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)

Services Scheduled For Irene Nadja (Gamble) Paul, 88

Irene Nadja (Gamble) Paul

Irene Nadja (Gamble) Paul, a lifelong Sitka resident, was promoted to glory on October 30, 2019, in Sitka. She was 88.
She was born April 10, 1931, in Angoon, the eldest of nine children of Johnnie and Nadja Gamble.
She married Patrick Paul Sr. on March 13, 1951. Their children were Patrick Paul Jr., Erick Paul, Lawrence Paul, George Paul, Patricia Puletau, Emma Beck, Roberta Gulledge, Franklin Paul, Joseph Younack Jr., Jean Arnold, and Alfred Paul.
She attended Mt. Edgecumbe and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
Not only was she a devoted mother, she worked more than 25 years as licensed practical nurse at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, where she blessed many with her knowledge and kindness.
Irene’s love of her Tlingit culture and language was manifested in many forms, including as a lifetime member of Alaska Native Brotherhood/Alaska Native Sisterhood, and networking with other like-minded elders to help develop a written dictionary of the Tlingit language.
Among her many joys were travelling, doing crafts, knitting, reading, game shows and church and family.
She also enjoyed sharing her extensive knowledge of the Tlingit language with anyone wanting to learn.
Being a grandmother was one of her biggest joys. Her grandchildren include Deidre Paul, Charles Paul, John Paul, Celeste Mendoza, Fusi Puletau, Shadrach Puletau, Patrick Beck, Dylan Paul, and Amber Paiuk, and she had numerous great-grandchildren.
Irene was preceded in death by her husband Patrick Paul Sr., children Patrick Paul Jr. and Emma Beck, and her great-grandchild Gabriel Lange.
A viewing open to the public will be held at Prewitt Funeral Home from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8. Services are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, at the ANB Founders Hall.
Her family thanked her caregivers and many friends at SEARHC.  “Thank you for all the prayers and support from her friends and community,” the family said.


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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.

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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

NOTICE FROM THE PUBLISHERS

TO READERS AND ADVERTISERS

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

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