NEW ROUND – Sitka Fire Chief Craig Warren chats with Patrick and Catharine Weaver this afternoon at the fire hall during a COVID-19 vaccination clinic. The Weavers were waiting fifteen minutes after receiving the Moderna version of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 100 Sitkans were scheduled to receive their first dose today. Both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses for full efficacy. Sitkans can sign up to receive vaccinations at (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

John D. Reid

 John David Reid, 44, loving husband of Jill and proud father of Jacob and Megan, was taken too early doing what he loved to do.
He was born April 21, 1969, in Petersburg, and was found at sea after an Aug. 1, 2013, boating accident. He flourished living in Sitka and had enjoyed its abundance of sea and hunting activity since October 1998.
John’s young years were spent in logging camps with his family around his grandfather’s business, Reid Timber Inc.
His love for the outdoors of Southeast Alaska was and is forever within him. As he would often say, he did have “the bug.”
His family moved to Montesano, Wash., when he was 9 years old and he attended schools there, graduating from Montesano High School in 1987. The next year he spent at the Divers Institute of Technology in Ballard, Wash.
On July 20, 1991, he married his high school sweetheart, Jill Weaver, in Montesano. They soon moved to Ketchikan where he worked for his family business, now Reid Brothers Logging.
After moving to Sitka, he started his own company, J&J Mechanical, with Jim Decker, a high school friend who was also lost at sea 10 years ago. In recent years, he has been fishing for a living.
John is survived by his wife, Jill, of Sitka; son, Jacob, 19, sophomore and swimmer at the University of Rochester in New York studying pre-medicine; daughter, Megan, 17, senior student-athlete at Sitka High School; father and mother, Thomas and Vicki Reid of Lake Havasu, Ariz.; and sisters Sandra (Joel) Greene of Montesano, and  Kimberly (Russell) Stilson of Lake Havasu.
Along with his immediate family, he is survived by many aunts and uncles throughout Southeast Alaska and the west coast; five nephews; and three nieces.
A memorial service and celebration of John’s life will be held at the Coast Guard Gazebo on Thursday, Aug. 8, acknowledging those who worked so hard at recovering him.
The gathering will begin at 5 p.m. and any food or beverage items are welcome to share along with stories and memories.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the John D. Reid Memorial Fund at any Wells Fargo Bank, for his children’s college educations.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 1-15-21)

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 10:55 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 296

Total statewide – 49,835

Total (cumulative) deaths – 228

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,126

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 17

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 301 (274 resident; 27 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 281

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




January 2001

Photo caption: Sarah and Jeremy Pickard and Dr. James Brooks show off Lauren Marie Pickard, the first baby born in Sitka this year. She arrived at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital at 10:05 a.m., Jan. 4, weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20 inches. She’s the first child for the Pickards,who moved here in May with the U.S. Coast Guard.

January 1971

Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Foster and daughter Marchele have ended a two-week vacation trip to Idaho. They bought a new Mustang in Seattle, drove it to Sandpoint, Idaho, to visit relatives and stopped in Everett, Wash., to visit Mrs. Foster’s cousin, whom she hadn’t seen in 13 years. Mrs. Foster and Marchele returned by plane and Foster is following with the car, on the ferry.