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 16, 2016 Community Happenings

Lent Services

Set at St. Peter’s

St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church will offer a Holy Communion service 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays  throughout Lent (through March 23).

Stations of the Cross will be held on Fridays at noon during Lent.

All are welcome to attend. The church is at 611 Lincoln Street. For more information, call the church at 747-3977.


Science Saturday

Event at KGH

The community is invited to the Keet Gooshi Heen family science Saturday, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20.

Exhibitors include the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Maritime Refuge (Lazaria), Sitka Sound Science Center, University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Conservation Society, 4-H, the Alaska Raptor Center and Sitka National Historical Park. The U.S. Forest Service will provide a stream table to model watersheds.

All exhibits will be hands-on or make-and-take. Short family star shows are planned in Starlab – a portable planetarium – as well as hands-on science exhibits presented by the Sitka High National Honor Society.

More information is available from Rebecca Himschoot at 738 6744.


Voices of Tongass

Gathering Feb. 28

Those who care about the future of the Tongass, want to learn more about tiny homes, or how to promote local businesses are invited to join the staff and board of the Sitka Conservation Society for an evening with food, conversation and idea sharing.

The Voices of the Tongass Gathering will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28,  at the Sitka Kitch, in the Presbyterian Church, 505 Sawmill Creek Road. Sitkans are invited to bring their ideas about how to promote sustainable communities in Southeast Alaska.The annual meeting is free and open to the public. For more information call 747-7509 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Adult Mushball

Signups Listed

Thursday at 6 p.m. is the deadline to register for Community Schools adult coed superdraft mushball. 

Mushball is played with a 16-inch ball soft enough that gloves are optional.

The draft will be at the Pub at 6 p.m. Individuals can register at the Pub or online at The games will be on Moller Field Saturday, Feb 27. 

‘‘The tournament will be a hoot, and a great way to ease on in to the softball season,’’ Community Schools said.


Maritime Heritage

Society to Meet

Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will hold its annual meeting 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at the ANB Founders Hall.

A reception with an exhibit will be followed by a 7-9 p.m. program.

Those who have history of Katlian Street boatyards, maritime workers or ‘‘Katlian’’ life are invited to attend and/or share stories. Organizers said people should call in advance if they would like copies made of photos.

The event is open to the public. For more information go to, Facebook, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Rebecca at 747-3448 or Karen at 738-6999.




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.

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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.