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)

Life of Donald A. Howard To be Celebrated March 6

Donald Arthur Howard

A celebration of the life of Donald Arthur Howard will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, March 6, at the American Legion Post 13.

Don died in Sitka on Feb. 24, 2021. He was 54.

He was born Oct. 24, 1966, in Sitka, the son of Emma (Nelson) and Roger Howard Sr. His mother was from Metlakatla; his father, who was the son of George and Helen Howard, was from Sitka. Don was Tsimshian/Tlingit, a child of Kaagwaantaan and a grandchild of Kiksadi.

Don grew up in Sitka, and in 1986 he graduated from Sitka High School, where he was a member of the Sitka Wolves basketball team all four years. He and Carolyn Clough, of Sitka, were married on Dec. 23, 1989.

Don was in the retail grocery industry for many years and worked in Juneau, Boise, Idaho, and McKinney, Texas, as well as Sitka. The stores included Sea Mart, Fred Meyer, Albertsons and Winco.

Don loved his two children very much. He always had a smile for everyone he ran into, and loved to visit with friends and family.

Among his pastimes were watching Disney movies – “Aristocats,” “Jungle Book,” and “Lion King” were among his favorites – and he and Carolyn  loved to go to Disneyland.

Basketball was his favorite sport, and he liked listening to the music of Elvis, Johnny Cash and Kid Rock.

Carolyn died March 25, 2017, and in June 2019 he moved back to Sitka.

Survivors include his son, Tyler Howard, Sitka; his daughter, Jessica Howard (Zach) of McKinney, Texas; his brothers, Roger Howard Jr. of Sitka, and Mike Howard (Amy Jo) of Sitka; and his sisters, Natalie Howard (David) of Sitka, Yvonne Welch (Sean) of Juneau, and Pamela Young (James) of Sitka.

He also is survived by cousins, nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces.

Memorials may be made to a GoFuneMe account or by mail to Natalie Howard, 1209 Edgecumbe Drive, Apt. B, Sitka, AK 99835.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30, 2020, the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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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.