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)  

John M. Rouse Sr. Dies Of Cancer at Age 63

John M. Rouse Sr.

John Michael Rouse Sr. of Sitka passed peacefully in his sleep at 4 a.m. Nov. 9, 2019, in Salt Lake City, after battling stage 4 pancreatic cancer.  He was 63 years old.
He is survived by his wife Kathleen Rouse.
John was a beloved father to his daughter Heather Peters and son-in-law Brian Peters of Roy, Washington;  son John Michael Rouse Jr. and daughter-in-law Melissa Rouse of Navarre, Florida; and daughter Melissa Navarro and son-in-law Israel Navarro of Clearfield, Utah.
He was also blessed with six grandchildren Megan Wilson, 17, Lauren Wilson, 15, Abigail Wilson, 14, Lillian Navarro, 7, Hunter Navarro, 4, and Ava Rouse, 1.
In addition, he had four step-children, Dale Lindstrom, Carl Lindstrom IV and Kori Lindstrom all of Sitka, and Jennifer Metlicka of Wasilla.
John is also survived by his sister Beverly Carr of Parkersburg, West Virginia, and niece Jennifer Lockhart of Clayton, North Carolina.
John was born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on August 23, 1956, the son of Amos and Betty Rouse. He graduated from Parkersburg High School in 1974 and was a proud member of the Big Red Marching Band.
John served in the United States Army from 1974 to 1993 and retired as a Sergeant First Class, working in logistics.  He served in many locations, including Fort Richardson, which was his favorite duty station. Also, he met two of his best friends while serving in the Army, Bruce Borup and Dave Crago.
John was a great outdoorsman who loved to fish, hunt, cruise around the islands of Sitka in his boat and camp with friends and family.
Among his community contributions was leading the Christmas boat parade on the channel. This year would have been his third.
He had a great sense of humor and was loved by so many. John had never met a stranger and had always been the guy who would give the shirt off his back to help someone out.
A celebration of his life is planned later.

August 5, 2020

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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.