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)

Robin H. Truman Dies; Former Sitkan was 79

Robin H. Truman

Robin H. Truman, a former Sitkan, passed away peacefully at OHSU hospital in Portland, Oregon, early on Dec. 26. He was 79.

He was born May 2, 1941, in Astoria, Oregon, one of three children of Monica and
Reuben Truman. He grew up in Astoria, and became a heavy equipment operator.

While he was working on construction of the O’Connell Bridge in 1971-72, he fell in love with Sitka and decided to make it his home.

He worked for S&S Construction Co. here, and was a member of Operating Engineers Local 302.

He was a member of the Moose Lodge, as well as the American Legion and Elks Lodge.

Robin left Sitka in 2014, and was living in The Dalles, Oregon, at the time of his death.

He was preceded in death by his wife Linda (Shivers) Truman. He is survived by his children, Robert Truman and wife Karimae Carlson of Sitka, Alaska, and Jennifer Truman and husband Hector Hertado of Colima, Mexico; grandchildren Ryker Lee Truman, Kailanna Sue Truman and  Coralynn Remington Carlson, all of Sitka; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by AfterCare Family Memorial Mortuary in Portland, Oregon. A memorial is planned in May.

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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.