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)

Bobby (Volz) Alexander Dies; Former Resident was Age 89

Roberta (Bobby) Jean Alexander


Roberta (Bobby) Jean Alexander passed on September 9, 2021, in Raymond, Washington, at the age of 89.

She was born on April 14, 1932, in Spokane, Washington, to Wallace and Jo Volz.

The family moved to Sitka, where Bobby attended school for several years, graduating from Sitka High in 1951. She married Raymond Keith Thurman in 1951 and they had two children, Michael and Melodie. They lived in Fairbanks a short time then returned to Sitka until 1960, when they moved to Prairie Grove, Arkansas.

On October 31, 1964, she married Vernon Alexander in Stilwell, Oklahoma. They moved to Raymond, Washington, in 1993. Vernon preceded her in death on April 25, 2006.

Bobby enjoyed quilting and embroidering and other crafts, and had booths at farmers’ markets. She enjoyed life and had fun, a family member said.  

Bobby is survived by two brothers and one sister, Dr. Wallace Volz of Anacortes, Washington, and Frank Volz and Sandra Watson, both of Grayland, Washington; children Melodie Thurman of Raymond, Washington, and Michael Thurman of Aberdeen, Washington; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

A celebration of Bobby’s life will be held 1 p.m. Saturday October 16, 2021,  at the Aberdeen Church of Christ, 5121 Olympic Hwy, Aberdeen. Refreshments will be served afterward.

The family asks that, instead of flowers, donations be made to Bobby’s favorite charity, HAVA   P.O Box 243 Raymond, WA 98577-0026. The email address is https://www.hava-heart.org.

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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.