STAYING CLOSE – Jeanette Warner, right, and her daughter Elizabeth visit with their good friend Eunavae Ballou Tuesday at the Pioneers Home. Staff members of the state-run assisted living facility have provided chairs outside for visitors to sit on while speaking over cell phones to residents inside the building in order to facilitate visits while lessening the possibility of spreading COVID-19, (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)  

Memorial Set Nov. 23 For Thomas A. Fuller

Thomas A. Fuller

Memorial services for Thomas Andrew Fuller will be held 3 p.m. Nov. 23 at the Salvation Army.
Tom died here on Nov. 1. He was 59.
He was born on Nov. 30, 1959, in Olympia, Washington, the youngest of nine children born to Charlotte and James Fuller.
He grew up in a neighborhood  dubbed “the little Vatican” because most of the families were Catholic, and his family lived two blocks from the church.
Being the youngest of the family, Tom was spoiled but so loved! He was fun loving and had a never-ending smile on his face. He never knew what a stranger was – only a friend he hadn’t met yet.
He certainly had the gift of gab and could talk for days.  Tom was a dreamer with a big spirit yet always willing to help others. He will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a good man and loving father, and will be deeply missed.
Tom attended the Paul Hall Center for Maritime Training and Education,  in Piney Point, Maryland, the biggest training facility for deep sea merchant seafarers and inland waterways boatmen in America. After graduating, he worked on tugboats on the Mississippi River.
He eventually made his way to Alaska in the early 1980s, where he worked as a longliner for many years on various boats all over Alaska.  He was a member of the Deep Sea Fisherman’s Union.
Tom is survived by his daughter Karly Fuller of Juneau, (mother, Lisa Bergey Sitka); sisters, Marye Jorgenson of Medical Lake, Washington, Elizabeth Bergh of Tenino, Washington, Bridget Fuller of Olympia, Washington, and Nancy Merzoian of Costa Mesa, California; brother Joe Fuller of Olympia, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, David, Marty and James. 

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 11-27-20)

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 12:15 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 724

Total statewide – 29,554

Total (cumulative) deaths – 118

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 678

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 39

Hospitalizations in Sitka – 3

Cumulative Sitka cases – 188 (167 resident; 21 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 149 cumulative

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.




November 2000

Photo caption: Robin Bergey and her baby, Kate, and Holly Samuelson join much of Sitka and the rest of America this morning in shopping for day-after-Thanksgiving Day sales. Holiday decorations are up around town, and shopping bargains are being offered.

November 1970

Telephone communications in Southeast Alaska were considerably advanced this month by the inauguration of a new microwave system between Juneau (Lena Point) and Sitka.Completed July 17, 1970, by RCA Alaska Communications, the system will become a major segment of the long lines of telecommunications operations in Alaska.