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)

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.


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: 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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