GROWING CONCERNS – Sitkans Andrea Fraga and Kaleb Aldred of Middle Island Gardens introduce themselves to an audience of around 100 this afternoon during the Southeast Alaska Farmers Summit in Sweetland Hall on the SJ campus. The three-day conference, organized by Southeast Alaska Watershed Coalition, Sustainable Southeast Partnership, runs through Sunday at several Sitka venues. Some of Saturday's topics include farming in Fairbanks, pest control and cultivating gourmet mushrooms. Vendor tables will be set up on Saturday and Sunday at Harrigan Centennial Hall. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Luke Padberg

Luke Padberg, a former Sitka resident, died Feb. 12 at his home in Heppner, Ore. He was 57.
    Services were held Feb. 16 at the Heppner Episcopal Church.
    Luke was born Sept. 16, 1955, in Heppner, and graduated from high school there. Afterward, he lived in Lewiston, Idaho, where he worked as a carpenter and house painter.
    In 1993, he came to Sitka, where he continued his work as a carpenter and builder, and installed satellite dishes. He also was a tender on the Windsong, owned by Glen Wilbur.
    Along with fishing, he also loved hunting.
    He left Sitka in 2007 to return to Heppner to be near his mother.
    He is survived by his mother, Colleen Kitch; and by three brothers, Dick and Gene Wallace of Heppner, and Wade Padberg.

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