EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Susan Tisher Dies at Age 71

Susan Tisher

    Susan Nadine “Susie” Tisher, a lifelong Alaskan, passed away at Sitka Community Hospital on April 13, 2019, at the age of 71.
    She had been ill for more than a year.
    Susie was born in Ketchikan July 24, 1947, the daughter of Edward “Beamie” and Mildred Fredrickson. When she was young the family moved to Sitka. There she met and fell in love with Jerry Tisher, and they were married March 27, 1965, in Sitka. They had celebrated their 54th wedding anniversary shortly before her death.
    Susie was a full-time mom, and also a licensed practical nurse – she worked at hospitals in Juneau and Ketchikan as well as Sitka.
    She also worked with her husband at the Snettesham Hydro Plant out of Juneau.
    Susie loved spending time with her family. Her favorite pastimes included cooking with her husband, playing poker and bowling.
    She also loved to fish – especially in the Sitka Salmon Derby.
    She was preceded in death by her parents, and her sister, Linda Lee.
    She is survived by her husband, children Deanne Lynn Kubik of Sitka, and Jerry Edward Tisher of Juneau; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
    She will be missed by many.
    Services have not yet been scheduled.


August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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.”