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)

Mark T. Bagley, 45, Dies; Services to be Held Later

Mark Thaddeus Bagley

Mark Thaddeus Bagley, son of Cathy and the late Mike Bagley, died December 3, 2020, at Providence Medical Center, Anchorage, following heart surgery. He was 45.

Mark was born at Sitka Community Hospital April 3, 1975, and attended Sitka schools. In December 2001 he graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

After a short time he decided nursing was not what he wanted to do and began a career in car sales – a pursuit he thoroughly enjoyed.

While a teenager, he accompanied the Boy Scouts and his father on one of their Yukon River canoe trips. It was a trip he remembered with much pleasure.

He discovered boxing in Sitka and later joined a boxing club in Anchorage. He also enjoyed participating in Anchorage marathons. 

He married Tisha Ryan December 5, 2012, in Anchorage, and they relocated soon after to Sitka, where they started a handyman business, Mark’s Enterprises.

Mark loved being outdoors fishing, camping and hunting. He spent a lot of time with his daughter swimming, berry picking, visiting the Sitka Sound Science Center, Fortress of the Bear and the library, playing video games, and looking for birds at Blue Lake, and was starting to teach her gun safety and how to shoot.

He and his daughter shared hobbies, including collecting fossils and were building a large collection of shark teeth, gem stones, and some artifacts. He had bought a telescope recently so they could begin star gazing.

Always curious about the world around him, Mark enjoyed online lectures from Great Courses on ancient history and other subjects. He was also an avid coin, gold and silver collector and trader, and was a member of American Precious Metal Exchange (APMEX).

Although he was not a group joiner, he spent much time and effort helping others, and worried about others’ needs, especially the homeless, seniors and anyone who was hurting. He was always looking for ways to give people a second chance or a hand up, and thanked those who helped him. He was extraordinarily generous and kind.

The most important love in his life was his family and, above all else, his daughter Ellen, 7.

In addition to APMEX he was a member of the Sitka Lutheran Church, Sitka Sound Science Center and Fortress of the Bear.

He was preceded in death in March by his father, Mike. He is survived by his mother, Cathy, and daughter Ellen Bagley, both of Sitka; sister Laura (William) Mallula, Fairbanks; and nephew Billy (Nicole) Mallula and children, Easton and Taron, of North Pole.

He also is survived by aunts and uncles Thad and Sandy Poulson of Sitka, and Gary and Debbie Bagley of Simpsonville, S.C.; great-aunts and -uncles; and numerous cousins.

His grandparents were Gail and Louise (Nelson) Bagley of Sitka and Tom and Grace Montgomery of Silver City, New Mexico.

Due to the pandemic, services will be scheduled later.


In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Sitka Sound Science Center, Fortress of the Bear, or a favorite charity.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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.