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)

Linda Hamilton, Former Sitkan, Dies in Montana

Linda Hamilton

Blessed are those who have known love and given love. Linda Kathryn (Dombroski) Hamilton finished her journey through life filled with love on July 12, 2019.
“Love always protects, trusts, hopes and perseveres. Love never fails.” (1 Corinthians 13: 4-8). She taught us all the truth of love and showed that to every soul whose life she touched, her family said. Her soul is now free and rejoicing at the end of a long journey through the trial of breast cancer.
Linda was born Aug. 6, 1948, in Springfield, Illinois, and was raised there.
She lived in Normal, Illinois,  while attending Illinois State, where she met Steve Hamilton, who became her husband of 50 years.  She then left Illinois in the spirit of adventure and moved to Sitka, where she raised her family and worked for the Alaska Housing Finance Corp., managing elderly and low-income housing.
She and her husband left Sitka for Kalispell, Montana, where she lived out the rest of her days.
She is survived by her husband, Steve; two sons, Nathan and Ethan Hamilton; her younger sister, Diane Suderman; and her twin brother, Michael (Nancy) Dombroski. Nephews, nieces and two great-nieces.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Bernice (Shevokas) Dombroski.
Family and friends are invited to a graveside service to be held 11 a.m. July 19, 2019 at the Viola Cemetery, Viola, Illinois. A time of fellowship and luncheon will immediately follow at Speer Funeral Home, 2502 SE 3rd St. , Aledo, Illinois.
In lieu of sending flowers, the family asks friends to please consider a donation to the Linda K. Hamilton memorial Fund through the Susan G. Komen Foundation at

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.