STAYING CLOSE – Jeanette Warner, right, and her daughter Elizabeth visit with their good friend Eunavae Ballou Tuesday at the Pioneers Home. Staff members of the state-run assisted living facility have provided chairs outside for visitors to sit on while speaking over cell phones to residents inside the building in order to facilitate visits while lessening the possibility of spreading COVID-19, (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)  

Sitka Area Gets Warning Of Heavy Rain, High Wind
27 Nov 2020 15:45

By Sentinel Staff High winds and heavy rainfall are forecast for the Sitka area Saturday, the city  [ ... ]

Assembly Turns Down Offer to Buy City Tract
27 Nov 2020 15:45

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly Tuesday rejected the only response to a propo [ ... ]

Sitka’s Virus Toll Hits 188 Cases; 39 Active
27 Nov 2020 15:44

By Sentinel Staff Sitka added a total of 10 more cases of COVID-19 to its dashboard Wednesday and T [ ... ]

Native Medical Center Exceeds Virus Capacity
27 Nov 2020 15:44

BETHEL (AP) — The Alaska Native Medical Center, which specializes in health care for Alaska Native [ ... ]

November 27, 2020, Community Happenings
27 Nov 2020 15:37

Literary Awards Applications On The Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, in partnership with the Al [ ... ]

November 27, 2020, Police Blotter
27 Nov 2020 15:36

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 25 A case of drunken [ ... ]

Assembly Says No To Virus Ordinance
25 Nov 2020 15:42

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly narrowly turned down an emergency ordinance T [ ... ]

Sitka Schools Do Survey On Reopening
25 Nov 2020 15:41

Sentinel Staff Writer Hoping to return to in-person education as soon as safely p [ ... ]

Trump Admin Rejects Permit for Pebble Mine
25 Nov 2020 15:35

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday effec [ ... ]

Alaska: May Get Doses Of Virus Vaccine in Dec.
25 Nov 2020 15:33

ANCHORAGE (AP) — The first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine could arrive in Alaska within a few week [ ... ]

November 25, 2020, Police Blotter
25 Nov 2020 15:26

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 24 At 12:04 a.m. a caller reported a [ ... ]

November 25, 2020, Community Happenings
25 Nov 2020 15:21

Services Pending For Susie Sturm Alaska pioneer Susie Sturm, 86, passed away Tuesday at the Sitka  [ ... ]

Sitkans Urged to Join Fight to Control Virus
24 Nov 2020 15:36

Sentinel Staff Writer The state Public Health Nurse’s office is asking the pub [ ... ]

Bear Numbers Drop But Trash Still a Draw
24 Nov 2020 15:35

Sentinel Staff Writer A few bears, including an orphaned cub, remain active aroun [ ... ]

Sitka Vocalist a National Finalist
24 Nov 2020 15:34

Sentinel Staff Writer Sitka High School junior Mina Brooks-Schmidt hit a high no [ ... ]

November 24, 2020, Community Happenings
24 Nov 2020 15:34

Orders Taken For Thanksgiving Takeout Dinner on Wednesday The Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alask [ ... ]

November 24, 2020, Police Blotter
24 Nov 2020 15:34

Police Blotter Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 23 At 12:01 a.m. a c [ ... ]

State Loses Ruling On Kake Subsistence Hunt
24 Nov 2020 15:33

JUNEAU (AP) — A judge has ruled that the federal government was correct in allowing a southeast Al [ ... ]

Raven to Make Mark on Postage Stamp
23 Nov 2020 16:02

Sentinel Staff Writer A depiction of Raven freeing the sun, stars and moon will a [ ... ]

Assembly to Consider Emergency Virus Issue
23 Nov 2020 16:01

Sentinel Staff Writer The Assembly at its Tuesday meeting will consider an emerg [ ... ]

Sitka’s COVID Cases Climb to 4.71 Per Day
23 Nov 2020 16:01

By Sentinel Staff Sitka logged 11 more positive COVID-19 test results Friday through Sunday, the ci [ ... ]

Sitka Legacy Foundation Issues $26K in Grants
23 Nov 2020 16:00

/strong>Sentinel Staff Writer The Sitka Legacy Foundation has announced $26,000 in grants  [ ... ]

Sitkans Feel 4.3 Quake
23 Nov 2020 16:00

By Sentinel Staff An earthquake with a magnitude of 4.3 was recorded this afternoon near Sitka. Th [ ... ]

November 23, 2020, Police Blotter
23 Nov 2020 16:00

Police received the following calls by 8 a.m. today. November 20 At 12:27 a.m. a bear was reported [ ... ]

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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

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.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-27-20)

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 12:15 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 724

Total statewide – 29,554

Total (cumulative) deaths – 118

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 678

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 39

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 188 (167 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 149 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




November 2000

Photo caption: Robin Bergey and her baby, Kate, and Holly Samuelson join much of Sitka and the rest of America this morning in shopping for day-after-Thanksgiving Day sales. Holiday decorations are up around town, and shopping bargains are being offered.

November 1970

Telephone communications in Southeast Alaska were considerably advanced this month by the inauguration of a new microwave system between Juneau (Lena Point) and Sitka.Completed July 17, 1970, by RCA Alaska Communications, the system will become a major segment of the long lines of telecommunications operations in Alaska.