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)

James ‘Kybor’ Barnes Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 86

William James Barnes

William James Barnes, also known as James Barnes, Kybor Barnes, and Kybor Dalen, passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 in Peoria, Arizona, at the age of 86.
James is survived by his children, Mark and Brady Barnes, as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Marie Barnes of Forest Park, Illinois; his brothers Harry and Philip Barnes; and his ex-wife, Lorraine.
James was born on Sept. 25, 1933, in Chicago, Illinois, to Harry Barnes and Marie Greenleaf.  He married Lorraine on July 2, 1955, had they had two children, Mark and Brady.
They divorced around 1966.
James lived in a variety of locations throughout his life, including in the Chicago area (including Forest Park) while growing up. James and his children lived mostly in the San Francisco Bay area during the 1960s (including Orinda, Lafayette and Sausalito) as well as Ukiah, California in 1968-1970.
James, along with his two children, moved to Sitka in 1970, where he remained for many years until moving to Arizona (Tucson, Payson, and the Phoenix area) in his retirement years.
James had many artistic talents including, dance, art, sculpture, and writing. He was a hairdresser for many years, including in Sitka, and had a business in Orinda called “The Pink Door.”
Later in his career he was a chef in Sitka as well as on the Alaska Marine Highway system.  His love of cooking inspired him to begin writing a detailed and voluminous reference book on food ingredients and dishes, which he regretted he never completed.
No funeral or public service is scheduled.  James wished to be cremated.  A private memorial and dispersal of his ashes by close family members is planned for the near future.
The family would like to thank caregivers and staff at Immanuel Campus of Care in Peoria, for their care of James.


August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

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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: https://bit.ly/3apStpb

 

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20 YEARS AGO
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 ....

50 YEARS AGO
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.

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