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 Set For Kenneth Creamer, Longtime Sitkan

Kenneth Creamer


Kenneth Creamer, a longtime Sitka resident, died April 18, 2021, in Nampa, Idaho, surrounded by family after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 82.

Ken was born October 16, 1938, in Tacoma, Washington, and moved to Alaska as a young adult. He lived in Kodiak, Juneau, Dutch Harbor and Sitka during his years in Alaska. He met his wife, Norma, and her son Duane,  in Kodiak, and he and Norma were married there.

Ken lived a fulfilled life not only as a husband, father and grandpa, but held several leadership positions as a member of the Alaska State Troopers and U.S. Marine Corps, and an employee of the National Marine Fisheries.

Ken was a proud and active member of the Masonic Lodge; he was a Scottish Rite Mason for nearly 40 years, a Knight of the Royal Order of Scotland, and a member of Mt. Verstovia Lodge #18 in Sitka, as well as an active member of the Valley of Juneau Masonic Lodge.

Ken also was a member of the Sitka Elks Lodge, and served on the Sitka Police and Fire Commission and the Sitka Port and Harbors Commission for many years.

Ken will be remembered and missed by his wife, Norma Creamer, son Duane Seehafer (Laurie), granddaughters Nicole and Erika, and many other family members and lifelong friends.

Ken was a proud and witty man who always had a good joke and liked to keep everyone laughing. He will be missed greatly and will never be forgotten, his family said.

A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. June 18, 2021, at Sitka National Cemetery, with a celebration of life to follow at Pioneer Park.

In lieu of flowers, a contribution may be made to Sitka Masonic Lodge Scholarship fund, 313 B Lake St.

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.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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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.