PASSING THROUGH – Orca whales swim near the Indian River estuary Thursday night. A pod of more than a half-dozen adult and juvenile orcas spent the late afternoon in Sitka Sound near shore as people along Sawmill Creek Road photographed and video recorded them. NOAA Fisheries recommends staying at least 100 yards away while viewing whales from boats. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Harold Allen Chartier

How do you sum up the life of a good man?  So many memories and qualities compacted into a few words.
Harold Allen Chartier (Harry) was a man who lived a life of integrity and inspired others through his kindness, humility and humor. Harry gave “a tip of the country hat” and joined up with the Ghost Riders in the Sky on Monday, Feb. 3, 2014.  He leaves behind his loving children, daughter Susan Skye, and son Tim, daughter in-law Brooke, and beautiful granddaughter Loraine Marie, all of Sitka; as well as many, many friends from around the world.
Harry was born on Oct. 4, 1948, in Boise, Idaho.  In 1978, he moved north to Alaska to work as an engineer in Skagway. Harry married Mary Soltis and they moved to Sitka to raise their family in 1981.
For nearly 20 years, Harry worked as a building official with the City of Sitka. He was dedicated to serving the community he loved with fairness and integrity. He approached his job with a heart for service and a can-do attitude.
Harry was a personality! He had a way of walking into a room bringing cheer in right behind him. When he met a new person, he would look them in the eye, find an authentic connection and leave that person feeling special and truly seen. Magically, Harry could do this even by sitting alone behind a microphone with his friends (the listeners) of his KCAW radio show, “Coming Up Country,”  which he hosted every Friday night for many years.
Harry also helped build community through his volunteering with Southeast Regional Emergency Medical Services. He cared about people in their time of need and was there for Southeast Alaska.
Harry’s bones needed some sun, so after retiring from the City 10 years ago, he headed to eastern Oregon, and was living in Baker City at the time of his death. Many benefited from the gifts of rocks, pebbles and the arrowheads he would find.
He had a smile for everyone he encountered, and had two green thumbs on two helping hands. Mr. Chartier was a very patient man, especially while fishing.
Harry respected peace and took time to touch many hearts. His generosity, enthusiasm, strength through adversity, and genuine love for life will not soon be forgotten.
The community can tip our country hat and wish Harry happy trails at a celebration of his life at the Halibut Point Recreation Area later this February. Contributions can be made to the Harry Chartier Memorial Fund at Wells Fargo Bank #538791867.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-31-20)

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 12:50 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 108

Total statewide – 2,990

Total (cumulative) deaths – 23

Active cases in Sitka – 15 (10 resident; 5 non-resident) *

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

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 133.

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. 

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March 23, 2020

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TO READERS AND ADVERTISERS

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