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 14, 2015 Community Happenings


Group to Meet

The Community Playground action group will meet 6-7:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 14,  at the Sitka Community Hospital classroom.

Building an accessible, attractive and sustainable community playground was selected as a top goal at the 2015 Sitka Health Summit.



Story Time Set

Old Harbor Books will host a free kids story time 10:30 a.m. Dec. 15 at  201 Lincoln Street.


Spin Classes Set

At Hames Center

The Hames Center currently offers 16 spin classes each week.

Cindy also will offer a Jingle Spin Ride  1-2 p.m. Christmas Day. The  full spin schedule is at or call 747-5080.

Hames Center Sets

Parent Power Hour

Parents wanting to fit in a workout who have a little one at home are invited to Parent Power Hour 8:15-10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Hames Center.

Hames personnel will entertain the kids while parents work out.

Visit or call 747-5080 for more information.


Writers Workshop

Slated Dec. 19

The 49 Writers Workshop and the Island Institute will host a writing workshop led by poet Caroline Goodwin 9 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Dec. 19.

The workshop, “List and Litany,” will provide writing prompts designed to spark ideas, help participants identify patterns in their writing, and guide them in developing a piece of writing using lists.

The workshop is $45 for members and $55 for non-members of 49 Writers or the Island Institute. Participants will have the opportunity to send a piece of writing to the instructor via snail mail for a brief written response. 

Goodwin was born and raised in Anchorage and moved to California from Sitka in 1999 to attend Stanford as a Wallace Stegner fellow in poetry. She is currently serving as the first Poet Laureate of San Mateo County, California, and teaching in the MFA writing program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. 

Registration is at For more information, contact Erin Hollowell at (907) 491-1001 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Letters to Santa

Letters posted here will be forwarded to Santa Claus at the North Pole. Letters may be dropped off at the Sentinel office or at Sitka True Value to be printed in the newspaper and placed here.


Dear Santa: Here’s an additional letter from Pacific Learning Center. Others were published in Friday’s Sentinel:


Dear Santa: Christmas Santa, I want red mittens, Frosty the Snowman and a carrot and coal eyes for Frosty. Bring a present for Gramma please, she wants a blue present.  Love, Malaya


Kaagwaantaans Meet

The community is invited to participate in a traditional Tlingit event to welcome the return of the sun 6 p.m. Dec. 21 at Pioneer Park, by Sea Mart.

A fire will be built. Participants are asked to take a potluck dish. The event will include traditional singing and visiting with relatives and friends.

The event is sponsored by Sitka Kaagwaantaan. 



PEAK Program

Open for Break

The PEAK Program will be open for students on winter break 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, Dec. 21-23 and Dec. 28-30.

The PEAK Program is open to children ages 5 to 12, who live in Sitka or are visiting. Students will engage in a variety of educational lessons that promote STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) activities.

Students must provide a daily sack lunch, two pocket snacks and warm clothes. 

Registration paperwork can be emailed or picked up at the PEAK Program. Full-time and part-time rates are available.

Contact Karla Horner Raffaele at 747-6224 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for additional 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.

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 6-16-21)

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.