SUMMER FLING – Erika Youngberg and one-year-old son Axel enjoy the light surf at Sandy Beach Saturday as temperatures climbed to 68 degrees under clear skies. The Youngbergs were among some 100 people sunbathing, splashing and swimming to deeper water before the weather turned to showers as was forecast for Sunday. (Sentinel Photo by Reber Stein)





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

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-21-21)

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 12:21 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 13

Total statewide – 68,112

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,602

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. Sunday.

Active cases in Sitka – 4

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 390 (341 resident; 49 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 Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,340 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,967 (67%)

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

Sitka police and federal authorities are investigating a report three counterfeit $100 bills were passed at a Sitka jewelry store. “It’s difficult to solve it, if you don’t get a good description of them, especially if they are transient or tourists.” said SPD Lt. John Bocza.

June 1971

Photo caption: David Bruce, 10, caught this 64-pound king salmon Saturday fishing with his grandfather, Philip “Peewee” James near Olga Strait. The big fish was 46 inches long with a girth of 32 inches. David and his grandparents live at Mt. Edgecumbe.