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)

Brook Fuller Dies at 40; Was a Former Resident

Brook Fuller

Following a reading of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and surrounded by love, Brook Fuller peacefully shed her earthly body on January 5, 2021, in Yakima, Washington.

Brook was born to Vicki Fuller on November 15, 1980, minutes after her twin sister Jamie and three years to the day after their sister Brandy.

In 1994, after Brandy’s passing, the family moved to Sitka, where the twins attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School. In 1997, Brook left Sitka and traveled the Pacific Northwest extensively over the next 20-plus years, returning often to Alaska to visit her enormous family of friends.

Never one to conform or be told what she could or should not do, Brook was a feminist who worked in the commercial fishing industry. Her most amiable disposition and affectionate nature made her easy to love. She made friends everywhere she went, with most everyone she met. Warm, sweet, smart and quick to laugh, with a centered spirit, calm presence and delightful smile, Brook was generous and kind to all humans and cats whose paths she crossed.  She possessed an innate, unbound capacity for affection and warmth. To be by her side was to feel her love.

At age 15, Brook was more well-read than the majority of adults at any given point in time. She was a lover, a learner, a traveler. She often made her own clothing, valued the power of eyeliner, Turkish coffee, an amazing meal, film, and simply connecting through conversation. In Brook’s 40 years, she lived in Anchorage, Chugiak, Sitka, Yakutat and Juneau, as well as in Seattle and various towns along the Washington coast.

Like many other Alaskans, Brook’s life was punctuated by the trauma of suicide and truncated by addiction. As she weathered her own as bravely as she could, her unique warmth and ability to love and be loved served her well. She was blessed by and grateful for the unconditional love and support of friends who helped guide her through the steps of accepting and living with her addiction, as well as the steps of celebrating and living with her recovery.


Brook was preceded in death by her sister Brandy, mother Vicki, and maternal grandparents Mary Jane and Howard. She is survived by her twin sister Jamie Janik; cousins Shawn Fuller and Mandy Fuller McIntyre; and paternal relatives.

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.