CATCH OF THE DAY – Mason Allery, age 6, holds the first fish caught during the 2021 Kids Fishing Day Saturday on Swan Lake. Mason was given a prize and afterward successfully released his catch. The Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game hosted the event, which had to be canceled in 2020. To avoid gathering large groups of people together, this year prizes were handed out throughout the three-hour event. More than a hundred young fishers and their crew members turned out. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 



Services to be Aug. 23 For Betsy Trainor, 65

Betsy Trainor

Betsy Baldwin (Dore) Trainor, 65, passed away August 13 in Sitka after a 23-year-long battle with cancer.
She never complained. She took very frequent trips to Seattle and always said “I’m not going to sit in a hotel room and feel sorry for myself.”
After her appointments or treatments she would ride the ferry to Bainbridge Island, take a train to Bellingham or visit a state park or lighthouse.
Funeral Mass will be 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
Betsy was born Nov. 13, 1953, in Waterville, Maine. Her father, Dr. Clarence Dore, and her mother, Marjorie, four sisters and brother were avid outdoor people, spending many hours boating, skiing, fishing and hunting. Betsy grew up running boats of all sizes and chainsaws, and building camps and netting fish. She was an excellent marksman and gunsmith.
She came to Sitka in 1972 to attend Sheldon Jackson College. Had she come a day earlier she could have ridden one of the Sitka-Japonski shore boats that were replaced by the O’Connell Bridge. She often quipped that she was teased that she was not a “True Sitkan” because she never rode the shore boats.
She completed the SJC Forestry Technician program. The hundreds of acres the college owned were an excellent training ground for learning to cruise timber, scale logs, perform silviculture projects, and learn surveying. She later attended the University of Maine School of Forestry and then returned to Sitka.
She went to work for the U.S. Forest Service in 1975. She quickly impressed the all-male timber management crew that she was more than capable of doing everything they could do – much of it better. She worked for Tony Hrebar, who was a wonderful boss, and helped him train new employees in how to use rifles for bear protection and how to care for and maintain firearms.
She was extremely proud of the work she did managing timber sales. Great efforts were made to design roads away from eagle trees and to protect salmon streams. Harvesting methods were chosen to cause the least amount of erosion.
Betsy was the first permanent woman Forestry Technician in the Alaska Region. She was a certified Timber Cruiser and Check Scaler. She later worked in the recreation department managing and maintaining the local campgrounds and picnic areas, building dozens of the large, heavy picnic tables, adding improvements to the Starrigavan bird viewing shelter and building many different projects.
Betsy married Michael Trainor, a maintenance mechanic with the Forest Service, on May 21, 1976.
As much as she liked her work with the Forest Service, what she wanted most was to raise a family and she wanted to be able to stay home with her kids. She left the agency in 1982 when her first daughter, Amanda, was born. Nicola followed in 1986. She loved family camping and taking her girls out in her 13-foot Whaler.
Betsy later worked part time for the Forest Service and at the time of her death was a geomagnetic technician contractor working at the Sitka Magnetic Observatory for the U.S. Geological Survey.
She was an avid birder, photographer and naturalist and was known for the loon calls she could make. She loved walking her dog.
Betsy was preceded in death by a brother, Peter Dore, who died in 1982.
She is survived by her husband, Michael Trainor, Sitka, and daughters Nicola Trainor of Sitka and Amanda Trainor, Kapaa, Hawaii.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to Brave Heart Volunteers.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-16-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 387 (339 resident; 48 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

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

Partially vaccinated – 5,304 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,904 (66%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 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:





June 2001

Photo caption: Luke Nisbet holds up a “2005” sign at a rites of passage ceremony at Blatchley Middle School for the school’s 120 eighth-graders. It was the first ceremony to mark the “graduation” of eighth-graders from middle school.

June 1971

Two of the most controversial subjects to come before the city council in months are on tonight’s agenda. One would extend bar operating hours inside the city limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and the other would permit operation of coin amusement machines by persons under 18.