FAMILY, BIBLE REUNION – TOP: Family and friends of Frank and Jessie Price stand behind a large gilded Bible found in the former Presbyterian Church that was returned to the descendants of the Prices recently. Family members, mostly from Washington state and California, visiting Sitka to witness the return of the Bible include, at front center holding Bible, Georgia Price Barnard, the daughter of the Prices, and Calvin Anderson, a great-great-grandchild of the Prices. The Presbyterian Church land was purchased by housing developers. ABOVE: Georgia Price Barnard holds the pulpit Bible that was returned to the family last week.(Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Willis Leroy Donnally, Former Sitkan, Mourned

Willis Leroy Donnally

Former Sitkan Willis Leroy Donnally went to be home with the Lord on July 3, 2019, just 12 days before his 83rd birthday. A resident of Delta Junction, he was in Fairbanks at the time of his passing.
He was born July 15, 1936, in Everett, Washington. He joined the U.S. Navy in 1956, served two terms, and had an honorable discharge after nine years of serving his country.
He moved to Sitka in 1967 with his wife Claudia and four children, Jody, Katy, Pat and Erin. While in  Sitka, he ran his own commercial fishing boat, and together with his wife operated a fish processing plant, Claudia’s Fisheries.
In 2005, he moved to Delta Junction, into a beautiful log cabin, built by himself, family, and friends. He resided there until he went home to be with the Lord.
“Those who knew our Dad/Grandpa/Uncle knew that he was a one of a kind special character,” his family said. “He not only enjoyed fishing immensely, but more so the telling of a few pretty big fish stories along the way.”
He loved to go moose hunting and fishing with his favorite partner, his son, Pat.  
He enjoyed conversation and meeting new people and offered a warm welcome to those he met.
He celebrated his most favorite holiday, St. Patrick’s Day, with family, having a corned beef & cabbage dinner enjoyed by all. At Christmas time he always took pleasure in his tradition of reading his family “The Legend of the Candy Cane” story.
“Dad was a loving man who will be very much missed,” his family said.
He was preceded by his father, Harvey Andrew Donnally, mother, Earna Cheldelin, and stepfather, George Cheldelin.
He is survived by his former wife, Claudia, of Sitka; daughter Jody Grall and husband Doug of Edmonds, Washington, daughter Katy Rouse and husband John of Sitka, son Pat Donnally and wife Dee of Delta Junction, and daughter Erin Hansen and husband John of Sitka.
His grandchildren are Dale Lindstrom and wife Paula, Jenny Metlicka and husband Scott, Jr. Lindstrom, Kori Lindstrom, Haley LaDuke and husband Jake, and Lee Burkhart. 
His great-grandchildren are Shaylene, Kali, Bubba and Emily Metlicka. Reyana, Kiyara, Robert, Sydney, Ashton Lindstrom. Landon and Sawyer LaDuke. He also is survived by his numerous nieces and nephews of Washington.
    He loved all his family dearly.
A celebration of life and a fishing adventure will take place with family next July 2020 in Delta Junction.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 7-23-21)

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 1:06 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 239

Total statewide – 70,751

Total (cumulative) deaths – 377

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,688

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 235

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 24

Cumulative Sitka cases – 696 (636 resident; 60 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 465

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 Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,567 (75%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,187 (70%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 78 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:





July 2001

Recent Sitka High graduate Brian Mork is serving as a summer intern in Sen. Frank Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office. Mork, the son of Carolyn and Leon Mork of Sitka, plans to attend the University of Fairbanks where he’ll study political science.

July 1971

The Halibut Association of North America has released a plan for halibut landings “to minimize the problem of halibut which contains over 0.5 ppm of mercury.” Sitka Cold Storage, a member, has adopted the plan.