SUMMER FLING – Erika Youngberg and one-year-old son Axel enjoy the light surf at Sandy Beach Saturday as temperatures climbed to 68 degrees under clear skies. The Youngbergs were among some 100 people sunbathing, splashing and swimming to deeper water before the weather turned to showers as was forecast for Sunday. (Sentinel Photo by Reber Stein)





November 17, 2015 Community Happenings


Alaska’s Budget

Topic of Forum

Island Institute, the governor’s office and Sitka Chamber of Commerce will host a presentation and question forum about Alaska’s budget crisis noon-2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi. 

Participants can learn more about the numbers, explore future scenarios with a budget game, and ask questions of elected representatives.

Those with questions can contact Annika at Island Institute, 747 3794 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


William Stortz

Gallery Dedicated

The City of Sitka and the Greater Sitka Arts Council invites the public to attend the dedication of the William Stortz Gallery at City Hall.

The brief ceremony will be 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, on the second floor of the city hall building.

The gallery will be used as a free exhibition space for Sitka’s artists and craftspeople, as well as an ongoing opportunity to view the photographic work of former city official Stortz. 

Light refreshments will follow the dedication ceremony and all are invited to attend. For more information call 747-5941.


Brave Heart Bowls

Event Set Dec. 7

Brave Heart Volunteers will hold its annual Brave Heart Bowls fundraising event 5:30-8 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the Odess Theatre in Allen Hall on the SJ Campus.

More than 50 homemade soups, desserts and breads will be available, along with a chance to purchase handmade ceramic bowls.

The evening will include a silent auction and live music. Tickets are on sale at Old Harbor Books or the Brave Heart Volunteers office for $15 in advance and $5 for children under 10 years of age. Tickets are $20 at the door.

All proceeds go to providing programs for Sitkans facing chronic illness, terminal illness, end-of-life and grief and bereavement. Call 747-4600 for more information.


Donations Sought

For Bowls Event

Brave Heart Volunteers is seeking donations of soup and silent auction items for the BHV Bowls event to be held 5:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7, at the Odess Theatre in Allen Hall on the SJ  Campus.

All proceeds go to providing programs for Sitkans facing chronic illness, terminal illness, end-of-life and grief and bereavement. Call 747-4600 to sign up or for more information. 


SCS Lists Hike

All Sitka Conservation Society members are invited to join SCS staff on a lunch break hike along the Cross Trail noon Friday, Nov. 20.

The group will meet at the Gavan Trailhead on Baranof Street at noon. For more information call 747-7509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Wearable Arts

Show Updated

The Greater Sitka Arts Council has released information for those who wish to participate in the 8th Wearable Art Show matinee and evening shows on March 26 at the Performing Arts Center. A dress rehearsal is planned March 25.

A new feature this year is that artists may request a color background, or slide, for their models while they are on stage. That information will be needed three weeks in advance of the show.

The application may be found at and is due Feb. 29. The official title of the show is Alaska Airlines Wearable Arts Runway Show presented by the Greater Sitka Arts Council.

Those with questions may call Jeff at 747-4821.


African Culture

Topic of Talk

Nigerian writer Samuel Kolawole will give a talk about African culture, history and literature 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at 304 Baranof Street.

Kolawole will also read one of his own stories. Kolawole is the International Writer in Residence at the Island Institute this month. 





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 6-21-21)

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 12:21 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 13

Total statewide – 68,112

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,602

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 5 p.m. Sunday.

Active cases in Sitka – 4

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 390 (341 resident; 49 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,340 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,967 (67%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 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:





June 2001

Sitka police and federal authorities are investigating a report three counterfeit $100 bills were passed at a Sitka jewelry store. “It’s difficult to solve it, if you don’t get a good description of them, especially if they are transient or tourists.” said SPD Lt. John Bocza.

June 1971

Photo caption: David Bruce, 10, caught this 64-pound king salmon Saturday fishing with his grandfather, Philip “Peewee” James near Olga Strait. The big fish was 46 inches long with a girth of 32 inches. David and his grandparents live at Mt. Edgecumbe.