SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Local Shop Tries to Handle a Run on Bikes
22 Sep 2020 15:55

Sentinel Staff Writer While business in general has been slowed by the pandemic,  [ ... ]

Sitka Haulout: It’s Back To the Drawing Board
22 Sep 2020 15:54

Sentinel Staff Writer The Gary Paxton Industrial Park board agreed Thursday that [ ... ]

Chamber Election Forum Shifts to All Online
22 Sep 2020 15:53

Sentinel Staff Writer The Chamber of Commerce has moved the municipal candidate  [ ... ]

Municipal Election Updates are Given
22 Sep 2020 15:53

Sitka’s municipal election is Tuesday, Oct. 6, at Centennial Hall. Eligible voters may choose to  [ ... ]

Sen. Sullivan Changes Stand on Picking Judges
22 Sep 2020 15:52

The Associated Press JUNEAU (AP) — U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan, an Alaska Republican fa [ ... ]

Some Absentee Ballots Name Wrong Candidate
22 Sep 2020 15:51

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Division of Elections listed the wrong Democratic candidate on 135 abs [ ... ]

September 22, 2020, Community Happenings
22 Sep 2020 15:49

Frank Kimball Dies at Age 52 Frank Neil Kimball, the son of Shirley and Ken Kimball, died Monday a [ ... ]

September 22, 2020, Police Blotter
22 Sep 2020 15:48

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 21 At 10:25 a.m. a  [ ... ]

Sitkans Hold Vigil To Mourn for RBG
21 Sep 2020 16:29

Sentinel Staff Writer More than 100 Sitkans gathered in front of the courthouse S [ ... ]

Sitka Woman Dies After Fire in Her Home
21 Sep 2020 16:26

Sentinel Staff Writer A Sitka woman was pronounced dead early Saturday of injuri [ ... ]

Health Report, City Seal On Assembly’s Agenda
21 Sep 2020 16:23

By Sentinel Staff A new city seal design, commission appointments and a report from the Southeast A [ ... ]

3 More Sitka Residents Test Positive for COVID
21 Sep 2020 16:22

By Sentinel Staff Three new positive tests for COVID-19 were received from public health officials  [ ... ]

More, Hungrier Bears Hitting Juneau Garbage
21 Sep 2020 16:21

JUNEAU (AP) — A larger than normal number of young bears and dwindling natural food supply for the [ ... ]

State Jobless Numbers Improve But Still High
21 Sep 2020 16:21

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Alaska’s unemployment numbers improved in August but still remains historically [ ... ]

September 21, 2020, Police Blotter
21 Sep 2020 16:17

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 18 At 12:26 a.m. a  [ ... ]

September 21, 2020, Community Happenings
21 Sep 2020 16:17

Seminars Listed For Job Seekers Through UAS The UAS-Sitka Campus Title III Complete to Compete gr [ ... ]

September 18, 2020, Police Blotter
18 Sep 2020 16:19

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 17 At 1:59 a.m. a disturbance was r [ ... ]

September 18, 2020, Community Happenings
18 Sep 2020 16:19

Repairs to be Made At Sealing Cove; Cars Must Move Sealing Cove parking lot will be repaired the  [ ... ]

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Famed Justice, Dies
18 Sep 2020 16:10

The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg,  [ ... ]

City COVID Grants Near Final Approval
18 Sep 2020 16:09

Sentinel Staff Writer The city is nearly done processing COVID grant application [ ... ]

ALFA Spearheads Food Relief to Villages
18 Sep 2020 16:08

By Sentinel Staff Some 49,000 pounds of wild salmon is on its way to families in Yakutat and Hydabu [ ... ]

Judge: Won’t Order State To Reprint 800K Ballots
18 Sep 2020 15:46

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge decided today not to force the stat [ ... ]

September 17, 2020, Community Happenings
17 Sep 2020 15:51

  athering Sept. 27 For Neil Huff, 68   A celebration of life for Neil James Huff, who passed [ ... ]

September 17, 2020, Police Blotter
17 Sep 2020 15:51

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today: September 16 At 3:30 a.m. a bear was reported [ ... ]

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-21-20)

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: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

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. 




September 2000

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.