EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Services to be Held Monday For Robert C. Widmark, 45

Robert Charles Widmark 

 

    Services for Robert Charles Widmark will be held 4:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house.
    Robert died Dec. 29, 2019, in Anchorage, at the age of 45.
    He was born Dec. 27, 1974, in Sitka, the son of Agnes “Jeannie” (Kinegak) and Lawrence “Woody” Widmark. He was of the Luk’ nax.adi, a Coho, and his Tlingit name was Kaal yaak/Siveluk.
    He attended Pacific High in Sitka and college in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
    An athlete, he played baseball and basketball, and also enjoyed computer programs and games. In Sitka he worked at Alaska Pulp Co., the Channel Club, and Sitka Sound Seafood.
    He was a member of Sons of the American Legion.
    In 2010 he moved to Anchorage, and was living there at the time of his death.
    Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Agnes “Jeannie” Widmark; his grandfather, Lawrence “Gunka” Widmark Sr.; his brother, MichaelJohn Widmark; grandparents Viva and Paul Kinegak; and his grandmother  Pearl Dick.
    Surviving are his father, Lawrence “Woody” Widmark; brother Lester Widmark; daughter Jessica Widmark; and granddaughters Angela Widmark, Amelia Widmark, and Athena VonScheerschmidt, all of Sitka.
    The family suggests memorial donations to Little League, city league softball, the Salvation Army, and the American Legion Christmas party.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 

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20 YEARS AGO
August 2000

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

50 YEARS AGO
August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.

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