2020 TOURIST SEASON – The 285-foot super yacht Lonian is tied up at the Old Sitka Dock Friday while its support vessel, the 217-foot Hoder equipped with a helicopter and ROV, is seen anchored in the distance. The 14-passender Lonian, which was launched in 2019, is owned by billionaire Lorenzo Fertitta, former owner of UFC. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Denise L. Massey Dies; Former Sitkan was 64

Denise Louise Massey


Denise Louise Massey, a 1974 Sitka High graduate, passed away at home, July 9, 2020, in Bothell, Washington. She was 64.

Denise was born in Juneau March 11, 1956, the daughter of Dr. Walter Massey and Dolores Ingwersen.

Denise attended and graduated from Sitka High School in 1974. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1979,  with a bachelor’s degree in marketing. 

She was a property appraiser for her entire working career, and was with such companies as Bank of America. Denise had a reputation as a very accomplished appraiser, and was often given the most difficult assignments. At the time of her death, she was self-employed as an appraiser.

Denise attended modeling school in her high school years and modeled clothes for Sitka businesses. She participated in the Miss Sitka pageant in 1973. 

Denise lived in Bothell, Washington, for the last 35 years.

She was preceded in death by her father, mother, and sister Kathleen Jo Shupe. 

She is survived by her brother Brian Massey of Sitka, sister Pamela Massey of Seattle, sister Lori Massey of Fredericksburg, Virginia, niece Allison Massey of Sitka, niece Angela Wissmar of Seattle, nephew Walter Massey of Colorado Springs, and nephew Ryan Wissmar of Seattle. Extended family includes Ernestine Massey and Bob Peel of Sitka. 


Memorial service details will be announced at a later date. 

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-10-20)

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 1;45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 69

Total statewide – 3,775

Total (cumulative) deaths – 26

Active cases in Sitka – 21 (15 resident; 6 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 16 (12 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 154.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




August 2000

Bring your wand if you’re coming, leave your disbelief at the door (no Muggles allowed), because room 220 at Blatchley is a place where the decorations, outfits and conversations are all very, very Harry Potter. “If you want to levitate, go ahead,” said Lacy Simons addressing the young wizards of the Harry Potter Reading and Writing Club. Simons, a VISTA volunteer, formed the club ....

August 1970

Photo caption: Youngsters who participated in the summer reading program at Kettleson Memorial Library include, from left, Lari Cook, Nancy Erickson, Yumiko Hayashi, Kyoko Ikenoue, Lu Ann Beidel, Tiffany Rose, Jessica Roth, Gwendolyn Roth, Rhonda Audette, Heather Owen, Susan Kohler, Glenn Oen, David Oen, Eric Oen, Stephen Weddell, Robert Weddell, Randy Turner, Takahiko Hosei, Douglas Henie, Lance Robards and Timothy Von Clasen.