SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Chester “Corky” Stewart

Chester “Corky” Stewart, 76, lost his battle with cancer on July 9, 2014. He was surrounded by family who loved him dearly.
A celebration of life will be held at the Sitka Moose Lodge on July 25,  from 5 to 7 p.m.
Corky was born in Silsbee, Texas, July 3, 1938, as his family was passing through. He spent his youthful years in southern Oregon until he followed his dream in 1959 and headed for Southeast Alaska.
Corky worked at the Ketchikan Pulp Mill until he was able to pursue his passion and became a commercial fisherman. He subscribed to the simple life where he loved to drift and dream. He also enjoyed having his family around – so much so the entire family lived aboard and commercial fished with him in the early years.
The twinkle in his eye was always the brightest when he was surrounded by his grandchildren, whom he adored.
“Our family lost a wonderful father, grandfather and great-grandfather,” a family member wrote.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Angus Oscar and Martha Bell Stewart; his brother Angus “Bud” Stewart; and sisters, Blanch Rughaford, Wanita Vest, Lois Metzer and Edna Schaze.
Corky is survived by his son, Jeff Stewart; his daughters Dianne Blumer (Doug), Jenette Matlock (Eric) and Kari Wheeler (Dave); and his brother Jack Stewart (Sharon).
He is also survived by his grand- children, Jayme, Dustin, Jeff, Shaley, Skylar, Brady, Wesley, Jessica, Karlee and Ficher; and great-grandchildren, Jager, Saelyr, Hudson, Scout, Kyla, Kira and Kason.
Corky was a longtime member of the Sitka Moose Lodge #1350 where you would often find him among friends with a cup of coffee telling fish stories.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests any donations be made to the American Cancer Society.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-21-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

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. 




September 2000

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.