PASSING THROUGH – Orca whales swim near the Indian River estuary Thursday night. A pod of more than a half-dozen adult and juvenile orcas spent the late afternoon in Sitka Sound near shore as people along Sawmill Creek Road photographed and video recorded them. NOAA Fisheries recommends staying at least 100 yards away while viewing whales from boats. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

State Rep Killed In Midair Crash
31 Jul 2020 16:29

The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska state Rep. Gary Knopp was killed in [ ... ]

City Gets 10,000 Face Masks to Give Out
31 Jul 2020 16:28

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New Electric Chief Describes Challenges
31 Jul 2020 16:23

By Sentinel Staff Keeping up with regular maintenance in order to prevent large, costly problems do [ ... ]

Alaska Day Festival Called Off; Coronavirus Cited
31 Jul 2020 16:20

Sentinel Staff Writer For the first time since the annual celebration began in 19 [ ... ]

Sitka Group Zooms In On Picking City Seal Design
31 Jul 2020 16:19

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31 Jul 2020 16:19

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July 31, 2020, Police Blotter
31 Jul 2020 16:18

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: July 30 An animal problem on Observatory S [ ... ]

City Tries New Tack On Haulout Project
30 Jul 2020 15:48

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Nancy Ricketts Tells of ‘Becoming Myself’
30 Jul 2020 15:47

Sentinel Staff Writer Nancy Ricketts has been writing for as long as she can remembe [ ... ]

Federal Policy Change Heats Tongass Debate
30 Jul 2020 15:45

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30 Jul 2020 15:44

Artist Pardue To Give Virtual Talks Via Zoom Sheldon Jackson Museum artist-in-residence June Pard [ ... ]

July 30, 2020, Police Blotter
30 Jul 2020 15:43

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Assembly Advances Sitka CARES Funds
29 Jul 2020 16:13

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4 Killed in Car Crash Near Petersburg
29 Jul 2020 16:06

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Sitka Reports 1 More Virus Positive Test
29 Jul 2020 16:05

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Non-Alaskan Travelers To Need Negative Tests
29 Jul 2020 16:05

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29 Jul 2020 15:58

SAFV Board Meets The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet online 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3. Th [ ... ]

July 29, 2020, Police Blotter
29 Jul 2020 15:57

Police Blotter Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: July 28 At 12:18 a.m. susp [ ... ]

Assembly to Address Virus Funds, Masks
28 Jul 2020 16:48

By Sentinel Staff The Assembly at tonight’s regular meeting will consider the budget for CARES Ac [ ... ]

School Board Studies Concerns in Reopening
28 Jul 2020 16:46

Sentinel Staff Writer The Sitka School Board discussed their thoughts and aired s [ ... ]

City Seal Redesign To Get Public Review
28 Jul 2020 16:45

Sentinel Staff Writer The official seal of the City and Borough of Sitka is receivin [ ... ]

2nd Candidate Signs Up For Seat on Assembly
28 Jul 2020 16:45

Sentinel Staff Writer Steve Lee on Monday became the second person to file for A [ ... ]

Face Coverings a Must in City Facilities
28 Jul 2020 16:44

Sentinel Staff Writer Citing an increase in COVID-19 cases in the state and acro [ ... ]

Sitka Reports 4 More Confirmed Virus Cases
28 Jul 2020 16:41

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-31-20)

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 12:50 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 2,990

Total (cumulative) deaths – 23

Active cases in Sitka – 15 (10 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 133.

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



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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.

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Clinton Buckmaster shot and wounded a large brown bear Tuesday night when it charged him near his Thimbleberry Bay home in the 2100 block of Sawmill Creek Road. As of press time, the bear was still at large.

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The city council agreed at a special meeting Thursday to consider the request of Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp No. 1 for redevelopment planning funds for the Indian Village. Cost has been estimated at $12,000.