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)

‘Robbie’ Martin Dies; Service to be Nov. 22

Roberta ‘Robbie’ Martin 

Roberta “Robbie” Martin passed away unexpectedly Nov. 11, 2019, at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage. She was 66.
Robbie was born on July 15, 1953, in Petersburg, raised in Hoonah by her loving parents George and Elizabeth “Liz” Martin, and lived her adult life in beautiful Sitka by the sea.
She was devoted to her family and loved unconditionally, be it family, friends, or strangers. She found joy in the small things and was wise, brave, comical, creative, mischievous, spiritual, cunning, generous, and always had “million dollar” ideas brewing, particularly for ways to save the earth.
She taught herself how to sew with seal skin and leather 35 years ago. Over the years she worked her way up to the honorary title of Master Artist, and continued with this craft, as well as other crafts, to the end of her days. Other things that brought her immense joy were cooking, feeding people, visiting with friends and family, and bingo. 
Robbie is survived by her children Trinna “Trinna Bambina” Collman and her spouse Eddie “favorite son-in-law” Collman, Deann “Tootsie Rolls” Fritz, Donal “Donnie” AKA “Precious Son” Wick and his significant other Delia Williams; her grandbabies, who were the light of her life, Caitlin “KT” AKA “Sissy” Revolinski, Alan Collman, Kyle “Brother” Revolinski, Caralynn “Hunny Bunny” Wick, Hedvika “Vika Boo” Krovina, Cherrisse “Cherrissey” Wick, Elijah “Handsome” Collman, Sam Wick, and Donal Wick III “my little ffffat boy”; siblings Wade “Marty” AKA “Mar” or “Bo” Martin and family, Lyna “Lyne” Martin, Haley “Hale” Tokuoka-Yearout, Loreli Padgett, Nathalie Cavanaugh Rice, Kathleen Merry, Carla Barger, Gene Cavanaugh, and her cousin Jeanne “Jean” Hill, who was like a sister to her; stepmother Tina “Tine” Martin; aunties Alice Cooper and family, Jennie Baldwin and family, Marlene Johnson, and uncle Sam Martin and family. She was survived by numerous other nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles, and friends that she held near and dear to her heart.
“If we missed anyone we apologize, there are just so many,” her family said. “During her last moments, she asked that (we) say bye to all of her friends for her, and tell them that she loved them, and to take care.’’
Services for Robbie will be held at the Sitka National Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, followed by a celebration of life potluck at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi from 1 to 3:30 p.m.
Condolences and contributions can be sent to Trinna Collman at 179 Price St. Apt. C, Sitka, AK 99835, through paypal under her name or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , facebook messenger, or sent directly to Prewitt Funeral Home.

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.