HONORED – Crew members pose with Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore, commander, Coast Guard 17th District, after being presented Air Medals at Air Station Sitka, May 7. The aircrew received medals in recognition of the heroic actions taken to save the life of a fisherman adrift at sea Nov. 1, 2020. The Air Medal is awarded to individuals serving with the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement in aerial flight. Pictured are, from left, Brian McLaughlin, Justin Neal, Jon Orthman, Grant Roberts, Jimmy Schwader and Moore (Photo provided by U.S. Coast Guard)

Work Session Set On Hospital Sale Proposals

Sentinel Staff Writer

    The Assembly will continue discussions Thursday on the request for proposals to sell the former Sitka Community Hospital buildings and properties.
    No Assembly action will be taken at the work session, the city said. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall and is open to the public.
    SEARHC last October had approached the city about buying the properties at 209 Moller Drive, 202 and 204 Brady Street and 302 Gavan Street. In December the Assembly directed the city administrator to initiate sale proceedings for the properties.
    Two public hearings have been held on whether to sell the properties. SEARHC currently leases the properties, and is providing rehabilitation services, outpatient care and long-term care at the old hospital building and SEARHC Mountainside Family Clinic.
    In considering the matter, the city also solicited public comments in a survey which drew 221 responses online and in writing. Of those who responded, 52 percent were in favor, 28 percent opposed and 20 percent were unsure. Members of the public also weighed in on uses for the property and needs in the community in the survey and the public meetings.
    The Assembly reviewed a draft RFP, and gave direction to return at a future work session to modify some of the content.
    City Administrator John Leach said today that the appraiser anticipates having the appraisal report ready by the end of the week.
    The session agenda doesn’t include a “persons to be heard” item. Mayor Steven Eisenbeisz said work sessions typically don’t take public comment but there is an opportunity for the Assembly to “suspend the rules” to allow for it.
    City Administrator John Leach in an April 26 memo to Assembly members recommended they review previous town hall comments, survey results, and draft RFP.
    “Staff is requesting general guidance on changes necessary to the RFP or to the overall process (timeline, voting, etc.),” Leach wrote. “Staff will use the guidance from this work session to include in a final RFP copy to present to the Assembly for approval at the May 11, 2021, regular meeting.”
    Kevin Mosher said he received the packet - including the draft RFP - for the Tuesday work session  and has started reviewing it. He said he has no suggestions for changes to the RFP at this time, and looks forward to a thorough review.


August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-11-21)

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 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 58

Total statewide – 66,407

Total (cumulative) deaths – 345

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,519

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. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 6

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 369 (323 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 362

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 Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,894 (70.43%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,502 (64.79%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,243 (84.1%) 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: https://bit.ly/3apStpb





May 2001

Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to staff its information desks. Those interested in meeting thousands of visitors from all over the world are invited to contact Sandy or Michelle at SCVB.

May 1971

Sitka Police: Lorna Ann Sollars was cited for passing a stop sign. Gary Kuhnle was cited for passing a stop sign. Thomas Allen Sanford was cited for having an out-of-state license for more than 90 days.