PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Services Scheduled For Terrance ‘Terry’ Moses

Terrance “Terry” Moses

Terrance “Terry” Moses, formerly of Sitka, passed away in his home at Wildflower Courts in Juneau on November 13, 2020. He was 58.

Services will be held in Sitka at 11 a.m. Friday, November 27, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house.

His final resting place will be at Sitka Memorial Park.

Terry was born to Mazie Margaret Moses in Clarkston, Washington, on December 20, 1961. While raised on the Nez Perce Reservation in Lapwai and Kamiah, Idaho, he was immersed in the First Indian Presbyterian Church,  which would be his lifelong support from an early age. 

He moved to Sitka in August 1979 to attend Sheldon Jackson College to study fish hatcheries for the Nez Perce Tribe but fell in love with the Alaska waters. Terry spent the next 40 years employed by Alaska Commercial Fisheries, Crabbing, and Northwest Coast Art.

Being raised as a traditional Nez Perce, Terry had a high regard for cultural activities. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, language and dance, and he passed on his skills and knowledge to his daughter and grandchildren.

Terry was preceded in death by his mother Mazie Moses; sister Susan Seven; his brothers Edward Moses and Douglas Moses; his grandparents Lillian and Elias Moses Jr.; his aunt Elvira “Tweet” (Floyd) Hendren; his uncles Gabriel Moses, Norman Moses and Lester Moses; his father-in-law, Richard Marvin Sr. and brother-in-law Richard Marvin Jr.; and his nephew, Calvin Siems.

Terrance is survived by his wife, Martha Moses; his children Teresa Moses and Teryn Moses Vantrease of Boise, Idaho; his grandsons Andrew Lawrence, Eli Lawrence, Camden James, John James and Terrance James; his aunt Mariam Queen; his sister Leslie (Liam) Randall; his nephews Edward Randall and Evan Randall; his “favorite mother-in-law” Vera Marvin; sister-in-law Donna (Bill) Trivett; brothers-in-law, Wayne Marvin and Dwayne Marvin Sr.; and numerous loving brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews and cousins.

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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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

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 Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) 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

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.