COMFORT FOOD – From left, Xannie Borseth, Clara Gray and Mary Ferguson prepare herring eggs this morning in front of the Sitka Tribe of Alaska's Healing House. STA staff and volunteers spent the morning processing branches of herring roe and the afternoon delivering the branches to tribal elders and others. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 

Michael Arthur Littlefield

Michael Arthur Littlefield

Services for Michael Arthur Littlefield, 70, will be 2 p.m. Friday, June 29, at Sitka National Cemetery.

A potluck will follow at the ANB Founders Hall.

Mike, who served in the military in Vietnam, died May 21 in Sitka after a long illness connected to his service.

He was born March 10, 1948, in Juneau, but lived most of his life in Sitka. His Tlingit name was Sakuyei, and he was of the Raven Moiety of the Ganax Tediee Clan of the Ishisa Hit Taan House.

Mike worked with the BIA high school, BIA boat shop, Public Health Service Hospital, Alaska Marine Highway, Alaska Pipeline, and Sitka Police Department, and was in Juneau, Haines and Washington state.

He was a U.S. Navy Seabee attached to a Marine Corps battalion while in Vietnam. He served in several areas, and was in action during the Tet Offensive, where he was wounded and earned the Purple Heart.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur N. Littlefield and Nancy Littlefield, and a sister, Alice Titell.

He is survived by his daughter, Heather Littlefield, and his son, Joseph Littlefield, both of Lemmon, S.D.


Also surviving are his brother Patrick Littlefield, his wife Shirley Littlefield, and their son, Loren Littlefield; and his sister, Charlene Johnsen, her husband Earl Johnsen, of Longview, Wash., and their children, Yvonne Grant, Christopher Johnsen, Mary Jane Frazier and Terry Burgett.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 4-5-20)

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 noon Sunday.

New cases as of yesterday: 6

Total cases: 191

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 23, and the cumulative number of deaths is six.

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



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

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.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

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