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)

october 8, 2015 Community Happenings

Photo Retakes at

Baranof Elementary

Baranof Elementary School photo  retakes will be the morning of Wednesday, Oct. 21.

Also, students who were absent on the original picture day will have them taken. Parents wanting to order pictures, should return the order form with payment to the child’s teacher by Oct. 21.

Pictures with problems, such as fuzzy, off-centered or eyes closed, should be returned in the original packet by Oct. 21 to request retakes.

Call Campus Photography at 877-789-7486 with questions..


Twig Furniture

Workshop on Tap

A workshop is being offered to those wanting to learn how to make their own chairs, footstools, beds and other items with alder, poplar and spruce.

A $100 pre-registration payment is required, with a minimum of 10 participants by Oct. 31. All supplies are provided except participants will need to take hammer, handsaw, tape measure and pruners.

The workshop is sponsored by the Greater Sitka Arts Council and will be 5:30-9 p.m. Nov. 9 and 10 in Yaw Room 101.

For more information contact Sarah at 738-5234 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Meeting on Tap

Sitka’s Human Services Transportation Advisory Committee will meet 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at Sitka Tribe of Alaska, 456 Katlian Street.

Agenda items include a review and setting priorities for applications for human services transportation projects. The public is invited. Teleconference access available. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Oct. 13 for access codes. For more information, call Gerry Hope 747-5910 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Pumpkin Patch

Benefit Oct. 10

The 3 to 5 Preschool will present its third annual Pumpkin Patch Fundraiser 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, on the SJ Campus.

Admission includes pumpkin races, harvest-themed games for young children, a hay ride and sing-along, face painting, photo booth, craft projects, and mini pumpkins for kids.

Also available are larger pumpkins with a percentage of sales benefiting 3 to 5 Preschool. The event will include fry bread, walk-away tacos, a bake sale and more.

The cost is $5 per person or $20 for a family of four or more.

The event is sponsored by AC Lakeside.


Evangelist Paulose

To Speak Oct. 15

Billy Graham Paulose will present 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 15,  at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. All are invited to attend.

Paulose has been serving the people in India since 1979 through Body of Christ Ministries. He and his family live on Rameswaram, a small island at the southern tip of India, and provide an extensive school for children whose families cannot afford their education. The majority of the 1,500 students come from Muslim and Hindu families.

‘‘Hear the miracle of India from one who lives it and also works with lepers and mentally ill people who are brought to and abandoned by their families in Rameswaram,’’ organizers said. ‘‘They are loving some of the lowliest and most needy on our planet.’’

Call Dug Jensen, Calvary Chapel Sitka, at 747-5454 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.


Open Sewing

Session Saturday

    Ocean Wave Quilters sponsors free open sewing sessions the first Saturday after each monthly meeting for anyone wishing to work on sewing projects.

    The next session is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, October 10, at Church of Christ.

    Ironing boards,  irons and extension cords are provided and attendees are invited to participate in potluck lunches.

    For more information, call Megan Pasternak at 738-2290.


Aerobic, Strength

Training on Tap

Those who want to learn how to properly use strength training cardio equipment and seeking guidance in getting fit and sign up for ‘‘aerobic and strength training 101’’ 5-7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Hames Center.

Alicia Haseltine, PT, DPT, and Jessica Pyatt, PT, DPT, OCS, from Sitka Physical Therapy will teach how to  safely and efficiently use weight machines and cardio equipment, and design a workout plan. The cost is $5 per member or $13 for nonmembers. For registration and more information, visit or call 747-5080.


New Archangel

Dancers Perform

The New Archangel Dancers will  open the weeklong events for Alaska Day with a performance extravaganza celebrating Sitka through Russian Dance 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12, at the Performing Arts Center.

The “big show” performance is a season-culminating event that highlights new and graduating dancers, and includes special dance performances not seen during its summer season. Tickets are $5. Proceeds go to the Alaska Day Committee. 

All are welcome and invited.



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.