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 18, 2015 Community Happenings

Dog Classes Offered

University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, will offer puppy kindergarten classes 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 13-Feb. 17.

Classes are for puppies up to age 6 months. Susan Royce and Karen Royce teach basic good manners appropriate for each age level using only positive training methods. Cost for each class is $100. Call 747-7700 for more details or register online at 


Christmas Dinner

Meeting Dec. 22

The final ANB/ANS Holiday Dinner Committee meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the ANB Founders Hall to make final plans for the annual free community Christmas dinner.

Volunteers are being asked to let the coordinators know that they have an hour or more to volunteer. They will be assigned a task when they come to the hall.

Ten turkeys need people to roast them (turkeys are provided). For information contact Kerry MacLane at 752-0654 or Joy Wood at 752-0845.


City Offers Many

Volunteer Positions

Volunteer positions are available on several municipal boards and commissions, including Hospital Board, Animal Hearing Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Investment Committee, Parks and Recreation Committee, Police and Fire Commission, Tree and Landscape Committee, Port and Harbors Commission, Local Emergency Planning Committee, Library Commission, Health Needs and Human Services Commission, and Gary Paxton Industrial Park Board of Directors. 

Those interested may submit a letter of interest and board application to the municipal clerk’s office at 100 Lincoln Street. Applications are available online at or at the municipal clerk’s office. For further information, call Melissa, 747-1826.


Cold-Water Safety

Training for Educators

The Alaska Marine Safety Education Association will offer its Cold-Water Safety and Survival Training for Educators online starting Jan. 11.

The 14-week course is offered through the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. Two 593 continuing education credits may be awarded upon completion.

The course teaches the content youth educators need to teach children and young adults to play and work safely around cold water. Topics covered include, cold-water safety and survival, hypothermia, personal flotation devices, ice safety and rescue, and risk assessment.

The course is built around AMSEA’s activity-based K-12 curriculum, Surviving Outdoor Adventures. Materials are presented through computer-based activities, as well as interaction with fellow students and the instructor in online forums. Students will get ready-to-use lesson plan and templates for age-appropriate lessons. The course costs $655 for tuition, books and fees.

This is the fifth year that AMSEA will offer training to educators online. Interested educators may register at or call 747-3287.


4-H Winter Wonders

Week Dec. 28-31

Those wanting a winter break activity are invited to join 4-H Alaska Way of Life for Winter Wonders Week, Dec. 28-31. Each day, from 9:30 to 11 a.m., is a different winter-related activity.

Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 747-7509 for more details. 



Pioneers Change

Meeting Venue

A regular meeting of Igloos 22 and 12 of the Pioneers of Alaska will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Sitka Pioneers Home on Barracks Street. Members should note the new meeting location.

Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., and a short business meeting follows. Pioneers of Alaska members and friends are welcome.


White E Shop Sets

Holiday Hours

Saturday, Dec. 19, noon-3 p.m., and Monday, Dec. 21, 6-8 p.m. will be the last two chances for shopping at the White Elephant Shop before Christmas.

The shop will be closed on Thursday, Christmas Eve day, and Saturday Dec. 26. The store will reopen 6-8 p.m. on Dec. 28.



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.