2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Former Sitkan Richard Powell Dies in Oregon

Richard Eugene Powell

Former Sitka resident Richard Eugene Powell, of Milton Freewater, Oregon, passed away Oct. 8, 2018, at the age of 70.
Richard (Fritz or Rich to family and friends) was born in Prosser, Washington, May 6, 1948. The family moved to Lake Stevens, Washington, where they  lived until moving to Sitka in October 1959. Richard graduated from Sitka High in 1966 then attended Northwest Nazarene College, graduating with a degree in math education.
He taught briefly at Mt. Edgecumbe High School but was drafted into the U.S. Army in late l970. A portion of his Army career was spent in Germany.
Richard returned to Sitka briefly, working in various places as an accountant, before moving to Caldwell, Idaho, where he lived and worked for several years.
In 1983, Richard moved to Laughlin, Nevada, where he worked for the next 33 years at Pioneer Casino. Many Sitkans recall running into him there at a Black Jack table. He met and made many friends from across the country and world while working there.
He loved the hot, dry climate, and was an avid bike rider, often going on rides of more than 50 miles and competing in cross-state team races. He never owned a car while living there.
He retired in January 2016 and moved to Milton Freewater, where he owned a home. He enjoyed being outdoors, going on daily long walks and taking care of his yard and gardens. He owned a car, but seldom drove it, preferring to walk.
Watching football and Nascar racing were other pastimes he enjoyed; he was an avid San Francisco 49ers fan.
Richard especially enjoyed the company of a niece and grandniece and their family, who lived in Milton Freewater. Having lived alone for so long, he appreciated living near family again.
Richard was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Powell Jr., his mother, Rosalee Powell, and his father Robert Powell Sr.
He is survived by his sister, Terry Bartolaba (Gene) of Sitka; nephews Mike Bartolaba (Mindy) and Greg Bartolaba (Angie) of Sitka and David Powell (Angel) and Richard Powell (Priscilla) of Las Vegas, Nevada; nieces Kristina Randolph (John) of Juneau, Mary Umbriaco  (Ben) of Glacier Park, Montana, and Ruthie and Pepita Powell of Milton Freewater.
Correspondence may be sent to his sister, Terry Bartolaba, 443 Verstovia Ave., Sitka, AK 99835.


August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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 1;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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. 




August 2000

Bring your wand if you’re coming, leave your disbelief at the door (no Muggles allowed), because room 220 at Blatchley is a place where the decorations, outfits and conversations are all very, very Harry Potter. “If you want to levitate, go ahead,” said Lacy Simons addressing the young wizards of the Harry Potter Reading and Writing Club. Simons, a VISTA volunteer, formed the club ....

August 1970

Photo caption: Youngsters who participated in the summer reading program at Kettleson Memorial Library include, from left, Lari Cook, Nancy Erickson, Yumiko Hayashi, Kyoko Ikenoue, Lu Ann Beidel, Tiffany Rose, Jessica Roth, Gwendolyn Roth, Rhonda Audette, Heather Owen, Susan Kohler, Glenn Oen, David Oen, Eric Oen, Stephen Weddell, Robert Weddell, Randy Turner, Takahiko Hosei, Douglas Henie, Lance Robards and Timothy Von Clasen.