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)

Memorial Set Nov. 23 For Thomas A. Fuller

Thomas A. Fuller

Memorial services for Thomas Andrew Fuller will be held 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Salvation Army.
Tom died here on Nov. 1. He was 59.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1959, in Olympia, Washington, the youngest of nine children born to Charlotte and James Fuller.
He grew up in a neighborhood  dubbed “the little Vatican” because most of the families were Catholic, and his family lived two blocks from the church.
Being the youngest of the family, Tom was spoiled but so loved! He was fun loving and had a never-ending smile on his face. He never knew what a stranger was – only a friend he hadn’t met yet.
He certainly had the gift of gab and could talk for days.  Tom was a dreamer with a big spirit yet always willing to help others. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a good man and loving father, and will be deeply missed.
Tom attended the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education,  in Piney Point, Maryland, the biggest training facility for deep sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in America. After graduating, he worked on tugboats on the Mississippi River.
He eventually made his way to Alaska in the early 1980s, where he worked as a longliner for many years on various boats all over Alaska.  He was a member of the Deep Sea Fisherman’s Union.
Tom is survived by his daughter Karly Fuller of Juneau, (mother, Lisa Bergey Sitka); sisters, Marye Jorgenson of Medical Lake, Washington, Elizabeth Bergh of Tenino, Washington, Bridget Fuller of Olympia, Washington, and Nancy Merzoian of Costa Mesa, California; brother Joe Fuller of Olympia, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, David, Marty and James. 



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.  

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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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