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)

Brook Fuller Dies at 40; Was a Former Resident

Brook Fuller

Following a reading of Robert Frost’s “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and surrounded by love, Brook Fuller peacefully shed her earthly body on January 5, 2021, in Yakima, Washington.

Brook was born to Vicki Fuller on November 15, 1980, minutes after her twin sister Jamie and three years to the day after their sister Brandy.

In 1994, after Brandy’s passing, the family moved to Sitka, where the twins attended Mt. Edgecumbe High School. In 1997, Brook left Sitka and traveled the Pacific Northwest extensively over the next 20-plus years, returning often to Alaska to visit her enormous family of friends.

Never one to conform or be told what she could or should not do, Brook was a feminist who worked in the commercial fishing industry. Her most amiable disposition and affectionate nature made her easy to love. She made friends everywhere she went, with most everyone she met. Warm, sweet, smart and quick to laugh, with a centered spirit, calm presence and delightful smile, Brook was generous and kind to all humans and cats whose paths she crossed.  She possessed an innate, unbound capacity for affection and warmth. To be by her side was to feel her love.

At age 15, Brook was more well-read than the majority of adults at any given point in time. She was a lover, a learner, a traveler. She often made her own clothing, valued the power of eyeliner, Turkish coffee, an amazing meal, film, and simply connecting through conversation. In Brook’s 40 years, she lived in Anchorage, Chugiak, Sitka, Yakutat and Juneau, as well as in Seattle and various towns along the Washington coast.

Like many other Alaskans, Brook’s life was punctuated by the trauma of suicide and truncated by addiction. As she weathered her own as bravely as she could, her unique warmth and ability to love and be loved served her well. She was blessed by and grateful for the unconditional love and support of friends who helped guide her through the steps of accepting and living with her addiction, as well as the steps of celebrating and living with her recovery.


Brook was preceded in death by her sister Brandy, mother Vicki, and maternal grandparents Mary Jane and Howard. She is survived by her twin sister Jamie Janik; cousins Shawn Fuller and Mandy Fuller McIntyre; and paternal relatives.

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.