COLD CASE SOLVED – About 1,500 people turned out on May 12, 1996, for a walk through Sitka National Historical Park in memory of Jessica Baggen. The tragedy raised fears about violence in Sitka, but also revealed the community's capacity for providing sympathy and support, and sticking together in a time of crisis. Police announced today they solved the cold case. (Sentinel File Photo)

May 12, 2020, Community Happenings

 

3 Students Given Sportsman’s Association Scholarships

Sitka Sportsman’s Association has announced and congratulates the recipients of this year’s Youth Scholarship Program. They are Sitka High seniors Dominic Baciocco, Monique Lysons and Max Johnson.

The scholarship is funded primarily from the Sitka Salmon Derby proceeds and although this is a year without the derby SSA still sponsored the scholarship to honor its tradition in giving back to the community, a press release from the organization said.

Applicants submitted an essay on what the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution means to them. The program is offered to the senior students of Sitka, Pacific and Mt. Edgecumbe high schools. 

The association expressed appreciation to the counselors of each high school for their valued help in disseminating the applications and collecting the essays.

Each was awarded a $1,000 certificate to the college they plan to attend. Baciocco plans to attend Santa Clara University, California, to study business. Lysons plans a course of study in interior design at Spokane Falls Community College, Washington. Ocean sciences and engineering will be the focus of Johnson at University of Alaska-Fairbanks.

‘‘Dominic Baciocco, Monique Lysons and Max Johnson, the Board of Sitka Sportsman’s Association wishes you every success in your educational pursuit and your future,’’ a press release said.

 

 

Virtual Trivia

Night May 19

The public is invited to answer  maritime trivia questions, win prizes, and learn new local facts at the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society’s Virtual Trivia Night 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 19,  online via Zoom.

Sign up in advance for the free event by May 16 at sitkamaritime.org/trivia.

For more details, see the website at sitkamaritime.org/trivia.

 

ADF&G Announces

Spring Troll Fishery

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced information on the commercial spring troll fishery.

Openings in the Sitka area: Redoubt Bay, May 13-14; Sitka Sound, May 9-13; and Salisbury Sound, May 14-16.

Weekly troll openings will be announced each Friday.

The Western Channel, Goddard, West Crawfish Inlet, Mountain Point, and Rock Point spring troll Chinook areas will open initially during the week of May 31. The Northern Chatham Strait, Point Couverden, Homeshore, Cross Sound, South Passage, and Keku Strait enhanced chum salmon areas will open on June 15; Chinook salmon retention is prohibited.

Maps of THA/SHA and spring troll areas and additional details on the fishery are provided in the Spring Troll Fishery Management Plan, available in area offices and on the ADF&G troll web site at: https://www.adfg.alaska.gov/index.cfm?adfg=commercialbyareasoutheast.salmon_trollspring.

Terminal and special harvest area openings for troll gear will occur as follows, unless closed by emergency order.

 

–Silver Bay THA, June 1-July 30; Crawfish Inlet THA, June 1-Sept. 20; Hidden Falls THA, June 1-Sept. 20; Port Armstrong SHA, June 1-30; Carroll Inlet THA, June 1-30; Anita Bay THA, June 1; Deep Inlet THA, June 6; Neets Bay THA, June 15; Thomas Bay SHA, June 21; and Southeast Cove THA, June 21.

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.

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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 8-11-20)

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 11:25 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 45

Total statewide – 3,821

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 161.

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. 

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20 YEARS AGO
August 2000

Photo caption: Park Ranger Harvey Brandt and Russian Bishop’s House volunteer gardener Donna Grota present a program featuring the house’s garden. The current garden is an historical representation of the first one planted at the house, in 1844. ... Master gardener Kitty LaBounty also took part in the program.

50 YEARS AGO
August 1970

Sitka Yesterday, August 1950: Arriving yesterday by plane from Bend, Ore., Fred Baughn will manage the Moose Bowling Alley here. ... To celebrate the 11th birthday of Marina Panamarkoff, a party was given at the home of Mrs. Jack Schaefer. After gifts were presented, Mrs. T. J. Cole took all the guests to the matinee at the show.

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