BOX OF TREASURES – Haida artist Holly Churchill, of Ketchikan, shows Sitka High School senior Myles Magie a weaving technique on a cedar bark basket Wednesday in the Sitka High art room. Churchill finished a three-week residency today sponsored by the Sitka School District and Sealaska Heritage Institute's Sharing Our Box of Treasures" program. Her residency included work in the high school's new dual-credit program with UAS, the Northwest Coast Arts class, and sessions with Blatchley Middle School and the Sitka Native Education Program Culture Class. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Alan Riste

Alan Leroy Riste, a Sitka resident for 47 years, died Sept. 18 at his home. He was 77.
At his request, no services will be held.
He was born May 28, 1935, in Oroville, Wash., the son of Robert and Dorothy (Peterson) Riste. He grew up in Oroville.
He loved hunting, fishing and the outdoors, and was passionate about baseball. Two days after he volunteered for the military draft in 1955 he received a letter from the New York Yankees about trying out for the team as a pitcher.
After serving in the U.S. Army, he attended Central Washington University, 1960-64, and received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.  
He married Nona Morgan on Jan. 25, 1964, and in March 1965 they came to Sitka, where he worked for Alaska Pulp Corp. as a process engineer and lab supervisor.
Survivors include is wife, Nona Riste; brothers Bob Riste and Ben Riste; sisters Dolly Sneve and Vikki Riste-Dillon; children Alana Riste, Melissa Plosay and Brian Riste; and grandchildren Zach Riste, Ivy Riste, Kaci Bellon and Alan Plosay.

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