ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Darlene Edna Carroll


Darlene Edna Carroll

   Services for Darlene Edna Carroll will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at United Methodist Church.
    A reception will follow at the church. Those attending are welcome to bring a food donation.
    Darlene passed away at her home on June 16, surrounded by her children. She was a loving mother, sister, grandmother, great-grandmother and auntie.
    Darlene was born June 19, 1933, at Steamboat Bay Cannery, the second child of David L. and Linda N. Frank of Hydaburg. Her early years were spent there and in Ketchikan, Kodiak and Sitka, where she attended Sheldon Jackson School.
    She met Robert F. Carroll in Sitka, and they were married May 27, 1960. For several years after he retired, they owned and operated DaBuck’s Janitorial Service.
    Darlene was a shareholder in Shee Atika, Sealaska, Haida Corp., Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Tlingit-Haida.
    She was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sitka Emblem Club, the American Legion Auxiliary, Women of the Moose and VFW.
    Darlene generally had strong opinions about most topics, and wasn’t shy about sharing them, her family said.
    She guided her family in masterfully harvesting, preserving, preparing and sharing an abundance of subsistence foods. She was an excellent cook; and crocheted and knitted many lovely gifts for family and friends.
    She will be greatly missed by all.
    Darlene was preceded in death by her parents; her husband Robert F. Carroll Sr.; granddaughter Katherine Ann Carroll; stepfather John “Pete” Pitello; uncle Floyd Frank; and beloved aunts Clara Natkong and Mona Jackson.
    She is survived by children Clinton L. Carroll of Seattle, Candace M. Frank of Juneau, Eileen LaVon “Vonnie” (Tom) Sweeney of Seaside, Ore., Linda “Colleen” Carroll of Juneau, and Lionel W. Carroll and Robert F. Carroll Jr. of Sitka; seven grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
    Her siblings are Mason L. Frank (Lynne) of Seattle; Nelson D. Frank of Sitka, Ira Frank (Maureen) of Auburn, Wash., Mabel Norris of Marysville, Wash., and Matthew Charles, Hydaburg.
    Memorial donations may be directed to the family in care of Candace, 1701 Halibut Point Rd. No. 10, (907) 957-4423.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

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 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

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



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March 23, 2020



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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.

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