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)

Stephen M. Weddel Dies; Former Sitkan was Age 61

Stephen Michael Weddel


Stephen Michael Weddel, a former Sitka resident, died April 17 at his home in Phoenix. He was 61.

He was born Nov. 21, 1958, in Bruntingthorpe, England, the son of Charles and Nora Weddel. His dad was in the U.S. Army, and his mother was from Ireland.

The Weddels and sons Stephen and Robert moved to Oregon in 1960, then to Sitka in 1964, with two more children, Marie and Brian, added to the family.

Stephen graduated from Sitka High School in 1978, continued with higher education at Gonzaga University in Washington State (1978-1981), then transferred to New York Hofstra University  (1981-1983) to finish his degree with an emphasis on political science and military history.

He served in the U.S. Army from 1982 to 1991, reaching the rank of captain.

He lived in New Jersey, then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, in 1991, where he worked with ATT, a trucking agency; Bank of America; and, most recently,  as a field supervisor at Weiser Security Services.

Among his enjoyments were hiking and reading – he was a voracious reader, his family said, and a good conversationalist.

Stephen was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon; his father, Charles; mother, Nora; and stepfather, Arden.

He is survived by siblings Robert Weddel of Sitka, Brian (Stephanie) Weddel of Sitka, and Marie (Kerry) Adler of Anchorage; nephews Aaron and Nolan Weddel, and Kieran Adler; nieces Natasha and Mariah Adler, and Charity and Kaylahni Weddel; and beloved friend Lyn Snyder of Mesa, Arizona.

Funeral arrangements and celebration of life are pending and will be released at a later date.


In memory of Stephen donations can be made to Meow Cat Rescue or Wounded Warrior Project at the following web addresses: and

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.