HERRING WELCOME COMMITTEE – A trio of California sea lions lounge near Bieili Rocks Sunday. Sea lions and whales were feasting on herring in Sitka Sound. The first herring spawn of the season in Sitka Sound was spotted Wednesday, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game said today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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27 Mar 2020 16:19

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer City staff and other community volunteers, wearing prote [ ... ]

Legislators Scramble To Wrap Up Budget
27 Mar 2020 16:17

By BECKY BOHRER Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — The Alaska Legislature worked toward a self-impos [ ... ]

DISTANT LEARNING – Sitka Schools to Restart Classe...
27 Mar 2020 16:16

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New Curator Is Busy While Museum Closed
27 Mar 2020 16:16

By SHANNON HAUGLAND Sentinel Staff Writer Sitka History Museum curator Nicole Fiorino says it’s  [ ... ]

More Herring Spawn in Sound
27 Mar 2020 16:13

By Sentinel Staff An aerial survey today measured 5.9 nautical miles of active herring spawning on  [ ... ]

March 27, 2020, Community Happenings
27 Mar 2020 15:45

Climate Connection: Feeling Change: Part 3  By John Lewis It may seem strange right now to be foc [ ... ]

March 27, 2020, Police Blotter
27 Mar 2020 15:45

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: March 26 A protection order violation was  [ ... ]

Alaska COVID At a Glance (updated 3-25-20)
26 Mar 2020 16:18

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26 Mar 2020 16:11

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26 Mar 2020 16:10

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SEARHC Introduces New Prescription Delivery Option...
26 Mar 2020 16:08

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26 Mar 2020 16:07

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26 Mar 2020 16:05

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Prescription Delivery Improved for Sitkans
26 Mar 2020 16:04

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March 26, 2020, Community Happenings
26 Mar 2020 16:02

Grand Camp Is Postponed Sitka’s Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska Native Sisterhood Ca [ ... ]

March 26, 2020, Police Blotter
26 Mar 2020 16:02

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First Herring Spawn Sighted in Sitka Sound
26 Mar 2020 16:02

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State Virus Cases Hit 59, Most of Them in Anchorag...
26 Mar 2020 16:01

By BECKY BOHRER  The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — State officials on Wednesday announced the  [ ... ]

March 25, 2020, Police Blotter
25 Mar 2020 17:18

Police Blotter Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: March 24 Two protective or [ ... ]

Assembly Passes ‘Hunker Down’ Resolution
25 Mar 2020 15:48

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25 Mar 2020 15:46

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Alaska COVID At a Glance
25 Mar 2020 15:45

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Legislators OK Lower Rates at Pioneer Homes
25 Mar 2020 15:45

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has approved legislation that would lower rates for r [ ... ]

Alaska Records Its First COVID-19 Death
25 Mar 2020 15:44

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 3-29-20)

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 3 p.m. Sunday. 

The list includes the total cases (and what portions are travel and non-travel-related or still being investigated):

 Total - 114 (38, 76)

 Anchorage area – 59 (24, 35)

 Homer – 2 (1, 1)

 Seward – 1 (1, 0)

 Soldotna – 2 (1, 1)

 Sterling – 2 (0, 2)

 Fairbanks area – 28 (6, 22)

 Palmer – 2 (2, 0)

 Juneau – 5 (1, 4)

 Ketchikan – 13 (2, 11)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is seven, and the cumulative number of deaths is three.



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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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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.  

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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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