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)

Dorothy Breedlove Dies; Former Resident was 81


Dorothy Louise (Snyder) Breedlove

Dorothy Louise (Snyder) Breedlove, of Camden, North Carolina, died peacefully surrounded by her family at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Mike and Sherri McDaniel, on March 15, 2020. She was 81.

Dorothy, a former Sitka resident, was the widow of William Robert Breedlove. He died in Sitka on Sept. 16, 2004.

She was born March 29, 1938, in San Diego, California, the daughter of Alma (Schlinsog) and Vere John Snyder. After attending school in Oregon, her adventurous spirit took her north to Alaska, in 1959, where she would live for the next 56 years. She met and married William Breedlove in Anchorage, and in 1967 they came to Sitka. She moved to Camden three years ago.

She also spent time in Kapaa, Hawaii.

Dorothy was a former flight attendant for Wien Air Alaska, and in Sitka owned rental property. She was a member of the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, and the Lihue Lutheran Church of Lihue, Hawaii, and belonged to the Camden Women’s Club, National Rifle Association and Sitka Elks Lodge 1662.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Sherri and Mike McDaniel,  and their two daughters, Saige McDaniel and Bree McDaniel, all of Camden; and several cousins. 

Funeral and burial services will be held at Sitka National Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be at the Carolina Center, 110 Corporate Drive, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, with the time and date to be announced later.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, memorial gifts be made to the Albemarle Hopeline, P. O. Box 2064, Elizabeth City, NC 27906-2064. 

Twiford Funeral Home is serving the Breedlove family. Online memorial condolences may be sent to the family at



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.