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)

Robert Littlefield Sr. Passes Away at Age 77

Robert James Littlefield Sr.

Robert James Littlefield Sr., a lifetime resident of Sitka, passed away Nov. 30, 2020, in Wasilla.

He was born July 18, 1943, in Sitka, the son of Charles L. and Esther (Kasakan) Littlefield. He was a member of the Kiksadi Clan.

Survivors include his wife, Martha (Chuglawk) Littlefield of Napaskiak. They met in Bethel and were married there Aug. 16, 1968. Their marriage was blessed on Jan. 18, 2001, at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral St. Innocent, in Anchorage.

Over the years, Robert had various jobs, working at the boys dorm at Mt. Edgecumbe High School on Japonski Island, security at the Sitka Pioneers Home, and at the Alaska Lumber and Pulp pulp mill. He cooked at several places – cooking even took him to South Dakota for several years.

Robert was diagnosed with polio when he was young, and he was told he would never walk. That never stopped him from doing all the things he loved. From childhood he cooked and baked with his mom, and fished and hunted with his brothers.

He loved going all out by cooking, baking and decorating on holidays and birthdays. Lots of people wanted his recipes, from his deviled eggs to his fried bread. At Christmas he made cookie boxes and pies to deliver to people.

He was also known for his kindness – he had given away cars and given food and money to those in need.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Esther Littlefield; son Robert Littlefield Jr.; brothers Louis Simpson, Peter Simpson, Joseph Littlefield, Harry Littlefield and William Littlefield; and sister Mary Littlefield.

Surviving are his siblings, Evelyn Johnson of Sitka and Fred Simpson of Mt. Vernon, Washington.

His surviving children are Barbara Anvil of Anchorage, Laverne (Mike) Hartshorn of Sitka, Evelyn (Ronald) Coleman of Orofino, Idaho, Charles Littlefield III of Juneau, William Littlefield of Wasilla, and adopted son Andy Nichols of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

His grandchildren are Nicole (David) Therchik, Elaine (Shawn) George, Wayne (Jessica) Anvil, Clarice Anvil and Chiara Chase, Nicholai Littlefield, Michelle (Matthew) Hauert, Joanne Littlefield, Melissa (Aaron) Hammock, Tarja Hartshorn and Matthew Hartshorn, Anisah (Taylor) Walton and Alexanderia Coleman, Steven Littlefield and Desiree Littlefield, Kevin Barnes, William Littlefield Jr., Fiery Littlefield, Robert Littlefield III, Kayleb Littlefield, and many more great-grandchildren.

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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.