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)

David Lynn Berge Dies; Sitka Resident was 64

David Lynn Berge, a man who loved family, friends and fishing, died Jan. 4, 2021, in Sitka. He was 64.

He was born May 5, 1956, in Canyonville, Oregon, and graduated from Coquille High School.

He had lived in Sitka for the last 16 years.

David was in construction, and in Sitka he had worked for Shaffer Construction, Keith Custom Construction and Dunnavant Construction.

Among his enjoyments were movies, videogames, fishing and spending time with family and friends. He also liked to shop for bargains and then give to those in need.

He married Frances Carol Davis in Sitka on April 26, 2014.

David was preceded in death by his beloved father, John L. Berge of Bandon, Oregon.

Survivors include his wife, Frances Carol Berge of Sitka; his mother, Frances Ann (Shelby) Berge of Bandon; sisters Susan Berge of Bandon, Joan Berge of Sitka and Nancy Berge of Springfield, Oregon; brother Bill Berge of Anchorage; nieces Carly Horner of Coquille, Joy Ann Rivera of Lake Forest, California, Jennifer Dunnavant of Sitka and Iris Shimizu of Eugene, Oregon; nephews Shawn Berge of Brandon, JJ Dunnavant of Caldwell, Idaho, and Austin Berge of Eugene; and honorary nephew Tim Baxter of Jefferson, Oregon.

Also surviving are six great-nephews, six great-nieces; and stepson Shea Wamsley of Seattle.

Because of COVID-19 safety guidelines, no formal memorial service will be held. “Please join us in a moment of silence to remember Dave and how he touched our lives,” his family wrote.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial donations to the Sitka Fire Department EMS or the Sitka Police Department emergency services.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

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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.