STAYING CLOSE – Jeanette Warner, right, and her daughter Elizabeth visit with their good friend Eunavae Ballou Tuesday at the Pioneers Home. Staff members of the state-run assisted living facility have provided chairs outside for visitors to sit on while speaking over cell phones to residents inside the building in order to facilitate visits while lessening the possibility of spreading COVID-19, (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)  

Services Set For Dorothy Tsonis At St. Michael’s


Services have been scheduled for Dorothy Logore Tsonis, a member of St. Michael’s Cathedral and a longtime Sitka resident.

A memorial  will be held 7 p.m. tonight at the cathedral, and a Divine Liturgy will be held there 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with burial at noon at the Russian Cemetery.

Dorothy Logore Tsonis was born Jan. 1, 1941, in Washington Heights on Manhattan Island in New York City. Her family often teased her that thousands had gathered to welcome her birth on New Year’s Day that year.

She entered Queens College and began work toward her baccalaureate degree, but ultimately earned her bachelor of arts degree at Sheldon Jackson College, where she worked in food service, moving toward her goal “three credits at a time,” and reaching it in 2003.

After the tragic, catastrophic fire that destroyed 17 structures including St. Michael’s Cathedral  in downtown Sitka in 1966, she came to Sitka with her husband, Father Anastasy “Ernie” Tsonis, at the invitation of then-Bishop Theodosius (Lazor) to begin the effort to rebuild  historic St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Dorothy loved Sitka, and after moving to Wisconsin in 1969 she returned in 1978 and spent the rest of her life here.

Fluent in French since high school, Dorothy had an encyclopedic mind, remembering personalities and historic events with clarity and detail, especially anything and anyone related to her half-century in Sitka.

She prayerfully and joyfully attended services at the Cathedral until just days before she was forced to seek medical attention in Seattle, where she died unexpectedly on Dec. 21.



She was preceded in death by her husband. She is survived by her daughter, Maria, also of Sitka, and her son, Andrew, of San Francisco, who has returned for the burial services.

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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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-27-20)

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 12:15 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 724

Total statewide – 29,554

Total (cumulative) deaths – 118

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 678

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 39

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 188 (167 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 149 cumulative

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




November 2000

Photo caption: Robin Bergey and her baby, Kate, and Holly Samuelson join much of Sitka and the rest of America this morning in shopping for day-after-Thanksgiving Day sales. Holiday decorations are up around town, and shopping bargains are being offered.

November 1970

Telephone communications in Southeast Alaska were considerably advanced this month by the inauguration of a new microwave system between Juneau (Lena Point) and Sitka.Completed July 17, 1970, by RCA Alaska Communications, the system will become a major segment of the long lines of telecommunications operations in Alaska.