CATCH OF THE DAY – Mason Allery, age 6, holds the first fish caught during the 2021 Kids Fishing Day Saturday on Swan Lake. Mason was given a prize and afterward successfully released his catch. The Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game hosted the event, which had to be canceled in 2020. To avoid gathering large groups of people together, this year prizes were handed out throughout the three-hour event. More than a hundred young fishers and their crew members turned out. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 



Old Sitka Radio Club Boosts New One

By Sentinel Staff

Walter Dangel, who was a founder of Sitka Amateur Radio Club, first licensed in 1956, has joined the SHARKs.

That’s the Sitka Ham Amateur Radio Klub, which has been newly established in Sitka, 60 years after Dangel, who came to Sitka with the U.S. Army during World War II, helped set up the first club.


Darryl Ault, left, president of Sitka Ham Amateur Radio Klub, presents a lifetime membership to Walter Dangel, who helped found the Sitka Amateur Radio Club, licensed in 1956. (Photo provided)

Over the years Sitka Amateur Radio  Club has grown inactive, so to help the new one get established Dangel allowed its members to resurrect and make functional the Sitka Amateur Radio Club’s two meter repeater.

And although he’s 95, Dangel (call sign KL7BUS) still talks on the radio and became a member of  SHARK.

In appreciation of his help and interest, the new club presented Dangel with an Honorary Lifetime Membership during the group’s April 2 meeting at the Sitka Fire Hall.

“Walt’s a great guy,” said Darryl Ault, president of SHARK  who helped arrange for the honorary membership. “He has some good stories to tell” about the communications ham radios operators have provided over the years.

“Walt’s inspirational, full of knowledge ... a piece of history,” Ault said.

SHARK currently has 15 members, Ault said, and is inviting anyone of any age with an interest in ham radio to join in any of the monthly general meetings, held the first Sunday of every month, at 2 p.m. at the fire Hall.

Those who would like to get an amateur radio license or upgrade a current license and have an interest in volunteering in providing additional and backup communication for police, fire, rescue and other agencies in Sitka are welcome to join.

More information is available at and on the Facebook page SHARK-SITKA HAM AMATEUR RADIO CLUB.






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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 6-16-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 387 (339 resident; 48 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

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

Partially vaccinated – 5,304 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,904 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 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:





June 2001

Photo caption: Luke Nisbet holds up a “2005” sign at a rites of passage ceremony at Blatchley Middle School for the school’s 120 eighth-graders. It was the first ceremony to mark the “graduation” of eighth-graders from middle school.

June 1971

Two of the most controversial subjects to come before the city council in months are on tonight’s agenda. One would extend bar operating hours inside the city limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and the other would permit operation of coin amusement machines by persons under 18.