SMILE! – The Pacific High School graduating class poses outside Harrigan Centennial Hall Saturday afternoon prior to their commencement ceremony. Because of COVID-19 concerns the ceremony was not open to the public. Pictured are Eric Alvarado,Chelsea Taylor, Madison Roy-Mercer, Lindsey Bartolaba, Melissa Gibson, Douglas Johnson, Korbin Tugmon, George Stevenson, Jayvan Iya-Kowchee and Elizabeth Newell. Sitka High School will hold its graduation ceremony Monday, May 24. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kyle Chambers Fulton Dies; Longtime Resident was 67

Kyle Chambers Fulton


Kyle Chambers Fulton, a longtime Sitka resident, passed away on July 6, 2020. She was 67 years old.

Kyle was born September 4, 1952, in Sylmar, California, to Colin and Betty Chambers, and was raised alongside her three brothers, Kerry, Colin and Scott.

She was irresistibly drawn to the natural beauty of the last frontier and moved to Alaska in 1973. Her hardiness of spirit carried her through many demanding jobs and ports in the commercial fishing industry, including Kodiak, Craig and Sitka. Kyle’s tenacity kept her on the water, even after surviving the sinking of two fishing vessels.

Kyle was known among many for her kindness, resiliency, passion and boldness.

“She had a kind of balance, it seemed,” wrote Cathy Cuenin, a longtime friend, “with grace under stress and a sense of adventure.”

As a young woman, that sense of adventure led her around the world, to Scotland, Mexico and Costa Rica, among others. In 1993, it led her yet again, this time along the path of motherhood when she adopted her daughter, Kaitlin. 

Too often in life, the light that burns brightest is the light that burns shortest. A few years after the adoption of her daughter, Kyle began to feel the symptoms of Huntington’s Disease, a genetic neurological illness. True to her nature, she did not let her diagnosis define her, but chose to live life the fullest in spite of it. Her wit, compassion for others, and courage never faltered, and she has left an impression upon the hearts of many that will not easily be forgotten.

Kyle was preceded in death by her parents, Colin and Betty Chambers, and her brothers, Kerry, Colin and Scott. 

She is survived by her daughter Kaitlin Humphrey; sister-by-heart Judi Bixby; the father of her child, Timothy Fulton; nephews Lucas and Sebastian Chambers; niece Maya Chambers; and countless time-honored friends who are as closely regarded as family.


In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing services, education, advocacy and research to those affected by Huntington’s Disease and their families.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-17-21)

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 12:45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 50

Total statewide – 66,814

Total (cumulative) deaths – 358

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,542

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. Friday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 372 (325 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 364

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 Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,978 (71.64%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,612 (66.37%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,245 (84.24%) 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

Sitka High boys track team ran to a 2nd-place finish in Juneau while the girls finished fourth. Sitka long-jumper Derek Hirai leapt 19’9.5” for the 2nd highest jump in the state this year. ... Others doing well were Thor Hartwig, Matt Mangini, Damien LaMar, Jeff Loiselle, Logan Wild, Elgin Hollins, Brian Friske, Brian Mork, Mike Bagley, Cody Campbell ....

May 1971

New Loyal Order of Moose officers, installed Saturday, are Earl Arnold, Grant Laiblin Jr., James Gardner, William Wakefield Jr., Eddielee Hodnett, Basil Riley, Lloyd Van Doren, James Firestone Sr. and Lynden Kincaid.