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)

Services Set March 29 For Robert R. Edenso

Robert Richard Edenso

Services for Robert Richard Edenso, 83, will be held 2 p.m. Monday, March 29,  at Sitka National Cemetery. A reception will follow at 3:30 p.m.  upstairs at Sitka Moose Lodge. 

Robert, known to his friends as Bob, was born Nov. 20, 1936, in Craig, Alaska, and passed away March 20, 2021, in Sitka. When he was 9, his parents, Robert Morris Edenso and Mary Elizabeth Fitzgibbon, moved to Sitka for the fishing, and he has always returned to his beloved hometown. He Graduated from Sheldon Jackson High School in 1954. After a year of junior college at Sheldon Jackson, he joined the U.S. Army and became a member of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles” Paratroopers. 

Bob met Loretta Jewel Williams in 1958, and they married at the Sitka First Presbyterian Church on Oct. 28, 1961.

Bob worked at Alaska Lumber & Pulp Company as a digester operator and as a maintenance electrician. He was a member of IBEW and worked as journeyman electrician on various construction jobs.

In his retirement years, Bob did what he enjoyed most as a commercial fisherman. His greatest passion in life was fishing both commercial and sport. He was committed to his many commercial trolling vessels – the F/V Bar-Ber-Etta, F/V SonRay, F/V Ocean Raven, F/V Bobby’s Girl, and the F/V Pamala D.

Loretta, his wife and partner, was affectionately known to the troll fleet as “The Admiral,” and Loretta lovingly called Bob “Captain Bligh,” of Bounty fame. Bob and Loretta spent many hours on the fishing grounds together. Loretta expertly steered the boat along the well-known trolling drags and kept the crew well-fed. Bob enjoyed playing on pool league teams, dart league teams, and many bowling league teams. He was sought after for his dance skills, and he and Loretta rarely missed Friday night dancing.

Bob was a lifetime member of the Moose Lodge, Elks Lodge, the American Legion, and the Sitka Sportsman’s Association. 

Bob is survived by his two sons, Bart C. Edenso, his wife Kim, and Bert L. Edenso of Sitka. Bob was proud of his three grandchildren, Eric Edenso, Megan Lindstrom, Bryan Mayville, and three great-grandchildren, Kristin Jewel Edenso, Allyson Mayville, and Carvel Swensen.

Bob was the oldest of five children and his Mom’s “one and only son.” His sisters are Tina Leask (deceased) of Anchorage, Georgianna Zimmerle and Marly Edenso of Ketchikan, and Laurie Unruh of Colorado Springs, Colorado. 

After the loss of his great love and partner, Bob and their longtime friend Claudia Donnally, who had lost her husband, grew close and gave each other companionship. For the past 16 years, Bob and Claudia have enjoyed a wonderful relationship, supporting each other in good and hard times and always laughing and dancing together. Although it wasn’t her favorite thing, Claudia did her time on the water supporting Bob as he pursued his love of smacking salmon on Sitka Sound and Baranof Shore fishing grounds each summer.

The family wishes to recognize and appreciate the love and support given by Claudia’s family, Erin and John Hansen, Katie Rouse, and Carl Lindstrom. As the years passed, these wonderful helpers were generously involved in the daily caretaking of Bob as age attacked his health. 

The family wants to humbly honor lifelong friends as pallbearers: Tom Budd, Brian Martin, Todd Nevers, Don Seesz, Donny Garrity, Stretch Zimmerle, and Christopher Jackson; and honorary pallbearers Carol Williams and Carroll Goddard.

For the reception, a side dish to share would be welcome, the family said. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Swan Lake Senior Center.

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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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.