Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s office building on the corner of  Siginaka Way and Katlian Street is pictured Tuesday. The building’s HVAC system was replaced using Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act funding. The Supreme Court recently ruled that Alaska Native corporations are also eligible for CARES Act funding. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Services to be Held June 15 For Ryan Mae Huddlestun

Ryan Mae Huddlestun

A beloved mother, daughter, granddaughter, sister, niece, cousin and friend, Ryan Mae Huddlestun, 31, left this world unexpectedly on April 4, 2019. She was at Providence Hospital in Anchorage.
Ryan was born in Sitka on October 9, 1987, the daughter of Ken and Patti Huddlestun.
She attended Sitka schools, graduating from Sitka High in 2006. She was living in Juneau at the time of her death.
Ryan was funny, outgoing and vivacious. “We will always remember her infectious smile, thick reddish brown hair and caring personality,” her family said. “Her presence in our lives will be sorely missed.
“When you think of Ryan celebrate the good memories you have of her. Remember that life is fragile and short and should be lived to the fullest.”
Ryan was preceded in death by her grandparents, Norman and Lourdes Hill.
Her beautiful life will always be cherished in the lives of her children, Jordan Carlos and Benjamin Peavey of Sitka, and Ryan and LilyBella Shattuck of Melbourne, Florida; her parents, Ken Huddlestun of Juneau and Patti Huddlestun of Ketchikan; brother Arik of Ketchikan; sisters Devyn of Sitka, Kamryn Craig of Ketchikan and Hunter of Pflugerville, Texas; and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
A celebration of her life will be held 3 p.m to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at Crescent Harbor Main Dock on an Allen Marine Tour charter.
Potluck will be held on the boat. 

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 8-4-21)

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 11:27 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 323

Total statewide – 72,584

Total (cumulative) deaths – 385

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,738

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 123

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 37

Cumulative Sitka cases – 873 (797 resident; 76 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 748

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Wednesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,682 (77%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,242 (71%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 79 percent of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





August 2001

The Assembly agreed Thursday to place ballot questions on cell phone usage, downtown traffic lights and a fire hall before the voters in the Oct. 2 municipal election. Assembly members emphasized the election results would be used as a rough guide, not a mandate, on policy issues.

August 1971

Sitka student Phillip R. Wyman is among new admissions for the fall at Washington State University.