PERFECT WEATHER – Surfers assess the waves at Sandy Beach this morning. Waves were between 14- and 20-feet today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Sitkans Urged to Join Fight to Control Virus
24 Nov 2020 15:36

Sentinel Staff Writer The state Public Health Nurse’s office is asking the pub [ ... ]

Bear Numbers Drop But Trash Still a Draw
24 Nov 2020 15:35

Sentinel Staff Writer A few bears, including an orphaned cub, remain active aroun [ ... ]

Sitka Vocalist a National Finalist
24 Nov 2020 15:34

Sentinel Staff Writer Sitka High School junior Mina Brooks-Schmidt hit a high no [ ... ]

November 24, 2020, Community Happenings
24 Nov 2020 15:34

Orders Taken For Thanksgiving Takeout Dinner on Wednesday The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alask [ ... ]

November 24, 2020, Police Blotter
24 Nov 2020 15:34

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 23 At 12:01 a.m. a c [ ... ]

State Loses Ruling On Kake Subsistence Hunt
24 Nov 2020 15:33

JUNEAU (AP) — A judge has ruled that the federal government was correct in allowing a southeast Al [ ... ]

Raven to Make Mark on Postage Stamp
23 Nov 2020 16:02

Sentinel Staff Writer A depiction of Raven freeing the sun, stars and moon will a [ ... ]

Assembly to Consider Emergency Virus Issue
23 Nov 2020 16:01

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly at its Tuesday meeting will consider an emerg [ ... ]

Sitka’s COVID Cases Climb to 4.71 Per Day
23 Nov 2020 16:01

By Sentinel Staff Sitka logged 11 more positive COVID-19 test results Friday through Sunday, the ci [ ... ]

Sitka Legacy Foundation Issues $26K in Grants
23 Nov 2020 16:00

/strong>Sentinel Staff Writer The Sitka Legacy Foundation has announced $26,000 in grants  [ ... ]

Sitkans Feel 4.3 Quake
23 Nov 2020 16:00

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November 23, 2020, Police Blotter
23 Nov 2020 16:00

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 20 At 12:27 a.m. a bear was reported [ ... ]

November 23, 2020, Community Happenings
23 Nov 2020 15:59

ORCA Suspends In-Person Programming Southeast Alaska Independent Living’s Outdoor Recreation an [ ... ]

Sitkan Remembered As Teacher Week Marked
20 Nov 2020 15:48

  /strong> Patty Bickar This week is American Education Week, and local members of the teachers group De [ ... ]

November 20, 2020, Police Blotter
20 Nov 2020 15:41

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 19 A civil dispute w [ ... ]

Assembly to Assess Sale of Old Hospital
20 Nov 2020 15:39

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly will hold a special meeting Dec. 1 to provide [ ... ]

Local Students Stand Out At Virtual DDF Events
20 Nov 2020 15:39

  br/> Mt. Edgecumbe High School students Cash Arrington and Hayden Raasch, at right, debate virtuall [ ... ]

Holst: Schools to Stay Online Until It’s Safe
20 Nov 2020 15:39

Sentinel Staff Writer Most local schools will continue teaching online through at [ ... ]

November 20, 2020, Community Happenings
20 Nov 2020 15:35

Zoom Series Presented at SJ Museum The Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum will host a winter Zoom  [ ... ]

Sitka’s Virus Toll Rises; Hames Center to Close
20 Nov 2020 15:34

Sentinel Staff Writer A number of new positive test results for COVID-19 were ad [ ... ]

Lt. Gov. Seeking Audit of Votes on Ballot Measure
20 Nov 2020 15:33

The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Republican Lt. Gov. Kevin Meyer said he  [ ... ]

Anchorage Mayor Says No New Mandates Now
20 Nov 2020 15:32

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The acting mayor of Anchorage said there will be no new mandates related to the c [ ... ]

Sitka Virus Toll Rises: 10 cases in 2 Days
19 Nov 2020 15:48

By Sentinel Staff Sitka saw another big bump in its COVID-19 positive test results with a total of  [ ... ]

Issue on Galankin Island Affects Electricity in To...
19 Nov 2020 15:48

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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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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-24-20)

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 12:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 578

Total statewide – 27,669

Total (cumulative) deaths – 115

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 619

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 29

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 176 (155 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 147 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




November 2000

Photo caption: A painting by the late Dr. Walt Massey hangs on the wall of the Pioneers Home dining room,. bringing smiles from home administrator Julie Smith and Massey’s son Brian and daughter-in-law Amy, the home’s dietary manager. The painting of early-day Sitka was done in 1971, the year Dr. Massey, an optometrist and artist, died. It originally hung in the Canoe Club and was given by the restaurant’s owner, Frank Richards, to local historian Joe Ashby, who gave it to the Pioneers Home.

November 1970

Photo  caption: Sitka High School band director James Hope receives a check for $2,000 from American Legion Post 13 Commander Carroll Kohler. The Legion had voted to contribute $1,000 for uniforms and the Auxiliary voted to match that amount. The check was presented at the Legion’s Veterans Day banquet.