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)

June 29, 2020, Police Blotter

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today:

June 26

Suspicious activity was reported in the 1700 block of HPR at 8:14 a.m.

A bear was reported on Galankin Island at 11:45 a.m.

At 11:47 a.m. a caller reported suspicious activity at the golf course.

At 1:34 p.m. criminal mischief was reported at Crescent Harbor.

A theft was reported on Andrews Street.

June 27

Trespassing was reported at apartments on Lance Drive at 2:52 a.m.

An assault was reported at apartments on Lance Drive at 2:54 a.m.

A civil dispute was reported on Georgeson Loop.

At 2:45 p.m. an assault was reported in the 2000 block of SMC.

A theft was reported at an apartment in the 4800 block of HPR.

At 9:28 p.m. a liquor law violation was reported at HP Rec.

June 28

At 9:52 a.m. a caller reported a bear in the 2100 block of HPR.

At 3:13 p.m. a caller reported suspicious activity in the 3300 block of HPR.

At 6:07 p.m. a bear was reported in the 2200 block of SMC.

At 10:13 p.m. fireworks were reported being set off in the 2400 block of SMC.

At 10:36 p.m. a bear was reported on Georgeson Loop.

June 29

A liquor law violation was reported on Rands Drive at 1:09 a.m.

Suspicious activity was reported in the 400 block of Lake Street at 2:19 a.m.


Sitka Police

Izaak Needham, 51, was charged with driving under the influence Friday.

David Skultka, 37, was charged Friday with violating a restraining order by Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

Shayne A. Sutherland, 29, was charged Saturday with criminal trespass.

Ellie Barker, 18, was charged Saturday with driving under the influence.

Hannah Mosher, 16, was charged with driving under the influence and cited for minor consuming.



Emergency Calls

Sitka Fire Department received five ambulance calls Saturday and three on Sunday.


One fire call came in Friday, two Saturday and one today, all of them false alarms. Steamy showers set off alarms in two of the calls, and burnt food in the others. No structural fires were logged.

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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.