2020 15:43

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Shell Offshore Inc. has submitted plans to plans to drill for oil in the waters a [ ... ]

Shee Atiká Announces New Directors, Officers
16 Sep 2020 15:16

By Sentinel Staff Shee Atiká Inc. shareholders elected two new board members and re-elected one Sa [ ... ]

Democratic Party Calls Change in Ballot Biased
16 Sep 2020 15:15

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Democratic Party has objected to a change to the state’s general ele [ ... ]

September 16, 2020, Community Happenings
16 Sep 2020 15:11

On Chancellor’s ListRachel Larson of Sitka has been named to the University of Alaska Fairbanks  [ ... ]

September 16, 2020, Police Blotter
16 Sep 2020 15:11

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 15 At 9:27 a.m. dam [ ... ]

City Clerk Prepares For Surge in Voting
15 Sep 2020 15:31

Sentinel Staff Writer The city clerk’s office is reporting an uptick in intere [ ... ]

Young Sitka Male Latest To Test Positive for Virus
15 Sep 2020 15:26

Sentinel Staff Writer Unified Command said Monday that a positive COVID-19 test  [ ... ]

Study: Alaska Voters Mailing Ballots Later
15 Sep 2020 15:26

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Many Alaska voters are mailing absentee ballots later than a one-week deadline re [ ... ]

September 15, 2020, Police Blotter
15 Sep 2020 15:09

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 14 Disorderly conduct in the 300 bl [ ... ]

September 15, 2020, Community Happenings
15 Sep 2020 15:09

Wortman Booster  Station Outage Set The City and Borough of Sitka will  make repairs to the Wort [ ... ]

September 14, 2020, Police Blotter
14 Sep 2020 15:54

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 11 At 1:27 a.m. a welfare check was [ ... ]

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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.

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 9-18-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

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. 




September 2000

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.