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)

Eva Marie Howard


Eva Marie Howard

Services for Eva Marie Howard, a Sitka resident for most of her life, will be 1 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at St. Michael’s Cathedral. Following interment at Sitka Memorial Park, a potluck luncheon will be held at the ANB Hall.
    A memorial service will be at  4 p.m. Wednesday, May 16, at St. Michael’s.
    Eva died May 2 at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage, where she had been medevacked from Juneau. She was 58.
    She was born May 17, 1959, in Sitka, the daughter of Norise Hanlon (Church) and Joseph E. Howard Sr. She graduated from Sitka High in 1978, and attended Avtec in Seward 2005-2006, and the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau.
    After moving to Juneau in December 2006, she was the head cook at  Alaska Salmon Bake restaurant; and   was a taxi driver, buying her own taxi cab in 2012.
    She enjoyed beading, sewing, and baking along with cooking. She also liked drawing, collecting knick-knacks, and spoiling her grandchildren.
    She was a member of St. Nicholas Church of Juneau; Shee Atika; Sealaska and Food Banks of Juneau.
    She was a loving, generous, kind, open, caring, inspiring, strong, brave woman, and a great cook and baker, her family said.
    “She was everyone’s auntie – she opened her door to you if you needed it,” they said. “She was hard-working, a good listener, and a great adviser.”
    She was preceded in death by a son Evan M. Smith; her parents, Norise and Joseph E. Howard Sr.; and siblings Joseph E. Howard Jr., Nadine R. Jones and Christine B. Howard.
    She was survived by her son, Norman M. Howard; daughter Christine E. Smith (husband Patrick Dement); granddaughters Alicia Marie Smith, and Scarlette-Rainy Dement-Smith, all of Juneau; and grandson Randy Kinville of Sitka.
    Her sister Twylia Osborne (Franklin); brothers Michael Howard Sr. and Serge Howard, all of Sitka, and many nieces and nephews also survive.
    Pallbearers will be Charles Lang, Ken Nielsen Jr., Christopher Jackson, Tony Hammock, Jeff Young, Dallas Peavey, Harry Lysons and Mark Davis.
    Honorary pallbearers will be Ken Nielsen Sr., Jeff Nielsen, Clyde Bartels, Frank Osborne and Douglas Bartels.
    Memorials may be given to her daughter, Christine E. Smith, or Prewitt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Bev’s Flowers, marked for Eve Marie Howard’s service.


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.