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)

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.



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.

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