LONG LAYOVER – Bill Foster checks out the 40-foot Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran, Iskatel, that’s been hauled out near the UAS parking lot for the past two years. The pandemic put a halt to the international sailing trip that began in Russia, but the skipper, Anatoly Kazakevich, who recently spoke to the Sentinel, is hopeful about resuming the adventure in the spring and sailing to Siberia. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Iris Barbara Carter Dies; Was Formerly of Wash.

Iris Barbara Carter

Iris Barbara Carter, who lived almost all of her life in the Hoquiam, Washington, area, died Nov. 17 in Sitka, at the age of 93. She had lived in Sitka since  March  2017, and was a Sitka Pioneers Home resident at the time of her death.

“Mom was a beautiful person,” said her daughter, Barbara L. Sturm, of Sitka. “We couldn’t ask for a better mom. She had a wonderful sense of humor, and was so much fun to be with.

“She is loved and will be missed by all of us.”

Iris was born at home March 14, 1927, in Lebam, Washington, the daughter of Bert and Ardith (King) Nickell. She attended school in Wishkah, outside Aberdeen, and when she was 17 she and classmate Warren Max Carter (also 17 but two days younger than she) got married. He went to work for Rayonier Pulp and Paper Co., and she worked as a grocery store clerk in Aberdeen, at a laundry, and at the Rayonier paper division.

Iris was very active in the Daughters of the American Revolution, and was a member of the Polson Museum and Friends of the Library in Hoquim.

The Carters enjoyed life. They especially liked dancing, and Iris made western costumes for their square-dancing times. Warren Max Clark died in 2013 – “So they are dancing together now,” their daughter said.

Survivors include her daughter, Barbara Sturm (Tony) of Sitka; sons Daniel Carter (Ginger) of North River, Washington, and Albert Carter (Judy) of Hoquiam; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, cousins, nephews and nieces – she had a very large and loving family.

Services are pending in Hoquiam.

The family suggests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Sitka Pioneers Home.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 10-26-21)

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 10:02 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 749

Total statewide – 130,482

Total (cumulative) deaths – 688

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,749

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 30 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 351.99 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 4 

Cases in last 7 days – 30

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,088

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 10/22/21 – 1,210

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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October 2001

Bart Meyer earned first place in the Sitka Sportsman’s Association’s annual Alaska Day Biathlon. He was followed by Jeremy McLaughlin, Paul Lashway, Greg Horton and Jack Ozment.

October 1971

The Alaska Day parade was one of the longest ... Alaska Airlines’float with a giant golden samovar and the New Archangel Dancers aboard won first place; the Sitka High band and drill team won second; the Pioneer Bar float won third, and honorable mentions went to the Coast Guard float and Mt. Edgecumbe High band.