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)

June 2, 2020, Community Happenings

Maritime Heritage

Blog On View

The Sitka Maritime Heritage Society’s new history blog is now available for online viewing.

‘‘The first history blog series will transport you back in time as it details the ups and downs in the daily lives of the Jacksons, a Norwegian fox farmer - fisherman’s family living around Goddard in the 1920s and 1930s, through the peak and decline of the fox farming boom, when fox farmers turned to fishing,’’ the organization said.

Go to to read it.


AA Meetings

Slated Daily

Alcoholics Anonymous meetings are held noon daily under the Crescent Harbor shelter.

The hotline number is 747-8866.


Baseball Raffle

Tickets Available

Sitka’s American Legion Post 13 baseball team continues to sell raffle tickets through the month of June.

Tickets are $10 each and offer the chance to win four round-trip Alaska Airlines travel vouchers. The drawing will be held July 25. If interested, send a message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The raffle is a fundraiser for Sitka’s American Legion baseball program.


Sitka Trail Works

Hike Set July 13

Sitka Trail Works will lead a free hike up the Indian River Trail 9 a.m. Saturday, June 13. 

A mandatory COVID-19 pre-screening questionnaire and a liability waiver must be completed prior to participation, STW said. Forms can be accessed online and taken to the hike to minimize paper handling.

Hikers should meet at the trailhead parking area on Indian River Road at 9 a.m. The nine-mile, five-hour round-trip hike will go to the waterfall and back. The trail gains elevation gradually and runs alongside Indian River and then through stands of old-growth spruce. 

STW said a small slide happened earlier this year and hikers will need to traverse just before the waterfall. Hike leaders will carry first aid supplies and VHF radios. Hikers should take water, snacks, hiking poles and a camera. Social distancing between different household groups and face coverings are being encouraged.

For more details and forms visit or call 747-7244.


Rep. JKT Leads

Online Town Hall

The public can join Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins for a Facebook Live Town Hall 7 p.m. Thursday, June 4.

Kreiss-Tomkins will provide an update on COVID-19 and the Legislature, and will take questions. Visit Kreiss-Tomkins’ Facebook page at for a link to the stream.


UAS to Offer

Job Search Series

The UAS-Sitka Campus Title III College to Career program is sponsoring a series of workshops for job seekers.

‘‘The job market has changed in the midst of our current pandemic – but there are still opportunities out there,’’ UAS said in a press release. ‘‘How do we adjust and make the most out of this situation?’’

New college graduates, current college students, those considering a job change, or looking at other employment opportunities, are invited to take the training sessions.

Presenter Deborah Rydman, UAS-Juneau career services coordinator, will be conduct online Zoom seminars, each at 11 a.m.

–June 16: ‘‘Job Search Strategies’’  to review strategies and resources, including websites for remote/virtual jobs that will optimize job searches.

–June 17: ‘‘Internships and Volunteering – Gateway to the Workplace.’’ Internships and volunteering experience on a student’s resume are highly valued by potential employers, UAS said. Students also can earn college credit for internships. The session will show strategies on how to find an opportunity and what to do next.

–June 18: ‘‘Resumes and Cover Letters’’ will show how to choose what type of resume to write and what to include to increase odds of making it through the first screening. Resume and cover letter examples will be discussed.

–June 23: ‘‘Virtual Interviews’’ and how to prepare for them. Face-to-face, in-person interviews are not the norm  during COVID-19 pandemic times, but employers are still hiring and interviewing candidates. The class will review the different platforms that are being used, how to prepare for a virtual interview, review strategies for how best to answer both common and situational questions and how to close the deal.

To register or for information contact Jeff Budd at 747-7795 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




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.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– 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. 




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.

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.