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)

Service for Mike Bagley Scheduled on Saturday

Michael (Mike) Leonard Bagley

Services for Michael Leonard Bagley, 70, a longtime resident, have been scheduled 1 p.m. Saturday, March 14, at Sitka Lutheran Church.
A reception will be held afterward downstairs at the church.
Mike died March 6, 2020, in Sitka.
He was born in Ross, California, March 9, 1949, the son of Gail and Louise (Nelson) Bagley.
In 1951 when he was 2, his family moved to Sitka, traveling on the steamship Denali. He attended schools in Sitka and graduated from Sitka High in 1967.
His first summer job in high school was working with Joe Ashby at Sitka National Cemetery. He also worked at the Pioneers Home.
After graduation he attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks for one year. When the year ended he and a friend, Jack Panky, decided to travel to Hawaii, the Fiji Islands and Australia to avoid the military draft as long as possible. To help pay their way, they worked in a brewery, picked cotton and chopped cane. But while in Australia Mike was nearing his 21st birthday and learned he was eligible for the Australian draft. He returned to Sitka as soon as possible, deciding he’d rather serve with U.S. forces than Australian.
He was inducted June 1969 and served in the U.S. Army until March 1971. He completed basic training at Ft. Lewis, Washington, artillery training at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma, and then shipped out to Vietnam. While in Vietnam he was with the 2nd Field Force.  He received the Viet Nam Campaign Medal and an Army Commendation for Meritorious Conduct.
When he returned home he worked in the power house at Alaska Lumber and Pulp Mill until 1986. He worked for the Daily Sentinel as printer/pressman from 1987 until his retirement in 2014.
He married Cathy Montgomery July 1, 1972, and they had two children, Mark and Laura.
He was fond of the outdoors and gun collecting and spent much time hunting, fishing, boating and shooting at the gun ranges – he was an expert shot. He also accompanied Boy Scout troops on two 500-mile Yukon River canoe trips, and taught several Girl Scout and Boy Scout troops gun safety.
He was a member of Sitka Lutheran Church, NRA, Sitka Sportsman’s Association and the Sitka Elks Lodge.
Above all else, Mike loved family and friend gatherings.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, LeRoy Bagley.
He is survived by his wife Cathy,   son Mark Bagley, and granddaughter Ellen, all of Sitka; daughter Laura (Bill) Mallula, grandson Bill (Nicole) Mallula, and great-grandsons Easton and Taron, all of Fairbanks; and brother Gary (Debbie) Bagley of Simpsonville, South Carolina.
He also is survived by many adored nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts and uncles – all of whom adored him – and the many friends he had made over the years.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a favorite charity or the Sitka Maritime Heritage Society at Box 2153, Sitka.

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.