EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Stella and Tom Richardson

Stella Anne Conway-Richardson and Thomas Darrell Richardson

Stella Anne Conway-Richardson, 84, of Cottage Grove, Ore., passed away on January 21, 2018. Her husband, Thomas Darrell Richardson, 81, also of Cottage Grove, passed away on August 21, 2017.
Stella was born March 8, 1933, in Portsmouth, England, and was a graduate of Oxford University. She was a longtime resident of Sitka, where she was a founding member of the New Archangel Dancers.
She also was business owner, a painter, and a published poet. 
Stella is survived by her five children; Kerri Silver of Olympia, Wash.; John Conway and wife Cindy of Anchorage; Chris Conway and wife Lisa of Wasilla; Mark Conway and wife Kelly of Bellevue, Wash.; and Shelagh Conway of Austin, Texas.
Her ten grandchildren, Cole, Chase, Sean, Patrick, Raichael, Dawson, Denali, Brieann, Madison and Kennedy; and great-grandchild Quinn also survive.
Tom was born January 21, 1936, in San Diego, Calif. He was an Air Force veteran, honorably providing service to our country and an accomplished private pilot and outdoorsman.
Tom retired after a long career with AMSCO/Steris and he and Stella moved to his 80-acre tree farm in Cottage Grove.
Tom is survived by his two children Thomas Jr. Richardson of Palm City, Fla., and Deanne Richardson of Portland, Ore.
Tom and Stella worked the tree farm, traveled, loved to fly and volunteer their time in their community.  They were both very active until their final years.
Services for both and military honors for Tom will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. April 27, 2018, at Willamette National Cemetery in Portland. They will be laid to rest together.
At 4 p.m., a celebration of life will follow at the Marriott Courtyard South Clackamas located at 9300 SE Sunnybrook Blvd, Clackamas, OR  97015.
The family asked that those who are planning to attend RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 




August 2000

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”