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)

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 [ ... ]

City Denied Grant For Haulout Project
17 Sep 2020 15:47

Sentinel Staff Writer City officials were disappointed this week to learn that S [ ... ]

Planners Give OK To GPIP Zone Plan
17 Sep 2020 15:47

Sentinel Staff Writer The Planning Commission unanimously approved a zoning text ame [ ... ]

Virtual Klondike Keeps Sitka Runners in Shape
17 Sep 2020 15:46

Sentinel Sports Editor A group of Sitka women didn’t let the cancellation of th [ ... ]

U.S. Judge Blocks Mail Service Changes
17 Sep 2020 15:44

The Associated Press SEATTLE (AP) — A U.S. judge on Thursday blocked controversial [ ... ]

State Ordered: Stop Printing New Ballots
17 Sep 2020 15:44

ANCHORAGE (AP) — A judge today ordered the state of Alaska to stop printing general election ballo [ ... ]

Shell Files Plans to Drill Offshore of Alaska Slop...
17 Sep 2020 15:43

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Shell Offshore Inc. has submitted plans to plans to drill for oil in the waters a [ ... ]

Shee Atiká Announces New Directors, Officers
16 Sep 2020 15:16

By Sentinel Staff Shee Atiká Inc. shareholders elected two new board members and re-elected one Sa [ ... ]

Democratic Party Calls Change in Ballot Biased
16 Sep 2020 15:15

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Alaska Democratic Party has objected to a change to the state’s general ele [ ... ]

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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 11:40 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 70

Total statewide – 6,906

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 32 (22 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 265.

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

A bill approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday would increase federal funding to Sitka for roads and schools to $1.3 million, six times the amount received in 1999. The bill by Sens. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, and Ron Wyden, D-Ore., changes the formula for distributing aid to counties that have tax-exempt federal forest land.

September 1970

A car driven by Del Childress apparently put a dent in the left front fender of a vehicle belonging to William Burns. Damage was estimated at $25.