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)

Nancy C. Phillips Dies; Fished Much of Her Life

Nancy Carol Phillips


Nancy Carol Phillips, 83, took her last walk into the forest on Wednesday, April 21, 2021.

Nancy was born in Hydaburg, the daughter of Edward and Leona Hamilton. She was raised at Hydaburg and Waterfall Cannery along with her brothers and sisters. Her father was a salmon seiner and her mother worked the cannery line during the salmon season.

Nancy attended Sheldon Jackson High School.

She married Jake Phillips and they moved to Pelican in 1962. 

Nancy fished many years – for salmon, halibut and sablefish. She started fishing with Jake in 1956, trolling for salmon on the Lila C, and they went on to own and fish the F/V’s Kruzof, Aloha, Nancy K, Shamrock, and Lea. They fished the offshore waters of Southeast Alaska, and went fishing for tuna as far south as San Diego, fishing for halibut and salmon as far west as Kodiak Island, and seining for salmon out of Hydaburg.

Nancy was a fisherman’s daughter and an equal partner power trolling for salmon with Jake, with their young sons aboard. She was a sight to see, gaffing salmon and pulling them aboard, the whole gambit – cleaning, icing and unloading.

The crew who worked with Nancy knew her to outwork many of them. And she was the “best cook,” providing many a hot meal for the hardworking crew! Her sons and grandsons inherited her work ethic.

After retiring from a life on the sea, Nancy and Jake enjoyed their days at their Sunnyside cabin near Pelican, watching the grandchildren grow before their elder years moved them to Sitka.

Nancy was a renowned jigsaw puzzle worker, and she enjoyed playing cards with her lady friends. She loved spending time with family – family was everything to her. Nancy got much enjoyment seeing her great-grandchildren play and appreciated her grandsons bringing their kids around.

Nancy is survived by her husband, Jack D. Phillips; son James E. Phillips (Patricia); sisters Jessie Carlson and Arlene Carle; brother Matthew Carle; sister-in-law Bonnie Grant; brother-in-law George Phillips; and daughters Joanne Glendenning (Stuart), Maura O’Brien Phillips, Penney Phillips and Debbie Reeder (Fred).

Also surviving are her  grandsons James Phillips (Kyla), Jordan Phillips (Mercedes), Frederick Phillips (Shari), Carl Phillips, Jeb Phillips (Angela Bertagnoli), and Aaron Phillips (Carolyn Kvernvik); granddaughter Crystal Stoner (Dennis); five great-granddaughters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Nancy was preceded in death by her son John C. Phillips; parents Ed and Leona Hamilton; sisters Frances Brown, Willa Randall, Evelyn Hill and Barbara Leask; and brothers Jonathan, Edward, and William Hamilton. 

In honoring Nancy’s wishes, no formal services will be held.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers donations be made to a favorite charity.

August 5, 2020

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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.