EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Geri (Mathews) Beach, Lifelong Resident, Dies

 

Mike Eells and Geri (Mathews) Beach

 

Geri Beach (Mathews) was born in Sitka on January 19, 1962. She died peacefully on Saturday June 27, 2020, at SEARHC with Mike Eells, her lifelong partner, by her side.

She was 58.

Geri, a lifelong Sitkan, graduated from Sitka High School in 1980. She  worked for many years as a pharmacy technician and most recently as a bookkeeper.

Geri and Mike were an incredible team and brought out the best in each other. Geri always had a smile on her face, was kindhearted, generous and would always make you laugh.

Geri was preceded in death by her parents, Ruth and Bruce Mathews; her sister Connie Beckman and her son Joshua Beach.

She is survived by her three sisters, Janet Julsen of Anchorage, Debbie Martin of Texas and Joyce Gilmore of California, and her brother Ron Mathews of Sitka.

She also is survived by her goddaughter Ive Eells of Sitka; grandchildren Jaden, Shi Shi and Lacai of Juneau; and many nieces and nephews.

 

Per Geri’s wishes, no funeral service will be held.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-7-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 53

Total statewide – 3,536

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (14 resident; 6 non-resident) *

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

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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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20 YEARS AGO
August 2000

High prices for chum salmon, low pink returns, and record numbers of fish in Deep Inlet have turned the Sitka fishing grounds into Route 66 this summer. “Overall it’s been a fantastic season so far,” said Steve Reifenstuhl, operations manager for the Northern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association.

50 YEARS AGO
August 1970

His Beatitude, Metropolitan Ireney, Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, will head a gathering of Orthodox prelates from North American and abroad in ceremonies canonizing the first American Orthodox saints, Father Herman of Alaska. A group of Sitkans will fly to Kodiak for the event.

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