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)  

Services Scheduled Nov. 30 For Magdalena J. Sapinoro

Magdalena J. Sapinoro

Services for Magdalena Julian Sapinoro will be 9:30 a.m. Saturday,  Nov. 30 at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
A viewing will be held on Friday, Nov. 29, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Prewitt’s Funeral Home.
Following interment Saturday, a reception will be held at the church’s Corrigan Hall from 1 to 3 p.m.
Magdalena Julian Sapinoro was born on June 8, 1931, to Diego Julian and Honoria Asencio in Camiling, Tarlac, Philippines. She passed from this life on Nov. 21, 2019, at home with her family in Austin, Texas.  She was 88.
She was the youngest and last surviving of her eleven siblings, who were all raised in the Philippine countryside.
Magdalena was married to Mariano Sapinoro. She is survived by her son Ray and daughter-in-law Tatum Sapinoro of Austin, Texas; her stepson Mert Sapinoro of Seattle, Washington; and grandchildren Jaedyn, Hailey, Colton and Jeffrey.
Magdalena came to Alaska in the early 1960s to work with her brother Eddie in the restaurant and seafood industry in Kodiak. She then moved to Sitka where she worked at Sitka Community Hospital and eventually retired from her career working for the Sitka Pioneers Home.
Magdalena, a long-time resident of Sitka, has spent the last four years living with her son and family in Austin, Texas.
Magdalena was very outgoing and loved to meet new friends anywhere she traveled.  She enjoyed being outdoors and traveling the world.  She loved watching all sporting events (favorites were baseball, basketball and soccer), gardening and crossword puzzles.  She also had big passion for cooking her native Filipino food.
She will be missed by her family and friends across the world.
Her nephews are Emy (Tammy) Sumauang, of Sitka; Ron (Isabel) Nicolas, of Sitka; Dan (Suzy) Nicolas, Sitka; Eduardo (Remy) Nicolas, Anchorage; Joel Nicolas of Washington; Edwin (Celia) Dumag of Sitka; Junior (Kathy) Dumag, Sitka; Edward (Joy) Dumag, Sitka; and Edmund (Adora) Dumag, Sitka.
Her nieces are Jennet (Darius) Calugay of Seattle; Anita (Phil) Ellison of Washington; Lily (Mike) Nalam, Dutch Harbor; Catalina (Darrel) Thomas, of Florida; Lisa (Jacob) Hodges of Sitka and Mary (Willy) Schmidt of Germany; and numerous other nieces and nephews worldwide.
Pallbearers will be Emy Sumauang, Junior Dumag, Salvador Agne,  Brody Sumauang, Ron Nicolas, Edwin Dumag.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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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.