FULL FIELD – Bathtub toy ducks float down Granite Creek toward a finish line at Halibut Point Recreation Area Saturday afternoon during the annual Sitka Rotary Club duck race. First place, two Alaska Airlines round-trip tickets, were won by Ron and Leah Kari. This year all 3,500 ducks were sold by June 14. Money raised at the event is donated to dozens of Sitka non-profits. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Celebration of Life Oct. 5 For Stephen Dell Warren

Stephen Dell Warren

Stephen Dell Warren

  Stephen Dell Warren, a Sitkan since January 2001, died June 28, 2019, in Eugene, Oregon, where he had gone to seek medical help. He was 68.
Steve was born May 5, 1951, in Colorado Springs, Colorado, to Zephyr and Adelbert Warren. Brother Roger was born a year and a half later and the family soon moved to Oregon where their dad began working for the Oregon State Fish Hatchery program. It was a time when children were expected to help out at the hatcheries, so Steve and his brothers Roger and Keith (born 1958) learned the hatcheryman trade at a young age. The family lived at several different fish hatcheries over the years.
  Steve’s family was active in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, their father being a lay minister. Once Steve’s singing ability and willingness to perform were discovered, he began singing for services, making his debut at the age of 5 singing at a revival meeting. Steve and brother Roger were soon singing harmonies and later played trumpet duets at services each Saturday, Steve writing out the harmony part for each hymn. The brothers attended Adventist schools, Steve graduating from Columbia Academy in Battleground, Washington, in 1969. While at the Academy, Steve participated in a traveling music group called “Contando,” and began playing the guitar. It was expected that he would become a musical evangelist. He also developed an interest in folk and Bluegrass music. He was guitarist for the Portland Boys Choir while his brother Keith was a member, from 1967 to 1970.
  Steve attended Mount Hood College and became involved there with Ralph Nader and his Oregon State Public Interest Research Group (OSPIRG). Also about this time, he fought for and obtained Conscientious Objector status.
Having learned cooking and baking while at Academy, Steve worked at Multnomah Falls and as chef at Bauman’s Resort. He stopped cooking professionally when it began to affect his health, but enjoyed doing it for his family and friends.
  In 1975, Steve met Christine Mullen at a Halloween dance on the Oregon Coast. They soon became inseparable. They spent a year living on a mining claim at Forks of the Salmon, California, which had been in Steve’s family since the 1930’s, working at a firefighting camp as cooks during that time. Because they were both interested in remote living and Steve had had an interest in Alaska since he was a child, they hitchhiked to Alaska in 1977. On this trip they scouted out employment opportunities and returned in 1978 to work for the start-up of Southern Southeast Regional Aquaculture Association (SSRAA) as a camp couple, establishing remote camps and setting up weirs for egg-taking at Portage-Sulzer on Prince of Wales Island and in Walker Cove in the Misty Fjords east of Ketchikan. The next season they returned to work for Reid Timber as cook and bull cook/housekeeper at a salvage logging sale camp on Shrubby Island at the north end of Clarence Strait.
  In 1979, having saved their earnings from two seasons in Alaska, they returned south to look for a sailboat. In Sydney, B.C., they found the Alte Liebe, a 26-foot Dutch-built steel sloop, and moved aboard, spending the next three years exploring the Port Townsend area, the San Juan Islands, and the Hood Canal. In 1980, Steve and Chris were married in Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington, and also had their first child, daughter Ginger.
  They sailed back to Alaska in 1982 and explored for a couple of years. Daughter Mariah was born in late 1983 in Wrangell, and soon after the family traveled by ferry to Juneau to attend an “over the counter sale” of DNR land parcels. They won some land in Edna Bay and moved there, building a cabin with a chainsaw mill and wood from their property. Daughter Misty was born in 1986 and son Aaron was born in 1988.
Each time the family traveled on their sailboat to Wrangell to deliver at the Wrangell hospital with Dr. Harriet Schirmer. They then would travel south to show the new addition to their families in Oregon, then return to Alaska. All four children were home-schooled. In 2001 the decision was made to move to Sitka, where daughter Mariah was attending Mt. Edgecumbe High School and daughter Ginger was taking classes at UAS.
  Steve worked at various jobs until he was hired by Sitka Conservation Society to work on the Roadless Rule campaign. He later worked for years on the Smoke-free Workplaces campaign. His favorite job was working as a smoking cessation counselor at Sitka Community Hospital. In later years he worked on many boats, installing electronics, doing plumbing, and fixing mechanical problems.
  Besides his family, Steve’s true love in life was making music. He became an adept rhythm guitarist and also enjoyed playing mandolin, pennywhistle, keyboard, accordion and concertina over the years. He was a skilled vocalist who knew hundreds of songs and liked sharing them at the Pioneer Home. He played with different people around town and at the Farmers Market and other events. He especially enjoyed playing with the Irish band Ceoltoiri.
  Steve also enjoyed his time on the water, hunting and fishing. He shared his catch with friends and family.
  Another favorite activity for Steve was cooking and baking for community events and fundraisers, and he was known for his Salmon Chowder and freshly baked rolls.
Steve is survived by his wife, Chris, son Aaron and daughters Ginger and Misty, all of Sitka, and daughter Mariah, of Ketchikan; two grandchildren, Lillie and Warren White, of Sitka; brothers Roger (Andie) Warren and Keith (Maria) Warren of Astoria, Washington; sisters-in-law Pamela Panum and Deb Mullen, both of Eugene, Oregon; and brother-in-law Paul Mullen, Vancouver, Washington.
 A celebration of life for Steve will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, at the Sealing Cove Business Center on Alice Island. Attendees are asked to park in the lot behind the building and enter the door to the former school gymnasium.
Musicians are encouraged to bring their instruments, and potluck dishes are welcome from those who have one to share. “Come meet Steve’s family, including his brothers Roger and Keith, who will play some music for us, and their wives Andie and Maria,” the family said.
Also attending will be Steve’s sisters-in-law, Pamela Panum and Deb Mullen, both of Eugene, Oregon who helped care for him in Oregon, and his brother-in-law Paul Mullen, Vancouver, Washington.



Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-6-20)

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 1:25 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 28

Total statewide – 1,166

Total (cumulative) deaths – 16

Active cases in Sitka – 6 (3 resident; 3 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 12 (10 resident; 2 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 74.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



Welcome to the Sitka Sentinel's web page. In order to make the Sentinel's news more easily available during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken down the paywall to access articles on this page. Just click on an article headline to read the story. 

March 23, 2020



For the duration of the COVID-19 disaster emergency declared by federal, state and local authorities, the Sentinel is taking additional measures to reduce virus exposure to its employees and contractors as well as to the public, while continuing to publish a daily news report for Sitka.

To the extent possible, Sentinel news and sales staff will be working from home. For the protection of our carriers, home delivery of the newspaper will be stopped effective Tuesday, March 24.

The Sentinel will continue to publish on its website sitkasentinel.com. Access to the website will be free to all users. The Sentinel will also produce a print edition Monday through Friday. It will be available to all readers without charge, at locations throughout town.

Initially, these locations are those where the Sentinel's newspaper vending machines are already in place. The coin mechanisms will be disabled or the doors removed to permit easy access. The Sentinel will work with the stores where the paper is usually sold, to designate a place inside or outside the store where the free edition can be made available.  

Home delivery subscriptions are on hold, and after the end of the disaster emergency, subscriptions will be extended at no charge for the number of days that there was no home delivery.

The Sentinel will make its print edition available to the public as early in the day as possible. with all personnel taking precautions to prevent spread of the virus.

The Sentinel is calling upon its customers to observe the COVID-19 emergency precautions already in place, particularly in maintaining a six-foot social distance from others at newspaper distribution sites.

Following is the statement issued by the Sentinel on March 16, stating the Sentinel's emergency procedures, which remain in effect.

The Sentinel office at 112 Barracks Street is closed to the public. We encourage people to use the phone, email or the U.S. Postal Service as much as possible.There is a slot in the front door of the office for ads, news items and payment checks. Emails may be sent to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and the phone number is (907) 747-3219.                                                                          

Login Form