EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Lisa M. Long

Lisa Marie Long passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, at the age of 36. Her mother, Georgiana, her cousin, Molly Porter, and one of her best friends, Lee Peratrovich  Jr. were by her side.                                                                            
A celebration of life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan., 19, 2013, at the Church of God, Glacier Valley, 8497 Thunder Mountain Road, Juneau.  (907) 789-3605.  Rev. Richard Green will be officiating. 
“Miss Lisa” was born to George B. Johnson Jr. (Angoon) and Georgiana Lewis (Haines) on Oct. 22, 1976, at Mt. Edgecumbe.  She was of the Raven Moiety and belonged to the Taakw’aaneidi (People from Across the Waters) Clan.  Her half  sisters are Myrna, Georgianna, and Karen of Sitka; Mary (Metlakatla); and half-brothers George III (Germany) and Brian of Sitka. 
At the age of 4, Lisa was adopted by Meryl E. Long (Georgiana) and moved to Long Island, on Prince of Wales Island where they lived for the next 10 years.  Her brothers (by adoption) are Terry (Pam) Long of Cordova and Brayton (Becky) Long of Skagway. 
After finishing high school in Haines, Lisa earned a bachelor of arts and communications degree from the University of Alaska Southeast. 
The joy of Lisa’s life included her two children.  Sydney Leanne Long-Kent was born to her and Jake Kent of Juneau on Sept. 2, 1999.  Keenan Isaiah was born to Lisa and Chad Howard (Juneau) on June 24, 2004.  These two children were the light of her life. 
Lisa’s meaningful place of employment was at the Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska as a 477 Case Manager.  She loved working with her clients and making a difference in others’ lives. 
Her hobbies included playing with the “Pirates” softball team where she was nicknamed “Chief White-Pants”; traveling; shopping; and just “hanging out” with good friends.
Lisa Marie was preceded in death by maternal grandparents George A. Lewis (born in Kilisnoo) and Matilda Watson Lewis (born in Klawock); paternal grandparents, Mary B. and George B. Johnson Sr, of Angoon; grandmother, Hattie Pershall, Darren, and Meryl E. Long (Haines); aunt, Barbara C. Lewis; and cousins  Jodi Erickson and Scott Davis (Haines).
Surviving members of her immediate family include Georgiana (Joe) Hotch of Haines; brother, Dominic (Rosa) Wobick of Great Falls, Mont., uncles, Harold (Verda) Lewis and Raymond Lewis Sr. of Palmer, and Fred (Joni) Lewis of Anchorage; and aunties, E. Ruth Davis (Anchorage), Verna (Neil) Adams of Humeston, Iowa, Thelma Fields of Fairbanks, Florence (C. Joe) Murray of Santa Rosa, Calif., and Diane (John) Hoisington of Juneau. 
Lisa Marie was cremated at the Alaska Memorial Park in Juneau.  Her remains will be entered into rest at Jones Point Cemetery in Haines, next to her dad, Meryl. Her family will begin a Lisa Marie Long Scholarship in May. 
Memorial donations may be deposited into an account that was opened for her two children at First National Bank Alaska,  account #  3083 442 8. 

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”