Services Set For Mario F. Rivera On March 4

Mario Fernandez Rivera

Mario Fernandez Rivera was born July 22, 1967, in Barancuag Tuao Cagayan, Philippines, and died at the age of 55 on February 19, 2023, in Sitka.

He graduated from Sitka High School, class of 1986, and spent his life fishing, hunting, and working multiple jobs in Sitka.

He was one of the kindest people and took pride and joy in helping others or making them laugh. With his sense of humor and caring nature he could bring a smile to anyone’s face.

He is survived by his siblings Myrna Cirera of Clackamas, Oregon, Jose Rivera of Sitka, and Jessie Rivera of Ohio; his children Jarred Rivera and  Brandon Rivera and Marianna Rivera, of Sitka and Ivan Rivera of the Philippines; and his grandchildren Jeter Rivera and Baylor Rivera, both of Sitka.

Services will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at Sitka National Cemetery, with a potluck memorial to follow from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Marina Pizza and Grill.

All are welcome to celebrate Mario’s life and share memories with his family. 

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At a Glance

(updated 3-14-2023)

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 Tuesday, March 14.

New cases as of Tuesday: 448

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 294,791

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,449

Case Rate per 100,000 – 61.60

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 46.90

Cases in last 7 days – 4

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,293

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






March 2003

Photo caption: Members of the newly formed Sitka Retail in Action Board have formed to promote  local businesses. The first event will be a street fair, “Spring Fever.” From left are Teri Egan, Kay McCarty,  Raphaelle Grangeon-Peters, Cathy Hanson, Bonnie Brenner, Joyce  Robertson and Tammy Thom.



March 1973

By calling Zenith 6000, Southeast Alaska residents now are able to contact Western Airlines reservations without charge to book flights anywhere in Western’s system. The service will continue until such time as the court case involving Southeast Alaska air service is settled.