LAST MAN OUT – Rob Emley is the last out of the water at Sandy Beach this afternoon. As many as nine surfers were riding storm-generated waves today during high tide. Continued high winds made for less-than-ideal conditions. Forecasts are calling for 40 mph gusts tonight. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

House Stops Work After Virus Appears
25 Feb 2021 15:15

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Alaska Works To Close Sale of Its Fast Ferrie
25 Feb 2021 15:14

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25 Feb 2021 15:14

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Brief: Wolves Fall to Falcons
25 Feb 2021 15:13

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February 25, 2021, Community Happenings
25 Feb 2021 15:13

Lifelong Resident Don Howard Dies Donald Arthur Howard, a lifelong resident of Sitka, died Wednesd [ ... ]

Assembly Holds Off On Bulk Water Deal
24 Feb 2021 16:10

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Icon Gil Truitt Again In Center of MEHS Action
24 Feb 2021 16:09

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New Wrangell Hospital Now Fully Operational
24 Feb 2021 16:07

By Caleb Vierkant
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Young Performers Learning Craft Offstage
24 Feb 2021 16:06

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Suspect In Dad’s Death Transferred
24 Feb 2021 16:04

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Alaska Expands Vaccine Use As More Arrives
24 Feb 2021 16:04

JUNEAU (AP) — The state is set to receive 60,760 first doses of COVID-19 vaccines for March and an [ ... ]

Alaska Gets First Case Of Brazil Virus Variant
24 Feb 2021 16:03

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Gov. Dunleavy Tests Positive For COVID
24 Feb 2021 16:03

JUNEAU (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, hi [ ... ]

Braves Beat Sitka Again, Honor Gil Truitt
24 Feb 2021 15:51

By GARLAND KENNEDY Sentinel Sports Editor For the third time this season, the Sitka High Wolves fe [ ... ]

February 24, 2021, Police Blotter
24 Feb 2021 15:50

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. February 23 An agency assist  [ ... ]

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24 Feb 2021 15:50

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23 Feb 2021 16:02

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February 23, 2021, Community Happenings
23 Feb 2021 16:02

Alaska Renters Get Offer   o Register for Aid Funds  laska renters impacted by COVID-19 may b [ ... ]

City Seeks Cruise Ship Restriction Waiver
23 Feb 2021 15:59

Sentinel Staff Writer The agenda for tonight’s Assembly meeting includes a res [ ... ]

New School Chief Has Priority Goals
23 Feb 2021 15:58

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Passengers Feel a Bolt As Jet Approaches Sitka
23 Feb 2021 15:57

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Board Makes Choice for Superintendent
22 Feb 2021 15:57

Sentinel Staff Writer After months of searching, the Sitka School Board voted una [ ... ]

Sitkan Injured in Attack Dies in Seattle Hospital
22 Feb 2021 15:55

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4 New Cases Don’t Raise ‘Low’ Level
22 Feb 2021 15:54

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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 2-25-21)

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 1:10 p.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 19

Total statewide – 55,886

Total (cumulative) deaths – 287

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,233

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. Wednesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 5

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

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

Cumulative recovered – 318

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




February 2001

If all goes according to plan, Sitka will have a daily fast ferry service to Juneau by the summer of 2003, Alaska Marine Highway System Director  George Capacci told the Sitka Chamber of Commerce Wednesday. The ferry would be based in Sitka and dedicated to the Sitka-Juneau run.

February 1971

Advertisement: New Archangel Books joins the Baranof Arts & Crafts Assoc. and the Beta Sigma Phi in Honoring Clint Potter on the Opening of His Art Show at the Centennial Building. There will be an Autograph Party. “Sitka Sketches” $9.95. Portfolio I & II $6.00 each.