WALK THE VOTE – About a dozen Sitkans walk from the O'Connell Bridge to Harrigan Centennial   Hall this afternoon to encourage people to vote in the general election. Early voting in Sitka started Monday. Voting hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through November 2 in Room 3 at Centennial Hall, with access through doors that remain open to the outside.  Items on the ballot include the presidential election, U.S. and state House and Senate seats, two ballot measures and the retention of state judges. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Richard Wilkin II Dies; Former Sitkan was 87


Richard “Dick” Wilkin II

Richard “Dick” Wilkin II passed away on August 24, 2020, in Auburn, Washington. He was 87.

Dick was born February 19, 1933, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Richard Howard Wilkin Sr. and Ruby Clayton Wilkin. He was raised in Yakima and Spokane, Washington, with his older sister Virginia (Ginny).

He loved to travel, and when he was a teen he did a bike trip to tour the states with a buddy from Spokane that turned out to be quite an adventure. One of his travels brought him to Alaska where he met Ada Bruce in Sitka. They were married in Sitka in June 1957, where they lived and raised their children until 1986, when they moved to Pacific, Washington.

Dick was a Bureau of Indian Affairs  security guard and shore boat operator on Mt. Edgecumbe in the 1960s, and later worked for  Alaska Airlines in Sitka, and in Washington until his retirement in 2002. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, big family gatherings, picnics on the islands around Sitka and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife Ada Wilkin, mother Ruby Henke, father Richard Wilkin Sr., sister Virginia (Ginny) Holbrook, daughter-in-law Linda Wilkin, grandson Stephen Wilkin and great-great-grandson Urijah Lee. 

Survivors include son Rick Wilkin, his children Corey, Nicole and Jamie all of Salmon Washington; daughter Bernadette Bruce, her children Charidy (Micah) McDaniels and Vicki Lee, all of Auburn, Washington; daughter Vicki Webb (Tom) of Portola, California, and her children Tommy of Ormand Beach, Florida, and Richard (Sabrina) of Sparks, Nevada; daughter Lori Stedman (Mike) and their children Jakob (Rachel) and Matt, all of Juneau; son Richard T. Wilkin III of Washington; daughter Lennette (Cookie) Harlin (Ron) and children Mary and Lisa, all of Kelso, Washington; son Arnold Wilkin, of Pacific, Washington and his child Tyler; daughter Ruby Delach and her children Christopher, Jess, Samantha and Anna, all of Washington; daughter Tammy Mears (Tim) and their children James of Sitka and Michael (Clarise) of Silverdale, Washington; and son Robert Wilkin (Doris) and their children Robert Jr. and Brenda all of Alaska.

Also surviving are niece Denise Daniels, her children Rick, and Gina of Washington, nephew Dale Schubach of Washington, and niece Val Paddock (Melvin) of Spokane, Washington and their children Daniel of Spokane and Monica Shriver of Sacramento, California; cousin Carol Griffith of Washington; 26 great- grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dick is greatly missed by his family and loved ones. Family members are very thankful for all the condolences and prayers that have been received from many family friends.


To honor Dick’s wishes no services will be held. However, due to COVID the family will have a private memorial to celebrate his life. Messages and condolences for the family may be sent to Vicki Webb at 418 E Quincy Ave, Portola, CA 96122. Donations also may be made to a charity of choice in Dick’s name.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 10-23-20)

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 11:20 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 239

Total statewide – 12,118

Total (cumulative) deaths – 68

Active cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 62 (49 resident; 13 non-resident) *

Hospitalized in Sitka – 1

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 385.

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. 




October 2000

Sitka Sportsman’s Association Alaska Day Biathlon was held at the Robert LaGuire indoor shooting range. In the individual men’s division, Mike Fink took first with a time of 22:48; Kristian Pickerell took second with 27:14; and Clay Thomas was third in 27:29. Best men’s shooter was Dave Garland with five hits prone and three hits standing.

October 1970

Sitka’s increasingly famous New Archangel Dancers will perform for Alaska Day. … Dancers are Stella Conway, Ernestine Massey, Jim Lang, Jan Turner, Patsy DuBrock, Karen Grussendorf, Kathy Trani, Sandy Harang, Lorelie Jensen, Nancy Andersen, Mary Lou McIntyre, Jane Valente, Betty Howey and Suzette Taylor.