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)

Former Sitkan Lotus Kuehn Dies in Tennessee at age 88

Lotus Kuehn

Lotus J. Kuehn, 88, formerly of Spring City, Tennessee, and Sitka, died Wednesday, January 2, 2019, at Memorial Northpark Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
Lotus was born in Chattanooga, the daughter of Lawrence D. and Martha J. Booth Sutton.
She was a graduate of Erlanger Nursing School, Class of 1951, and worked at Erlanger until 1954, when she moved to Alaska to work. It was here in Sitka that she met, and in 1956 married, Lyle Kuehn.
In October 1981, Lotus and Lyle moved from Alaska to the Spring City community. A month before leaving Sitka, they donated to the city a Tennessee pine tree, the only one of seven that Lyle had brought here from Tennessee that had survived. (A lifelong Sitka resident, Lyle retired from Alaska Lumber and Pulp Co. in September 1981.)
Lotus enjoyed working crossword puzzles and doing counted cross stitch.  She was of the Baptist faith.
Lotus was preceded in death by her great-grandchild Brandon Godsey.
Survivors include her husband of 63 years, Lyle M. Kuehn of Ooltewah, Tennessee; daughter Dotsy Woodall of Evensville, Tennessee; son Gary (Lynn) Kuehn of Ooltewah; sister Jo Ann (Lee) Miller of Spring City, Tennessee; grandchildren Jamie, Greg, Nick, Chris and Meridith; and great- grandchildren Alex, Lily, Haisley and one on the way.
Graveside services are Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 2 p.m. at the Spring City Memorial Gardens.  There will be no visitation.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spring City Memorial Gardens, P. O. Box 553, Spring City, Tennessee  37381.
Vaughn Funeral Home, Spring City, Tennessee, 423-365-5221, is in charge of arrangements.  “Please share your condolences and memories of Lotus on our website www.vaughn-funeral-home.com,” her family wrote.



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.

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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.  

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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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