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)

New Director Arrives At UAS Sitka Campus

By Sentinel Staff

The new director for the University of Alaska Southeast’s Sitka Campus began work this week.

Paul Kraft, who was dean of students and enrollment management at UAS from 2001 to 2006, returned to campus Tuesday. He replaces Math Trafton, who’s served as interim director since the departure of Leslie Gordon in December. 

Kraft will be the campus’ chief executive officer, responsible for strategic planning and budget management, instructional activities, facilities management, and day-to-day operations. 

He will report to UAS Provost Karen Carey. 

Paul Kraft. (Photo provided)

Kraft will work with university leaders at the Juneau and Ketchikan campuses, and will collaborate with the Sitka Campus Advisory Council. In addition, Kraft will join campus directors across Alaska as part of the UA Community Campus Directors Council.

More information about the Sitka campus can be found at uas.alaska.edu/sitka.

Kraft came to UAS from Lamar Community College in Colorado, where he was director of the My Advancement Plan Center. He has previously served in student services leadership positions at Treasure Valley Community College in Oregon, Western Colorado Community College, and the University of New Mexico.

Kraft earned his doctorate of education degree in adult and higher education administration from Montana State University, Bozeman. He also holds a master of science degree in counseling and guidance from Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and a bachelor of science degree in sociology.

“I’m very pleased to welcome Dr. Kraft back to UAS,” said Chancellor Rick Caulfield. “He brings a strong focus on adult and community education, which is an important part of our UAS mission.”

UAS Provost Carey also praised Kraft. “He has a wealth of experience and will serve Sitka well,” she said.

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August 5, 2020

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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.