A WALK IN THE PARK – Jim Moormann walks through Sitka National Historical Park this morning, as he has every day for the past two and a half years. This Saturday is National Trails Day, an annual event which began in 1993 to honor the National Trail System. In normal years volunteers help with trail maintenance in parks across the country. This year there will be no organized cleanup in Sitka and, without tour ship visitors, Sitkans will have the park to themselves. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kelly C. Ferguson Sr. Dies in Oregon at 67

Kelly C. Ferguson Sr.

Longtime Sitka resident Kelly C. Ferguson Sr. passed away April 25, 2020, from complications from a head injury. He was 67. 

Kelly was living in La Pine, Oregon,  where he was enjoying his retirement.

He was born March 19, 1953, in Las Vegas, Nevada, the youngest of four children of Claude and Retta Ferguson.

He spent much of his life in Sitka, brought up by commercial fishing. He met his wife of 36 years, Camille (Wrenn) Ferguson, in Sitka. They had two sons, Tony and Kelly Jr., and a daughter, Mary.

Kelly worked at Sitka Sound Seafoods before attending trade school in Tacoma, Washington, to become a heavy equipment operator. He worked for S&S in Sitka and started his own business, Kelly’s Diesel Service.

He retired from the state of Alaska Department of Transportation in Sitka in 2013, moving to Albuquerque and then to La Pine, Oregon, in 2019.

Kelly was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, riding his ATVs and “plinking” with his family. Kelly and Camille enjoyed going on sight-seeing and 4-wheeling road trips with their RV, particularly in New Mexico, Utah, and Oregon, after his retirement. 

He loved his furry companions, Kruzoff and KC. He enjoyed watching the NFL with his daughter Mary, both being fans of the Seattle Seahawks. He loved going with his wife and in-laws to watch the University of Oregon Ducks play.  

Kelly was one of the founders of the early Sitka/Edgecumbe Youth Football League, and coached his sons Tony’s and Kelly’s teams Southeast Storm, Giants and Seahawks. He considered his team family and many of his players still refer to him as “coach.”

Kelly loved his large, extended family. “Uncle Kelly” liked being Santa Claus for all his nieces and nephews and grandchildren, hiding eggs for them during the family Easter Egg hunt, and entertaining the family with a fireworks show for the 4th of July. 

Kelly was preceded in death by his parents, Claude and Retta Ferguson, and his favorite dogs, Kruzoff and KC. 

He is survived by his wife, Camille Ferguson; his children, Anthony and Krista Hammock, Kelly Ferguson Jr., and Mary Ferguson (Ryan Silva); and grandchildren Gavin, Trenton, and Killian Hammock, Chelsea McGraw, and Trista, Jasmine and Evander Elixman, all of Sitka.

He also is survived by his sister, Linda (John) Barkman, and children, Tiffany Grayson and Chris Barkman; brother Michael (Ellen) Ferguson and children Windy, Nathaniel and Elias Ferguson; and brother Randy Ferguson.  

Also surviving are Monique (Billy) Tow and family; Sabrina Smith and her family; Suzette (Frank) Burkhart and family; and Frank (Carol), Wayne and Aaron Wrenn. 

Letter and cards of condolences can be mailed to Camille Ferguson 4608 Halibut Point Road, Sitka, Alaska 99835. 

A celebration of life will follow at a later date. 





Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 6-5-20)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 11

Total statewide – 524

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 48, and the cumulative number of deaths is 10.

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



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March 23, 2020



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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.

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