TRAIL TRIMMING – Dyana Mutchler-Walsh trims trees and shrubs along the Castle Hill ramp this morning. Mutchler-Walsh is one of a half-dozen students building trails and doing trail maintenance this summer through a Southeast Alaska Independent Living program. The program wraps up Friday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

To Our Readers
06 Aug 2020 16:39

We Apologize
for any confusion resulting from the Sentinel’s announcement Wednesday that we are ret [ ... ]

Trump Says He’ll Hear Pebble Mine Arguments
06 Aug 2020 16:35

strong>The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — President Donald Trump said Wednesday he woul [ ... ]

Dunleavy Recall Vote Won’t be On Nov. Ballot
06 Aug 2020 16:34

JUNEAU (AP) — A vote to recall Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy will not be on the state’s general elec [ ... ]

City Opens Grants to Businesses, Nonprofits
06 Aug 2020 16:34

Sentinel Staff Writer The city’s CARES Act program opened Saturday to provide  [ ... ]

Twitchell First to Apply For School Board Seat
06 Aug 2020 16:33

Sentinel Staff Writer Blossom Twitchell filed today as a candidate for Sitka Scho [ ... ]

August 6, 2020, Police Blotter
06 Aug 2020 16:11

Police Blotter Police received the following calls between 8 a.m. Friday and of 8 a.m. today: Augu [ ... ]

Unique Flavors on Tap at Sitka’s New Brewery
05 Aug 2020 15:33

Sentinel Staff Writer A week and a half into their new operation, the Harbor Moun [ ... ]

Census Gets Help Of Sitka Volunteers
05 Aug 2020 15:32

Special to the Sentinel In the midst of a pandemic, conducting the federal 2020 Cens [ ... ]

Former Sitka Mayor Dan Keck Dies at 92
05 Aug 2020 15:31

Sentinel Staff Writer Dan Keck, a longtime Sitkan and former mayor, died peacefu [ ... ]

Filing Deadline Near, Candidates Still Needed
05 Aug 2020 15:31

Sentinel Staff Writer With two days to go before the deadline to file for munici [ ... ]

Three More Test Positive For COVID Virus Here
05 Aug 2020 15:30

By Sentinel Staff Three new positive tests for COVID-19 in Sitka were announced Tuesday and today b [ ... ]

Coronavirus Cuts Short 1st Cruise of SE Season
05 Aug 2020 15:28

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August 5, 2020, Police Blotter
05 Aug 2020 15:21

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August 5, 2020, Community Happenings
05 Aug 2020 15:21

AFN Decides Convention To be Held at a Distance The Alaska Federation of Natives board of director [ ... ]

August 4, 2020, Police Blotter
04 Aug 2020 16:00

Police Blotter Police received the following calls between 8 a.m. Friday and of 8 a.m. today: Augu [ ... ]

August 4, 2020, Community Happenings
04 Aug 2020 15:59

Kayaani Panel Meets Aug. 6 Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Kayaani Commission  will meet online via Zoo [ ... ]

8-Day SE Trolling Shutdown to Start Friday
04 Aug 2020 15:56

Sentinel Staff Writer Southeast Alaska’s commercial troll salmon fishery will c [ ... ]

Money Left in Kitty for Utility, Harbor Aid
04 Aug 2020 15:54

Sentinel Staff Writer City staff processed more than 2,500 applications for CARE [ ... ]

City Election to Give Voters Many Options
04 Aug 2020 15:53

Sentinel Staff Writer This year’s municipal election will allow Sitkans to vote in [ ... ]

Bike Rider Hurt When He Hits Passing Pickup
04 Aug 2020 15:53

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Another Virus Positive Puts Sitka at 36 Cases
03 Aug 2020 16:40

By Sentinel Staff Sitka received another positive test result for COVID-19 here Sunday, Sitka Unifi [ ... ]

Sitka’s Tropical Day: Friday’s 88° F Sets Record...
03 Aug 2020 16:39

Sentinel Staff Writer With clear skies and lots of sunlight, Sitka came within on [ ... ]

Air Station CO Just Where He Wants to Be
03 Aug 2020 16:35

Sentinel Staff Writer The U.S. Coast Guard likes to say that on an average day i [ ... ]

Midair Plane Collision Kills 7 Near Soldotna
03 Aug 2020 16:32

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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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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 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

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”