EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Haulout, Other Item On Assembly Agenda

Sentinel Staff Writer

Besides voting on a boat haulout proposal, the Assembly at tonight’s special meeting will consider appointing a member to the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus advisory council.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall.

Garry White, executive director of the Sitka Economic Development Association, is chairman of the council and is recommending that the Assembly appoint one of their number as a liaison to the council.

At the last regular Assembly meeting, White warned that the University of Alaska Board of Regents might be considering closing one or more the UAS campuses as a cost cutting move.

“A Board of Regents committee posed the question of investigating whether UAS should be absorbed into UAF,” White said. “The board agreed that that should be investigated.”

The president at the time, James R. Johnsen, estimated some $15 million could be saved.

“With a $23 million budget (for UAS regionwide) it raised concerns about the Sitka campus closing,” White said. “They’re only going to investigate it,” he added.

Since making his presentation to the Assembly, White was approached by an Assembly member who suggested an Assembly liaison seat on the council.

White said the city administrator is already on the council but an Assembly member would certainly be welcome.

“The more people that can be informed and stand up for the campus the better,” he said.

White has been on the council for 12 years, and was elected chair in September.

“I’m in there because I believe the college has the ability to work with local employers to provide training so folks can come back and work in the community,” he said.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




August 2000

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.