SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Anchorage Police Still Cite Minors for Having Tobacco

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage Police Department has continued issuing citations to minors for possession of tobacco and vaping products despite a new ordinance ending the penalty, officials said.
    The Anchorage Assembly passed an ordinance in July called Tobacco 21 to help reduce teen smoking, The Anchorage Daily News reported.
    The ordinance included a change that went into effect Aug. 20 to stop issuing citations to minors in possession of tobacco and vaping products.
    Anchorage police have not followed the intent of the city’s legislative body and have instead relied on state code to continue penalizing minors in possession, officials said.
    Officers issued 23 citations for minors in possession of tobacco or vaping products between Aug. 29 and Oct. 30, department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said.
    Prior to the assembly’s decision, police usually used state code anyway. From Jan. 1 to July 1, officers wrote 44 citations under the state code and two under municipal code, Oistad said.
    Assemblywoman Suzanne LaFrance was surprised by the police action.
    “I definitely need to go to APD to understand that perspective, because that’s not what my intent, the intent of Tobacco 21, is. It’s deliberately not punitive toward young people,” said LaFrance, who co-sponsored the ordinance with assembly members John Weddleton and Austin Quinn-Davidson.
    Tobacco 21, which officials said was modeled after national policy created by health organizations, passed in a unanimous assembly vote.
    The assembly initially considered increasing the possession penalty, but research showed that approach to be ineffective. The members voted to increase the penalty for selling to minors, LaFrance said.
    “Removing the section that had to do with minors in possession was very deliberate,” LaFrance said.

August 5, 2020

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Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-21-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.