Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s office building on the corner of  Siginaka Way and Katlian Street is pictured Tuesday. The building’s HVAC system was replaced using Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Alaska Native corporations are also eligible for CARES Act funding. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

January 30, 2020, Community Happenings

Alaska Trollers

Set Port Meeting

Alaska Trollers Association will hold a port meeting 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at the NSRAA building, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

ATA Executive Director Amy Daughtery, ADF&G troll biologists Grant Hagerman and Mike Vaughn, Northern Treaty Rep. Deborah Lyons, ATA President Matt Donohoe and Sitka ATA board members Jim Moore, Matt Lauri and Tad Fujioka will attend.

Topics include the upcoming troll season, Board of Fish suggested proposals, treaty mitigation threatened WFC NOAA lawsuit to stop all S.E. Alaska chinook harvest, proposed killer whale and humpback whale critizl habitats, NSRAA report on regional economic impacts of the 2019 treaty.


Black History

Series at Library

Sitka Public Library will host a series of film screenings in observance of Black History Month throughout February.

The first will be a screening of ‘‘Harriet’’ (PG-13, 2019) 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 8.

‘‘Selma’’ (PG-13, 2014) will be shown 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. Both showings are free and open to the public. Snacks will be served. For more information, call 747-4025.



Foods Group Sets

Meeting, Potluck

The Sitka Local Foods Network will host its annual meeting and potluck dinner 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the See House behind St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

Participants are to take a dish featuring local foods and their own utensils. It is a non-alcoholic event. 

Attendees will hear about project updates, and the current board will vote on by-law changes. New board members will be introduced, and election of our officers will be confirmed. The board has openings and volunteers are needed. Those wanting more information should attend, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Sitka Kitch

Benefit Set

A fundraising buffet dinner and silent auction for the Sitka Kitch is 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Beak Restaurant.

The event will feature a variety of vegetarian Indian dishes cooked by Beak chef/owner Renée Jakaitis Trafton and her crew. A silent auction, door prizes and games are planned. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the silent auction closes at 7:30 p.m.

Seating is limited. The cost is $40 per person, and the registration deadline is 11:30 p.m. March 16. All proceeds benefit the Sitka Kitch community rental commercial kitchen, which provides cooking and food preservation classes to residents. It also provides kitchen rentals on a limited basis for food businesses.

To register, go to, and click on the event title.


Sitkan Nominated

To Service Academy

Alaska Congressman Don Young announced his official list of Alaskan students nominated for appointment to a United States Service Academy for the Class of 2024.

Malin Marius has been nominated to the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland.

Earning a nomination does not guarantee an academy appointment. Final nominations will be made by the respective service academies in the coming months, a press release from Young said.


SOS: Lifeline

Group to Meet

Sitka Outreach and Support (SOS): Lifeline group will meet 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at St. Peter’s See House.

The group addresses the needs of people experiencing poverty and/or homelessness. For information, contact Julia Smith at 738-6336, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Film Series

Continues at

National Park

Sitka National Historical Park will continue its winter film series featuring films from national park units through March. Films run about 30 minutes and are shown at 1 p.m. at the park visitor center.

The schedule for the next few weeks is as follows:  

Feb. 1 – ‘‘Enduring Legacy: Four Generations of the Adams Family’’ from Adams National Historical Park in Massachusetts. Adams NHP preserves the lives and stories of four generations of the (John) Adams family and their contributions to the history and development of the United States. The film includes information about the life and accomplishments a family whose public service included serving as presidents, lawyers, ministers, first ladies, soldiers, writers and historians.

Feb. 8 – ‘‘Never Lose Sight of Freedom’’ (encore presentation). The 25-minute film gives viewers an opportunity to revisit this memorable and inspiring event by watching historic footage and hearing excerpts from oral histories of those who marched. It is the introductory film for Selma-to-Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, an NPS site that preserves the places and stories of the five-day, 54-mile march that is part of the history of efforts by racial and ethnic minorities to gain the right to vote.

A short clip featuring news footage of the march and Martin Luther King’s address given on the steps of the capitol at the conclusion of the march will also be shown. 

Feb. 15 – ‘‘Orientation Film’’ from Roosevelt Campobello International Park. The site preserves the summer home of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt on the southern tip of Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Canada, across the international border from Lubec, Maine. As one of only a few international sites in the NPS system, it is jointly administered, staffed and funded by the peoples of Canada and the United States. The 4.25-square-mile area includes an indoor museum and an outdoor nature park.

For information about the film series, contact the park visitor center at 747-0110. Learn more about the parks featured in the films at


Noow Tlein

Dancers Meet

Noow Tlein Dancers will meet and hold practice 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at Blatchley Middle School in Roby Littlefield’s room.

For information contact Lillian Young at 752-0867.


Girls on the Run

Ready for Signups

The spring season of Girls on the Run is open for registration.

The after-school program for girls in third through fifth grades ‘‘inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running,’’ Sitkans Against Family Violence, organizers of the event, said in a press release.


To register, visit or pick up an application from the front office at Keet Gooshi Heen. Contact Emma at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions.


VHF Outages

Update Given

The U.S. Coast Guard has experienced various VHF outages in Southeast and Southcentral Alaska and wants to keep the public notified.

As of Jan. 29, sites that the U.S. Coast Guard is unable to receive VHF communications are: Duke Island, Sukkwan Island, Cape Fanshaw, Duffield, Althorp Peak, Deception Hills, Robert Baron, Pigot Point, Bede Mountain, Raspberry Island and Cape Gull.  

‘‘Extra caution is advised in areas of Northern Shelikof Strait, Southern Cook Inlet, and portions of Southeast Alaska,’’ the Coast Guard said in a press release today. ‘‘Repairs are ongoing, but due to extreme weather and remote locations, intermittent outages are expected to continue in various locations in both Southeast and Southcentral Alaska. Mariners are reminded that due to mountainous terrain, and limited VHF coverage, even with fully operational VHF sites, the USCG cannot hear VHF calls in all areas, and mariners should have secondary means on communications onboard at all times, file a float plan with a trusted person, and carry safety equipment onboard in the event you are in a survival situation.’’

To reach the U.S. Coast Guard in emergencies call Sector Juneau Command Center at 907-463-2980; Sector Anchorage Command Center at 907-428-4100; or the 17th District command center at 907-463-2000.


Charts showing the locations of VHF tower sites in Alaska can be seen at the USCG’s Navigation Center’s website, The Coast Guard said the charts are a little outdated, and thus do not show an additional VHF site at Valdez.  


Sitka Kitch Sets

Benefit Event

Sitka Kitch will host a vegetarian Indian food buffet fundraiser and silent auction 5:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at Beak Restaurant.


Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the silent auction closes at 7:30 p.m. Seating is limited. The cost is $40, with proceeds going to the Sitka Kitch to promote new classes.

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.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-21)

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 11:27 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 323

Total statewide – 72,584

Total (cumulative) deaths – 385

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,738

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 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 123

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 37

Cumulative Sitka cases – 873 (797 resident; 76 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 748

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

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

Partially vaccinated – 5,682 (77%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,242 (71%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 79 percent 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:





August 2001

The Assembly agreed Thursday to place ballot questions on cell phone usage, downtown traffic lights and a fire hall before the voters in the Oct. 2 municipal election. Assembly members emphasized the election results would be used as a rough guide, not a mandate, on policy issues.

August 1971

Sitka student Phillip R. Wyman is among new admissions for the fall at Washington State University.