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)

Services Scheduled For Karina Lozano Sibayan

Karina Lozano Sibayan

Karina Lozano Sibayan, an Anchorage resident and a Sitka High graduate, died Aug. 23 in Fairbanks. She was 21.

She was born May 18, 1999, in the Philippines, and her family came to Sitka in July 2010 when she was 11.

Karina graduated from Sitka High in May 2018. She was well-known for playing both volleyball and basketball, and for being the life of the party.

Karina had an adventurous soul. She loved to travel and explore, whether it be hiking on top of mountains, jumping in lakes, or soaking up sun on the beach. Whenever Karina wasn’t exploring, she loved to eat, dance, and spend time with her loved ones.

Karina had one of the biggest hearts. She always gave more than she received, and was always quick to forgive. Wherever Karina went, she left her mark by making friends with just about everyone she met. She had one of the most contagious laughs and the cutest dimples.

Another thing that Karina was well-known for was being a wonderful babysitter for many children. Karina loved taking the kids to the playground and running around with them. Many children to this day ask about her and tell their parents that she was their best friend.

Karina was a devoted daughter, sister, dog-mom, cousin, niece, granddaughter, and friend. She will be remembered and missed by many for the love she has left in all of our hearts.

Karina is survived by her father, Fred Sibayan, and mother, Lisa Lozano; her brother, Kerwin, and sister Kaylen Lozano; her grandmother, Mercedes Sibayan, and numerous relatives of both Sitka and the Philippines.

A memorial service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday, September 4, 2020, at St. Gregory Catholic Church. Father Morino Cho, KMS will officiate.

 

“I know heaven is a beautiful place because they’ve got you.”

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

On March 30, 2020, the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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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: https://bit.ly/3apStpb

 

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20 YEARS AGO
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 ....

50 YEARS AGO
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.

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