SUMMER FLING – Erika Youngberg and one-year-old son Axel enjoy the light surf at Sandy Beach Saturday as temperatures climbed to 68 degrees under clear skies. The Youngbergs were among some 100 people sunbathing, splashing and swimming to deeper water before the weather turned to showers as was forecast for Sunday. (Sentinel Photo by Reber Stein)





Services Scheduled For Philip H. Moreno Jr., 64

Philip Herman Moreno Jr.

Philip Herman Moreno Jr., son of Harriet Miyasato Beleal and her late husband Edward Beleal and Philip Moreno Sr., passed away peacefully April 8 in Anchorage. He was 64.

Phil was born in Sitka Nov. 3, 1956, and made his home in Anchorage with his brother George Moreno.

His Tlingit clan was L’eeneidi, Yaxte Hit, Kaagwaantaan Yadi from Auk Bay, where his great-grandmother, Annie Worthington Johnson, was born. His great-grandfathers were Chester Worthington and James Johnson, founding fathers of the Alaska Native Brotherhood.

Phil loved to fish and hunt and was his happiest when he could enjoy a Native way of life.  He loved to make jewelry, necklaces and earrings with his dad, the artist Philip Moreno Sr., and Maureen Roberts. Earlier in his life he liked to travel a lot.

Surviving family includes his mother, Harriet Miyasato Beleal, of Sitka; his brothers George and Anthony Francis Moreno and Chad Titell; his sisters,  Lynette Moreno Hinz, Rachel Moreno, Paulette Moreno and Rita Moreno; and his Auntie Kate Miyasato.

His cousins are Ben, Nick, Chester Jr. and Chuck Miyasato; Liz Miyasato; Danny, Caesar, James and Frankie Miyasato; Dorianne Miyasato; and Joanne Sam from Juneau.

Nieces and nephews are Lizzie Vanerway, Stephanie Moreno, Mary Soots, Shaleena and Marissa Delgado, Ty Waldron, Dennis Waldron, Teresa Waldon, Christopher Parker, Philip Kameichi Moreno and Edith Ann Sam.

Grandnephews are Michael Miyasato, Nickayo Miyasato and Danny Moreno; and grandnieces are Chenille Miyasato, Sherry Moreno and Sharon Lee.

A memorial service will be held at the Evergreen Memorial Chapel in Anchorage on Friday, April 16, and a celebration of his life will be held in Sitka  4-7 p.m. Monday, April 19, at 1710 Edgecumbe Drive, Apt. A.

“Our family would like to thank all our family and friends for the expressions of support,” a family member said.

Those wishing more information regarding services may contact Rachel Moreno at 738-6595.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-21-21)

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 12:21 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 13

Total statewide – 68,112

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,602

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. Sunday.

Active cases in Sitka – 4

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 390 (341 resident; 49 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

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 Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,340 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,967 (67%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 percent 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:





June 2001

Sitka police and federal authorities are investigating a report three counterfeit $100 bills were passed at a Sitka jewelry store. “It’s difficult to solve it, if you don’t get a good description of them, especially if they are transient or tourists.” said SPD Lt. John Bocza.

June 1971

Photo caption: David Bruce, 10, caught this 64-pound king salmon Saturday fishing with his grandfather, Philip “Peewee” James near Olga Strait. The big fish was 46 inches long with a girth of 32 inches. David and his grandparents live at Mt. Edgecumbe.