HONORED – Crew members pose with Rear Adm. Nathan A. Moore, commander, Coast Guard 17th District, after being presented Air Medals at Air Station Sitka, May 7. The aircrew received medals in recognition of the heroic actions taken to save the life of a fisherman adrift at sea Nov. 1, 2020. The Air Medal is awarded to individuals serving with the Armed Forces who distinguish themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement in aerial flight. Pictured are, from left, Brian McLaughlin, Justin Neal, Jon Orthman, Grant Roberts, Jimmy Schwader and Moore (Photo provided by U.S. Coast Guard)

Dr. David Sparling Dies; Served in Sitka 8 Years

Dr. David Sparling

Dr. David Sparling, who served at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital and for a time was the only pediatrician in the then Territory of Alaska,  died Feb. 1 in Steilacoom, Washington. He was 95.

He was born in 1925 in northern New York state, the son of the Rev. Clyde V. Sparling and Laura Strickland Sparling. After graduation from Colgate University and Albany Medical College in New York, he completed his residency at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.

For eight years in the 1950s, he was the U.S. Public Health Service pediatrician at Mt. Edgecumbe, from whence he traveled widely on consultation tours throughout Alaska. While in Sitka he married Florence Bouzas. 

After leaving Sitka, Dr. Sparling was in pediatric practice in Tacoma from 1960 to 1997. He also was a University of Washington Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and a member of numerous medical and civic organizations.

Dr. Sparling was a dedicated family man, reading aloud and playing games with his children and spending many days camping, skiing, hiking and vacationing with them in a cabin near Mt. Rainier. His wife Florence died in 1990 after a prolonged illness. He subsequently was married to Barbara Lehmann.

He was predeceased by stepdaughter Cynthia LaPrelle and survived by his wife; children John Sparling and Helen Sparling; brother-in-law Thomas Maresh (Carolyn); stepdaughters Jennifer Schilz (Ronald) and Amy Adkisson (Robert); seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A family graveside service was recently held. Memorials may be made to Little Church on the Prairie (Lakewood) or Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-11-21)

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 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 58

Total statewide – 66,407

Total (cumulative) deaths – 345

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,519

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. Monday.

Active cases in Sitka – 6

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 369 (323 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 362

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 Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,894 (70.43%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,502 (64.79%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,243 (84.1%) 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: https://bit.ly/3apStpb





May 2001

Sitka Convention and Visitors Bureau is seeking volunteers to staff its information desks. Those interested in meeting thousands of visitors from all over the world are invited to contact Sandy or Michelle at SCVB.

May 1971

Sitka Police: Lorna Ann Sollars was cited for passing a stop sign. Gary Kuhnle was cited for passing a stop sign. Thomas Allen Sanford was cited for having an out-of-state license for more than 90 days.