FISH TO FLY – Charter clients claim their fish boxes at the Rocky Gutierrez Airport on Wednesday. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson) 




Bernadine McGinnis Dies; Former Resident Was 84


Bernadine Mae Price McGinnis


Bernadine Mae Price McGinnis, 84, of Scottsdale, Arizona, passed away peacefully, her family at her side, in the early morning of June 2, 2021. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. June 7 at Owyhee Cemetery, in Nyssa, Oregon.

Bernadine was born May 22, 1937, in Adrian, Oregon, to Ira and Clara Price. The family had come to the community in March 1937 from Callaway, Nebraska. Bernadine was one of eight children who grew up on the family farm in Sunset Valley. It was here that she learned about hard work and developed strong values that served her well throughout her life.

Bernadine attended Owyhee School from first to sixth grade. In seventh grade she transferred to Adrian School where met James “Jim” McGinnis.

She graduated from Adrian High School in 1955, and went to business school in Nampa, Idaho, while her fiancé attended the College of Idaho. After a year’s separation the two reunited in Caldwell, Idaho. She worked as a receptionist at a finance company while Jim finished his degree. On June 3, 1956, the two were married at Adrian Community Church. Over the next 13 years they had four children.

Bernadine and Jim spent their adult life in Joseph, Oregon, Toppenish, Washington, and eventually Sitka. While in Sitka, Bernadine was well known for her kindness and love for others. She was also a sought-after child care provider, from 1981 to 2005.

She touched the lives of many people and helped shape the lives of more than 250 children. As a testament to her character, Bernadine stayed in touch with several kids she had cared for until her final days. She and her husband also ran a popular bed and breakfast from 1987 until 1998, where numerous people stayed while adventuring in Alaska. 

In the fall of 2005 the two retired to Medora, North Dakota, where they finally fulfilled a lifelong dream of running a cattle ranch. 

After seven years in Medora the two traveled to Scottsdale, where they spent their time visiting with their kids and grandchildren and enjoying the warm sunny days.

Bernadine was preceded in death by her mother and father, brothers, Ira Price Jr. and Kenneth Price, and sisters Marian Robb and Joanne Share.

She is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Jim McGinnis, and her four children, James McGinnis III (Pam), Michelle Standerwick (Dave), Jill O’Neil (Tim) and Patrick McGinnis (Marlene). She is also survived by  her five grandchildren, Jared Standerwick, Bailey Schulz, Kristofer Ayers, Tatum Ayers and Lindsey McGinnis; two sisters, Fern Groves and Shirley Robb;  and one brother, Joel Price (Vicki).

Family extended their sincere thanks to Tina, Susanne, Trisha and the entire staff of Sunset Estates for their loving care of Bernadine over the past year. 

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Sunset Estates: Alzheimer and Dementia Care, at 281 Sunset Drive, Ontario OR 97914.

Condolences to the family can be sent to Jim McGinnis at 29416 University of Idaho Lane, Parma, ID 83660.

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.