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) 



Frank W. Sharp Dies At His Angoon Home at 89


Frank Wilton Sharp

      Frank Wilton Sharp, poet and adventurer, passed away peacefully at his Angoon home on May 12, 2021. He was 89.

      Frank was born in Orofino, Idaho, on Valentine’s Day 1932 to Albert Thomas Sharp of Angoon and Maryellen Sharp (Coghill) of Orofino. Although he wasn’t physically born in Alaska, he was an Alaskan through and through. He was of Tlingit heritage though his paternal grandmother, Mary Nelson, of Angoon. He was an Eagle/Bear and his Tlingit name was Na’ats. 

Frank lived life with all the qualities of the poetry he wrote: intrigue, amazing adventures, near-death experiences, boundless energy, love found and lost, and an unbreakable work ethic. 

Much of his early childhood was spent traveling between Alaska and Idaho, usually unaccompanied on an Alaska Steamship Vessel from Seattle to Juneau. In his youth, he continued to spend time between Alaska and nearly 30 other states with his family as they traveled for work.

Frank briefly attended Lowell High School in Kansas, where he excelled at long-distance running, posting times for his mile that would have qualified him for the Olympic tryouts. Instead, he ended his formal education after eighth grade and began roaming with a rough group of young men. In his own words he was a gangster and on the road to ruin. At age 17, and with the help of his mother, he forged his birth certificate and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. Serving during the Korean War, Frank was stationed at Tempelhof Air Force Base in Berlin, Germany. He ended his U.S. Air Force enlistment at the rank of staff sergeant, and returned Stateside in 1953. 

On his way home to Alaska, Frank stopped in California to visit his mother. There he met Alice Ruth Bach. They were married in 1955 and had four children: Kirk, Mark, Mary, and Todd. 

Frank worked hard in Angoon and then later on in Juneau as a subsistence gatherer, cannery worker, commercial fisherman, general laborer, and taxi cab driver to support his growing family. 

He was always striving to get ahead. Then he found his calling working as a boat operator, and then as a game warden with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In 1962, Frank attended the Public Safety Academy then at Sheldon Jackson College. This started a 20-year career in law enforcement as a Wildlife Enforcement Officer. He and his family were stationed in Sitka, Petersburg, Ketchikan and Anchorage. He excelled at this career and retired in 1982 from the Department of Public Safety, Fish and Wildlife Protection as a captain and supervisor in charge of the entire coastline of Alaska. After retirement, he returned to his beloved home in Angoon. 

Complacency was not in his blood, and while in Angoon he couldn’t stop striving to achieve. He was elected to the Angoon City Council and in 1990  became president of Kootznahoo Native Corp. He spent many years working to serve and love his community, while also tirelessly laboring around his home on one project or another  – usually at least 10 at a time.

During those years, he had two devastating events; the death of his son, Mark, 25, in 1983 and the death of his wife, Alice, at age 78 in 2000. They were married 44 years. 

Frank loved fishing and hunting and wrote countless poems about his explorations. From sinking boats to charging brown bears, and an untimely encounter with what was probably the world record king salmon, he filled the tale of his life with enthralling stories.

His passion for the Alaskan wilderness never faltered with age, and his penchant for near-death experiences seemed only to increase. At age 83, a short day hunting trip turned into two unexpected nights alone in the cold and snowy November woods. On the third day, he walked away unscathed, only thinking about a hot cup of coffee, and his next adventure. 

Frank knew our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

He was proceeded in death by his parents Albert and Maryellen, wife Alice, son Mark, and brother James. He is survived by his children Kirk, Mary, and Todd (wife Carolyn), sister Peggy Sears, and brothers, Melvin, Albert and Henry, eight grandchildren, five-great-grandchildren, and many cousins. 

Frank’s legacy lives on through the fruits of his labor and stories shared among family and friends. A parting gift is his book, “A Pioneer Alaskan’s Lifetime of Rhymes and Lines,” which includes many of his favorite poems.

His family invited friends to share their own stories about Frank. They can visit Friends also are encouraged to sign the guest book.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 6-17-21)

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 12:30 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. Wednesday.

Active cases in Sitka – 2

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 388 (339 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 Tuesday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,318 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,940 (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

When it comes to selling lots in the Gavan subdivision, the city has to look at the long-term picture, says City Planning Director Wells Williams. Since the 32 city-owned lots in the 69-lot subdivision went on sale in 1997; only 12 have sold. “We’d certainly like to sell a lot more,” Williams said.

June 1971

Myron J.  Oen, a Sitka High science teacher, has been accepted as a participant in the Academic Year Institute for Physics Teachers at Wisconsin State University.