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)

Linda Hamilton, Former Sitkan, Dies in Montana

Linda Hamilton

Blessed are those who have known love and given love. Linda Kathryn (Dombroski) Hamilton finished her journey through life filled with love on July 12, 2019.
“Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8). She taught us all the truth of love and showed that to every soul whose life she touched, her family said. Her soul is now free and rejoicing at the end of a long journey through the trial of breast cancer.
Linda was born Aug. 6, 1948, in Springfield, Illinois, and was raised there.
She lived in Normal, Illinois,  while attending Illinois State, where she met Steve Hamilton, who became her husband of 50 years.  She then left Illinois in the spirit of adventure and moved to Sitka, where she raised her family and worked for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., managing elderly and low-income housing.
She and her husband left Sitka for Kalispell, Montana, where she lived out the rest of her days.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; two sons, Nathan and Ethan Hamilton; her younger sister, Diane Suderman; and her twin brother, Michael (Nancy) Dombroski. Nephews, nieces and two great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Bernice (Shevokas) Dombroski.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held 11 a.m. July 19, 2019 at the Viola Cemetery, Viola, Illinois. A time of fellowship and luncheon will immediately follow at Speer Funeral Home, 2502 SE 3rd St. , Aledo, Illinois.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks friends to please consider a donation to the Linda K. Hamilton memorial Fund through the Susan G. Komen Foundation at http://www.info-komen.org/goto/Linda_K_Hamilton.



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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