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)





December 9, 2015 Community Happenings


Nativity Display

Friday, Saturday 

The United Methodist Church will host its annual Silent Night nativity sets display 5:30-7:30 p.m. Friday and 4-6 p.m. Saturday.

More than 100 nativities will be on display. Many were donated by people in Sitka, and also by others who live elsewhere and heard about the event. The exhibit includes handmade sets  carved, ceramic and hand-painted.

A table of child-proof nativities will be available for children to touch. 

Those having sets they would like displayed can call the church at 747-8775, or drop them off on Wednesday or Thursday. Set up will be 5:30 p.m. Thursday. 


Tribal Council

Has 2 Vacancies

Sitka Tribe of Alaska is seeking Tribal citizens to fill two vacancies on the STA Tribal Council.

The appointments will serve until Nov. 30, 2017. Those interested in serving must send a letter of interest to Chairman Michael Baines, Tribal Council vacancy, 456 Katlian Street, Sitka AK 99835. Letters must be received at the STA offices by 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 14.


Storytelling Night

Listed for Dec. 15

The Island Institute and Artchange will host a night of live storytelling 7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15, at the Sheet’ka Kwan Naa Kahidi.

Alexander Allison, Skylar Wright, Blossom Twitchell, Tom Crane and others will share personal stories. The theme is “Kicking the Beehive: Stories of Stirring Up Trouble and Bursting Bubbles.” Local musicians will play between the acts. The suggested donation is $5. For more information, call 737-3794 or visit




Relay for Life

Meeting on Tap

The Sitka Relay for Life organizational meeting will be held 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 12, at the Hames Center.

Relay for Life is scheduled June 10-11 at Moller Field to raise funds for Sitka and Southeast residents who are fighting cancer.

Businesses, organizations and individuals are invited to form teams, help with advertising or help organize the event.


New ‘Kon-Tiki’

Film to Show

The 2013 feature film, ‘‘Kon-Tiki,’’ will be shown 4:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the downtown Coliseum. It tells about legendary Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl’s epic 1947 adventure across the South Pacific. 

The adventure movie was released in English in 2013 and is based on Heyerdahl’s true story. Featuring a cast of modern Norwegian actors, the film was nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Film category.

Sunday’s showing is a fund-raiser for Paths Across the Pacific IX. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for students. The movie lasts 96 minutes.

The next Paths international conference will be held in Sitka Aug. 17-21. A communitywide Beachcombers Fair will be held on Sunday, Aug. 21.

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the conference can sign up at the movie.


ANB/ANS Christmas

Dinner Meeting Set

The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood Holiday Dinner Committee will meet 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14, at the ANB Founders Hall to make plans for the annual community Christmas dinner.

All are welcome, especially those aspiring to be Mr. or Mrs. Claus. For information contact Kerry at 752-0654 or Joy at 752-0845.


Kaagwaantaan Meet

Sitka Kaagwaantaan will meet 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13, at Blatchley Middle School in Room 114, downstairs. Call Roby Littlefield, 738-4004, with questions.

The group will meet for story-telling, business and song practice.


Rep. Kreiss-Tomkins

Sets Office Hours

Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins will hold public office hours Friday, Dec. 11, at 8-9 a.m. at the Backdoor Cafe and 11 a.m.-noon at Highliner Coffee.

No appointment is necessary. Those you have questions or who can’t make it to office hours, can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the representative’s Sitka office at 747-4665.



Youth Orchestra

Registration On

Registration for the Sitka Youth Orchestra is available online through the Sitka Fine Arts Camp at

Interested parties may also register over the phone at 747-3085 or at the Fine Arts Camp office.

The orchestra is beginning its 15th season, and is under the direction of Jan Lovett. Rehearsals will be 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays in the Sitka High School music room, starting Jan. 9.

The goal of the organization is to provide a fun and educational introduction to playing in an orchestra. The group is open to musicians who meet the following requirements: string players must be in at least the fifth grade and reading music; and wind, brass and percussionists must have completed at least two years of music study.

The cost of this class is $50 and scholarships are available upon request. Rehearsals will run through March 6, with a final performance scheduled in the Performing Arts Center on March 7. Call Jan Lovett at 747-3653 for more information.



Christmas Dinner

Volunteers Sought

The Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and the Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will host the free community dinner at 2 p.m. on Christmas Day at the ANB Founders Hall.

‘‘You are invited to not only join the fun at the annual community Christmas dinner but to take the opportunity to be of service as well,’’ organizers said. 

Community members, church and youth groups, and family members are asked to volunteer an hour or more to pitch in. Volunteers can simply show up and organizers will match them with one the many tasks. Others can volunteer to bake a pie or roast one of the 20 turkeys that will be provided.

Tasks include staffing the beverage and dessert tables, serving meals, helping Santa with the many presents he’ll be giving kids in attendance and cleaning up. Volunteers can eat before the doors open at 1 p.m. Call ANB coordinator Kerry MacLane at 752-0654 or ANS coordinator Joy Wood at 752-0845 for more information.



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.