Search for Sitka Hiker Under Way

By SHANNON HAUGLAND
Sentinel Staff Writer
    A search started this morning for a 19-year-old Sitka man who was last seen by family members around 11 a.m. Monday in the Indian River neighborhood.
    The family of Scott Falzerano Jr. reported him missing to the fire department at 7:30 a.m. today. They said that after he left their Charlie Joseph Street home he didn’t return home as expected, said Sitka Mountain Rescue director Don Kluting.
    A search team was dispatched to the Indian River valley – a favorite hunting spot of Falzerano’s – but there were no leads as to his whereabouts by press time today.
    Kluting said that Falzerano told family when he left that he was heading into the woods to hide a possession that had been stolen in recent days and that he had recovered on Sunday.
     Scott Falzerano is described as 6 feet, 1 inch, tall, with hazel green eyes and sandy blond hair. When he was last seen he was wearing a black hoody and blue jeans, Kluting said.
    Kluting said the young man’s family is very concerned about him.
    “Hopefully we find him soon,” Kluting said.
    Two search dogs and a team of seven volunteers were in the Indian River Valley at press time today. Kluting and other volunteers were also conducting interviews with friends of the missing man for any information on his whereabouts. At press time today, Kluting said, the search team was requesting the help of a helicopter from Coast Guard Air Station Sitka.
    Anyone who has seen Falzerano since 11 a.m. Monday are asked to call the Sitka Fire Department at 747-3233, or police at 747-3245.

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

  

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20 YEARS AGO
May 2002

 

From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

50 YEARS AGO
May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.

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