PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Goldean ‘Bunny’ Trow Dies; was Former Sitkan

Goldean ‘Bunny’ Trow

 Former Sitka Resident Goldean “Bunny” Melody Trow died on Winter Solstice, Dec. 21, 2019,  at her home in Anchorage, at the age of 88. At her request, no funeral service will be held.
 Bunny was born in Camas, Washington, to French Raney and Goldean Haynes. She was a printer by trade—working with her father early in her career and joining the ITU. She worked for the San Diego Union and the Tribune, the Long Beach Independent Press Telegraph and, from 1960 to 1963, at the Kodiak Daily Mirror. At one time, she was considered one of the fastest TTS operators on the West Coast.
She retired from the Anchorage Times in the early 1980s and moved to Sitka, where she worked at the Sitka Daily Sentinel and co-owned Sitka Vending with her husband, Beldin “Jim” Trow. She returned to Anchorage in the late 1980s after Jim’s death.
 Describing herself as a proud Navy wife or old Alaskan Broad, she was an avid fisherwoman who also loved RVing and spending time with her family and friends.
She volunteered with the American Red Cross, logging many hours on disaster relief, and in the NICU at Providence Hospital.
 She was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, Dee Haynes, and her husband, Jim Trow. She is survived by her daughters: Penny Trow-Foreman (David Foreman) of Anchorage, and Barbie Trow Henry (Patrick Henry) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; grandsons Reed Foreman (Jenna Brooks Foreman), and Darren Henry; and great-granddaughter, Megan Brooks-Foreman.
 A wake will take place in Anchorage at a later date. The family wishes to thank the kind folks of Providence Hospice and HomeWell Senior Care, who assisted in Bunny’s final days.
Memorial donations may be made to a favorite charities in lieu of flowers.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30, 2020, 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 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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 – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

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 Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) 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

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.