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)

Services Pending For Rev. Don McCarty, 84

Rev. Donald Wilson McCarty

Rev. Donald Wilson McCarty, a long-time resident of Sitka, completed this life in Nampa, Idaho, on May 3, 2020. He was 84.

Don was born June 25, 1935, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Naomi and Rayburn McCarty.

He is survived by his wife, Kay, whom he married in Albuquerque, in 1955. With their family of three young children Don managed to graduate from Pasadena Nazarene College  in California in 1965, becoming the first college graduate in his family. Subsequently he served as pastor of Churches of the Nazarene in Heppner, Oregon, Othello, Washington, and Post Falls, Idaho, before coming to Sitka in January 1982 to serve the church here. 

Upon retiring from the Christian ministry in 1988, he became a picture framer and joined his wife, who is an artist, in the successful management of Kay McCarty Gallery.

Besides Kay, of Sitka, he is mourned today by their children, Rick McCarty and Elizabeth of Williamsburg, Virginia; Terrie Rhoads and Steve of Kamiah, Idaho; and Gary McCarty and Connie, of Sitka.

The grandchildren and great-grandchildren are: Max McCarty; Jesse Rhoads and his wife Ashley; Tyler and Jael McCarty, with their daughters Taylor and Hadley; Colby and Jessica McCarty, with their children Avery and Cohen; and Hanna McCarty. Their love for their Grandpa was boundless.

Don passed away serenely on Sunday morning as his grandson, Colby, read a Psalm. With his body debilitated by a sequence of strokes, and his mind increasingly beclouded, he remained ever in good spirits. More than once, and with astonishing clarity, he quoted, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Services are pending.





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



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.

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