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)

September 23, 2015 Community Happenings

Peter L. Corey

Dies at Age 75

Peter Linn Corey, former curator at Sheldon Jackson Museum, died Sunday, Sept. 20, at Sitka Community Hospital. He was 75.

An obituary will be published in the next few days.



Alzheimer’s is

Program Topic

The Alzheimer’s Association will host an education program ‘‘Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters’’ noon-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3 online as a webinar.

The warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. Those experiencing memory loss or behavioral changes are invited to learn the facts. Early detection provides a chance to begin drug therapy, enroll in clinical studies and plan for the future. 

To learn more and register, please call 1.800.272.3900 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Film Noir Club

To Screen Film

To kick off Banned Books Week, Kettleson Memorial Library’s Film Noir Club will screen the 1945 noir, “Scarlet Street” 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 26, at the library. When it was first released, the film was banned in three states.

Those who have yet to join the film club can register in person at the library, or call 747-8708. Registration is required. Refreshments will be provided.


Park Advisory

Board to Meet

The State Parks Advisory Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, at 601 Alice Loop Road. The public is invited to attend.


No School

The Sitka School District reminds the public that there will be no school for students on Sept. 25, 28 and 29 due to mandated training required by the State of Alaska, along with professional development for staff.

‘‘Although the district calendar is different this year, students continue to have the same amount of contact hours with teachers throughout the year,’’ the school district said.

Ventures is available for drop-in support. For more information about Ventures call 966-1317.


Silkscreen Class

To Begin at UAS

Associate professor of art Liz Zacher of UAS Sitka will teach a workshop on screenprinting techniques on four Saturdays in October and November.

Screenprinting, silkscreen, serigraphy are all terms for the printmaking arts which allow rich, intense colors to be printed on virtually any surface, including cloth, glass, pottery, metal, wood or paper. 

The four-session class is scheduled 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 17, 24, Nov. 7 and 14, to allow a free day on Oct. 31. “Sitkans take Halloween seriously,” Zacher said. 

Silkscreen as a printmaking technique can be applied to fine art prints, graphic and photographic experimentation. The course is an introduction to various stencil-making techniques; paper and cut stencils; and direct block out. The main emphasis is on photographic emulsion techniques using hand drawn acetates, photocopies, computer printouts and photographs. Instruction in emulsion procedures, ink mixing, registration and printing methods will be given.

The class can be taken as a one-credit course for $210 plus a $50 lab fee – which provides students with a silk screen that they can keep.

For more information contact UAS at 747-7700.


DV Awareness

Month Event

Set for Oct. 1

Sitkans Against Family Violence is coordinating a kick-off event for Domestic Violence Awareness Month  5 p.m. Oct. 1 at the Crescent Harbor shelter. 

‘‘Domestic Violence affects all of Sitka’s citizens – men, women, children and youths,’’ SAFV said. ‘‘It is an epidemic that can only be overcome if we all work together.’’ 

SAFV also said that between July 2014 and June 2015, it provided 4,455 bed nights to 160 women and 85 children. The Sitka Police Department received and responded to 128 domestic violence calls.

Speakers will be on hand at the event, and people can share their experiences. A display of flags symbolizing the latest shelter and SPD statistics will be set up on the Lincoln Street lawn closest the the Crescent Harbor shelter. 


White E Sale Set

The children’s store at the White Elephant Shop will have a half-price sale noon-3 p.m. on Thursday and Saturday.


Grief Support

Group to Begin

GriefShare, a weekly seminar and support group designed to help individuals rebuild their life after losing a loved one, meets noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Oct. 13-Jan. 5 at the Assembly of God Church, 214 Kimsham Street. Individuals can attend either group.

All people are invited to attend this Christian approach to dealing with grief.

No child care is available. Attendees can take their own meals as the meetings are at lunch and dinner times.   

GriefShare meetings feature videos of nationally recognized experts on grief recovery, workbooks for writing notes, and group discussion. For more information go to:   The registration fee is $15 for the workbook. Scholarships are available.

Call Mae Dunsing, 752-8716 for more information. To register, leave a message at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and give  name and telephone number, and which group attending – noon or 6 p.m.


Medicaid Eligibility

Talk On Thursday

SEARHC Outreach and Enrollment Manager Andrea Thomas will give a short presentation and answer questions about Medicaid eligibility at a presentation noon Thursday, Sept. 24, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

Gov. Bill Walker expanded Medicaid in Alaska on Sept. 1 to include single people making less than $20,328 and married couples who jointly make less than $27,492. Those between the ages of 19-64 fall within these income guidelines, and may qualify. Additional requirements include being a resident of Alaska or a legal immigrant who has resided in Alaska for more than five years.

There are three ways to apply for Medicaid: with a paper application, online at MyAlaska on ARIES, and through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Those who are covered by the Health Insurance Marketplace with income below the Medicaid guidelines, can update their Marketplace account and an application will be sent to Medicaid, a press release from SEARHC said.

“If you would like to know whether or not you qualify for Medicaid and how to apply, please come to the presentation,” Thomas said. “We are also available to provide free assistance to anyone wishing to apply.” 

For more information, call Andrea Thomas at 966-8883 or Haley Burkhart at 966-8662.


Greeters Sought for

Alaska Day Welcome

Alaska Day Festival organizers are enlisting greeters for duty leading up to Oct. 18. In 1860s costumes, greeters appear at the airport meeting Sitka visitors, in the parade, and at other activities, dispensing event schedules and commemorative buttons. 

Betty Conklin, 966-2281, invites women or men volunteers to contact her for help with costumes and scheduling possibilities.


Harp Sing Set

The 4th Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.

Beginners and listeners are welcome. Call 738-2089 with questions.


Deep Inlet Coho

Closes to Anglers;

Numbers Down

Deep Inlet will be closed to sport fishing for coho salmon beginning Thursday, Sept. 24.

No coho salmon caught may be removed from the water and must be released unharmed, immediately. The closure includes all waters of Deep Inlet south of a line defined as 56˚ 59.342’N. latitude, 135˚ 18.541’W. longitude. to 56˚ 59.07’N. latitude, 135˚ 18.555’W. longitude.

Coho salmon returning to Medvejie Hatchery are not expected to meet broodstock goals in 2015 due to expected harvest and marine survival. Fewer than 200 fish have returned to date while 2,720 are needed for broodstock. Deep Inlet is the backup broodstock source for Medvejie Hatchery. The closure is necessary to provide sufficient numbers of coho salmon to meet broodstock needs.

For further information, contact the Sitka ADF&G office.




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 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.