GREEN LIGHT – Karen Lucas works in her Katlian Street garden this afternoon. Warm sunny weather this spring has been a boon for local gardeners. The Farmers' Almanac is predicting this summer will be warmer than normal, with the hottest period in early July. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Pauline Helfrich

    Former Sitkan Pauline Carter Winegar Helfrich died March 19, 2012, at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, Yakima, Wash., surrounded by her family. Memorial Services will be held at a later date.
    She was born Nov. 19, 1934, in Bend, Ore., to Frank and Ethel Carter. She came from a large family was close to her brothers and sisters.
    She worked as a cook for the school district and also in healthcare as a CNA in Sitka for many years. After retiring, she and Jim returned to Prineville, Ore., which allowed them to spend time with their children and grandchildren. She was happiest when she was surrounded by her family.
    Pauline is survived by her children Charles (Susan) Winegar of Minneapolis, Minn., Carrie (David) Risley of Yakima, Wash., Pamela (Brian) Chinell of Sitka, Sherri (Steve) Strand of Clatskanie, Ore., and Donald Helfrich of Sitka, stepdaughter, Diane (Ron) Gillette of Prineville, Ore., 15 grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.
    She is also survived by her brothers, Ron Carter and Norman Carter, and sisters, Ruby Erickson and Panzy Hawes.
    She was preceeded in death by her husband James Helfrich and stepson Richard Steven Helfrich and several brothers and sisters.
    In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Alzheimer’s Association 12721 30th Ave NE, Ste 101 Seattle, WA 98125
    Arrangements are in care of Affordable Funeral Care, Yakima, Wash.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 5-28-20)

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 10:55 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 13

Total statewide – 425

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 46, 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



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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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