CHECKING IT OUT – Fia Turczynewycz, a visitor from Ohio, walks her dog,  Mani, past the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center this morning. Tlingit master carver Tommy Joseph’s newly completed yellow cedar Waas’go pole, pictured in the background, was moved out of the park’s carving shed Thursday to make room for Joseph’s latest project – carving a Tlingit canoe with the aid of an apprentice. Joseph’s Waas’go pole is the third version of the Haida pole in the past century – a reproduction of a reproduction made in the 1930s by George Benson, which is placed inside the visitor center. Rangers are working on approval for a location along the park’s trail system for the new pole. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Stephanie Edenshaw, Former Resident, Dies in Anchorage

Stephanie Joyce Edenshaw

Anchorage resident Stephanie Joyce Edenshaw passed away June 25, 2020, at Alaska Native Medical Center. She was 63.

Burial arrangements are being handled by Janssen Funeral Home. No memorial services will be held; graveside services will be announced at a later date.

Honorary pallbearers will be Clifford Edenshaw, Tracy Shaffer, James S. Keele, Josh Adams, Kay-Ci Lambert and Braden Gomez.

Stephanie was born December 18, 1956, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital in Sitka.

Stephanie enjoyed going on road trips; she always had great music playing; and her warm smile made it easy for her to make friends wherever she went.

During the time she spent at her apartment complex, she made many friends, who treasured her.

While Stephanie resided in her hometown of Sitka, she was an active member of Native corporations, Alaska Native Sisterhood, and other organizations she believed in.

Stephanie was retired at the time of her death. She enjoyed spending time with her grandchildren, working on puzzles, gardening, and crocheting.

Stephanie is survived by her daughters, Michelene Adams (Josh Adams) and Tara Edenshaw, all of Anchorage, and Dodi Couch (Duane Couch) of Palmer.

Grandchildren are Kay-Ci Lambert, Marissa Crabtree; Caden Robinson, Abigail Ditullio-Edenshaw all of Anchorage; Dani, Gayden and Ty Couch of Palmer; and Braden Gomez of Colorado Springs, Colorado; nephews Chad Edenshaw of Anchorage, Aaron Edenshaw of Seattle, Washington, Randolph Edenshaw of Tacoma, Washington; and niece Rachel Edenshaw of Sequim, Washington.

She also is survived by her sisters Sally J. Gregory, Frances J. Widmark, Jr. (Tracy Shaffer) and brother Clifford Edenshaw, all of Anchorage; aunt Lorraine Chartrand of Sitka; and numerous cousins and great-cousins.

She was preceded in death by her son Tony (Anthony) J. Pruss; her mother Frances J. Widmark Sr.; stepfather Lawrence Widmark; and her grandson Jason Aldrich.

Stephanie requested to be laid to rest in Anchorage by her son Tony, so, the family decided there will be no service held in Sitka.

Cards of condolence and other communication can be sent to Sally J. Gregory, 905 W. 29th Place, Anchorage, AK 99503.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 9-17-21)

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 10:47 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 875

Total statewide – 96,002

Total (cumulative) deaths – 454

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,207

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 14 new COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 187.73 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 5

Cases in last 7 days – 16

Cumulative Sitka cases – 946

Positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 9/10/21 – 1,090

Deceased (cumulative) – 3

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 6,132 (83.03%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,991 (81.12%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 89.85 percent 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:





September 2001

Alaska Pacific Bank has opened an account for donations to be directed to the families of the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11. The account has been opened with a $2,000 contribution from the bank and an anonymous donor.

September 1971

At the Sitka Historical Society’s meeting Sunday, Mrs. Esther Billman of Sheldon Jackson College presented a “surprise package” of recent donations to the Sheldon Jackson Museum by Mr. Hugh Brady, youngest son of former Territorial Gov. John Brady.