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)

Memorial Services Set For William D. Allery

William Donald Allery

Memorial services for William Donald Allery ($2DollarBill) will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the United Pentecostal Church, 101 Cascade Creek Road. A reception will follow.

Billy passed away Jan. 28, 2021, in Sitka at the age of 30.

He was born Oct. 31, 1990, at SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital, the son of Georgianna Smith and Steven W. Allery Sr.

Billy grew up in Sitka and graduated from Sitka High in 2009. After graduation, Billy went to the Alaska Institute of Technology in Seward, where he earned his Plumbing and Heating Certificate in December 2013. In May 2014, he went on to earn his Refrigeration Technician Certification. Billy also found his love for fishing, which he continued to do until he went to heaven.

When he wasn’t working, Billy loved to go hunting and recreational fishing. He would often go with his cousin Peter and friends. He also loved to spend time with his nieces and nephews whom he loved very much. 

Billy was preceded in death by his grandmother Gertrude Hazel Shayen of Sitka, older brother Steven Wayne Allery Jr. of Sitka, grandfather George B. Johnson Jr. of Angoon, uncle William Lawrence Shayen Jr. of Sitka, grandparents Jerome and Edna Allery of Hawley, Minnesota, and grandparents Raymond and Nina Smith of Oakridge, Oregon. 

Billy is survived by his mother and father Georgianna and Michael Smith of Sitka; his dad Steven W. Allery Sr. of Topeka Kansas; and his step-parents Chris and Beth Polasky of Petoskey, Michigan.

His siblings, Heather Allery of Sitka, Chris Polasky Jr. (Kendra Skultka) of Sitka, Douglas Polasky of Cheboygan, Michigan, and Robert Polasky of Sitka; his sister-in-law Divina Casulucan of Sitka; brother-in-law Joe Nelson of Palmer; his nieces Ferrah Allery, Charline, Alissa, Mia, Klaudia Skultka, and Kalliope Polasky of Sitka, and Ariyanna and Niomi Nelson of Palmer; and his nephews Mason Allery, Kaedan Skultka, and Kalvyn Polasky of Sitka, also survive.

Billy is loved and will be missed by many, his family members wrote. He was kind-hearted and surrounded by family and friends throughout his life.

“Billy, we all know you are now with your Grandma, your brother Steven, and all your loved ones in heaven. We love you, Billy. It’s never goodbye, it’s see you later,” they wrote.

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.