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)

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.

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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.