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)

Carol ‘Sue’ Falkner Dies; Was a Longtime Sitkan

Carol “Sue” Falkner

Carol “Sue” Falkner, a beloved wife, mother, aunt, grandmother “Oma” and great-grandmother, went home to Jesus surrounded by family on Dec. 19, 2020. She would have been 81 on Dec. 24.

She was born in Ventura, Calif., the daughter of John and Ethel McArdle, and grew up in California. She received an undergraduate degree in nutrition  from Humboldt State, and in history from California State University Los Angeles, then earned a master’s from Chico State.

 She taught school for several years in California. She married Ted Falkner on Aug. 20, 1960, in Arcata, California. He was with the U.S. Forest Service, and they lived in areas of California before coming to Alaska in 1981, living in Juneau, where Sue worked for Behrends Bank, then moving to Sitka where she worked first for First National Bank of Anchorage. She later was with Body World Gym, and for the past nearly 30 years has been at Abby’s Reflection Apparel and Quiltworks.

She was a member of Ocean Wave Quilt Guild, and Rainy Day Dollmakers.

First and foremost, Sue loved the Lord with all her heart. She liked to quilt, read and be outdoors, and enjoyed long walks with beloved friends and being in the company of family.  She treasured her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Sue loved life and brought joy to all who encountered her.

She belonged to the Sitka Christian Center.

Sue will be forever cherished and remembered by her husband Ted, of Sitka; children Marci (Jay) Williams of Seattle, Patty (Rod) Ady of Sitka, and Todd; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and sister Kathy Warner of Georgia.

Sue also will be missed by her nieces, nephews, other relatives, and many friends.

A celebration of her life will be held when the pandemic allows. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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.