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)

Services Scheduled Nov. 30 For Magdalena J. Sapinoro

Magdalena J. Sapinoro

Services for Magdalena Julian Sapinoro will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday,  Nov. 30 at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Prewitt’s Funeral Home.
Following interment Saturday, a reception will be held at the church’s Corrigan Hall from 1 to 3 p.m.
Magdalena Julian Sapinoro was born on June 8, 1931, to Diego Julian and Honoria Asencio in Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines. She passed from this life on Nov. 21, 2019, at home with her family in Austin, Texas.  She was 88.
She was the youngest and last surviving of her eleven siblings, who were all raised in the Philippine countryside.
Magdalena was married to Mariano Sapinoro. She is survived by her son Ray and daughter-in-law Tatum Sapinoro of Austin, Texas; her stepson Mert Sapinoro of Seattle, Washington; and grandchildren Jaedyn, Hailey, Colton and Jeffrey.
Magdalena came to Alaska in the early 1960s to work with her brother Eddie in the restaurant and seafood industry in Kodiak. She then moved to Sitka where she worked at Sitka Community Hospital and eventually retired from her career working for the Sitka Pioneers Home.
Magdalena, a long-time resident of Sitka, has spent the last four years living with her son and family in Austin, Texas.
Magdalena was very outgoing and loved to meet new friends anywhere she traveled.  She enjoyed being outdoors and traveling the world.  She loved watching all sporting events (favorites were baseball, basketball and soccer), gardening and crossword puzzles.  She also had big passion for cooking her native Filipino food.
She will be missed by her family and friends across the world.
Her nephews are Emy (Tammy) Sumauang, of Sitka; Ron (Isabel) Nicolas, of Sitka; Dan (Suzy) Nicolas, Sitka; Eduardo (Remy) Nicolas, Anchorage; Joel Nicolas of Washington; Edwin (Celia) Dumag of Sitka; Junior (Kathy) Dumag, Sitka; Edward (Joy) Dumag, Sitka; and Edmund (Adora) Dumag, Sitka.
Her nieces are Jennet (Darius) Calugay of Seattle; Anita (Phil) Ellison of Washington; Lily (Mike) Nalam, Dutch Harbor; Catalina (Darrel) Thomas, of Florida; Lisa (Jacob) Hodges of Sitka and Mary (Willy) Schmidt of Germany; and numerous other nieces and nephews worldwide.
Pallbearers will be Emy Sumauang, Junior Dumag, Salvador Agne,  Brody Sumauang, Ron Nicolas, Edwin Dumag.



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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