FISH TO FLY – Charter clients claim their fish boxes at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport on Wednesday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 




Robert Clark Turner Dies; Former Resident was 82

Robert Clark Turner

Robert Clark (Bob) Turner, of Hereford, Arizona, passed away August 28 at home following a lengthy illness. He was 82.
  Committal services were held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fort Huachuca, Sierra Vista, Arizona, on September 5, 2018.
He was born in Saline, Michigan, on June 25, 1936, to Mamie Gladys Herkimer and Andrew Jackson Turner.
He served in the U.S. Army and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Bob was also a 32nd Degree Master Mason. He worked as a psychiatric attendant at Michigan state hospitals.  In Alaska, he worked at Alaska Pulp Corp., was a Sitka police officer, then was in charge of maintenance at Sitka Community Hospital and was an operator at the hydro-electric plant.
Bob did many construction projects while living in Sitka, including building three homes.
He was an award-winning carver, making beautiful carvings in the round and most recently enjoyed making scroll saw objects.  Metal working was also a craft he enjoyed. If a person needed help with a project, he would figure it out mechanically. “Tell me what it is supposed to do, and I will make it happen.”
He enjoyed older country music, dancing at the Moose Lodge and Elks and played a little banjo. He also had a love of animals and always had at least one dog in the house.
He is survived by his wife Judith (Judy) Turner, of 41 years; two sons, Jack Turner of San Diego, California,  and Mathew (Mat) Turner and his wife, Tracy (Williamson) of Sitka, and their three children Nathen, Andrea and Jacob; and a daughter, Barbara Ketterer of Buffalo, New York, and her three children, Natasha, Tanya and Paul, and Tanya’s children, Chloe and Matt.
In addition, he is survived by his first wife, Joanne (Fry Turner) Rhoads of Doniphan, Missouri.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers and a sister.
As a remembrance, donations may be given to the Humane Society or a charity of preference.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-17-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 2

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 388 (339 resident; 49 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,318 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,940 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





June 2001

When it comes to selling lots in the Gavan subdivision, the city has to look at the long-term picture, says City Planning Director Wells Williams. Since the 32 city-owned lots in the 69-lot subdivision went on sale in 1997; only 12 have sold. “We’d certainly like to sell a lot more,” Williams said.

June 1971

Myron J.  Oen, a Sitka High science teacher, has been accepted as a participant in the Academic Year Institute for Physics Teachers at Wisconsin State University.