CATCH OF THE DAY – Mason Allery, age 6, holds the first fish caught during the 2021 Kids Fishing Day Saturday on Swan Lake. Mason was given a prize and afterward successfully released his catch. The Sitka Rotary Club, U.S. Forest Service and Alaska Department of Fish and Game hosted the event, which had to be canceled in 2020. To avoid gathering large groups of people together, this year prizes were handed out throughout the three-hour event. More than a hundred young fishers and their crew members turned out. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 



Services Scheduled For Kevin A. Peterson, 36

Kevin Andrew Peterson

Kevin Andrew Peterson was born February 4, 1985, at Sitka Community Hospital, the son of Verna Fern (Smith) and Loren Frederick Peterson.  He was found unresponsive on April 8, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles, California. He was 36.

Kevin lived most of his life in Sitka, graduating from Sitka High School in 2003.  For his Senior Project, he created a band with friends Thomas Casey, Christopher Casey, Dylan Gebhart and drummer Emily Corso, who in turn encouraged Kevin to do more than the vocals and take up percussion. Later he performed with a local group, Three North, as a drummer, which was a highlight that he thought would lead to a career in music. Kevin was a constant entertainer always dancing his way through this life as others witnessed his love for life. 

He worked for the Daily Sitka Sentinel as a router for a few years then moved on to McDonald’s, Theobroma Chocolates, and the Transportation Security Administration. He joined the Alaska Army National Guard having had the opportunity to be called up for deployment overseas, which did not happen; he was placed as stateside support.

He left Sitka in 2006 to pursue life on his own in Oregon and then California, working as private security at malls and for hospitals and private clubs.  In California, he continued to seek work as an actor.

Kevin was well-loved, and was concerned with the well-being of others in difficult situations; he would be there to help, no matter what. 

Kevin is survived by his parents Loren F. and Verna F. (Smith) Peterson, Sitka; brother Loren A. Peterson, Sitka; sister Margaret M. Peterson, of Sitka and Fairbanks; brother Dwayne R. Smith, his wife Ralauni (Spousta), and their children Jayce, Kamia and Liam, of Hope Mills, North Carolina; grandmother Karen M. Moore-Kosha (Ronald Kosha)  of Tucson, Arizona; and great-grandmother Fern M. (Benedict) Moore, of Klamath Falls, Oregon.

He also is survived by aunts Kristine A. (Smith) and her husband, Lawrence Jorgensen, Anchorage; Jeanny Smith of Juneau and her children, Ryan, Elisha, and Samuel Wharton; and Gerri L. (Smith) and husband Allen Butner of Juneau, and their children, Brad and  Mariah, Juneau, and Tera (Matthew) Ames of Idaho and son Felix; paternal uncle Breck Atkins Peterson of Pennsylvania; aunt Joan (Peterson) McCormick of Lubbock, Texas, and children Wendy, Julie, Christy and Marcy; and uncle Dennis McCormick of Chehalis, Washington. He is also survived by many other aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

Kevin was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather Horace Burgess Smith, great-grandfather Lewis I. Moore, paternal great-grandmother Marie Peterson, and grandparents Margaret Adeline (Weber) and Clyde Atkin Peterson

A celebration of his life/potluck will be held 3-8 p.m. Friday, June 11, at Halibut Point Recreation Main Shelter. 

Donations can be made to a charity of your choice in the name of Kevin Andrew Peterson. Contact Verna Peterson (907)747-6917 or Margaret Peterson (520) 442-9082 regarding celebration of life arrangements.

Condolences may be sent to the family at 3208 Halibut Point Road, Space 3, Sitka, Alaska 99835.

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.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-16-21)

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 12:30 p.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Tuesday: 26

Total statewide – 67,936

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,595

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. Tuesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 1

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 387 (339 resident; 48 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 Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,304 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,904 (66%)

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

Photo caption: Luke Nisbet holds up a “2005” sign at a rites of passage ceremony at Blatchley Middle School for the school’s 120 eighth-graders. It was the first ceremony to mark the “graduation” of eighth-graders from middle school.

June 1971

Two of the most controversial subjects to come before the city council in months are on tonight’s agenda. One would extend bar operating hours inside the city limits from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m.; and the other would permit operation of coin amusement machines by persons under 18.