EARTH DAY – Pacific High School freshman Hailey Kane plants a Tlingit potato in a garden next to the U.S. Forest Service District office building on Halibut Point Road, Friday. More than a dozen Sitkans, including several from Pacific High's gardening class, helped plant the heirloom potatoes as part of local Earth Day events. This was the third year for the program which is a collaboration between the USDA Forest Service Ranger District and Sitka Tribe of Alaska. Program organizer Michelle Putz said the low-maintenance potatoes originated in Mexico or South America and have been planted in Tlingit gardens for more than 200 years. Last year the garden yielded 90 pounds of spuds. (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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