Kristina Rae Discher Dies; Former Resident was 36

Kristina Rae Discher

Kristina Rae Discher, a former Sitka resident, passed away suddenly on March 27, in Bellingham, Washington. She was 36.

She was born June 18, 1986, in Sitka. She was a Raven/Frog from the Clay house in Sitka. Her Tlingit name was S’gaatoot. She was a citizen of Sitka Tribe of Alaska and Tlingit and Haida. 

Kristi, as she was known, was a happy child spending time on the beach with her siblings or chilling with her pets at home. 

She graduated from Pacific High School, class of 2004, and that was when her life truly began – she was able to love, learn, and leave everything she didn’t need behind.

She spent time in Washington, Oregon, Texas, and Puerto Rico during her journey.

Friends, family, and foes would tell you that Kristi was selfless, ever-loving, and was tough as nails. Her beautiful smile, delicious food, and warm heart will forever be cherished.

Kristi touched a lot of souls throughout her time in the service industry. She always had music in her life, and it kept her moving along during the golden and gray. She was a loving daughter, a wise sister, and an incredible person overall. 

She was preceded in death by her mother, Arlene Gamble, and grandparents, Art Gamble and Anita Wright, and Richard and Marcia Discher.

She is survived by her father, Edward Discher of Sitka; siblings James Craig (Sarah) of Chadron, Nebraska, and Kelly Barnaby (Matt) of Juneau; and numerous other relatives throughout Alaska, Washington, and Arizona.

An online gathering of friends will take place 10 a.m. Saturday, May 6. Please use the following link:

A small, private celebration of her life will be held at an as yet to be determined date. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the SAFV Shelter: SAFV: P.O. Box 6136, Sitka, AK 99835.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-30-2023)

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, May 30.

New cases as of Tuesday: 165

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 298,078

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,468

Case Rate per 100,000 – 22.64

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 – 58.70

Cases in last 7 days – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,424

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






June 2003

Sitka Community Hospital board of directors has asked SEARHC to stop providing most health care services to non-beneficiary patients. “During the collaborative process SEARHC has said they’re happy to do anything they can do to help,” said SCH Administrator Bill Patten. “This is one of the things they can do – not provide services to non-beneficiaries.”



June 1973

What began 50 years ago in a Methodist parsonage in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, will be celebrated Sunday in Sitka. Les and Caroline Yaw’s four children invite the couple’s many, many friends to attend a golden wedding anniversary reception at the Centennial Building.