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No mask, no problem: Sitka rejects local mask mandate

Cities in Alaska have been divided on the question of whether mask mandates are a violation of personal freedom or an effective public health tool.
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Sitka plans to relocate Baranov statue

About 120 demonstrators gathered to demand removal of the statue.

Scientists say Sitka herring is on the rebound, but subsistence users remain skeptical

Scientists reported a strong egg count this year after a disastrous season in 2018. But some tribal members say that the high count doesn't represent other changes in how and where the eggs are.

Sitka SAR team helps teenager stuck on cliff

A teenager got stuck about 25 feet up a rock wall and couldn't go up or come down.

Second Sitka resident has tested positive for COVID-19

Details about the patient haven't been released.

Sitka’s first case of COVID-19 is at a 15-bed long-term care center, SEARHC says

Sitka's tribal health-care provider announced that the patient is a resident at a 15-bed long-term care center. All residents of the facility, which houses senior citizens and others in need of long-term care, were tested.

Sitka herring roe fishery closed over small fish, weak markets and coronavirus uncertainty

Weak markets and smaller-than-average fish — two factors in the premature closure of last year’s fishery — are being blamed for the move, along with new uncertainty over the spread of coronavirus in China.

UPDATE: Coast Guard suspends search for missing Sitka kayaker

The Coast Guard suspended its search Monday for a Sitka man whose empty kayak was discovered overturned the day before in Sitka’s Eastern Channel.

Despite conflict over subsistence, state plans to double commercial harvest of Sitka Sound herring

State managers intend to double the commercial harvest level for the Sitka Sound sac roe fishery. Meanwhile, subsistence users are seeing a shrinking spawning window, and fewer eggs on branches.

Dunleavy budget proposal spares Sitka museum from sale, but fees could rise

Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s latest budget proposal removes the Sheldon Jackson Museum from the asset disposal list and directs just under $400,000 in deferred maintenance money to replace the museum’s roof.

Two dogs are dead in bear attacks in Sitka and wildlife managers are on the hunt

Officials say at least one local bear has done enough damage to warrant an aggressive response.

Sitka Tribe, NPS continue negotiating future park management

Last month, Sitka Tribe announced that the park service wasn’t renewing the contract and tribal tour leaders may not return to Sitka National Historical Park next year.

Lake Street bear’s rare tear sparks neighborhood scare

That lake-lurking bear has been particularly active, even destroying property and eating poultry. And it’s not the only one.

Its funding cut by Dunleavy, $26M Mt. Edgecumbe pool to be shuttered in December

The brand new, Mt. Edgecumbe High School Aquatic Center in Sitka has been open to students for all of two semesters. Now it's scheduled to be closed — permanently — at the end of December.

UA President says cuts, possible consolidation won’t affect accreditation

University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen said a group of 13 teams would be looking into restructuring options for all of the academic programs.

Sitka Assembly takes no action on police investigation

Despite three pending harassment lawsuits, the Sitka Assembly continues to hold off on hiring an outside consultant to investigate the Sitka Police Department.

As ferry strike continues, Angoon must find alternatives

The largest union representing ferry workers went on strike in Alaska last week, after contract negotiations between the union and the state faltered. For communities that depend on the Alaska Marine Highway System, that means making some pricey choices while they wait for the strike to conclude.

For Sitka Sentinel reporter, journalism is genetic

The Daily Sitka Sentinel has been a cornerstone of Southeast Alaska print journalism for over 75 years, with the Poulson family at the helm for the last 50 years. And now one of the youngest members of the family is finding her feet in the business.

Felony count climbs to 13 in sexual assault case against Sitka doctor

Two more felony sexual assault charges have been brought against a Sitka physician, bringing the total now to 13.

Sitka family encounters aggressive bear on Heart Lake Trail

On Sunday, an interaction with an aggressive bear left a family of four traumatized. But Alaska Wildlife Troopers aren’t sure if it was the same bear that mauled a dog the day before.