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 23, 2016 Community Happenings

Work Party on

SJ Campus Set

A Saturday volunteer work party is planned 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 27 on the SJ Campus. Participants will meet at the Yaw Art building. A hot lunch is served at noon.

Tasks include building shelves in the Yaw Art building attic, organizing costumes and props, and painting the hall. If the weather is nice, there is always yard work available. All are welcome to join at any time. Warm clothes are recommended as some of the work space is unheated.

Call Sitka Fine Arts Camp office at 747-3085 with questions. 




Sets ‘Sneak Peak’    

Baranof Elementary School will host a kindergarten “sneak peak” event 2-3 p.m. Monday, March 28, for preschools, daycare centers and incoming kindergartners with their parents.

During the sneak peak, attendees can visit different classrooms, talk with teachers, do a scavenger hunt to get to know the school, and meet other school personnel.

Children who will be in kindergarten next year are asked to visit during the sneak peak. Registration packets and Baranof parent handbooks will be available. Registration will be March 29, 30 and 31.


Artists Called

For Logo Entry

The City and Borough of Sitka is seeking designs for a new logo for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan.

The logo should showcase the unique character of Sitka. The CBS Planning Department site has more instruction. All entries must be submitted by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or handed in at the planning office by 5 p.m. March 11.

The Planning Commission will select the winning entry at the March 15 meeting. A $100 gift card will be awarded to the winner.


Book Fair Slated

At Baranof School

The Baranof Elementary Library Book Fair will be held 12:30-6 p.m. Feb. 29, March 1-3.

Proceeds benefit the library. Cash, checks and credit/debit cards are accepted. A raffle of display books and items is planned. 


Teen Advisory

Board at Library

The Teen Advisory Board at Kettleson Memorial Library will meet 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, at Sitka Public Library.

Teens 13 and older are invited to join the board. TAB members will share ideas about library programs, the teen area and lab and also about books.

Free books, snacks and pizza are included. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Teen Lab Set at

Public Library

The Teen Lab at Sitka Public Library is available to teens ages 14-18 from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and any time during the weekend hours.

A sound recording booth, iPads, Macs, cameras, a green screen, mobile ready-animator stations that allow for the creation of stop-motion animation videos and a maker cart are some of the resources available at the library.

Teens with a valid library card can reserve the Lab space at the library for up to three hours per day. The service is free and reservations can be made up to 45 days in advance for non-recurring sessions, and up to seven days in advance for recurring sessions. On-the-spot reservations are also possible if the space is not in use.

The Teen Lab has received support from the Sitka Alaska Permanent Charitable Trust. For more information, call the library at 747-8708.


Dementia Home

Safety Discussed

SAIL and Brave Heart Volunteers will host a presentation, ‘‘Home Safety for People with Dementia, Preserving Independence, Enhancing Safety and Reducing Agitation,’’ 10:30 a.m.-noon March 17.

The videoconference by Rosemary Bakker will be at Sitka Public Library.  Contact Dave at SAIL, 747-6859, for more information.



Seminar at UAS

UAS Sitka will be broadcasting seminars from UAF on topics in environmental and human health.

The next will be 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 29, in Room 106 on the UAS campus.

Anne-Lise Ducluzeau, SFOS and BLaST postdoctoral researcher, will speak on ‘‘Metabolism and Evolution of Quinones.’’ 

The public is invited to attend.


Parents, Teachers

Meet at Sitka High

Sitka High School parent-teacher conferences will be held Monday, Feb. 29, through Thursday, March 3.

School will not be in session on Friday, March 4.

The high school is scheduled to have an early release for students at 1:30 p.m. on Monday through Thursday. 

Conferences times are 2:30-6 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, and 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday.

Each day conferences will be held by teachers in their classrooms. Appointments for conferences on any of the four days can be made by contacting individual teachers. Call SHS at 747-3263 with questions.


Emblem Club Meets

Sitka Emblem Club will have a social meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Elks Lodge.


Career Event Set

Weds. at UAS-Sitka 

UAS-Sitka Campus will host a “Get Inspired. Get the Facts. Get the Money” event 3-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.  The community is invited.

Admissions representative Grace Lumba will answer questions about degree program offerings in Juneau, student housing options, financial aid and scholarship opportunities, career services, and study away programs.

PITAAS Director Ronalda Cadiente-Brown will discuss a scholarship program called Preparing Indigenous Teachers and Administrators for Alaskan Schools.

Cadiente-Brown is the executive director of PITAAS, which helps native Alaskans who wish to teach – providing money each year to help cover tuition and fees, books, room and board. PITAAS supports Alaska Native students who are studying for a bachelor’s degree in special or elementary education, a master’s of art in teaching (elementary, secondary, special education) or graduate certificates, endorsements and the master’s of education programs.

Earlier in the day, Cadiente-Brown and Lumba will visit Pacific High, Sitka High and Mt. Edgecumbe High.


AFS Seeking

Host Families

Sitka AFS is seeking host families for the 2016-17 school year.

AFS high school exchange students come from all over the world, attend Sitka High, and become a part of the host family.

This year’s students are from Tajikstan, Thailand, Germany and Paraguay. Local AFS volunteers provided orientation and support.

Those interested may call Connie Kreiss, 747-5387, or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call Julia Smith at 747-6333.


Electric Vehicle

Group to Meet

The Sitka Electric Vehicle Group will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Sitka Public Library.

‘‘EVs and Electric Use in Sitka’’ will be discussed. The public is invited.

For more information email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



e Sitka School Board will hold a budget work session in the district office board room at 6:00 p.m. on March 9, 2016. The board encourages community members to attend. 

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.