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 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "High.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






August 2002

 Electric department officials are asking Sitkans to conserve electricity over the next few days while the city recovers from a three-hour power outage caused by a mudslide knocking out a span of the main hydropower transmission line near Heart Lake.


August 1972

Legionnaires of the American Legion, Sitka Post No. 13, have been appointed to key committees in the state department. They are George H. Inman Jr., Carroll E. Kohler, Raymond C. Perkins and Edward J. Flynn.