2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kyle Chambers Fulton Dies; Longtime Resident was 67

Kyle Chambers Fulton


Kyle Chambers Fulton, a longtime Sitka resident, passed away on July 6, 2020. She was 67 years old.

Kyle was born September 4, 1952, in Sylmar, California, to Colin and Betty Chambers, and was raised alongside her three brothers, Kerry, Colin and Scott.

She was irresistibly drawn to the natural beauty of the last frontier and moved to Alaska in 1973. Her hardiness of spirit carried her through many demanding jobs and ports in the commercial fishing industry, including Kodiak, Craig and Sitka. Kyle’s tenacity kept her on the water, even after surviving the sinking of two fishing vessels.

Kyle was known among many for her kindness, resiliency, passion and boldness.

“She had a kind of balance, it seemed,” wrote Cathy Cuenin, a longtime friend, “with grace under stress and a sense of adventure.”

As a young woman, that sense of adventure led her around the world, to Scotland, Mexico and Costa Rica, among others. In 1993, it led her yet again, this time along the path of motherhood when she adopted her daughter, Kaitlin. 

Too often in life, the light that burns brightest is the light that burns shortest. A few years after the adoption of her daughter, Kyle began to feel the symptoms of Huntington’s Disease, a genetic neurological illness. True to her nature, she did not let her diagnosis define her, but chose to live life the fullest in spite of it. Her wit, compassion for others, and courage never faltered, and she has left an impression upon the hearts of many that will not easily be forgotten.

Kyle was preceded in death by her parents, Colin and Betty Chambers, and her brothers, Kerry, Colin and Scott. 

She is survived by her daughter Kaitlin Humphrey; sister-by-heart Judi Bixby; the father of her child, Timothy Fulton; nephews Lucas and Sebastian Chambers; niece Maya Chambers; and countless time-honored friends who are as closely regarded as family.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services, education, advocacy and research to those affected by Huntington’s Disease and their families.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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. 




August 2000

Bring your wand if you’re coming, leave your disbelief at the door (no Muggles allowed), because room 220 at Blatchley is a place where the decorations, outfits and conversations are all very, very Harry Potter. “If you want to levitate, go ahead,” said Lacy Simons addressing the young wizards of the Harry Potter Reading and Writing Club. Simons, a VISTA volunteer, formed the club ....

August 1970

Photo caption: Youngsters who participated in the summer reading program at Kettleson Memorial Library include, from left, Lari Cook, Nancy Erickson, Yumiko Hayashi, Kyoko Ikenoue, Lu Ann Beidel, Tiffany Rose, Jessica Roth, Gwendolyn Roth, Rhonda Audette, Heather Owen, Susan Kohler, Glenn Oen, David Oen, Eric Oen, Stephen Weddell, Robert Weddell, Randy Turner, Takahiko Hosei, Douglas Henie, Lance Robards and Timothy Von Clasen.