SMILE! – The Pacific High School graduating class poses outside Harrigan Centennial Hall Saturday afternoon prior to their commencement ceremony. Because of COVID-19 concerns the ceremony was not open to the public. Pictured are Eric Alvarado,Chelsea Taylor, Madison Roy-Mercer, Lindsey Bartolaba, Melissa Gibson, Douglas Johnson, Korbin Tugmon, George Stevenson, Jayvan Iya-Kowchee and Elizabeth Newell. Sitka High School will hold its graduation ceremony Monday, May 24. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Michael Hornaman Sr., Longtime Sitkan, Dies

Michael R. Hornaman Sr.

Michael R. Hornaman Sr., a longtime resident, died October 16, 2019, in Sitka surrounded by family members. He was 83.
Mike was born December 25, 1935,  in Seattle, Washington, to Melvin R. and Thelma (Drange) Cook. He spent his early years in Everett, Washington. When he was 9, he and his mother moved to Kansas City, Missouri, then Leawood, Kansas. He attended Coronth Grade School, then graduated from Shawnee Mission High School.
While in Kansas he met Barbara Stumpff. They were married July 12, 1958, in Everett, and in Jan. 1960, Mike moved to Sitka to work at Alaska Lumber & Pulp. Barbara followed a month later.
A year later they were blessed with a son, Michael Jr., and three years later they were blessed with another son, Matthew. While they were still young, Mike began teaching his sons his real love – fishing. Eventually. he bought his first troller, the CinDee, and in 1997 he bought the Tianna and fished her until he retired.
Mike was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, beloved grandmother Helen (Mikelborg) and Olaf Drange; his parents, Melvin Cook and Thelma (Drange) Johnson; stepfather Fred E.J. Hornaman, and uncle Ed Drange.
Survivors are his wife Barbara; sons Michael Jr. (Karen) and Matthew Sr., and grandsons Matthew Jr., Trevor and Logan, all of Sitka.
Also surviving are his sister, Jane (Hornaman) Sturgess of Florida; cousin Joan Benson of Freeland, Washington; friend “Tersea”; two dear friends from high school, John Yeasel and  Miles Oatman; and many cousins and fishing buddies.
Mike loved animals and always had a pocketful of treats. Over the years he shared his house with many felines, including Azure, whom he leaves behind.
The family is planning a celebration of life in the spring.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-17-21)

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 12:45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 50

Total statewide – 66,814

Total (cumulative) deaths – 358

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,542

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. Friday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 372 (325 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 364

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 Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,978 (71.64%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,612 (66.37%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,245 (84.24%) 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:





May 2001

Sitka High boys track team ran to a 2nd-place finish in Juneau while the girls finished fourth. Sitka long-jumper Derek Hirai leapt 19’9.5” for the 2nd highest jump in the state this year. ... Others doing well were Thor Hartwig, Matt Mangini, Damien LaMar, Jeff Loiselle, Logan Wild, Elgin Hollins, Brian Friske, Brian Mork, Mike Bagley, Cody Campbell ....

May 1971

New Loyal Order of Moose officers, installed Saturday, are Earl Arnold, Grant Laiblin Jr., James Gardner, William Wakefield Jr., Eddielee Hodnett, Basil Riley, Lloyd Van Doren, James Firestone Sr. and Lynden Kincaid.