Sitkan Found Dead on Trail

By Sentinel Staff
    A Sitka man was found dead on the Mt. Verstovia trail Sunday evening.
    Police said Gregory Killinger, 52, apparently died of natural causes. The body of the longtime U.S. Forest Service employee was found a half-mile up the Verstovia trail by another hiker who was coming down the mountain.
    Killinger was wearing a backpack and had apparently gone on a day hike. He was slightly overdue returning home when his body was found around 7 p.m., said Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt. Killinger was identified by information found in his vehicle at the Verstovia trailhead, and from information provided by his wife, the chief said.
    The body has been sent to the state medical examiner in Anchorage, and police are investigating the unattended death, but Schmitt said there is nothing suspicious about the case.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.