EMERGENCY RESPONSE – Members of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood this week organized a city-wide food drive for residents of Angoon and other villages affected by the lack of Alaska Marine Highway System ferry service. Hundreds of pounds of food were collected at Sitka High School and other drop off sites. Thursday night about three dozen people attended a meeting at ANB Founders Hall to discuss the ferry situation and prepare food for shipping. Laurie Serka, outstation manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said Alaska Seaplanes, Sitka Custom Marine and Dr. Sul Ross Thorward donated shipping costs for the perishable food donated by AC Lakeside. Tom Gamble is planning to take a load of food to Angoon aboard his boat. Donations for shipping food to Kake are currently being sought. Contact for the donations is Nancy Furlow, ANS Camp 4 president, 907 227-9102. PHOTOS: clockwise from top left, Laurie Serka, Steve Schmidt and Marjo Vidad of Alaska Seaplanes load food bound for Angoon this morning. Tom Gamble and Chad Titell  deliver boxes of food from Sitka High School to ANB Founders Hall Thursday night. Paulette Moreno, ANS Grand Camp president, addresses volunteers Thursday night. Sitkans gather in a circle at ANB Founders Hall Thursday to brainstorm responses to the lack of state ferry service. (Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

James ‘Kybor’ Barnes Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 86

William James Barnes

William James Barnes, also known as James Barnes, Kybor Barnes, and Kybor Dalen, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona, at the age of 86.
James is survived by his children, Mark and Brady Barnes, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Marie Barnes of Forest Park, Illinois; his brothers Harry and Philip Barnes; and his ex-wife, Lorraine.
James was born on Sept. 25, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to Harry Barnes and Marie Greenleaf.  He married Lorraine on July 2, 1955, had they had two children, Mark and Brady.
They divorced around 1966.
James lived in a variety of locations throughout his life, including in the Chicago area (including Forest Park) while growing up. James and his children lived mostly in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1960s (including Orinda, Lafayette and Sausalito) as well as Ukiah, California in 1968-1970.
James, along with his two children, moved to Sitka in 1970, where he remained for many years until moving to Arizona (Tucson, Payson, and the Phoenix area) in his retirement years.
James had many artistic talents including, dance, art, sculpture, and writing. He was a hairdresser for many years, including in Sitka, and had a business in Orinda called “The Pink Door.”
Later in his career he was a chef in Sitka as well as on the Alaska Marine Highway system.  His love of cooking inspired him to begin writing a detailed and voluminous reference book on food ingredients and dishes, which he regretted he never completed.
No funeral or public service is scheduled.  James wished to be cremated.  A private memorial and dispersal of his ashes by close family members is planned for the near future.
The family would like to thank caregivers and staff at Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, for their care of James.

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