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)

Marilyn M. Thrasher

Former Sitka resident Marilyn M. Thrasher passed away at the E. Dene Moore Care Center in Rifle, Colorado, on November 9, 2017. She was 89.

Marilyn Bernice Morgan was born July 10, 1928, in Stillwater, Oklahoma, the daughter of William and Blanche Morgan’

On May 30, 1949, she received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma A&M (Oklahoma State University), and married Frank Thrasher of Sallisaw, Oklahoma.

 The Thrasher family moved to Sitka in August 1963, when Frank was assigned to teach vocational shop at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Mt. Edgecumbe High School. Marilyn taught second grade for the Sitka Public Schools, first at Mt. Edgecumbe elementary and then at Baranof Elementary School.

Frank died in 1987, and in 2009 Marilyn moved to Rifle.

She is survived by her three sons: Patrick (Ann) of Rifle, Colorado; Glenn (Celia) of Wellington, New Zealand; and Terry (Tamara) of Fairfield, California; five granddaughters and two great grandchildren.

 

Services and a private interment will be in Sitka. The family will soon announce the date of the services.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff

 

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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. 

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20 YEARS AGO
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.

50 YEARS AGO
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.”

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