DEVELOPMENT OPTIONS – Harbor Point and No Name Mountain are pictured this afternoon from the Old Sitka Cruise Ship Dock. A draft master plan for the Granite Creek to No Name Mountain area was discussed at a joint Assembly and Planning Commission meeting Wednesday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Barbara Mcclenahan

Barbara Mcclenahan

On Feb. 19, 2017, Barbara Mcclenahan finished her journey and went home to spend eternity with Jesus.  Barb was welcomed home by her mother Lois Darlene Mcclenahan-Cucchiari who had gone on before her.

Barbara, 57, was a lifelong Sitka resident.

Barbara was a loving mother of two fantastic daughters, Chantilly Rose Mcclenahan and Chava Mcclenahan.   Barbara was surrounded with love from her two sisters Cynthia Mcclenahan and Kathleen Garcia, and her brother Herbert Mcclenahan.

Barbara was blessed with many nieces and nephews and four grand- nieces and -nephews.

Barbara was a quiet, unassuming person who loved to contribute to the lives around her in so many ways.  She was known by many as the go-to mom on the topic of Smith-magenis syndrome (SMS), and not only advocated for more understanding on SMS but was always ready to offer an encouraging word to the many parents around the world who faced the SMS challenge.

 Barb loved to create in the kitchen and friends and family never knew when Chantilly would show up at the door with one of her Mom’s creations to give away.

Barbara lived her very full life right here in Sitka and very rarely felt the need to venture out. She knew Sitka as home and where her heart was. She leaves Sitka and the world a better place, and will be remembered and missed by many in all parts of the earth. 

“Barbara is in a better place, surrounded by family who have gone on before, and until we see her again we say ‘We love you Barb, see you in awhile.’” 


In keeping with Barb’s unassuming manner a memorial service will be limited to immediate family. 



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-4-20)

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 11:00 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 8

Total statewide – 513

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 48, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

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