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 Pending For Rev. Don McCarty, 84

Rev. Donald Wilson McCarty

Rev. Donald Wilson McCarty, a long-time resident of Sitka, completed this life in Nampa, Idaho, on May 3, 2020. He was 84.

Don was born June 25, 1935, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the son of Naomi and Rayburn McCarty.

He is survived by his wife, Kay, whom he married in Albuquerque, in 1955. With their family of three young children Don managed to graduate from Pasadena Nazarene College  in California in 1965, becoming the first college graduate in his family. Subsequently he served as pastor of Churches of the Nazarene in Heppner, Oregon, Othello, Washington, and Post Falls, Idaho, before coming to Sitka in January 1982 to serve the church here. 

Upon retiring from the Christian ministry in 1988, he became a picture framer and joined his wife, who is an artist, in the successful management of Kay McCarty Gallery.

Besides Kay, of Sitka, he is mourned today by their children, Rick McCarty and Elizabeth of Williamsburg, Virginia; Terrie Rhoads and Steve of Kamiah, Idaho; and Gary McCarty and Connie, of Sitka.

The grandchildren and great-grandchildren are: Max McCarty; Jesse Rhoads and his wife Ashley; Tyler and Jael McCarty, with their daughters Taylor and Hadley; Colby and Jessica McCarty, with their children Avery and Cohen; and Hanna McCarty. Their love for their Grandpa was boundless.

Don passed away serenely on Sunday morning as his grandson, Colby, read a Psalm. With his body debilitated by a sequence of strokes, and his mind increasingly beclouded, he remained ever in good spirits. More than once, and with astonishing clarity, he quoted, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”

Services are pending.

 

 

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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As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

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We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff

 

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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: https://bit.ly/3apStpb

 

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20 YEARS AGO
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

50 YEARS AGO
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.

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