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)

Elizabeth Starla Eskelin

Elizabeth Starla Eskelin

Elizabeth Starla Eskelin, 44, of Elfin Cove, passed away on June 15, 2016.

She was born in Santa Rosa, Calif.,  in 1971, and shortly thereafter moved to Alaska with her family.

Elizabeth loved Alaska and fishing.  She spent her younger years commercial fishing with her family and friends before purchasing her own troller, the Silvery Moon, and spent her summers hand trolling in Cross Sound.

She also fished with her father, Charles Piedra, aboard his troller the Mrs. Mac. 

She enjoyed photography and had an old-time photo studio in Soldotna and then in downtown Juneau.

She was a gifted quilter, crafter, hunter, provider, subsistence harvester and, most of all, Mother. 

Elizabeth received her master’s degree in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage and taught kindergarten in Selawik, Alaska.  She had received a bachelor’s degree in Community Rural Development from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and also attended culinary school in Bellingham Wash.

She is survived by her son Avery Palchikoff; daughters Natalia Smith and Sarah Eskelin; mother Shirley Perkins of Elfin Cove; father Charles Piedra, now of Arkansas; sister Mercedes (Jordan) Phillips and daughter Aurora  of Sitka and Elfin Cove; sister Lillian (Chris) Lyne and children Rowan and Ariana, at the Moody Air Force Base in Valdosta, Ga.; and grandfather Alert Mello Sr. of California.

The memorial service will be held in Elfin Cove on July 30.  For information about the service contact the family in Elfin Cove at 907-239-2246.  Contributions in Elizabeth’s name can be made to P.O. Box 29 Elfin Cove Alaska 99825.  All contributions will go to her dependents.






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



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