FOOD LINE – A long line of cars on Lincoln Street, which at times stretched to the Harbor Drive intersection, wait to pick up free boxes of food on the SJ campus this morning. Sitka Conservation Society and Sysco Corporation administered the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program today, handing out 12,000 pounds of fresh produce, precooked meats and other items. So many people turned out for the distribution that supplies ran out about an hour before the advertised end. Organizer Chandler O’Connell with SCS said that next week’s distribution will be at a different time and location in order to avoid traffic congestion. Information on time and location will be posted on the Sitka Mutual Aid Facebook page. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Statue, Face Masks On Assembly Agenda

By Sentinel Staff

CARES Act allocations, a resolution requiring face coverings in various public locations, and the future of the Baranof statue will be taken up by the Assembly at its regular meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at Harrigan Centennial Hall. A full meeting agenda appears in today’s Sentinel, Page 4.

Two agenda items are related to the statue. 

One is a resolution to relocate the statue from in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall to inside the Sitka History Museum. Kevin Knox and Steven Eisenbeisz are co-sponsors of the resolution.

The second is a proposed ordinance sponsored by Valorie Nelson and Kevin Mosher that would place an advisory question about the statue on the October municipal election ballot. The ordinance, which will be up for first reading Tuesday, would ask the voters: “Should the City and Borough of Sitka remove the statue of Alexander Baranov from its current location in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall? Yes or No.”

The mask and face covering resolution ordinance was co-sponsored by Knox and Thor Christianson. If it passes, face coverings or masks would be required in indoor public settings or communal spaces outside the home, including retail spaces and grocery stores, childcare centers, and bars and restaurants (except while eating and drinking). The list of exceptions is also extensive, and includes children under 2, and those with physical or mental health conditions.

The Assembly also will consider five ordinances related to the city’s $14 million in CARES Act funds for various purposes, including grants for businesses, nonprofits and new city projects.

The Assembly will consider several appointments and reappointments to city commissions.

The meeting is open to the public and remote access is available through the city website.



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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 10-27-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 378

Total statewide – 13,742

Total (cumulative) deaths – 70

Active cases in Sitka – 13 (10 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 62 (49 resident; 13 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 400.

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. 




October 2000

Photo caption: Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 cookbook committee members Helena Wolff, Marta Ryman, Jean Frank and Margaret Gross-Hope stand behind a shipment of cookbooks, “Best Ever Recipes.” Proceeds from sales will go to the ANS and ANB scholarship funds.

October 1970

Alaska Day weather was cold – in the 30s and 40s – but spirits were high. ... At the Baranof Ball Mr. and Mrs. Pete Karras won first prize in Native costumes. Period costume winners  were Mr. and Mrs.  Bob Marlow, Suzie French and Mr. and Mrs. Kurt Korthals. Jim Johnson, Alaska Airlines, presented the trip prize to Mr. and Mrs. Lewie Rucka.