ON THE ROAD AGAIN – One of The RIDE buses goes down Katlian Street past the city boat grid this morning. After four months of being shut down because of antivirus precautions, the public transportation service resumed operations today. All routes remain the same except the Blue Line bus route, which now turns around at Whale Park instead of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 18, 2020, Community Happenings

Climate Change

Movie Club Set

All who are interested in the changing climate are invited to participate in a movie club sponsored by the Sitka chapter of nonpartisan Citizens’ Climate Education/Citizens’ Climate Lobby. 

They can go to https://vimeo.com/351935163 to watch the free 25-minute movie, “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins” between now and Thursday, May 28. 

CCE invites participants to join them for a free online, live Zoom meeting 7 p.m. May 28 to discuss the movie, climate change and action on climate change. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. prior to May 28 to receive an email with the Zoom meeting web address and password. More information is available from Michelle Putz at 747-2708.

Produced, filmed and edited by Kristin Gates and Jeremy Là Zellehen, the movie documents a four-month expedition to record the world’s longest land mammal migration through the Arctic Refuge of Alaska. They discover an ecosystem protected by the Gwich’in Nation for more than 25,000 years, yet held on the precipice of collapse by resource development corporations.

Depending on turnout and enthusiasm, future movie club nights may be planned. Those interested should mention when they send an email to get their Zoom invite.


Tribal Council

Meets May 20

Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. May 20 via teleconference. Those wanting to attend the meeting should contact Anne Davis.

The Tribal Council will hear the third reading of the Ordinance Governing Committees. Anyone wishing to submit a written comment for committees, can do so by emailing comments to Anne Davis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All written comments must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on May 19. 

Those wanting a copy of the Ordinance Governing Committees can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sitka Tribe of Alaska offices and buildings will remain closed. Sitka Tribe is following the state guidelines closely and taking precautions to protect and slow the spread of the virus. 

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-13-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 60

Total statewide – 1,539

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 4 (2 resident; 2 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 14 (11 resident; 3 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 87.

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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March 23, 2020



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