TREE LIGHTING – Sitkans gather next to a decorated spruce tree across from City Hall Saturday. Scores turned out for the Chamber of Commerce’s holiday celebration that included caroling, a tree lighting hosted by Mrs. Santa Claus, and remarks by Chamber of Commerce member Loren Olsen and City Administrator John Leach encouraging people to shop in town during the holiday season. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Barbara L. Arndt Dies; Former Sitkan was 69

Barbara L. Arndt


Barbara L. Arndt, a former Sitka resident, passed away peaceably on Oct. 15, 2021, in Boston, Massachusetts, at the age of 69. Her passing was not COVID related.

Barb graduated from Sitka High School in 1970. She was Blatchley Middle School secretary until her retirement in 2002. She was fond of the students – “her kids” she called them. She also worked various bookkeeping jobs, and later found herself at the Airport Gift Shop, where she met her fiance, Peter Kashulines Sr. He resides in Windham, New Hampshire, on Cobbett’s Pond.

Barb soon spent most of her time with Pete in New Hampshire, basking in the warm summer sunshine and watching animals come and go, into the garden of course. She and Peter enjoyed autumn colors, and sometimes even the abundant winter snow! Spring meant preparing the garden, the promise of better weather, beekeeping and honey. They also enjoyed what they called “the Pond,” a spring-fed lake with water skiing and “Big Boy,” a fish that would meet Barb most mornings for a little snack.

Barb was also very proud to be from Alaska. She maintained her Alaska residency throughout, and had many conversations about those Alaskan roots with people she met in New Hampshire.

Barb was a generous, caring human being, slow to judge and finding the positive in any given situation.

Being a lifelong diabetic, Barb graciously helped other newly diagnosed diabetics navigate their way to a new normal.

Barb loved to craft and sew – Christmas ornaments, cross-stitching, Halloween decorations. She wasn’t afraid to make her own patterns, and would often alter store-bought clothes so they would fit “just right.”

Barb was preceded in death by her parents, Stanley V. and Elizabeth M. (Hohenleitner) Arndt.

She is survived by her fiance, Peter Kashulines Sr.; her brother, Bruce Arndt, and his wife Carolyn; her niece Chloe Arndt; and many friends.

Barb will be laid to rest near her mother in Sitka; memorial services are not yet decided. Those who would like to honor her life may do so by donating to Diabetic Alert Dogs of America, LLC.

Condolence cards may be sent to Peter Kashulines Sr., P.O. Box 164, Winham, NH 03087.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-3-21)

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 10:21 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 312

Total statewide – 146,558

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,117

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 13 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 152.52 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 13

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,142

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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December 2001

Photo caption: Cathy Hanson shovels snow off the sidewalk in front of Russell’s today. What started as a few flakes Monday evening had mounted to an estimated half-foot by noon today. More was forecast but rain is possible Wednesday.

December 1971 

Several fish fatalities resulted Monday night when a car apparently went out of control, ran off Halibut Point Road and slammed into the rear of Sitka Petland Store. Vibrations shattered fish tanks, and several hundred dollars worth of tropical fish were casualties.