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)

Pauline Williams Dies In Washington at 55

Dorothy Pauline Williams


Dorothy Pauline Williams passed away January 30, 2021, in the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle after a courageous battle with several health problems. She was 55.

Pauline was born in Sitka Oct. 31, 1965, the daughter of Father Michael and Emily (Marks) Williams. The family moved to Juneau, and after her high school graduation Pauline moved to Tacoma, Washington, where she obtained her commercial driver’s license as a truck driver.

She married Richard Hudson, and after starting a family they chose to return to her beloved Alaska to live a subsistence lifestyle in the Port Protection area on Prince of Wales Island.

She was very blessed in her motherhood and had unconditional love for her family and the countless numbers of kids who called her “mom” over the years.

Years later, she moved back to Juneau to a job she loved – being a Capital Transit Bus Driver – so she could meet new people.  She volunteered to drive her friends, family and acquaintances to help them shop, chat over coffee or get them to appointments. She was generous in helping others.

She is survived by her daughters, Leilani Williams, Rainy Hudson and  Raven Hudson; her son Regal Hudson; and numerous grandchildren.

She also is survived by siblings Billy, Sue, Edward, Gordon, Kevin, James, Howard, Leon and Tilly.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Richard Hudson;   sons Royal Hudson and Roman Hudson; granddaughter Rikki Hudson; and siblings Robert, Natasha and Anita.

Funeral services and a celebration of her life will be 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at St. Michael’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral. A graveside service will be 2 p.m. at Sitka Memorial Park; and a celebration of her life will be at 3 p.m.  at Halibut Point Recreation Area. Those attending are asked to bring a side dish to share.

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.