ON THE ROAD AGAIN – One of The RIDE buses goes down Katlian Street past the city boat grid this morning. After four months of being shut down because of antivirus precautions, the public transportation service resumed operations today. All routes remain the same except the Blue Line bus route, which now turns around at Whale Park instead of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 13, 2020, Police Blotter
13 Jul 2020 16:03

Police Blotter Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today:   uly 10 At 6:03 a.m. a [ ... ]

July 13, 2020, Community Happenings
13 Jul 2020 16:03

Citywide Spring Cleanup Slated   or July 18-26 The annual citywide spring cleanup has been res [ ... ]

Filing Date Nears For City Election
13 Jul 2020 16:03

Sentinel Staff Writer The filing period for candidates in the Oct. 6 municipal e [ ... ]

Kids Kupboard Aids Sitka Food Program
13 Jul 2020 16:02

By Sentinel Staff Thursday’s Sentinel story on the joint effort of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska and  [ ... ]

Sitka Women Get Grants for Artistry
13 Jul 2020 16:02

Sentinel Staff Writer Two Sitkans have received 2020 Individual Artist Awards from t [ ... ]

Alaska Sets a Record: 116 New Virus Cases
13 Jul 2020 15:54

ANCHORAGE (AP) — There were 116 new COVID-19 cases reported across Alaska Sunday, the highest dail [ ... ]

Statue, Face Masks On Assembly Agenda
10 Jul 2020 15:49

By Sentinel Staff CARES Act allocations, a resolution requiring face coverings in various public lo [ ... ]

Library Users Back; Window Stays Open
10 Jul 2020 15:48

Sentinel Staff Writer Traffic has been “steady” in the first week since the  [ ... ]

Sitka’s RIDE, Care-a-Van Return, with Changes
10 Jul 2020 15:46

Sentinel Staff Writer After a four-month shutdown Sitka’s public transportation [ ... ]

Gil Truitt Dies
10 Jul 2020 15:44

Gilbert Truitt Gilbert Truitt, renowned Alaska educator and sports historian, died this morning a [ ... ]

Judge Hears Arguments In Virus Relief Aid Case
10 Jul 2020 15:43

strong>The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — A state court judge should block disbursement [ ... ]

Anchorage Schools Plan Limited Reopening in Fall
10 Jul 2020 15:42

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Anchorage School District announced a plan to begin holding in-person classes [ ... ]

July 10, 2020, Police Blotter
10 Jul 2020 15:34

Police Blotter Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: July 9 At 2:25 a.m. a repo [ ... ]

July 10, 2020, Community Happenings
10 Jul 2020 15:33

Theresa VanVeen Memorial Fund Set A memorial fund for the Theresa VanVeen family has been set up o [ ... ]

July 9, 2020, Police Blotter
09 Jul 2020 15:39

Police Blotter Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today: July 8 At 3:13 a.m. crimin [ ... ]

July 9, 2020, Community Happenings
09 Jul 2020 15:39

Sheldon Jackson Museum Offers Native Arts Classes The Sheldon Jackson Museum will host two virtual [ ... ]

In-Person Schools Open Here Aug. 31
09 Jul 2020 15:31

Sentinel Staff Writer A Sitka School District task force is continuing work on i [ ... ]

SCS, Tribe Adopt Sitka Free Meal Program
09 Jul 2020 15:30

Sentinel Staff Writer The distribution of free food to young Sitkans will continu [ ... ]

JKT Briefs Rotary On State, Fellows
09 Jul 2020 15:28

Sentinel Staff Writer Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins said the early adjournment of the [ ... ]

Sitka’s Positive COVID Tests Count Hits 14
09 Jul 2020 15:28

By Sentinel Staff The two latest positive COVID-19 test results announced this week bring Sitka’s [ ... ]

CARES Budget Gets Sitka Assembly’s OK
08 Jul 2020 16:11

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly gave its approval Tuesday to the proposed bud [ ... ]

Sitka Reports Two New Positive COVID Tests
08 Jul 2020 16:11

Sentinel Staff Writer Public Health officials today announced two new positive C [ ... ]

Sitka Foresters Volunteer Professional Skills
08 Jul 2020 16:09

By ARIADNE WILL Sentinel Staff Writer From creating brochures on how to gather firewood on Nationa [ ... ]

Judge Halts Virus Funds For Alaska Native Corps.
08 Jul 2020 16:06

Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A federal judge has put the brakes on federal coronaviru [ ... ]

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-13-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 60

Total statewide – 1,539

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 4 (2 resident; 2 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 14 (11 resident; 3 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 87.

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. 




Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website sitkasentinel.com. Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

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