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 29, 2016 Community Happenings


SHS Seniors

Parents to Meet

Sitka High seniors’ parents will meet 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at Blatchley Middle School in the library.


Library Panel

Set to Meet

The Library Commission for the City and Borough of Sitka will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Sitka Public Library.

Anticipated agenda items include updates on the new library facility and its first month of operation; plans for the library grand opening and anniversary event on March 20; and 2017 budget preparation.

The public is welcome to attend. For further information, contact Robb Farmer at 747-8708 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .



Landslides Topic

Of Presentation

“Landslides in Sitka,” the next Natural History Seminar, will be Thursday, 7:30 p.m. March 3 at UAS-Sitka Campus, in Room 229.

U.S. Forest Service hydrologist K.K. Prussian and soil scientist Jacquie Foss will present information about how landslides happen, show photos of recent Sitka area slides and discuss research and resources that were developed in response to the Aug. 18 landslides.

Landslides are natural processes that shape Sitka and its surrounding environments – come hear more about how these land forming events occur.

Funding for the seminar series is provided by a grant to the Sitka Sound Science Center by the Sitka Permanent Charitable Trust in partnership with the University of Alaska Southeast. If you have questions, please contact Kitty LaBounty at 747-9432 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Kettleball Class

Listed March 1

Those interested in learning more about working out with kettlebells  can take a class 6-6:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning March 1 at the Hames Center, taught by Russian kettlebell instructor Jeremiah Jeske.

Sign up at Hames Center, or call 747-5080.


Music Celebration

Slated Wednesday

Sitka Fine Arts Camp faculty Karen and Brian Neal and the Sitka High band and choir will headline a celebration of SHS’s music community 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, at the Performing Arts Center.

The Neals, Sarah Martinson and high school choir and band will perform, and a collaborative performance of Metallica’s ‘‘Nothing Else Matters’’ is planned.

The free event is also a culmination of the Neals’ two-week classroom residency working with SHS’ band and choir.

For more information contact the Sitka Fine Arts Camp at 747-3085.





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.