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 24, 2015 Community Happenings

Nazarene Church

Lists Services

Sitka Church of the Nazarene will have a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service 5 p.m. tonight. Come join us for an evenign of Christmas carols and special music at 305 Lake Street. 


Insurance Signup

Assistance Given

Open enrollment through the Affordable Care Act Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 1, 2015, and continues through Jan. 31.

To help community members navigate the process, SEARHC Outreach and Enrollment Manager Andrea Thomas will offer a presentation noon-1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec., 30,  at Kettleson Memorial Library.

The presentation will focus on affordable health care coverage available through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Attendees can find out about eligibility, who qualifies for lower-cost coverage, pitfalls to avoid, and how to enroll. Thomas will also discuss Medicaid eligibility and how to apply.

“Please come to the presentation if you have questions about applying for insurance on the Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicaid,” Thomas, said. “We are trained to help you navigate the process of getting covered and how to avoid common Marketplace problems.” 

SEARHC is a Certified Application Counselor agency offering free assistance to all Southeast residents. Call 966-8883 or 966-8662 for more information.


SAIL Benefit Drive

In Full Swing

Through Jan. 15, First Bank will match donations made to the Sitka Southeast Alaska Independent Living program.

Donations may be dropped off in the SAIL box at the bank. For more information contact Dave Nuetzel, Sitka program director, at 747-6859.



Sitkans Invited 

To Meet Designer

The Sitka History Museum will host three ‘‘meet the exhibit designer’’ sessions noon Dec. 29 and 30, and 3 p.m. Dec. 30.

The museum is beginning work on the design for its new permanent exhibit, scheduled to open spring 2017. The public is invited to participate in the creation of the exhibit by sharing their content and design ideas.

Those wishing to meet the designer and contribute ideas may R.S.V.P. to museum curator Kristy Griffin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling 747-6455.


Kettleson Library

Announces Hours

Kettleson Memorial Library has posted reduced hours for the holidays and move preparation beginning today.

Hour changes will be as follow: closed Dec. 25; 1-6 p.m. Dec. 26-27; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 28-31.

Beginning Jan. 1, the library will be closed to the public until completion of the move to its newly expanded building. The move is expected to take place during January, and Sitkans are being invited to assist. Those who can  help with the move are asked to contact 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to be placed on the volunteer list.


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: What I want for Christmas is a Orbeez suthing foot spa with new waterfall and a Orbeez soothing chair and a musage bed with a little face hole in the end. Merry Christmas Santa. Love, Eve Estes


Dear Santa: Can I please have a Robo Dog? And a Elsa and Anna Doll. Can you please bring Miss May some cheese! Your friend, Ema Love


Dear Santa: I wud lic Chubby puppy. a bacpac and a luchbox. Love, Bailey Skan


Dear Santa: I would like a suitcase and a cubby puppy for Christmas. Thank you. Love, Madison Skan


Dear Santa: I love u. I would like a humongous nutcracker and a camera. I been a good girl. How do you get to all the houses in one night? Wren Flowers, 5


Dear Santa: How do you make all those presents? I want for Christmas is a field microscope a plasma ball and a BBSC  24 liter Speedo swim bag. Have fun delivering those presents! Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Love, Olivia Skan


Dear Santa: My name is Chelsea McGraw. I be a very good girl today. I get no more time outs. I help mommy with my baby sissy and I give her toys. Can I please have some presents? I want a blue car, a dark blue bear, a star, food for my kitchen and dishes, doll clothes and a horsie. My sissy wants a binki. When you come ot my home, you can eat some cookies. Sincerely, Chelsea McGraw. P.S. Can I have a elephant light for my room?


Dear Santa: I would like a Lego set, toy boat, a little fishing pole, a water bottle and a skateboard. This is my brother Asher’s first Christmas. Can you get him a stacking toy? If you look on the back there is a present for you. Love, Aiden



Free Taxi Rides


Hank’s Cabs is offering free rides on Thursday, Dec. 24, and Friday, Dec. 25. Call 747-8888.

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.