FAMILY, BIBLE REUNION – TOP: Family and friends of Frank and Jessie Price stand behind a large gilded Bible found in the former Presbyterian Church that was returned to the descendants of the Prices recently. Family members, mostly from Washington state and California, visiting Sitka to witness the return of the Bible include, at front center holding Bible, Georgia Price Barnard, the daughter of the Prices, and Calvin Anderson, a great-great-grandchild of the Prices. The Presbyterian Church land was purchased by housing developers. ABOVE: Georgia Price Barnard holds the pulpit Bible that was returned to the family last week.(Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 7-23-21)

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 1:06 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 239

Total statewide – 70,751

Total (cumulative) deaths – 377

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,688

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 8 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 235

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 24

Cumulative Sitka cases – 696 (636 resident; 60 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 465

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,567 (75%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,187 (70%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 78 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





July 2001

Recent Sitka High graduate Brian Mork is serving as a summer intern in Sen. Frank Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office. Mork, the son of Carolyn and Leon Mork of Sitka, plans to attend the University of Fairbanks where he’ll study political science.

July 1971

The Halibut Association of North America has released a plan for halibut landings “to minimize the problem of halibut which contains over 0.5 ppm of mercury.” Sitka Cold Storage, a member, has adopted the plan.