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)

Frank Leo Miles, 81, Dies

Frank Leo Miles

Frank Leo Miles, of Sitka, passed away December 8, 2019, surrounded by the love of his family. He was 81.
He was born in Tacoma, Washington, to Walter and Idamae Miles and raised in Auburn. He graduated from the University of Washington in civil engineering in 1960 and received his masters in civil engineering there in 1961.
He married Jeanie Rey in 1961 and they raised their two children, Lisa and Walt, at Lake Tapps. Frank taught his family to enjoy the things he loved –water skiing, snow skiing at Crystal and Sun Valley and snorkeling and scuba diving in Maui. He was the original president of the green flash club.
Frank had been planning on teaching engineering at UW, but the untimely death of his father, Walt, took him back to Auburn to help his mom run the family sand and gravel business. Little did he know how fast the company would grow. He started with six employees including himself and his mother and the business has now grown into one of the largest construction materials producers in the area.
Boats and fishing were Frank’s passions. In his younger days he raced outboard engine boats. He explored the San Juan Islands and farther north until finally venturing to Alaska where he and Jeanie made their home.
He enjoyed fishing in both Costa Rica and in Alaska. If you had a chance to fish with Frank you were lucky. He loved entertaining family, friends, customers and employees.
He is survived by his wife Jeanie; children Lisa (Tim) Kittilsby and Walt (Julie Girard) Miles; and his cherished grandchildren Jeff, Joe, Matt and Scott Miles, Parker and Eric Kittilsby, Emily and Olivia Girard and Lauren and Bryan O’Dell; two great-grandsons, Brayden and Hudson O’Dell; sisters Patty (Bill) DeGroodt, Alice Erickson and Edi (Paul) Woll; step-siblings Ellen (Charles) Harley, Margaret (Bruce) Ennis, and Jim (Jackie) Schack; and his 101-year-old mother, Idamae Schack.
A celebration of life for Frank was held December 14 at the UW Don James Center, in Seattle. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Frank and Jean Miles Endowed Football Scholarship (by calling the University of Washington Tyee Club at 206-543-2234) or to a charity of your choice.

August 5, 2020

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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.