CHECKING THE SLOPES – Ski companions Aaron Prussian, Emily Clark and Will Sirokman measure the snow depth and conditions on Mt. Verstovia Saturday. The friends have been tracking conditions this season, looking for weaknesses in the snowpack that could lead to avalanches. They saw signs of stable conditions, some hardpack and compacted layers, but no signs of weakness in that specific area. Dozens of skiers were on the mountain this weekend. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Carol ‘Sue’ Falkner Dies; Was a Longtime Sitkan

Carol “Sue” Falkner

Carol “Sue” Falkner, a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother “Oma” and great-grandmother, went home to Jesus surrounded by family on Dec. 19, 2020. She would have been 81 on Dec. 24.

She was born in Ventura, Calif., the daughter of John and Ethel McArdle, and grew up in California. She received an undergraduate degree in nutrition  from Humboldt State, and in history from California State University Los Angeles, then earned a master’s from Chico State.

 She taught school for several years in California. She married Ted Falkner on Aug. 20, 1960, in Arcata, California. He was with the U.S. Forest Service, and they lived in areas of California before coming to Alaska in 1981, living in Juneau, where Sue worked for Behrends Bank, then moving to Sitka where she worked first for First National Bank of Anchorage. She later was with Body World Gym, and for the past nearly 30 years has been at Abby’s Reflection Apparel and Quiltworks.

She was a member of Ocean Wave Quilt Guild, and Rainy Day Dollmakers.

First and foremost, Sue loved the Lord with all her heart. She liked to quilt, read and be outdoors, and enjoyed long walks with beloved friends and being in the company of family.  She treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sue loved life and brought joy to all who encountered her.

She belonged to the Sitka Christian Center.

Sue will be forever cherished and remembered by her husband Ted, of Sitka; children Marci (Jay) Williams of Seattle, Patty (Rod) Ady of Sitka, and Todd; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister Kathy Warner of Georgia.

Sue also will be missed by her nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

A celebration of her life will be held when the pandemic allows. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-26-21)

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 p.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 86

Total statewide – 51,778

Total (cumulative) deaths – 258

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,170

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 309 (277 resident; 32 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 308

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




January 2001

Rory Schneeberger of Sitka has been tapped to serve as state Rep. Peggy Wilson’s chief of staff, the District 2 representative announced today. Wilson, of Wrangell, was elected in November to represent Sitka, Wrangell and Ketchikan in the state House.

January 1971

Eleven Sheldon Jackson students will visit churches in the northern half of Southeast Alaska as part of a four-week interim study course called Contemporary Alaska Mission. Their instructor, Rev. William Zeiger, who is college chaplain, has arranged the course.