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 Ogden Gorman Services to be Nov. 2

Jamie Gorman and Schmidt

Jamie Gorman



James Ogden Gorman
July 14, 1989-October 22, 2019
“Dearest beloved Mark, Nancy and Carrington: I have learned the heartbreaking news.  It shakes to the core of my heart. Jamie was a truly beautiful human being, perhaps too gentle for this world.  And yet he loved the world – fishing, hunting, exploring, boating, surfing, As they say, still waters run deep. I remember Jamie’s tender smile, his sparkling eyes, his sweet abiding softness.  There was and never could be another Jamie.  He will always have a very special place in my heart.  Dear Nancy, Mark, and Carrington, my thoughts of you fill me with love and compassion,   I believe he will live on with all of us as an abiding spirit, as pure and wild as the Alaska that held his soul so tightly.   With my deep love to you all always.  Nels”

Richard Nelson sent the above to us yesterday from his intensive care bed in San Francisco where he is fighting for his life from cancer.
Nels captures the essence of our lovely Jamie. Jamie was at his happiest when on the waters of the world: be they catching a wave in Bali, wake boarding in a swamp in Thailand, getting rolled on the cobbles of Shoals Point, setting a seine in Deep Inlet, interning for the Wildlife Conservation Society sampling 500 miles of the Mekong River for the giant catfish DNA, braving the wild seas of western Alaska or winter Dungeness fishing off the coast of Washington. Brine, smelly rain gear, and unwashed socks were his cologne of choice. One of his greatest joys was being on the floor, rubbing the stomachs, of the golden retrievers he grew up with.
Jamie was born at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital July 14, 1989.  He was a beautiful baby endowed with a determination to move in his own direction. He was a product of the Sitka School system with baseball, snowboarding, surfing, swimming, and jazz competing with his drive to be in wilds with friends, skiffs, and adventure.
Jamie graduated from the University of Oregon in 2011 with a degree in environmental sciences.
He is survived by his parents, Mark and Nancy, and his brother, Carrington.
A celebration of Jamie’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Allen Auditorium.
Instead of flowers or gifts, please consider a contribution to the Sitka Sound Science Center in Jamie’s memory. A marine and beach cleanup will be scheduled in his honor.

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:





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.