SMILE! – The Pacific High School graduating class poses outside Harrigan Centennial Hall Saturday afternoon prior to their commencement ceremony. Because of COVID-19 concerns the ceremony was not open to the public. Pictured are Eric Alvarado,Chelsea Taylor, Madison Roy-Mercer, Lindsey Bartolaba, Melissa Gibson, Douglas Johnson, Korbin Tugmon, George Stevenson, Jayvan Iya-Kowchee and Elizabeth Newell. Sitka High School will hold its graduation ceremony Monday, May 24. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Dorothy Martin, Former Sitka Teacher, Dies at 87

Dorothy Martin


Former Sitkan resident Dorothy Martin, 87, passed away on March 30, 2021, in Aloha, Oregon.

She was born in Portland, Oregon, in 1933 and moved to Sitka in 1965 to begin her adventurous teaching career in logging camps for three years. She taught first through sixth grades in a one room school house. Dorothy also taught 16 years at Etolin Street School as a fifth-grade teacher where she was known for teaching students her infamous crafts of copper tooling pictures and wax stars for Christmas.

Dorothy’s life was filled with passion and adventure for her family as she packed up her five young kids and dog to travel on four different types of planes from Portland, Oregon, to arrive in Rodman Bay Logging Camp. This was her first time flying ever!  

Dorothy was constantly on the move playing tennis, volleyball, softball and painting.  She enjoyed giving tennis lessons to children and adults while living in Sitka. Dorothy retired in 1984, moving to Aloha, Oregon, where she was a substitute teacher. She then worked at a major Tennis Center, from which she retired at age 75. Dorothy continued to play tennis until her late 70’s and continued painting until she was 85.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her husband Galen Martin and son-in-law Michael McClelland. Dorothy’s legacy will live on through her six children Rick (Anne) Martin, Linda Martin Siegel, Karen McClelland, Debbie (Rick) Delmoral, and Christy (Michael) May. 

She is also survived by 16 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; two sisters, Nancy Johnson and Katie Young; and many nieces and nephews including Sitka’s Tammy (Gary) Perensovich. 

Dorothy was a very loving, giving and determined lady that made everyone she met feel important and cared for like she was their missing mother, grandparent, or friend, her family said.


‘‘We will miss her every day and will continue sharing all of the lessons and stories she passed on to us. We are truly blessed to have shared a loving and adventurous life with Dorothy. Please share your fondest memories on her Tribute page Thank you for all the prayers. In lieu of flowers please make donations to her favorite charity to improve medical handoffs for cancer patients – STRIVE Inc at or American Cancer Society at’’

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-17-21)

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 12:45 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 50

Total statewide – 66,814

Total (cumulative) deaths – 358

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,542

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. Friday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 372 (325 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 364

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 Monday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,978 (71.64%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,612 (66.37%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,245 (84.24%) 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

Sitka High boys track team ran to a 2nd-place finish in Juneau while the girls finished fourth. Sitka long-jumper Derek Hirai leapt 19’9.5” for the 2nd highest jump in the state this year. ... Others doing well were Thor Hartwig, Matt Mangini, Damien LaMar, Jeff Loiselle, Logan Wild, Elgin Hollins, Brian Friske, Brian Mork, Mike Bagley, Cody Campbell ....

May 1971

New Loyal Order of Moose officers, installed Saturday, are Earl Arnold, Grant Laiblin Jr., James Gardner, William Wakefield Jr., Eddielee Hodnett, Basil Riley, Lloyd Van Doren, James Firestone Sr. and Lynden Kincaid.