NEW BREW – Zach Anderson stands at the bar of the recently opened Harbor Mountain Brewing Company Tuesday afternoon. The brew pub, on the site of the former Baranof Island Brewery, is open Wednesday through Friday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Jetta L. Budd, Longtime Sitkan Dies at Age 72

Jetta L. Budd

    Jetta Budd, a Sitka resident since 1989, passed away Aug. 29, 2019, at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle, with her family by her side. She was 72.
    She was born March 16, 1947, in Pueblo, Colorado, the daughter of George and Darlene Klein. She had three siblings: Rick, Mick and Valeena.
    She graduated from Centennial High School in Pueblo, and in 1969 received a bachelor’s degree in education from Adams State College, Alamosa, Colorado, Her majors were English and elementary education.
    Two days after graduating from Adams she married Tom Budd, and they both took teaching jobs in Hoonah. They lived there for 20 years. She loved her students, and had many fond memories of their years there. She liked picnics and occasional skiff rides in the spring and summer to Neka Bay, Glacier Bay and Tenakee.
    In 1989, she retired from Hoonah Public Schools, and the family moved to Sitka. She continued to work in education here for the next 17 years, in various capacities, although not as a teacher. She worked for both Sitka School District and Mt. Edgecumbe High School.
    She loved to travel and experience various cultures and cuisines. Her passport over the years accumulated stamps from 48 countries on six continents.
    She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Tom Budd, Sitka; daughter Brindle Summers of San Antonio, Texas; grandchildren Azure and McKinley Summers and Sierra and Sterling Seal, all of San Antonio; her mother, Darlene of Pueblo; brothers Rick and his wife Marilyn in Florissant, Missouri, and Mike and his wife Lois of Grand Island, Nebraska; and sister Valeena and her husband Harry Hollifield, Pueblo.
    Jetta will be missed by her family and friends. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to SAFV.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


Login Form



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-5-20)

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 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 56

Total statewide – 3,449

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 137.

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

Dan and Betty Keck were married 50 years ago and friends are invited to help celebrate. ... They were married at the Church of Christ in Pateros, Wash., and in 1960 loaded up their station wagon, drove to Seattle, flew to Annette Island and on to Sitka. ... They owned The Cellar from 1976 to 1995. Dan was on the Assembly and served as mayor. ...

August 1970

Sitka Purse Seiners Association has endorsed Larry Carr for governor, according to Al Perkins, chairman of the local organization. He said the organization of about 50 members backs Carr for his position on fishing.