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)

Services Scheduled For Chris C. Didrickson, 48

Chris C. Didrickson

Christian Carter Didrickson walked into the forest on February 5, 2020. He was 48.
He was born on August 25, 1971, in Sitka, the eldest of three children of Gerald and Karen Didrickson. He was a lifelong Sitkan, growing up in the Indian Village, and graduating from Sitka High School, class of 1992.
Chris belonged to the Eagle Wolf, Kaagwaantaan clan.
He was a supportive father, protective brother, compassionate friend, and gentle soul. He would give until he had nothing left, and then keep giving.
He loved and supported two sons while working at various fishing plants throughout the years.
Since 2017, Chris was employed as a Resident Adviser at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. His presence in the boys’ dorm was a constant comfort to many of the resident students. He would invest his time and energy into each student he came in contact with. 
Chris loved getting together with his family and friends for game nights spent playing dice, board games, and card games. He was an enthusiastic sports fan who faithfully enjoyed watching televised sports, rooting for the LA Lakers, Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals and Oklahoma Sooners.
He also enjoyed game shows, movies, and walking around town.
Chris was preceded in death by his  mother, Karen Didrickson, and father, Gerald “Jerry” Didrickson; uncles; Donald “Duck” Didrickson and Boyd Didrickson; son, Levi Shearer; and grandcat, SugarDaddy Peas.
Chris is survived by his beloved cat, Governor; son Mason (Katie) Shearer; sisters Vanessa Didrickson and Deanne Didrickson; aunts Sandy Robison, Kay Owen, and Linda Wolfe; cousins Dixson Robison, Kendall Didrickson and Claire Hill; and nephew Dominic O’Halloran. Also surviving are numerous other cousins and loved ones.
Friends and family are invited to attend a viewing at Prewitt Funeral Home, 6-8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14. 
Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Sitka Memorial Park. Following the graveside service, the family plans to host a celebration of life reception at noon at the ANB Founders Hall.
The family invites Chris’ friends and family to come share fond memories of Chris. Mt.  Edgecumbe students will give a performance in honor of Chris. Main dishes will be provided and those attending are welcome to bring a dish to share.
Pallbearers will be Jeremy Aloysius, RJ Altstrom-Beans, Vladimir Bourdukofsky, Chad Horner, Drew Jackson, Corey Jasper, Ezra Melovidov, and Crimet Philips.
Honorary pallbearers are Zane Bacon, Kendall Didrickson, Scott Falzerano, Mike Guy, Robert Merculief, Tony Phillips, and Will Notti.
 “Please contact Claire at (907) 738-4768 with any questions,” the family said.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations and sympathy cards be sent to: Deanne Didrickson, P.O. Box 900, Sitka, Alaska 99835

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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.