CATCH OF THE DAY – Mason Allery, age 6, holds the first fish caught during the 2021 Kids Fishing Day Saturday on Swan Lake. Mason was given a prize and afterward successfully released his catch. The Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game hosted the event, which had to be canceled in 2020. To avoid gathering large groups of people together, this year prizes were handed out throughout the three-hour event. More than a hundred young fishers and their crew members turned out. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 

 

 

Wayne Westover

Wayne Westover, a longtime Sitka resident, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 13, 2013, at the age of 84.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday,  Jan. 19, at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, followed by a reception at the Elks Lodge.
Graveside services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Sitka National Cemetery.
Wayne was born in Clagstone, Idaho, June 27, 1928. The  family moved to Port Alexander,  where Wayne spent part of his childhood, and then came to Sitka. He graduated from Sitka High School in 1946.
An interesting sidenote is that Wayne’s father was maintenance and caretaker of the Castle Hill building, where the family lived.
Wayne, known as “Pee Wee” by many,  was a member of the Elks Lodge, and enjoyed  morning coffee and conversations  with his buddies.
Wayne served in the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Japan following World War II. After he was discharged, his primary job was fishing.  He had other occupations also, but fishing is what he did best – he trained a number of greenhorns on the ropes of fishing.
In the last remaining years of his life, Wayne battled a number of physical disabilities. Complications from diabetes caused the loss of a leg and part of a foot.  After a year in hospitals, nursing homes and family homes, Wayne was finally able to return to his beloved Sitka and live out the last two months of his life.
Wayne leaves behind his former  wife, Marlene, of Sitka; daughters Debra Diebert of Marysville, Wash., and Dianne Graveline of Eugene, Wash.;  grandchildren Janis, Bradley, Johanna and Jennifer;  great-grandchildren Lauren, Brendan, Lilly, Tristan, Jason, Eliot, and  Asa; niece Carolyn Hammack and her husband Ray and niece Cheryl Westover; and grandnephew Michael Coleman and his wife Tessie and their children Michaela, Malissa, Kaycie, Trevan, and Chance, of Sitka.
Wayne was preceeded in death by his father and mother, Bernard James and Marie (Kraak) Westover; brothers Stanley and Don; son Keith; nephew Rick; and sister-in-law Mardelle Westover.
“We also mention his dog Harry who was a wonderful companion to Wayne and died two months before him,” his family said.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-16-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 387 (339 resident; 48 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,304 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,904 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at: https://bit.ly/3apStpb

 

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20 YEARS AGO
June 2001

Photo caption: Luke Nisbet holds up a “2005” sign at a rites of passage ceremony at Blatchley Middle School for the school’s 120 eighth-graders. It was the first ceremony to mark the “graduation” of eighth-graders from middle school.

50 YEARS AGO
June 1971

Two of the most controversial subjects to come before the city council in months are on tonight’s agenda. One would extend bar operating hours inside the city limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and the other would permit operation of coin amusement machines by persons under 18.

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