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 E. Joseph Dies; Lifelong Sitkan was 71

Frank (Shkansh) Embert Joseph


Frank (Shkansh) Embert Joseph, Kaagwaantaan Clan (Eagle Nest House), passed away peacefully on June 8, 2021, at his home. He was 71.

Sitka was blessed with the birth of Frank on Nov. 6, 1949, to the loving family of parents John Joseph Sr. and Martha (Benson) Joseph, to join his sister Georgina, and brothers John Jr. and Claude.

Frank was a true homegrown, and never had interest in seeking out adventures outside of the place he loved and cherished most.  There are stories that when his wife Sharon was toying around with transferring employment to other Alaskan communities, Frank’s only response was “I will write you every week.”

Frank worked more than 30 years with the school districts, mainly Sitka High School with a few years at Mt. Edgecumbe High School. He loved his designated after-school-hours work shifts, cranking up his radio to work in rhythm to the music that could be heard throughout the halls late at night. He had much respect for school staff and students alike, and cherished the time spent and friendships with all.

Frank enjoyed fishing, hunting, providing for his family and treating his wife like a queen.  He grabbed life by the horns and made every moment count, including his last days with family and friends.  

Frank is survived by his wife Sharon Joseph and daughters Stacie (Ernie) Karras, Juneau; Kaari Joseph, Sitka; Skye (Prescott) Kelly, Palmer; and Zeylinn Joseph, Sitka; grandchildren Mason Shearer (Katie and great granddaughter Adeleigh), MacKenzie and Josie Reeves, Fiery and Robert Karras, Braxton Kelly, and Kormack Joseph-Moreno.

Survivors also include his sister Georgina (Harvey) Kitka, Sitka; brother Claude (Lynne) Joseph, Kauai, Hiwaii; aunt Lorraine (Hank) Chartrand, Sitka; nieces and nephews H. Terrence Kitka, Paula Lindstrom (Dale), and Sherry Diehl (Geoff, Gemma and Meadow), all of Sitka; Thomas Kitka (Samantha), Crystal Stoner (Dennis), all of Juneau; and Sarah Joseph (Alyssa Silva) of Hawaii; and many other relatives.

August 5, 2020

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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.