FULL FIELD – Bathtub toy ducks float down Granite Creek toward a finish line at Halibut Point Recreation Area Saturday afternoon during the annual Sitka Rotary Club duck race. First place, two Alaska Airlines round-trip tickets, were won by Ron and Leah Kari. This year all 3,500 ducks were sold by June 14. Money raised at the event is donated to dozens of Sitka non-profits. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Karen Stalkfleet, Resident Since 1974, Dies at Age 61

Karen Stalkfleet

Karen Stalkfleet, 61, passed away December 24, 2018, after a short battle with lung cancer. She was surrounded by her family.
 Karen was born September 5, 1957, in Junction City, Oregon, to James and Bonnie Slaven. She moved to Alaska in 1974, and in 1987 married Michael Stalkfleet. She became a mother to Rose in 1987 and to Christi in 1992.
She worked at the Sitka Pioneers Home, caring for Alaska’s elders until her retirement in 2014 after many years of service.
She was known for her kind heart and generous spirit and was happiest when surrounded by her children, grandchild, and other family members. She loved to cook and serve her loved ones. Those who were close to her knew the amazing food she would make. She also enjoyed shopping at thrift stores and garage sales and would find some of the best items.
Karen is survived by her daughter Rose Stalkfleet and Cory Gould, and grandson Lucas Gould, of Sitka; siblings Gary (Christi) Slaven, Joan Sherry, Roger (Jean) Slaven, Mike Slaven, Randy (Hope) Bailey, and Doug Bailey.
She will be missed by her many nieces, nephews, cousins, extended family and dear friends.
She was preceded in death by her parents James and Bonnie Slaven, her husband Michael Stalkfleet, her daughter Christi Stalkfleet, and her brother Jack Slaven,
 Memorial services are still being determined. Correspondence and condolences may be mailed to 613 Monastery St., Sitka, Alaska 99835.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-6-20)

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 1:25 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 28

Total statewide – 1,166

Total (cumulative) deaths – 16

Active cases in Sitka – 6 (3 resident; 3 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 74.

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



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website sitkasentinel.com. Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

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