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)

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.

August 5, 2020

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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.