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FAREWELLS – TOP: Staff and faculty of Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School wave to students and families as they drive by in the school parking lot this morning during a "reverse parade." Today was the final day of school in the district. ABOVE: Also today, Blatchley Middle School held a Rites of Passage ceremony in the parking lot. Principal Ben White hands out certificates to eighth-graders who will be attending high school in the fall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

William Leonard “Lenny” Wood III

William Leonard “Lenny” Wood III

 

A memorial for William Leonard “Lenny” Wood III will be held 5 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at the ANB Founders Hall.

A potluck will follow.

Lenny, who lived in Sitka much of his life, died Jan. 31 in Montana, at the  age of 46.

He was born Jan. 21, 1971, in Paoli, Pa., the son of Evelyn Jean and William Leonard Wood Jr. When he was age 4 and his mother had finished nursing school, the family returned to Sitka. He was a member of the Sitka High Class of 1989, and over the years worked for Union 76, Aurora Office Supply, and at the Channel Club, where he held several positions, including as a cook and also as a DJ – he loved music, especially 1980s bands.

He also enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Lenny  was preceded in death by his mother, Evelyn Jean Wood, and three infant children, Jason Eli Wood, Matthew Walter Wood and Jason Eli Wood.

 

He is survived by his partner, Kristin Nelson; children Carmen Sunshine, Christopher Harry Joseph, Cedar Autumn, William Ian Wood, Arthur Michael Wood, Charity Raven Rose Wood, Jennifer Elizabeth Wood, and Jason Elijah Wood; his father, William Leonard Wood Jr. of Colorado; sister  Joy Wood and niece Hali Bren Wood, both of Sitka; nephew Johnathan North Wood of Boston; and numerous cousins.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-22-20)

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. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 2

Total statewide – 404

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 44, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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

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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

NOTICE FROM THE PUBLISHERS

TO READERS AND ADVERTISERS

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 sitkasentinel.com. 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.

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