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)

‘Robbie’ Martin Dies; Service to be Nov. 22

Roberta ‘Robbie’ Martin 

Roberta “Robbie” Martin passed away unexpectedly Nov. 11, 2019, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 66.
Robbie was born on July 15, 1953, in Petersburg, raised in Hoonah by her loving parents George and Elizabeth “Liz” Martin, and lived her adult life in beautiful Sitka by the sea.
She was devoted to her family and loved unconditionally, be it family, friends, or strangers. She found joy in the small things and was wise, brave, comical, creative, mischievous, spiritual, cunning, generous, and always had “million dollar” ideas brewing, particularly for ways to save the earth.
She taught herself how to sew with seal skin and leather 35 years ago. Over the years she worked her way up to the honorary title of Master Artist, and continued with this craft, as well as other crafts, to the end of her days. Other things that brought her immense joy were cooking, feeding people, visiting with friends and family, and bingo. 
Robbie is survived by her children Trinna “Trinna Bambina” Collman and her spouse Eddie “favorite son-in-law” Collman, Deann “Tootsie Rolls” Fritz, Donal “Donnie” AKA “Precious Son” Wick and his significant other Delia Williams; her grandbabies, who were the light of her life, Caitlin “KT” AKA “Sissy” Revolinski, Alan Collman, Kyle “Brother” Revolinski, Caralynn “Hunny Bunny” Wick, Hedvika “Vika Boo” Krovina, Cherrisse “Cherrissey” Wick, Elijah “Handsome” Collman, Sam Wick, and Donal Wick III “my little ffffat boy”; siblings Wade “Marty” AKA “Mar” or “Bo” Martin and family, Lyna “Lyne” Martin, Haley “Hale” Tokuoka-Yearout, Loreli Padgett, Nathalie Cavanaugh Rice, Kathleen Merry, Carla Barger, Gene Cavanaugh, and her cousin Jeanne “Jean” Hill, who was like a sister to her; stepmother Tina “Tine” Martin; aunties Alice Cooper and family, Jennie Baldwin and family, Marlene Johnson, and uncle Sam Martin and family. She was survived by numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends that she held near and dear to her heart.
“If we missed anyone we apologize, there are just so many,” her family said. “During her last moments, she asked that (we) say bye to all of her friends for her, and tell them that she loved them, and to take care.’’
Services for Robbie will be held at the Sitka National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, followed by a celebration of life potluck at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Condolences and contributions can be sent to Trinna Collman at 179 Price St. Apt. C, Sitka, AK 99835, through paypal under her name or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , facebook messenger, or sent directly to Prewitt Funeral Home.



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.



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March 23, 2020



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