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)

Gov Seeks Public Input On Native Tribal Schools

    ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska’s governor wants public input on an upcoming bill to set up a legal framework for Alaska Native tribal governments to operate K-12 schools, officials said.
    Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy plans to introduce the bill during the next legislative session, The Anchorage Daily News reported  Wednesday.
    Tribes would be asked to enter into agreements with the state called compacts to operate the schools, education officials said.
    The state education department plans to hold a series of community meetings this month and in early 2020 to hear Alaska residents’ comments and questions, officials said.
    “This is a new thing, and we want to make sure we’re going about it in a way that engages the public and our tribes,” said Joel Isaak, a tribal liaison for the education department.
    The schools would be open to all students and “offer a unique, culturally rich combination of Western and millennia-old tribal educational models,” the education department said.
    Dunleavy believes compacts with Alaska’s tribal governments could improve academics, such as helping students reach benchmarks in reading and math.
    “I think this is an opportunity to involve the tribes in the educational process of their tribal members,” he said.
    The compacts are not cost-saving measures, but rather an effort to improve academic outcomes from school attendance to dropout rates, education department Assistant Commissioner Niki Tshibaka said.
    Supporters hope the education system will improve if tribal governments are given the choice to have more control over schools.
    “This is as much about empowerment as it is about schooling,” said Sandra Kowalski, a state board of education member.
    The new model could mean more culturally relevant lessons and community involvement in classrooms, which could contribute to better student performance, advocates said.
    “I believe if our students see themselves in the educational system, and their values and their cultural beliefs are represented in their learning and their school, they have a better sense of achieving in life and our academic outcomes will also improve,” Kowalski said.   

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

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.