PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

December 17, 2015 Community Happenings

Mariner’s CPR,

First Aid Taught

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will conduct a first aid and CPR workshop designed for commercial fishermen and other mariners in Sitka 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8, at the NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road.

Instructor Eric Van Cise will cover CPR and automatic external defibrillators; treatment of choking; medical emergencies; trauma; environmental hazards; patient assessment; medical communications; drowning and hypothermia; and common fishing injuries.  Attendees will receive a U.S. Coast Guard-accepted, two-year certificate issued by the American Safety and Health Institute.

The cost for the workshop is $95.  Register online at or call 747-3287.



Drill Conductor

Workshop Set

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer a 10-hour fishing vessel drill conductor workshop in Sitka 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Jan. 6 and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 7.

The workshop will be conducted at the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road. Commercial fishermen and other mariners gain hands-on training with marine safety equipment and learn best practices for surviving emergencies at sea.

It will cover cold-water survival skills; EPIRBs, flares and maydays; man-overboard recovery and firefighting; immersion suits and PFDs, helicopter rescue, life rafts, abandon ship procedures, and emergency drills. 

Drill conductor workshops meet the training requirements for documented commercial fishing vessels operating beyond the federal boundary line. The workshop is offered to commercial fishermen at no cost, with support from the U.S. Coast Guard, the Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development, and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. The cost is $175 for all others.

For more information or to register, contact AMSEA at 747-3287 or


Assembly of God

To Present Play

Sitka Assembly of God will present the Christmas play “The Loaned Manger,” 6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20.

‘‘Bring the family and enjoy a western twist to the Christmas story,’’ the church said.


Holiday Sale at

Science Center

Sitka Sound Science Center will have a holiday gift sale 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19, at 834 Lincoln Street.

Coffee mugs, clothing, memberships and other items will be for sale.

Contact Kristina for more information at 747-8878, extension 1. 


Girls on the Run

Coaches Sought

Girls on the Run is seeking coaches for the eighth season of its after-school empowerment program for girls in third through fifth grades. It starts in February.

Coaches make connections with girls based on empowerment and respect and inspire them to learn, dream, live and run, organizers said.

Those who have coached before are asked to apply at New coaches can apply at  Contact Lauren at 747-3370 or visit for more information.


Lutheran Church

Sets Holiday Events

Sitka Lutheran Church has set its holiday schedule of worship.

For more information, call the church at 747-3338.

Tonight, the sanctuary will be open for Blue Christmas, a time and place to be contemplative in a busy season. It is open to the public 5-7 p.m.

On Thursday, Dec. 24, the family Christmas Eve candlelight service will be held at 7 p.m.

Christmas Day worship will be 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 25, at the Pioneers Home Chapel. It is jointly held with St. Peter’s and the United Methodist churches.

Lessons and carols of Christmas worship will be 10:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 27.


 Mountain Goat

Area is Closed

The Sitka District Ranger, under authority from the Federal Subsistence Board, is taking action to close the Mt. Furuhelm/Mt. Ada zone to the harvest of mountain goats 11:59 p.m., Friday, Dec. 18. It will remain closed through the season, Dec. 31.

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has issued a concurrent closure in the same zone. The remainder of Baranof Island will remain open for goat hunting unless closed by past or future special action.

A map and description of the closed areas are available from the Sitka Ranger District Office and the Sitka area office of ADF&G. Information on Federal subsistence management special actions for the Tongass National Forest can be found at For additional information, call Subsistence Biologist Justin Koller at 907-747-4297 or e-mail him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



On Honor Roll

Sitka High graduate Soren T. White, a senior in biohealth sciences, was named to the scholastic honor roll fall term at Oregon State University, Corvallis.

Honor roll students earn a 3.5 grade point average to be placed on the honor roll while carrying at least 12 graded hours of course work.

Soren is the son of Trish and Dirk White.


Community Response

Counseling Offered

Sitka Counseling, along with partners Youth Advocates of Sitka and SEARHC, remind the community of an option for getting a counseling session during the holiday season.

Those who are feeling sad and remembering the August landslide can talk to a counselor.

Call Lauren Silva at 747-3636 and mention ‘‘Community Response Counseling’’ for an appointment. 



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: My name is Miles. What’s your name? Please give me a Christmas tree, Santa. And a bicycle. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas! Safe travels! Love, Miles Nelson Guggenheim, age 2


Dere Santa: I wud like if you wud bring Bay and Tay a bike! Thank you Satu! Love, Bristol


Spring Yoga

Classes at UAS

Yoga classes are scheduled noon-1 p.m. Mondays starting Jan. 11 at UAS-Sitka Campus. The class also includes two workshops. Teachers are Jasmine and Kari.

Call 738-9494 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.

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 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

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 Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) 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:





May 2001

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.