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)

Former Sitkan Karla K. Linder Dies in Wash.


Karla K. Linder

Karla K. Linder (Keeley, Baker, Essendrup), who had lived in Sitka for many years, died June 21, 2018, in Whidby Island, Wash., her home since the early 2000s.
Karla was about to turn 74, and had had a long battle with two different kinds of cancer.
She was born June 26, 1944, in Seattle, the daughter of Betty and James Keeley. She graduated from high school there.
After coming to Sitka, Karla worked in a doctor’s office and at Sitka Community Hospital. She also was a volunteer with Sitka Fire Department.
Karla was kindhearted and, in the words of her daughter Kathryn Mathews, “did the best she could in life and tried each day to become a better person. My mom was not perfect but she was loved greatly. In this life none of us is perfect and I will spend each day trying to follow her example, to try to be a better person each day than I was the day before.
 “I will remember all the good times with her, crazy trips she took with her grandchildren (and she was crazy fun for them); and the lives of the children she took in as her own.”
Karla is survived by her children, Kathryn (Ron) Matthews of Sitka, and Todd (Sandi) Essendrup and Collette Rochon, both of Iron Mountain, Mich.;  her brother Rick Keeley of Washington; and her sister Barbara (Dan) Moldenhauer of Phillips Lake, Wash.
Many grandchildren, nieces and nephews also survive.
“My brother Todd and I wanted to express huge gratitude to Aunt Barb and Uncle Dan, who were with our mother during her last hours on this earth before joining the Lord,” Kathryn Mathews said.
“To the friends she left behind, in a letter she wrote she apologized to those she hurt and hoped you could forgive her someday and that she loved all of you very much.
“Her friends and family were her whole world. God bless you all.”

August 5, 2020

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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. 




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.

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.”