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)

Lifelong Sitkan Roy Uber Dies; Was Age 42

Roy Uber

Born and raised in Sitka, Roy Uber died November 5 after a brief, valiant battle with melanoma, a skin cancer. He was 42.

Roy was an extraordinary young man. He excelled in many endeavors, whether hunting, fishing, foraging, excavating or establishing a business.

Roy leaves behind his loving companion, Jordan Vaughn; his son Bence Uber; two fathers, Tom “the Ace” Uber and Patrick Welsh; his mother Florence Welsh; his brother Kirby Uber; sisters Cory Eubanks, Rachel Ulrich and Karin Johnson – and many, truly treasured friends.

Roy chose to be buried in the city cemetery next to his brother and childhood buddy, Marty Welsh.

Roy’s friends and loved ones are invited to a celebration of life potluck from 3 to 9 p.m. this Saturday, November 20, at the Halibut Point Recreation Area main shelter.

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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.