GRAB AND GO - Library patron Tina Johnson, left, and Joanna Perensovich, information services librarian, wear masks in the Sitka Library this afternoon. The library no longer has couches for patrons, but does have computer desks widely spaced apart for people to access for one-hour periods. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Mark Anton “Tony” Jacobs

A celebration of the life of Mark Anton “Tony” Jacobs will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, at the Salvation Army in Juneau, with a reception following that service.


Tony Jacobs

Tony passed away peacefully on Dec. 21, 2017, in Medford, Ore., after a lengthy illness, his dear friend and companion Sam Collins by his side. It was six years to the day after his mother died.  

Tony was born June 2, 1952, at Sheldon Jackson hospital to Mark Jacobs Jr. and Adelaide (Bartness) Jacobs and was named Mark after his paternal grandfather and Anton after his maternal grandfather.  He attended Sitka schools from kindergarten on, graduating from Sitka High School in 1970. He then attended NW Bible College in Kirkland, Wash.  

He was from Hít Tlein (Big House) of the Yanyeidí clan of the Taku People, and his Tlingit names were Shálaghéi and Neis’deiw.  He was learning the Tlingit language as a young boy from his grandfather Mark Jacobs Sr., who was Deisheetaan, and retained a good remembrance of it. 

He was a Sentinel “paper boy” even through high school and although some made fun of his choice it provided him with chocolate bars and Coke-in-hand. To “keep up the family tradition,” he joined the U.S. Navy in 1972. Asked if he wanted sea duty or land duty he requested sea duty, and was assigned to and served his entire enlistment at an Army base in Maryland, where he lived close to former Sitka neighbors, the Youngbloods. He made several vacation trips to see his parents’ school teachers from Sheldon Jackson School.

He moved back to Sitka in 1976 and worked at the Alaska Pulp Corp. mill until 1980, when he moved to Seattle. There he met Pam and in 1983 they were married. They had a daughter, Heather Kathleen Jacobs. Tony was extremely proud to become a father. He lived in Washington State until 2009 when he moved to Reno, Nev., and then to Medford, Ore., with his long-time companion Sam.

He loved to sport fish and travel, was an avid cribbage player and liked to play Bingo.

He stayed in Juneau several times in caring for his mother during her final years. He had a wonderful sense of humor and, just like his mom, was caring, gentle and independent in spirit, and a generous soul. He will be missed by all who knew and cared for him. 

Tony was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers Richard Jacobs and Phillip Jacobs, and sister Karen Mann.

He is survived by his daughter Heather Jacobs and her mother Pam Cronkrite of Sedro Woolley, Wash.; his brother Harold Jacobs of Juneau; aunts Bertha (Jacobs) Karras of Sitka, Karen (Bartness) Scriven of Huntsville, Ala., and uncle Ole Bartness of Juneau.

Nephews John Jacobs and Mark Mann; nieces Michele Moore and Rene Eubanks; and numerous cousins also survive, as well as companion Sam Collins who took care and was with him as he passed. 


Interment of the ashes with brothers Richard and Phillip will take place at a later date in Sitka.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-10-20)

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 noon Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 51

Total statewide – 1,323

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 5 (2 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 13 (11 resident; 2 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 80.

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. 




Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

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.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

The Sentinel office at 112 Barracks Street is closed to the public. We encourage people to use the phone, email or the U.S. Postal Service as much as possible.There is a slot in the front door of the office for ads, news items and payment checks. Emails may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is (907) 747-3219.                                                                          

Login Form

Most recent Sentinels — PDF edition

July 6, 2020

July 7, 2020

July 8, 2020

July 9, 2020

July 10, 2020