SMOOTH SAILING – A troller cruises across Sitka Sound during a hazy sunset Friday evening. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 13, 2020, Police Blotter

Police Blotter

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


July 10

At 6:03 a.m. a disturbance was reported on Naomi Kanosh Lane.

A threatening incident on Cascade Street was logged at 8:51 a.m.

A noise complaint was filed at a downtown bar at 7:34 p.m.

A drunkenness report at a downtown bar was filed at 8:19 p.m.

An ordinance violation was reported on Kaagwaantaan Street at 9 p.m.


July 11

A domestic problem was reported on Andrews Street at 3:23 a.m.

At 3:48 a.m. a caller reported a bear on Katherine Benson Drive.

A report of harassment at a downtown store was logged at 1:40 p.m.

A domestic problem was reported at a downtown hotel at 8:58 p.m.

July 12

Suspicious activity was reported at Cascade Convenience Center at 1:38 a.m.

A bear was reported at 700 Park Street at 3:43 a.m.

Suspicious activity was reported at a downtown hotel at 2:53 p.m.

A disturbance was reported at McDonald’s at 3 p.m.

A domestic problem was reported at Granite Creek Road at 4:56 p.m.

July 13

At 1:32 a.m. an assault was reported on Andrew P. Hope Street.

At 2 a.m. a bear was reported  on Jarvis Street.


Sitka Police

John Borglund, 45, was charged Friday with violating conditions of release, resisting arrest, and unlawful contact in the second degree.


Emergency Calls


Sitka Fire Department received ambulance calls at 12:05 p.m., 2:22 p.m. and 6:19 p.m. Friday; 3:29 a.m., 3:19 p.m., 4:06 p.m., 7:10 p.m. and 7:39 p.m. Saturday; 8:24 a.m., 1:34 p.m., 5:57 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Sunday; and 7:04 a.m. today.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-20)

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 12:30 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 59

Total statewide – 3,394

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (12 resident; 5 non-resident) *

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

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 136.

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. 



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August 2000

The School Board Tuesday discussed district policy on head lice. At present, students found to have head lice are kept from school until all lice are removed. The revised policy allows students who have nits to remain in school, with information on treatment and a nit-removing comb to be sent home with them.

August 1970

Legal notice: Sealed bids will be received ... for furnishing and installation of siding on the City
Garage, located on Halibut Point Road. ... City of Sitka, Alaska Fermin Gutierrez, Director of Public Works.