OPEN AIR CONCERT – From left, musicians Ross Venneberg, Brian Neal, Wade Demmert and Roger Schmidt perform an outdoor brass concert for residents of the Pioneers Home Monday. The professional musicians, who are hunkered down in Sitka, are regulars at the annual Holiday Brass Concert. The Pioneers Home has been closed to visitors during the pandemic. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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Judge Halts Virus Funds For Alaska Native Corps.
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07 Jul 2020 16:03

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07 Jul 2020 16:03

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07 Jul 2020 15:54

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July 6, 2020, Police Blotter
06 Jul 2020 16:33

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: July 2 At 10:40 a.m. a bear was reported a [ ... ]

Eagle Finds Freedom on Independence Day
06 Jul 2020 16:28

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06 Jul 2020 16:26

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06 Jul 2020 16:26

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Planners Give Approval To Cell Tower, Replat
06 Jul 2020 16:25

Sentinel Staff Writer The Sitka Planning Commission approved a conditional use permi [ ... ]

Anchorage Short of Help On Virus Contact Tracing
06 Jul 2020 16:25

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02 Jul 2020 16:23

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Sitka Tribe Calls for Relocating Statue
02 Jul 2020 16:23

Sentinel Staff Writer Sitka Tribe of Alaska tribal council passed a resolution Tuesd [ ... ]

Windfall Funds Go To New Staff, iPads
02 Jul 2020 16:20

Sentinel Staff Writer The Sitka School Board formally accepted its share of the c [ ... ]

Sitka Stars in National COVID Response
02 Jul 2020 16:20

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Sitka Gets New Positive Case
02 Jul 2020 16:19

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-7-20)

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 11:15 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Sunday: 19

Total statewide – 1,184

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (3 resident; 5 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 78.

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 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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