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 27, 2015 Community Happenings


Life Celebration Set

For Ryan Kauffman

A celebration of life for Ryan Frederick Kauffman will be held 4 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center. 

Ryan was born Aug. 11, 1977, and died in Sitka Nov. 22, 2015.

Hors d’oeuvres will follow. Additional details and information about helping with planning will be posted at


Park Board Meets

The State Parks Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Dec. 8 in Room 208 at 601 Alice Loop. The meeting is open to the public.


Tree-Lighting Set

On SJ Campus

All are invited to join the Sitka Fine Arts Camp and Sitka Summer Music Festival 6 p.m. Dec. 12 for the annual tree-lighting ceremony.

The event will be held on the SJ Campus lawn in front of Odess Theater, and will feature holiday lights, live music and seasonal refreshments.


Qualified Homebuyers

Sought for Program

Sitka Community Development Corporation has announced that it is looking for qualified homebuyers for its Sitka Community Land Trust  program.

Applications are available online at Prospective homebuyers are being reminded AHFC HomeChoice certification will be required. This is either a free eight-hour Home Buyer Education Class or it can be a home-study course if classes are not available. No classes currently are scheduled for Sitka. For more information call 1-800-459-2921. 

Homes will be built for local, limited-income households. They will be built to SCDC specifications with contractor funding or through the buyer’s construction loan. In cases where there are more than one qualified buyer, being longer on the list is an advantage. For more information about the CLT program, call 747-2860.


Holiday Brass

Concert Dec. 19

The annual Holiday Brass Concert will be held 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.

World-class brass players from all over the country perform a diverse mix of music.

Tickets are $25 general and $20 for students and seniors, and are available now at Old Harbor Books. 


Harp Sing Set

The Fifth Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Singing is set 3:30-5 p.m. Nov. 29 at the Pioneers Home Chapel. The group will be singing from the Cooper Book and the Christmas Harp. Beginners and listeners are being encouraged to attend. Call 738-2089 for more information.


Chamber Board

Elections Held

The Greater Sitka Chamber of Commerce held board elections at its Wednesday meeting.

Elected to the board are: Suzan Hess, Baranof Island Brewing Company, one-year term; Ptarmica McConnell, Shee Atika Inc., one-year term; Ashley Eisenbeisz, Russell’s, two-year term; Chris McGraw, Halibut Point Marine, two-year term; John O’Brien, ALPS Federal Credit Union, two-year term; Mandy Odenheimer, Alaska Airlines, two-year term; and new board member  Travis Vaughan, Baranof Realty, two-year term.

Upcoming December luncheons are scheduled to include: Thursday, Dec. 3, ‘‘Future of Alaska’s Economy’’ with Pat Pitney, Alaska’s budget director,  and State Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins on the panel; Dec. 9, Doug Osborne, ‘‘7 Health Initiatives in Sitka’’; Dec. 16,  Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins, pre-legislative session update.

The Holiday Lights Contest will have a special award of $1,000 for the Most Spirited Residence, sponsored by Baranof Realty. 



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.

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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.