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)

Chris Rossow

Chris Rossow
Chris Rossow, a Sitkan, died in a motorcycle accident March 28, 2018, in Jomtien Beach, Thailand. He was 55 years old.
Chris was born Nov. 18, 1962, in Seattle, Wash., to George and Jackie Rossow.  He came to Alaska with his parents and brother, Greg, in 1973, settling first in Fairbanks and then moving to Sitka in 1976.
After graduating from Sitka High School in 1981, Chris worked at several local companies, including Service Transfer. He went on to obtain an associate of science degree from Linn Benton Community College near Corvallis, Oregon, in 1986.
He returned to Sitka and made the decision to become a journeyman electrician, subsequently joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers. He was a member of IBEW for the remainder of his life, working primarily in Alaska, but also in Washington, California and Hawaii.
In his younger years Chris enjoyed many days hunting, fishing, boating, and just spending time with his friends in Sitka.
He loved traveling and especially enjoyed opportunities to work in warmer climes such as California and Hawaii for periods of time. More recently, Chris had spent the winter months in Thailand with his girlfriend Nit and a strong circle of friends.
Throughout his life Chris was a gentle and caring soul, building lasting friendships wherever he spent time, especially in his hometown of Sitka.
Chris is survived by his older brother Greg Rossow of San Jose, Calif.; niece Kelsea Rossow, of San Jose; and nephew, Sean Rossow, of Lake Tahoe. 
He is also remembered by former sister-in-law, Jenny McDonough, of Half Moon Bay, Calif.
Chris was preceded in death by his parents, George and Jacklyn Rossow of Sitka.
A private cremation ceremony was held in mid-April in Thailand, and a celebration-of-life is planned 4 p.m. July 5 at the Sea Mountain Golf Course in Sitka.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

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.