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)

Edward A. Venneberg, Longtime Sitkan, Dies

Edward A. Venneberg

Edward A. Venneberg, 80, longtime Sitka businessman, died Saturday, November 16, 2019 at his winter home in Sun City West, Arizona.
He leaves behind his son, Terry Venneberg and his wife, Jan Venneberg; his daughter, Lori Venneberg and her wife, Rozlyn Rouse; his son, Mike Venneberg and his wife, Tonya Venneberg; his grandsons, Ross and Cole Venneberg; his granddaughter, Ali Venneberg; and many close friends.
Born and raised in Chelan, Washington, the son of Alfred “Buster” and Rose (Crow) Venneberg, his life was spent enjoying homes in Washington, Alaska and Arizona.
In his early years, Ed enjoyed growing up in a small town, surrounded by family, including his two sisters, Ellen and Celia. After graduating from Chelan High School in 1957, he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in active duty, followed by Army Reserve service, until 1964. Ed also attended Wenatchee Valley College until marrying his first wife, Marjorie Weston, and moving to Seattle in 1959.
Ed’s career in insurance began in Seattle, working for the Washington Surveying & Rating Bureau. In 1964, he went to work for Cravens, Dargen & Co., until moving his family to Sitka in the summer of 1968. In Sitka, he started with Rushlow Insurance, then spent many years working for Corroon & Black/Dawson & Co.
In 1977, he married his second wife, JoAnn Wright and expanded his family to include two step-daughters, Jennifer and Wendy Wilson.
Ed took a huge leap of faith in himself in 1984, leaving his Seattle-based employer and starting his own agency in Sitka: Venneberg Insurance. He successfully grew his business for many years, finally retiring in 2000 and selling the agency to his son, Mike.
Ed Venneberg had a passion for life in Southeast Alaska, enjoying the outdoors with family and friends. He hunted in the early years, but focused on his love of boating, fishing, crabbing and shrimping over the decades. On the water, he found his second home.
A burial service will be held 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at Riverview Cemetery in Chelan.
Honorary pallbearers are George Baggen, Jerry Larrabee, Don McCarthy and Gary Piro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Sitka Legacy Foundation.

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.