SOMETHING TO SCREAM ABOUT – Tamy Stevenson hands an ice cream cone to a young customer Friday afternoon near Moller Field. Tamy and her husband, Greg Stevenson, opened their soft serve ice cream truck business, Sitka Swirls, on January 1. They have been open most Friday and Saturday evenings outside the ball field off Halibut Point Road. Updates about their hours are posted on the Sitka Swirls Facebook and Instagram pages. Kids pictured are, from left, McKenna Cropley, Maddox and Jack Dozier and Jacob Roy. (Sentinel Photo)

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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 3-8-21)

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 noon Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 91

Total statewide – 57,216

Total (cumulative) deaths – 301

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,258

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. Sunday.

Active cases in Sitka – 5

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 328 (294 resident; 34 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 323

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The City of Sitka posted the following update on vaccinations in Sitka as of March 8, 2021.

Partially vaccinated – 3,922

Fully vaccinated – 3,251

Total population (16+) –6,931

Sitka has fully vaccinated 1,029 (75.77%) of its senior population (1,358 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data are for the City and Borough of Sitka. The data are updated weekly on Sitka’s COVID-19 Dashboard at: 




March 2001

Winners have been listed in the Close Up Program fundraiser drawing. Elaine Strelow, Don Levine, Mary Ferguson, Renee Loree and Danielle Cassedy won $500 each; Donna Bezezekoff, Cras Colton and Bobbie Bird won $100 each; and Jean Blair, Gina Hirayama, Ann Crider and Kristy Coltharp won $50 each. Thirty-five eighth-graders will travel to Washington, D.C., in May.

March 1971

Mrs. Natasha Calvin Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Calvin, Sitka, has been graduated magna cum laude from Western Washington State College, Bellingham. She was one of only three to receive the honor.