ON THE ROAD AGAIN – One of The RIDE buses goes down Katlian Street past the city boat grid this morning. After four months of being shut down because of antivirus precautions, the public transportation service resumed operations today. All routes remain the same except the Blue Line bus route, which now turns around at Whale Park instead of the Gary Paxton Industrial Park. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Donald C. “Duck” Didrickson

Donald C. “Duck” Didrickson, who lived most of his life in Sitka, died Feb. 6 at his home, with his family by his side. He was 80.
    A memorial dinner will be 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, at the ANB Founders Hall. A viewing will be 5-7 p.m. tonight at Prewitt’s Funeral Home. A graveside service for the family will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 11.
    Donald Charles “Duck” Didrickson was born Oct. 3, 1933, in Sitka, the son of Elizabeth Didrickson and Peter  James. He attended local schools until he joined the U.S. Navy.
    Aftrer his discharge from the Navy, he worked as a tugboat captain on the original Samson Tug.
    He retired at one time and was living in Bellingham, Wash., where he met the love of his life, Roxyann.
    They returned to Sitka to stay in the mid 1980s.
    Donald enjoyed fishing, hunting, picking berries with his family, working on engines, and hiking Sitka trails with either his dogs, grandkids, or the whole family.
    He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, and family – his three grandchildren were his entire world.
    He will be greatly missed, not just by his family but his many friends.
    “He’s ‘gone fishin’’ but one day we’ll see him again,” his family wrote.
    Donald was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers Petey James and Bobby James.
    He is survived by his wife, Roxyann Didrickson of Sitka; son and daughter-in-law Kendall and Jennifer Didrickson of Sitka; daughter Crystal Didrickson of Sitka; grandchildren Kiera, Corbin and Cordelia; brothers Boyd Didrickson and Gerald Didrickson, both of Sitka; half-brother John James of Juneau; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
    Pallbearers will be Tom Gamble, Ernie Karras, Rick Richter, Ralph Jones, Dr. Elliot Bruhl and Jude Pate.
    Honorary pallbearers are Kendall Didrickson, Tyler Jennum, Boyd Didrickson, Zane Bacon, Carl Lindstrom and Vickie Slade.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-13-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 60

Total statewide – 1,539

Total (cumulative) deaths – 17

Active cases in Sitka – 4 (2 resident; 2 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 14 (11 resident; 3 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 87.

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 the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

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