FILLING IN SHORTFALLS – Sitka Public Works street maintenance worker George Hardison fills a deep pothole at the intersection of Barracks and Seward Streets this afternoon. The city budget for the 2021 fiscal year did not include money for capital projects such as resurfacing roads. Because of the pandemic and the resulting decreased tax revenue there will likely be no city capital projects in Sitka in the 2022 budget either. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Joni Mae Jackson

Joni Mae Jackson


Services for Joni Mae Jackson are scheduled noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house. A potluck will be held after the service; Joni’s daughter, Valerie Meunier, at 747-8408, is coordinating the food donations.

Joni died Aug. 19 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, after a lengthy illness. She was 55.

She was born July 16, 1962, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the daughter of Gerald and Mary (Keene) Jackson. Although not involved in her culture, she was proud of her Raven, Dog Salmon, moiety. She grew up in Klawock, and had lived in Sitka for more than 30 years.

A homemaker, her pride and joy were her grandchildren. On one of her last few days, she told her family, “When I come home I am taking the kids shopping and no one will stop me!”

Among Joni’s other favorite things were her pet cat and favorite companion Kelly; collecting trinkets; jewelry; and stuffed animals.

Joni was preceded in death by her mother, Mary Jackson; her brothers, James Peter Jackson, Laurence Allen Jackson and Gerald Jackson Jr.; an infant son, Jeremy Richard; and a grandson, Augustus Meunier.

Surviving loved ones are her daughter and son-in-law Valerie and Richard Meunier of Enfield, Conn.; daughter Mary Jensen of Ketchikan; grandchildren Shayla and Gwen Muenier, and Michael, Chris, Lily, Rachel and Catrina Jensen of Ketchikan; and her father, Gerald Jackson Sr., sisters Helen Jackson and Luanna Bergeron, and brothers Robert Jackson and Harry Jackson Sr., all of Prince of Wales Island.

“Mom will be sorely missed,” her family said.

Pallbearers will be Richard Meunier, Delbert Kanosh, Darrell John, Delmer McIntyre, Chad Titell and Darrell John Jr.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made through her daughter, Valerie Meunier, at (860) 962-0097, or (907) 747-8408.








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.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-22-21)

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 10:40 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 262

Total statewide – 51,204

Total (cumulative) deaths – 252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,160

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 – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 307 (275 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 302

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




January 2001

Photo caption: Graduates of the Certified Nurses Aide program offered at the University of Alaska, Southeast, Sitka Campus, are Sabrina Barkhoefer, Roxanne Newell, Diane Cox, Ruby Lanham, Amanda Hutchins, Cynthia McCarr, Saori Handy, Darcy Jones and Jeff “Richie” Richards.

January 1971

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