CATCH OF THE DAY – Mason Allery, age 6, holds the first fish caught during the 2021 Kids Fishing Day Saturday on Swan Lake. Mason was given a prize and afterward successfully released his catch. The Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game hosted the event, which had to be canceled in 2020. To avoid gathering large groups of people together, this year prizes were handed out throughout the three-hour event. More than a hundred young fishers and their crew members turned out. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 



December 7, 2015 Community Happenings

Organist to Play at

Lutheran Church

Karen Bretz will play a one-hour concert of seasonal Advent music 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Dec. 10.

Bretz will play the historic 1844 Kessler organ at Sitka Lutheran Church. She is the organist at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Anchorage.

Advent is the church’s time of preparing for Christ’s birth. The concert will focus on this reflective theme and will include Advent hymns such as ‘‘O Come, O Come, Emmanuel’’ and ‘‘Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus.’’ Bretz will also play characteristic French Christmas pieces called ‘‘Noels.’’

Organ builder Martin Pasi, of Roy, Wash., will tune and adjust the organ Dec. 9. Pasi rebuilt the organ after it was severely damaged in a 1993 church fire.

The Kessler organ was manufactured in Estonia in 1844 and shipped to Sitka in 1846. It is a five-stop tracker organ with a single manual and no pedal board. It is likely the oldest existing pipe organ west of the Mississippi River. 

The free concert is open to the public. For more information, contact Bretz at 351-6591 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


ANS Called

Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 1 members are being asked to attend Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Sitka Police Department’s Town Hall meeting 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 8, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.

‘‘The ANS recently mediated a meeting with the SPD and had a very honest and courageous question and answer session regarding the recent tasering of a young man in Sitka,’’ ANS said. ‘‘The SPD was very informative and we are supportive of the effort of STA and the public to work together towards fair justice and equal civil rights for all.’’

ANS members will hold a short regular meeting after the Town Hall meeting, at the ANB Founders Hall. Agenda items will include Christmas holiday dinner update, 2016 strategic planning, advocacy, Elizabeth Peratrovich Day committee formation and consideration of creating an ANS culinary training academy.

For question call ANS secretary Stephanie at (646) 510-0696.


Drawing Listed for

Ride With Santa

Children wanting to ride with Santa on the fire truck during the Landlubbers Christmas Parade can sign up for a chance at 3:45 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20, at the giant candy cane float at the ANB Harbor parking lot. The parade is at 4 p.m.

One child’s name will be drawn. A parent or guardian must accompany the child in case the fire truck gets an emergency call.

For more information call Jim at 747-6201 or Linda at 747-6985.


All Invited to Make

Reindeer Ornaments

As part of At Saxan, Sheldon Jackson Museum’s family friendly and free third Saturday program, participants will make reindeer Christmas ornaments and learn about Sheldon Jackson’s introduction of reindeer to Alaska 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19.

The program is free and best for children ages 6-10. Participants should  wear clothing that can get paint on. For more information and to register a child for the free program, call 747-8981. 


Little League Sets

Board Elections

Sitka Little League will hold board elections for the 2016 season 6 p.m.  Thursday, Dec. 17, at Blatchley Middle School.

Those interested in helping with the upcoming season are invited to attend.




Holiday Dinner

Meeting TonightThe ANB/ANS Holiday Dinner Committee will meet 6 p.m. tonight, at the ANB Founders Hall to make plans for the annual Community Christmas Dinner.

Volunteers are needed for various tasks including shopping for and wrapping presents, decorating, staffing the dessert and beverage tables, serving, setup, cleanup and roasting turkeys, which are being provided.

For information call Kerry MacLane at 752-0654 or Joy Wood at  542-0845.


Seedling Farms

Lunch on Tap

Sitka Seedling Farms, a Health Summit initiative designed to meet Sitka’s food system needs in a comprehensive way, will be discussed noon-1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the Larkspur Cafe.

Sitka Seedling Farms, which is a finalist in the Paths to Prosperity economic development contest for Southeast Alaska, will work to solve space issues that have hampered local food production for years by exploring innovative land relationships to develop the resources Sitka’s food system needs to thrive, such as production space for food entrepreneurs, community greenhouses, food storage, processing facilities and more.

Interested Sitkans are invited to a discussion on this proposal, For more information contact Matthew Jackson at 907-821-1412 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Health Summit

Gathering at UAS

The Sitka Health Summit and City and Borough of Sitka’s Health Needs and Human Services Commission will hold a health and wellness networking and leadership development event Dec. 10 at UAS-Sitka Campus, Room 229.

The first of three post-planning day follow-ups will run 1-3 p.m. The first hour will be devoted to networking, learning about local coalitions and hearing updates from current health initiatives. From 2 to 3 p.m., the hands-on Leadership Feedback training will be offered and a module on measuring success will follow.

For more information, contact Lauren at 966-8797.






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 6-16-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 387 (339 resident; 48 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 Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,304 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,904 (66%)

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

Photo caption: Luke Nisbet holds up a “2005” sign at a rites of passage ceremony at Blatchley Middle School for the school’s 120 eighth-graders. It was the first ceremony to mark the “graduation” of eighth-graders from middle school.

June 1971

Two of the most controversial subjects to come before the city council in months are on tonight’s agenda. One would extend bar operating hours inside the city limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and the other would permit operation of coin amusement machines by persons under 18.