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)

Johnny W. Duncan Sr. Dies in Sitka at Age 77

Johnny Walter Duncan Sr.

Johnny Walter Duncan Sr., a longtime Sitka resident, died unexpectedly December 9, 2020, at the age of 77. He was at home, surrounded by his children and grandchildren.

Johnny’s Tlingit name was Kaaldeiwtu Éesh. He was from the Kiks.ádi (Frog) clan, a child of the Killer Whale clan, and a member of the Clay House. He was born May 12, 1943, and raised by his parents, Emma and Peter Duncan, in Excursion Inlet and Hoonah. 

Johnny graduated from Chemawa boarding school in Salem, Oregon, in 1961, and then from Edison Tech in Seattle. He joined the Carpenters Union in 1964, retiring in 2006.

 John helped build the JC Penny building in Anchorage, worked in Adak at the government base, Mt. Roberts Tramway in Juneau, Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, and the newer Alaska Native Medical Center. He worked at various other monumental buildings across Alaska.

John is survived by his brother Albert Duncan Sr., children, grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He loved subsistence gathering and teaching his children and grandchildren the lifestyle he himself enjoyed, watching and participating in Southeast basketball.

John was a longtime member of the Sitka Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Sitka Pool League. 

John was an active member of the Russian Orthodox Church, the Moose Lodge, and Sons of American Legion.

He was a vocal advocate for the Sitka Sound herring and subsistence. 

He will be truly missed by friends and family. 

Due to COVID-19 there will be a private funeral, and later on a cultural service and celebration of life. The family understands that this is not traditional at all, but John would not want to put the health and safety of his community at risk. 


Questions concerning donations can be directed to Johnny Duncan Jr. 907-738-1595, or Donovan Duncan 907-738-2619.

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.