2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 24, 2020, Police Blotter

Police Blotter

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

July 23

At 12:02 a.m. a citizen assist was requested on Flume Circle.

Traffic stops were made at 4:02 a.m. at 300 Lincoln St. and at 5:59 a.m. at Airport Road and Harbor Drive.

A noise complaint from Granite Creek Road was filed at 9:11 a.m.

An alarm sounded at the Presbyterian Church at 2:06 p.m.

A civil dispute was reported in the 2700 block of SMC.

A parking problem was reported at a downtown bar at 4:39 p.m.

A caller reported suspicious activity at a downtown bar at 5:04 p.m.

At 5:07 p.m. a civil dispute was reported on Etolin Way.

Criminal mischief was reported at the O’Connell Bridge at 5:10 p.m.

A bike was reported stolen from Moller field at 6 p.m.

A caller reported a disturbance at a business in the 1300 block of SMC at 7:09 p.m.

At 9:31 p.m. a caller reported suspicious activity at Whale Park.

At 10:12 p.m. suspicious activity was reported in the 200 block of Katlian.

July 24

At 12:27 p.m. suspicious activity was reported in the 400 block of DeGroff Street.

At 1:23 a.m. an assault was reported at a medical facility.

An animal problem was reported on Vitskari Street at 1:28 a.m.

A noise complaint came in at 3:38 a.m. from the 1300 block of Edgecumbe Drive.


Sitka Police

Nathan Coble, 40, was arrested Thursday on a warrant for failure to appear in court.

Peggy Lindberg, 49, was arrested on a warrant Thursday for failure to appear in court.


Emergency Calls


Sitka Fire Department received six ambulance calls Thursday.

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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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 1;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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

Bring your wand if you’re coming, leave your disbelief at the door (no Muggles allowed), because room 220 at Blatchley is a place where the decorations, outfits and conversations are all very, very Harry Potter. “If you want to levitate, go ahead,” said Lacy Simons addressing the young wizards of the Harry Potter Reading and Writing Club. Simons, a VISTA volunteer, formed the club ....

August 1970

Photo caption: Youngsters who participated in the summer reading program at Kettleson Memorial Library include, from left, Lari Cook, Nancy Erickson, Yumiko Hayashi, Kyoko Ikenoue, Lu Ann Beidel, Tiffany Rose, Jessica Roth, Gwendolyn Roth, Rhonda Audette, Heather Owen, Susan Kohler, Glenn Oen, David Oen, Eric Oen, Stephen Weddell, Robert Weddell, Randy Turner, Takahiko Hosei, Douglas Henie, Lance Robards and Timothy Von Clasen.