Longtime Sitkan Paul W. Johnson Dies in Oregon

Paul William Johnson


On August 20, 2021, longtime Sitka resident, Paul William Johnson, 72, passed away peacefully at his second home in Nehalem, Oregon. His wife Suzanne, brother Mike, sister Nancy, and their dog, Tuk, were with him. 

Paul’s family moved to Anchorage in 1959 and he graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1967.  His father, Kenneth, was the first permanent Postal Inspector in Alaska.

Paul moved to Sitka in 1978 as a young power lineman to work on the Green Lake Dam. Later, he bought the F/V Peril Strait, became a fisherman and found his faith at sea. We miss his quiet presence everyday.

Paul was preceded in death by his mother and father, Kenneth E. and Grace B. Johnson.  He is survived by his wife, Suzanne Fontenot Johnson, stepson Tim Fontenot and his family, Lindsay, Kai, Tanner and Cooper, of Portland, Oregon; and his brother, Michael Johnson and sister, Nancy Johnson, both of Anchorage.

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 11:55 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

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





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.