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)

Services Set in Kake For For David ‘Deets’ Dalton

David Warren “Deets” Dalton


Services for David Warren “Deets” Dalton will be held Saturday, Nov. 27, at the Community Hall in Kake.

David died October 18 in Kake, at the age of 55.

He was born Jan. 18, 1966, in Petersburg, the son of Eward and Edna (Mason) Dalton. They died when he was very young, and he became a member of the Wally and Joyce James family of Kake.

He graduated from Kake High School in 1985, and lived in Sitka off and on between 2009 and 2012.

He was a logger, a fisherman, and a City of Kake laborer.

“David was one of the kindest men you’d ever meet,” a family member said. “He always had a smile.”

He was an artist, and created beautiful pieces of art in his last year – beadwork, painting, formline, driftwood and feathers. “He kept himself pretty busy,” his family said.

He was approaching his first full year of sobriety, and he always had a Bible with him when he traveled.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Edna Dalton; brothers Ross, Gerald, Maxfield, Michael and Edward Dalton Jr.; sister Myrna Dalton Lambert; and (mom) Joyce James.

He is survived by Bess Skeek of Kake; his son Michael Dalton of Kake; (dad) Wally James of Kake, brother Mitchell James of Seattle; his sisters Shawna Akins of Florida and Sarah (Michael) Smith of Sitka; and was “Uncle Beets” to numerous nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers will be Dan Willis, Eugene Cavanaugh, Duane Brown, John Willis Jr., Michael Martin and Michael Nannauck.

Cards may be sent to Bess Skeek, P.O. Box 129, Kake, AK 99830.

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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.