READY TO ASSIST – Baranof Island Housing Authority staff members are pictured in the lobby of the Katlian Street office this morning. BIHA is helping administer a rent and utility assistance program with Alaska Housing Finance Corp. Sitkans with a household income of less than $71,280 may be eligible for up to a year of rent or utility assistance. The deadline to apply is March 5. From left are Cliff Richter, Denise Salter, Joy Klushkan, Charlene Hoffay, Melanie Barker and Mary Ann Nells. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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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 2-26-21)

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 3:25 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 102

Total statewide – 55,989

Total (cumulative) deaths – 287

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,238

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.Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 4

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 323 (290 resident; 33 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 319

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




February 2001

Sitka Trail Works has announced that six weeks into its fundraising effort it has raised over $10,000. “We knew there were trail lovers out there, but I didn’t think we’d see such a strong early response,” Charles Horan, Sitka Trail Works president, said. “This is a great way to get things rolling toward our $25,000 goal.”

February 1971

Photo caption: Valerie Beacom and Rhonda Hames, members of the Order of Rainbow for Girls, get badges ready for a door-to-door heart fund drive Sunday. All members of the Sitka Assembly No. 12 will participate in the drive. Rainbow Mothers will assist with the counting of funds and providing transportation.