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)

February 3, 2016 Community Happenings

Woman’s Club

Meets Saturday

Sitka Woman’s Club will meet at noon Saturday, Feb. 6, at The Pub.

Those with questions may call president Robin Shull at 747-0559.


Pioneers to Meet

Sitka Pioneers of Alaska will meet Thursday, Feb. 4, at the United Methodist Church on Kimsham Street. Social hour begins at 5:30 p.m., a potluck dinner at 6 p.m., and the business/program are at 6:30.

Members and guests will share bits of humor and inspiration on the ‘‘Love’’ theme.

For more information or transportation help, contact Elaine at 747-3469. 


YAS Board

Meets Feb. 11

Youth Advocates of Sitka’s board of directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at YAS’s 805 Lincoln Street office.

The meeting is open to the public. The board is accepting letters of interest for a new board member. 

‘‘If you would like to join a team of professionals working together to support the mental health of Alaska’s youths and their families, or if you would like to learn more, please contact Annette at 747-2910,’’ YAS said.


Sitka T&H Council

To Pick Delegates

The Sitka Tlingit and Haida Community Council will hold a nomination meeting for delegates to the Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska 1-3 p.m. Feb. 5 at the Monastery Street Senior commons area, 414 Hollywood Way.

Nominees must provide a signed Declaration of Intent to Serve and be a tribally-enrolled citizen of Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska.

All Tribal citizens are invited to attend. For more information, contact Rose Demmert, local election official, 738-5450,  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Social Security

Presentation Set

Edward Jones financial advisors Steve Dalquist and Nic Lewis will host a free presentation titled ‘‘Social Security: Your Questions Answered’’ 6 p.m.  Feb. 17 at UAS-Sitka Campus in Room 106.

It is free, but space is limited. To make a reservation, call Kim Rice at 747-1001.


Sitka Skippers 

Raffle Slated

Raffle tickets are on sale to raise money for the Sitka Skippers.

Prizes are: first prize, $1,000 in Sea Mart gift cards; second prize, two-hour cruise for six with Davey Lubin; third, 100 gallons of fuel from Petro Marine; and fourth, $100 gift card from Murray Pacific.

Tickets are $10 and will be sold at Sea Mart: noon-6 p.m. Feb. 6; noon-3 p.m. Feb. 20; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12.

The drawing will be 2 p.m. March 13 at Sea Mart. Tickets also are available from Skippers and parents, or by calling 747-5702. Winner need not be present to win.

For more information contact EJ Treadway, 966-1946 days or 747-5702, evenings.


Meeting to Discuss

Sewer Improvements

A public meeting will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 11, at Allen Hall on the SJ Campus upstairs in the Del Shirley Room to present and discuss limited sanitary sewer improvements to Jeff Davis Street between Sawmill Creek Road and Lincoln Street.

Construction is tentatively planned  this summer. The project will impact all existing water, roadways, sidewalks, driveways, walkways, curbs and gutters within the project limits, as well as four sewer services. 

All residents and business owners in the project area are being encouraged to attend.


Jazz After Hours

Events Feb. 5-6

The Sitka Jazz Festival will host Jazz After Hours events at The Pub following the Friday and Saturday concerts.

Music will be performed by local and visiting jazz musicians. A $10 suggested donation will support the Sitka Jazz Fest. 

‘‘The concerts will end early this year, so plan to enjoy the rest of the evening with the musicians,’’ jazz festival organizers said.    


SHS Seniors’

Parents to Meet

A senior class of 2016 parent meeting is planned 7 p.m. Feb. 10 at the Blatchley Middle School library.


4-H Climbing

Set Wednesdays

4-H Climbing will be offered 4-5 Wednesdays beginning Feb. 17 at the Hames Center for grades 6-8.

Space is limited in the four-week series. Contact Mary Wood to register at 747-7509 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Kaagwaantaan Meet

Sitka Kaagwaantaan will meet 1 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at Blatchley Middle School. This is a time change.

The group is planning for Celebration and the fall ceremonies. Kaagwaantaans should attend if they are interested in participating in either event. For more information call Roby at 738-4004.


Fish and Game

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet 6 p.m. Feb. 17 at Sitka Sound Science Center.

Agenda items will be elections, Board of Game statewide proposals, and other items. For more information call John Murray at 738-6212.


Women’s Book

Group Gathers

The Women’s Book Group will discuss ‘‘Nine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women’’ by Geraldine Brooks at the Pioneers Home Chapel 7 p.m. Feb. 9.

Women are invited to participate. Those with questions can call Dorothy at 747-3412.



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.

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– 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.