LONG LAYOVER – Bill Foster checks out the 40-foot Russian-flagged inflatable catamaran, Iskatel, that’s been hauled out near the UAS parking lot for the past two years. The pandemic put a halt to the international sailing trip that began in Russia, but the skipper, Anatoly Kazakevich, who recently spoke to the Sentinel, is hopeful about resuming the adventure in the spring and sailing to Siberia. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kyle Wade Lawson Dies In Fairbanks at Age 28

Kyle Wade Lawson

Kyle Wade Lawson, 28, of Fairbanks, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, as a result of a single vehicle rollover accident.

Kyle was born October 27, 1992, in Sitka to John “Wes” Lawson and Shelley Lawson.

In 2003, Kyle relocated to the Fairbanks/North Pole area with his family, where he attended school locally. Kyle held a special place in his heart for Sitka, where he spent summers with his grandparents.

Kyle’s two children, Joshua and Allison, want people to know their dad loved to eat, but he loved his kids the most. He was a good person and his bear hugs were his daughter’s favorite. He was an avid gamer and passionate about music. He loved camping, fishing, four-wheeling, and above all, doing those things with his kids.

Kyle was preceded in death by his father, John “Wes” Lawson Jr.; grandfather, John Lawson Sr.; and grandmother, Linda DePoe.

Kyle is survived by his mother, Shelley Lawson, of Absarokee, Montana; two children, Joshua Lawson and Allison Bellant, both of Fairbanks; and grandmother, Linda Lawson of Hoopeston, Illinois; and various aunts, uncles, friends, and family members.

Kyle’s ashes will be spread with those of his father and grandfather in Sitka, at a later date.

Condolences can be sent to The Lawson Family, c/o Shelley Lawson, P.O. Box 703, Absarokee, MT 59001.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 10-26-21)

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 10:02 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 749

Total statewide – 130,482

Total (cumulative) deaths – 688

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,749

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 30 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 351.99 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 4 

Cases in last 7 days – 30

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,088

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 10/22/21 – 1,210

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.

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October 2001

Bart Meyer earned first place in the Sitka Sportsman’s Association’s annual Alaska Day Biathlon. He was followed by Jeremy McLaughlin, Paul Lashway, Greg Horton and Jack Ozment.

October 1971

The Alaska Day parade was one of the longest ... Alaska Airlines’float with a giant golden samovar and the New Archangel Dancers aboard won first place; the Sitka High band and drill team won second; the Pioneer Bar float won third, and honorable mentions went to the Coast Guard float and Mt. Edgecumbe High band.