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 24, 2015 Community Happenings





SF Symphony

Brass to Perform

The world-renowned San Francisco Symphony Brass Section and friends will perform 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, for the annual Holiday Brass Concert.

The 10-piece brass ensemble will fill the Sitka Performing Arts Center with the sounds of the holiday season playing a variety of classical and traditional music.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and are available at Old Harbor Books. For more information, call 747-3085.


Biotoxin Lab

Open House Set

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Resource Protection Department will host its open house and the grand opening of  the new biotoxin lab 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 30, in the RPD offices, 429 Katlian Street.

The public is invited to learn about the department’s programs and projects, including the recently established regional harmful algal bloom monitoring network and the associated biotoxin testing lab. 


Christmas Bazaar

Slated for Dec. 5

Alaska Native Sisterhood will host its annual Christmas Bazaar 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, and the ANB Founders Hall.

All are invited to attend. Many local artists will sell their Native artwork, jewelry, jams/jellies, afghans and more.

Memberships may be renewed and ANS welcomes all new members. For information call Helen at 747-3410 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Ramshackle Cabaret 

Seeks Volunteers

‘‘The Ramshackle Cabaret: Ace in the Hole’’ is seeking all manner of talented folk and volunteers for the upcoming 2016 show.

‘‘Not only are we curious about unique and provocative performers, we are also recruiting bartenders, stagehands, sound/lighting folks, security, and other creative, hard-working individuals,’’ organizers said. 

Those interested in sharing their skills to support a worthy cause and become part of the group can contact Teal Gordon at tealgordon@gmail.

Casting/crew call will be 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the Bayview Pub. 


SLFN Education

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee will hold a brainstorming session on education activities for the upcoming year 6:30-8 p.m.  Thursday, Dec. 3, at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street. Parking is off Spruce Street.

Experienced gardeners are especially needed to attend. The group will discuss organizing a Sitka Garden Club.

For more information, contact Jennifer Carter at 747-0520.


Hames Center

Open Thanksgiving

The Hames Center will be open 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 26, for Thanksgiving Day. 

Call 747-5080 or visit for more information.


Holiday Grind

Set for Dec. 12

The Sitka Monthly Grind announces the Holiday’s Grind to be held Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.

The philosophy of the Monthly Grind is affordable, non-political, and family entertainment. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Old Harbor Books. The cost is $5 for adults and $1 for children under 12. Those taking a plate of homemade dessert can have the price of their ticket refunded at the door.

Cups are encouraged to help reduce the trash. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show starts at 7 p.m. For more information call Jeff at 747-4821.


Work Party Set

On SJ Campus

The first fall Saturday volunteer work party on the SJ Campus is planned 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

Participants will meet at the Yaw Art building at 9 a.m., break for a hot lunch at noon, and continue until 3 p.m.

Tasks include cleaning out the Yaw art building attic, organizing costumes and props, and laying down a plywood attic floor. All are welcome to join at any time. Volunteers should wear warm clothes as work space is unheated.

Call Sitka Fine Arts Camp office 747-3085 with questions.  



4-H Hike Set

Members of 4-H and their families are invited to a hike 9-11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 27. Contact Mary at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if interested.


4-H Knitting On

A knitting class for 4-H members and their families is set 3:30-4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Knitting with Class. Contact Mary for more information about the knitting group at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


PFD Voter Ballot

Signatures Taken

Signatures are being collected to support the PFD voter ballot initiative, which would allow people to register to vote when they fill out their PFD application. 

Volunteers will be collecting signatures at Friday’s Art Walk downtown, at Saturday’s Christmas Bazaar at the SJ campus, and at Old Harbor Books during business hours this week. Contact Zoe at 207-807-4426 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.”


Science Center

Closure Noted

The Sitka Sound Science Center will be closed Nov. 25-27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

Sitka Sprouts was canceled for today.

‘‘If you’re thankful for SSSC, and want to share our aquarium with visiting family and friends, swing by to see us on Saturday, Nov. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.,’’ the center said.


Advent Mass

At St. Gregory’s

St. Gregory’s Parish will hold its annual Advent Mass 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Sweetland Hall on the SJ Campus. The community is invited.

The Mass will be followed by a community potluck. All are invited to take a dish to share.

Call Barbara DeLong, 738-0481, with questions.



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.

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– 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.