2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Former Resident Larry Loitz Dies

Larry Loitz

Services Nov. 9

Former Sitka resident Lawrence “Larry” Loitz, 74, passed away on Oct. 28, 2018, at Mat-Su Regional Hospital.
Larry was born on March 12, 1944, to Farnum and Lilly Loitz in Shelton, Wash. In 1959, when he was 15 years old, his family moved to Sitka, for employment at the new pulp mill. After Sitka High School, Larry worked for Alaska Lumber & Pulp, from 1962 to 1994.
Larry married his second wife and surviving spouse, Joyce, in 1985.
Larry was a Sitka Volunteer Firefighter between 1969 and 1993. He was an avid snowmobiler in winter on Harbor Mountain and sometimes in Juneau.
When Alaska Lumber & Pulp closed in 1993, he and his family moved to Wasilla, where he started his own septic tank/leech field installation company, Aardvark Enterprises, which he operated from 1996 to 2003. He later worked in transportation at Job Corps in Palmer, from 1996 to 2011.
Larry was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Charles Loitz.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce Loitz of Wasilla; his four children, Tammy Loitz of Nickerson, Kansas, Trace Horrace of Fairbanks, Jason Loitz of Wasilla, and Ashley Blatchford (Quincy) of Kenai; his sister, Marilyn Hawley of Bellingham, Wash.; and his six grandchildren, Robert Horrace, Victoria Horrace, Tristan Loitz, Hanna Horrace, Paige Loitz, and Kyle Loitz.
Services are to be held at the Palmer Elks Lodge, 2600 N. Barrys Resort Dr.ive, Wasilla, on Nov. 9, at 6 p.m., with potluck meal to follow.
Condolences may be sent c/o 481 Trent Circle, Wasilla, AK 99654.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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 1;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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

Bring your wand if you’re coming, leave your disbelief at the door (no Muggles allowed), because room 220 at Blatchley is a place where the decorations, outfits and conversations are all very, very Harry Potter. “If you want to levitate, go ahead,” said Lacy Simons addressing the young wizards of the Harry Potter Reading and Writing Club. Simons, a VISTA volunteer, formed the club ....

August 1970

Photo caption: Youngsters who participated in the summer reading program at Kettleson Memorial Library include, from left, Lari Cook, Nancy Erickson, Yumiko Hayashi, Kyoko Ikenoue, Lu Ann Beidel, Tiffany Rose, Jessica Roth, Gwendolyn Roth, Rhonda Audette, Heather Owen, Susan Kohler, Glenn Oen, David Oen, Eric Oen, Stephen Weddell, Robert Weddell, Randy Turner, Takahiko Hosei, Douglas Henie, Lance Robards and Timothy Von Clasen.