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 28, 2015 Community Happenings

Trap Shooting

Back in Action

The Sitka Sportsman’s Association’s trap machine has been repaired and is back in operation at the indoor shooting range, 5211 Halibut Point Road. 

The public is invited to trap and skeet shooting on Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.


New Hours at

Starrigavan Rec

The Starrigavan Recreation area will begin winter operations on Oct. 1. All gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m., Wednesday through Saturday.

Gates will remain closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. Gates may be closed at any time because of the accumulation of snow or ice on roadways.

Gate hours will affect access to the artesian well, campground, Starrigavan Creek cabin and the Mosquito Cove trailhead. Walk-in traffic is permitted when gates are closed. Motorists are asked to refrain from blocking gates when parking. Call the Sitka Ranger District at 747-6671 with questions.


Hospital Adds

Speech Therapy

To its Services

SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital has added speech and language services in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Those services include help with feeding and swallowing issues, stroke rehabilitation, and other speech and language disorders.

To provide these therapies, SEARHC has contracted the services of Suzan Hess, MS, CCC-SLP. Hess earned both her bachelor of science and master of science in speech and language pathology from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas.

She has a special interest in early intervention, child development, infant-child mental health, swallowing disorders and stroke rehabilitation.

Hess has worked as a speech and language pathologist in the Sitka area since 2000 and will be available at the Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital campus on an as-needed basis. Patients who receive a referral from their primary care provider can make appointments through the SEARHC physical therapy department.



Offered Free

In observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital will offer free screening mammograms every Wednesday throughout October.

“Cost should not prevent a woman from getting cancer screening,” said Martha Pearson, SEARHC Health Promotion Director. “Here is a chance for everyone to encourage a woman they love to take care of her health.”

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death (after lung cancer) among Alaskan women. Regular screening can often find breast cancer early when treatments are most likely to be successful and increases the chances of long-term survival.

All Sitka residents are eligible to receive this free breast cancer screening. SEARHC is encouraging women to take advantage of this opportunity.

For more information, to see if this screening is right for you, or to schedule a free screening mammogram, Sitkans can call Loretta Coleman, RN at 966-8782.



Book Reading Set

Former commercial fisherman Dean Adams will read from his book “Four Thousand Hooks” (University of Washington Press), 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, at Old Harbor Books, 201 Lincoln Street.


Library Board

Meets Oct. 7

The City and Borough of Sitka’s Library Commission will meet 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 7, on the second floor of the Kettleson Library’s temporary location at 831 Lincoln Street.

Probable agenda items include a report from the Library History Committee; a discussion of statewide library employee compensation; recent and upcoming library programming; and an update on the library expansion project. The public is invited to attend. For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


 Books Sought for

Alaska Day Sale

The Friends of Kettleson Memorial Library is accepting book donations for its Alaska Day Book Sale, scheduled for 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, on the second floor of the library’s temporary home at 831 Lincoln Street.

Donations may be made to the library until Thursday, Oct. 15.

Types of books needed are: recently published; gently used; collectible; local interest; and/or Alaskana. Since the library will be limited in what donations it can accept before returning to the newly renovated building next year, this is an opportunity to make book donations normally made at the end of the tax year, the group said.

Volunteers willing to help with the sale are also needed. For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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.