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)

Brenda Diamond Hunt Dies of Cancer at 64

Brenda Diamond Hunt

Brenda Diamond Hunt, loving wife of Gary Hunt for 42 years and mother of their three children, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, after a courageous 26-year battle with cancer. She was 64 years old.

Brenda was born June 27, 1956, in Ketchikan, the oldest child of Harold and Ethel (Andis) Diamond. The family moved to Sitka in 1959 where she grew up and attended Sitka schools along with her sister Debra and brother Clinton. She married Gary Hunt on Sept. 2, 1978. Together they raised three children, Tonya Hunt Jacob, Tasha Hunt Hargett and Levi Hunt.

Summertime in Southeast Alaska was spent boating, fishing and camping. She moved with the family to Soldotna in 1993, living there for a brief time. She loved the wintertime in Soldotna doing her favorite sports of snowmobiling and four-wheeling. Then in 1996 the family moved to Washington state, settling in the Castle Rock area until her passing.

She was an avid NASCAR lover and would never miss a race. She loved speed of any kind. She kept busy raising her family and taking them on many adventures and creating great memories with them. She was known for her quick wit and joking spirit and had a beautiful smile and giggle when she tricked you. She was loving and compassionate to her family and many friends.

She was a proud grandmother to Tonya’s children Calista O’dell Atkins (Shae) and Chadam O’dell. And Tasha’s (Robert) children Catlin Hargett (in memory), Kaylee Hargett. And was step-grandma to several boys of her sons-in-law. She was a great-grandmother to Everlee Diamond Atkins, Oaklee Shae Atkins, Weston Jacob and Addi Hargett.

She was preceded in death by her father Harold C. Diamond and granddaughter Catlin Marie Hargett.

She is survived by her mother Ethel Andis Diamond of Petersburg; husband Gary Hunt of Castle Rock, and their children Tonya Hunt O’dell Jacob (James) of Oregon, Tasha Hunt Hargett (Robert) of Washington, and Levi Hunt of Washington; her sister Debra Sollars (Barton) of Alaska and their children Amy Sollars Ward (Phillip), Tabitha Sollars Nelson (Victor) and Austin Sollars (Tara); her brother Clinton Diamond (Cathy) of Alaska and his children Mandy, Hailey, Lacey, Jimmy and Cathy’s son Travis; her stepmother Pat Diamond of Sitka; stepsister Tonya Rutherford; stepbrother Kelly Rutherford (Gabrielle) and their children Rick and Ashley; and the many children of her nieces and nephews.


At this time there will be no services because of COVID-19. Later when possible there will be a celebration of life for our Courageous Warrior.

August 5, 2020

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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.