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)

Kim C. Andrews Dies; Lived in Sitka, Pelican

Kim C. Andrews

Kim Cherri Andrews, formerly of Sitka and Pelican, passed from this life on Thursday October 4, 2018, in Juneau. She was 50.
Kim was born on April 27, 1968, in Fort Hood, Texas, the beautiful daughter of Claude K.and Vicky Odell. Kim‘s family primarily lived in Sitka, and she graduated from Sitka High School in 1986.
Kim and her brother Shayne would travel frequently to Pelican to be with their grandparents, Bill and Henriette Odell. Pelican always had a special place in her heart.
Directly out of high school Kim ventured to Seattle. She drove and delivered milk for Pike Place Creamery. (Little ol’ Kim driving a big truck in small spaces.) She always loved challenges and to prove anyone wrong who said she couldn’t do it!
In October 1987 Kim moved to live with her best friend Trina Brown and her children Randy and Lisa in Oregon.
In 1990, Kim moved officially to Pelican, and started bartending for Pelican Bar & Grill “Brown Bar.”
She met Tom Andrews, a Montana fisherman off the F/V Nancy K. They soon welcomed their beautiful daughter Tyne Ashley in 1991, and their son Dylan Thomas in 1992. Tyne and Dylan were Kim’s pride and joy. All Pelican kids were always welcome in her home. Kim was extremely proud of her children, Tyne with promotions at work, Dylan for serving our country in the U.S. Navy. Kim was happy to have Tyne live so close to her and happy to know that Dylan was also securing his future in the service.
In 1998 Kim moved to Juneau. She was a bartender for Marlintinis for years, then started her work for the State of Alaska, taking a position with the Commercial Fisherman Entry Commission, where she was a natural overachiever and excelled. There will be many fishermen in the region who will miss Kim and the care she gave to all of them.
Kim had a wide variety of talents; the one all her friends loved and shared was her artwork. Many of them own her beautiful glasswork. She could make a starfish into a Santa Claus, shells and drift wood into beautiful sculptures. Her glasswork had hand-painted crabs, rockfish, halibut and such. Each piece of her artwork would evolve and the next creation be more creative and precise.  Her most recent work was with  stained glass.
Kim would light up an entire room when she entered. She was loved by many and will be remembered for her love for her family and friends, her witty sense of humor, her amazing artistry, and most of all her loving and giving spirit.
Kim is survived by her children Tyne Odell-Andrews and Dylan Andrews of Juneau; her sweetheart Joe Kollar (Joe’s children Blake, Haylie, Eric and grandson Andrew) of Juneau; her mother Vicky (David) Rieben, her brother Shayne Odell (Michelle Pesonen) of Oregon; her sisters Tara Padon (Tim) Goodson and Bradelle Padon (Nick Hatch); nieces and nephews, Chadam, Calista (Shae) Chaz, Jesse, and Mason; and her great-nieces Ellie and Everlee.
Also surviving are her uncle Allen (Becky) Odell; cousins Scott and Amy, Jon, Will, Clint and Chris Bean; and many close friends she considered to be family.
Kim was preceded in death by her father, Claude K Odell; his wife, Caroline “Babe” Padon Odell; and grandparents Bill and Henriette Odell.
A celebration of life will be held at a later date.



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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