TRAIL TRIMMING – Dyana Mutchler-Walsh trims trees and shrubs along the Castle Hill ramp this morning. Mutchler-Walsh is one of a half-dozen students building trails and doing trail maintenance this summer through a Southeast Alaska Independent Living program. The program wraps up Friday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Steven Allery Jr. Services Dec. 1

Steven Wayne Allery Jr.

Memorial services for Steven Wayne Allery Jr. will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the United Pentecostal Church, 101 Cascade Creek Road.
A potluck reception will be held downstairs after the service.
Steven died Nov. 10, at the age of 32.
Steven “Stevieboy” Allery was born July 28, 1986, the son of Georgianna (Johnson) and Steven Allery Sr. He grew up in Sitka, and attended Sitka schools.
After earning his diploma, he started working at Sitka Producers Co-op, in the cold storage department. After five years he began working for Hardrock Construction, and was with the company at the time of his death.
When he wasn’t working, Steven loved to go hunting and fishing with family and friends.
Although he loved the hunting and fishing, his real pride and joy were his two beautiful children, Ferrah Rose and Mason Gage Allery.
Steven was preceded in death by his grandmother, Gertrude Hazel Shayen of Sitka, who he loved so much and is in heaven with his grandfather, George B. Johnson Sr. of Angoon, and his grandparents Jerome and Edna Allery of Holley, Minnesota.
He is survived by his children, Ferrah Rose Allery and Mason Gage Allery of Sitka; his mother and stepfather Georgianna and Michael Smith of Sitka; his dad, Steven Wayne Allery Sr. of Lawrence, Kansas; and  his stepfather Chris Polasky Sr. and Beth Polasky of Petoskey, Michigan.
His younger siblings, of Sitka, are Heather Allery (Joe Nelson), William Allery, Chris Polasky Jr. (Kendra Skultka), Douglas Polasky (Kayla Polasky), and Robert Polasky.
Steven’s seven beautiful nieces, Ariyanna and Niomi Nelson, Charline Skultka, Alissa Skultka-Padgett, Mia Skultka-Esparza, Klaudia Skultka-Adams and Kaliope Polasky; and two handsome nephews, Kaeden Skultka and Kalvyn Polasky, also survive.

Steven will be loved and missed by all of his friends and family, his family said.
“We love you, Steven, we all know you’re with Grandma and are in a better place.”

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.”