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)

Celebration of Life Held For Sitkan David R. Rice

David Russell Rice


David Russell Rice, a lifelong Sitka resident, died Sept. 15, 2021, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 53.

A celebration of his life was held Sept. 30 at the Sitka Moose Lodge.

Dave was born Nov. 7. 1967, in Sitka, the son of Donald and Susan (Bryan) Rice. His mom was from California and his dad from Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Dave graduated from Sitka High in 1987. He worked at the Alaska Pulp Co. mill for several years; was a cook at Westmark Hotel; a driver for the Daily Sitka Sentinel; and a taxi driver.

He also was a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

“Dad was funny, caring, and one of the most helpful people I’ve ever met,” a family member said. “He was the type of guy who’d give you the last of anything he had. He was the guy you’d go to when you had a problem –  he would try to make you laugh.

“He would do anything for his children, it didn’t matter what time it was and what needed to be done – he would help. Our dad was a helper.”

Along with enjoying his children, Dave liked to fish, and to play pool.

Survivors include his daughters, Shaunte Hill of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Kytela Rice of Wasilla; sons Alex Johnson-Rice and Bryan Johnson-Rice, both of Sitka; brother Robert Rice and nephew Bobby Rice, both of Chehalis, Washington; grandson Felix Rice, Sitka; uncles Murray Rice and Myron Rice of Chehalis; and cousins Karmon Rice and Arron Rice of Chehalis, Merrill Rice of Sitka, and Kendra Nicholson of Kodiak.

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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.