UNLOADING – From left, Kent Barkhau, Linda Behnken and Terry Perensovich unload fish at the Seafood Producers Co-op dock from the F/V Woodstock recently. Behnken, executive director of Alaska Longline Fishermen's Association, talked to the Sentinel about an ALFA program to distribute 49,000 pounds of salmon to villages affected by poor subsistence fish returns. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Pollyanna Dorothy Marion Didrickson

Pollyanna Dorothy Marion Didrickson

A memorial service for Pollyanna Dorothy Marion Didrickson will be held 1 p.m. January 6, 2018, at the First Presbyterian Church.
    A celebration of her life will follow immediately afterward in Latta Hall. It will be a potluck, and those attending are invited to take a favorite dish.
    Polly died Dec. 19 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. She was 91.
    She was born March 3, 1926, in Akiak, the daughter of Katie (White) and Norman Frank Lott. When she was 7 she went to an orphanage, the Moravian mission school in Holy Cross, Alaska.
    In 1941, she came to Sitka to attend Sheldon Jackson High School, where she met and married Herb Didrickson. They celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary on Sept. 4.
    Along with raising her brother Norman Lott’s children Katie and Norman for a time after his death, Polly raised her own children, Vicki, David and Herb Jr., and held several jobs. Her last secretarial job was for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game law enforcement branch.
    Polly was a “prayer warrior,” and even while she was passing away, she still prayed for others.    
    Polly was preceded in death by her husband, Sept. 25, 2017, and her three brothers, George, Ted and Norman Lott.
    She is survived by her children, Vicki Hamilton and David Didrickson, both of Anchorage, and Herb Didrickson Jr. of Sitka; eight grandchildren; and 19 great-grandchildren.
    Those wishing to make memorial contributions can send them to Herb Didrickson Jr., P.O. Box 154, Sitka.

August 5, 2020

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Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-18-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 6,658

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 30 (20 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 26 (22 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 257.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

Photo caption: First-grader Megan Polasky happily holds a large turnip as she and other first-graders from Baranof Elementary School harvest some of the vegetables they planted last spring as kindergartners behind the Russian Bishop’s House. Park Service Ranger Harvey Brandt, center, watches over the gardening project.

September 1970

The Sentinel adds its congratulations to the following persons listed on the Woman’s Club community calender: Earl E. Smith, Wallis George, Frank Williams, Robert Blankenship, and Frank O. Williams Sr., whose birthdays are today, and Ed and Monte Littlefield, whose anniversary is today.