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 23, 2015 Community Happenings

Caramel Apple

Sale Saturday

The Blatchley Middle School jazz band will hold a caramel apple fundraiser 9 a.m. until sold out on Saturday, Nov. 28, at the Wells Fargo Bank lobby.

Choose milk or dark chocolate over homemade caramel apples with peppermint, butter toffee, mini M&Ms or pecans.

Apples are $10 each. Proceeds benefit the BMS Jazz band and music departments.

Those with questions may email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 738-9160.


Restorative Yoga

Class Set Nov. 28

Lisa Sadleir-Hart will teach a restorative yoga class at Yoga Union 3-5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28.

Email Lisa at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-5985 to register. Yoga Union is a nonprofit organization.



Dinner at ANB

The Alaska Native Brotherhood, Camp 1, and Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp 4, invite all to the community Thanksgiving dinner Nov. 26 at the ANB Founders Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. and dinner is at 2 p.m.

Those with a turkey, or wishing to donate a dessert, salad or Native food item can drop it off through the ANS kitchen door between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. on Wednesday, or starting 7 a.m. Thanksgiving morning. Beginning at 8 a.m. Wednesday, those who would like to volunteer to set up, food prep, or help with decorating the hall at 2 p.m., are welcome.

Any who are home or work bound,  call 752-0654, between 2 and 4:30 p.m. to have a dinner delivered Thanksgiving Day.

‘‘The generosity of many donors has made this dinner possible, and for that the ANB and ANS are grateful to them to host the community of Sitka, gathering for a Thanksgiving dinner,’’ organizers said.

For further information call Karen at 747-7803 or Kerry at 752-0654.


BECCC Raffle

Winners Told

The winners of the Betty Eliason Child Care Center National Children’s Day drawing are: Sue Doyle $1,000; Mary Magnuson $250; Nikki Martens $150; and Karen Iwamoto $100.

BECCC expressed its  appreciation to those who purchased tickets to raise money for playground improvements.


Chamber Plans

Annual Meeting

Sitka Chamber will hold its annual membership meeting and luncheon noon Wednesday at Westmark Sitka.

Executive Director Rachel Roy will present the year in review, Season’s End donation presentation, and annual membership meeting and board elections.

The meeting is open to the public.


Call Given for

Toys for Tots

A work party to prepare boxes and promotional signs for the Marine Corps League’s Toys for Tots campaign will be 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27, at the Gil Truitt Activity Center on the Mt. Edgecumbe High School campus.

Marines and others are asked to take boxes that can be decorated and distributed to local businesses and schools.

Volunteers need not be active members of the Marine Corps League to participate. Those wanting further information can contact MCL Commandant Nels Lawson at 7470-6903 or Bernie Gurule at 966-3202.


Sweatsgiving Set

At Hames Center 

The Hames Center will host its guilt-free Thanksgiving Day Sweatsgiving Workout event 9-10 a.m. Nov. 26.

The one-hour workout alternates between spinning and total body conditioning.

Go to to reserve a spot or call 747-5080.

Hames Center will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day.



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.