STEADY STREAM – With a sheet of glass separating them, poll worker Denise Blankenship, left, hands a ballot to voter Stan Schoening this afternoon at Harrigan Centennial Hall. Poll manager Jude Reis said so many people were taking advantage of the opportunity to cast an early vote in the municipal election that she had to request extra help. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Assembly Chooses Design for City Seal
23 Sep 2020 16:20

Sentinel Staff Writer SEARHC President and CEO Charles Clement reported to the A [ ... ]

September 23, 2020, Police Blotter
23 Sep 2020 16:20

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 22 Suspicious activ [ ... ]

September 23, 2020, Community Happenings
23 Sep 2020 16:20

Service Pending for Betty Jo Edenshaw Services are pending for Betty Jo Willett Edenshaw, 58. She  [ ... ]

Gov Denies Being Against Renewable Energy Ideas
23 Sep 2020 16:05

ANCHORAGE (AP) — While Alaska’s Republican governor continues promoting the oil industry underpi [ ... ]

Local Shop Tries to Handle a Run on Bikes
22 Sep 2020 15:55

Sentinel Staff Writer While business in general has been slowed by the pandemic,  [ ... ]

Sitka Haulout: It’s Back To the Drawing Board
22 Sep 2020 15:54

Sentinel Staff Writer The Gary Paxton Industrial Park board agreed Thursday that [ ... ]

Chamber Election Forum Shifts to All Online
22 Sep 2020 15:53

Sentinel Staff Writer The Chamber of Commerce has moved the municipal candidate  [ ... ]

Municipal Election Updates are Given
22 Sep 2020 15:53

Sitka’s municipal election is Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Centennial Hall. Eligible voters may choose to  [ ... ]

Sen. Sullivan Changes Stand on Picking Judges
22 Sep 2020 15:52

The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican fa [ ... ]

Some Absentee Ballots Name Wrong Candidate
22 Sep 2020 15:51

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections listed the wrong Democratic candidate on 135 abs [ ... ]

September 22, 2020, Community Happenings
22 Sep 2020 15:49

Frank Kimball Dies at Age 52 Frank Neil Kimball, the son of Shirley and Ken Kimball, died Monday a [ ... ]

September 22, 2020, Police Blotter
22 Sep 2020 15:48

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 21 At 10:25 a.m. a  [ ... ]

Sitkans Hold Vigil To Mourn for RBG
21 Sep 2020 16:29

Sentinel Staff Writer More than 100 Sitkans gathered in front of the courthouse S [ ... ]

Sitka Woman Dies After Fire in Her Home
21 Sep 2020 16:26

Sentinel Staff Writer A Sitka woman was pronounced dead early Saturday of injuri [ ... ]

Health Report, City Seal On Assembly’s Agenda
21 Sep 2020 16:23

By Sentinel Staff A new city seal design, commission appointments and a report from the Southeast A [ ... ]

3 More Sitka Residents Test Positive for COVID
21 Sep 2020 16:22

By Sentinel Staff Three new positive tests for COVID-19 were received from public health officials  [ ... ]

More, Hungrier Bears Hitting Juneau Garbage
21 Sep 2020 16:21

JUNEAU (AP) — A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for the [ ... ]

State Jobless Numbers Improve But Still High
21 Sep 2020 16:21

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska’s unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically [ ... ]

September 21, 2020, Police Blotter
21 Sep 2020 16:17

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 18 At 12:26 a.m. a  [ ... ]

September 21, 2020, Community Happenings
21 Sep 2020 16:17

Seminars Listed For Job Seekers Through UAS The UAS-Sitka Campus Title III Complete to Compete gr [ ... ]

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 [ ... ]

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-23-20)

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 2:40 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 56

Total statewide – 7,004

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 270.

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: Keith Gibson stands by his 15-foot-high turret made of stacked firewood and homemade Sitka spruce shakes at his home in the Gavan subdivision today.  He said it took two weeks to build .... The shakes were made from a 500-year-old tree which had blown down on his property.

September 1970

Alaska Airlines, coinciding with its Fall Schedule, will offer “Alaska-size leg room” to all passengers on all segments of Golden Samovar Jet Flights, Chief Executive Officer Charles P. Willis Jr. announced today.