PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

June 11, 2019, Community Happenings

KCAW Names

Summer Intern

Nina Sparling is KCAW’s summer reporting intern. She’s a master’s candidate at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, where she’s studying radio and narrative writing. 

She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in 2014. Since then, she has worked a variety of odd jobs – everything from a cheesemonger in Brooklyn to an English teacher in Paris – to support herself while writing. 

Nina has covered stories that range from voting rights restoration in Alabama to indoor, vertical farming in New Jersey. This summer, she’s eager to hear from Sitkans about the issues and happenings that matter to them.


Earns Scholarship

Hannah Kimber of Sitka has been awarded an out-of-state tuition waiver to Missouri State University.

The university recently awarded scholarships to incoming students for the upcoming academic year.

Students were selected based on their ACT scores, GPA, standing in graduating class, and leadership shown in community and school activities.

She is the daughter of Mike and Charlotte Kimber of Sitka. She is a 2016 Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate.


Bach’s Lunch Set

For Music Festival

All are invited to take their lunch for a free all-ages concert presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival 12:15 p.m. June 6 at the Odess Theater on the SJ Campus.

The Bach’s Lunch program features Natasha Paremski performing Rachmaninoff and Matt Herzkowitz’s CD release. Festival details can be found at or 747-6774.


Be-Tweens Invited

To Sitka Library

Sitka Public Library invites Be-Tweens Summer Club members to participate in ‘‘A Sky Full of Stories’’ evening 6-7 p.m. Friday, June 14.

The club is a place for ages 11 to 13 years. The program will appeal to tweens craving independence and connection. Tweens of all abilities are welcome but registration is required.

The initiative is part of ‘‘A Universe of Stories!’’ Summer Library Program. For information, call the library at 747-8708 or visit the Library Teen Website.


Evening Summer

Music Concerts On

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present concerts on Friday and Saturday at Centennial Hall.

Pianist Matt Herskowitz will perform 7:30 p.m. Friday. Festival founder Paul Rosenthal and other guests will perform Shostakovich and Beethoven.

On Saturday, Natasha Paremski will perform one of Ravel’s Gaspard de lu nuit. William Walton’s Cello Concerto also will be featured. The concert is sponsored by White’s Incorporated.

Pre-concert conversations are at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books, online at, or at the door. 


Crab Feed Sunday

The Sitka Summer Music Festival will offer its annual Dungeness crab feast 3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, served under the Crescent Harbor shelter.

Tickets are available at Old Harbor Books or online. Call 747-6774 or visit for information.



SAFV Board Meets

The board of Sitkans Against Family Violence will meet 4:30 p.m. June 17 at the interim office, 601 Alice Loop, Room 109.

The meeting is open to the public. For information, call 747-3370. 


Emblem Meets

Sitka Emblem Club 142 will have its June business meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 13, at the Sitka Elks Lodge.



Wildlife Cruise

Benefits Nonprofit

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will host its annual July 4 history and wildlife cruise. Boarding will begin at 3:15 p.m. at Crescent Harbor, with departure at 3:45 p.m. The approximate return time is 6:15 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now at Adult tickets are $50, and age 12 and younger, $30.


For information contact 907-623-8054 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30, 2020, 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.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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 – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





May 2001

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.