HISTORIC MOVE – Harry Greene, maintenance and operations superintendent at the Sitka Public Works Department, uses a backhoe to lift the Baranof statue onto a wooden dolly with the help of co-worker Mike Callahan, this morning in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall. The bronze statue, estimated to weigh between 400 and 600 pounds, was relocated to inside the Sitka History Museum today. The city Assembly passed a resolution, on a 6-1 vote, in July to move the statue from its prominent  outdoor location to inside the museum.  At the July meeting several members of the public said the statue was a symbol of “historical trauma.”  The statue, created by artist Joan Bugbee Jackson, was given to the city in 1989 by Lloyd and Barbara Hames. Hames family members said earlier this year they supported moving the statue into the museum. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Stephanie Edenshaw, Former Resident, Dies in Anchorage

Stephanie Joyce Edenshaw

Anchorage resident Stephanie Joyce Edenshaw passed away June 25, 2020, at Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 63.

Burial arrangements are being handled by Janssen Funeral Home. No memorial services will be held; graveside services will be announced at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clifford Edenshaw, Tracy Shaffer, James S. Keele, Josh Adams, Kay-Ci Lambert and Braden Gomez.

Stephanie was born December 18, 1956, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Stephanie enjoyed going on road trips; she always had great music playing; and her warm smile made it easy for her to make friends wherever she went.

During the time she spent at her apartment complex, she made many friends, who treasured her.

While Stephanie resided in her hometown of Sitka, she was an active member of Native corporations, Alaska Native Sisterhood, and other organizations she believed in.

Stephanie was retired at the time of her death. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working on puzzles, gardening, and crocheting.

Stephanie is survived by her daughters, Michelene Adams (Josh Adams) and Tara Edenshaw, all of Anchorage, and Dodi Couch (Duane Couch) of Palmer.

Grandchildren are Kay-Ci Lambert, Marissa Crabtree; Caden Robinson, Abigail Ditullio-Edenshaw all of Anchorage; Dani, Gayden and Ty Couch of Palmer; and Braden Gomez of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nephews Chad Edenshaw of Anchorage, Aaron Edenshaw of Seattle, Washington, Randolph Edenshaw of Tacoma, Washington; and niece Rachel Edenshaw of Sequim, Washington.

She also is survived by her sisters Sally J. Gregory, Frances J. Widmark, Jr. (Tracy Shaffer) and brother Clifford Edenshaw, all of Anchorage; aunt Lorraine Chartrand of Sitka; and numerous cousins and great-cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son Tony (Anthony) J. Pruss; her mother Frances J. Widmark Sr.; stepfather Lawrence Widmark; and her grandson Jason Aldrich.

Stephanie requested to be laid to rest in Anchorage by her son Tony, so, the family decided there will be no service held in Sitka.

Cards of condolence and other communication can be sent to Sally J. Gregory, 905 W. 29th Place, Anchorage, AK 99503.

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.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-29-20)

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 12:20 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 118

Total statewide – 7,721

Total (cumulative) deaths – 56

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (13 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 47 (37 resident; 10 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 288.

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. 




September 2000

Gilnettings, By Gil Truitt: The Sitka All-Star Team (Team II) of 1939-1956 is revealed here for the first time.  Fermin “Rocky” Gutierrez, Hugh Pace, “Red” Belinski, Harold “Pretty Boy” Morris, George Kucherak, Dorm McGraw Sr., Herb Didrickson Sr., Gorman Shutt, Vic Adamson, Bill Robinson  and Johnny Vander. ... Other gifted players include Tony Herman, Bunny Donnelly, Hal Taylor, Archie Nielsen, Cecil McClain and Richard (Dick) Eliason.

September 1970

The Alaska Judicial council has selected Sitka as the site of a new branch of the state superior court. The Legislature had created a position for a third Superior Court judge in Southeast, but the city was not specified in the legislation.