PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Thomas Widmark

Services have been scheduled for Thomas John Widmark, a U.S. Navy veteran and lifelong Sitkan.
    A military graveside service will be held noon Monday, Jan. 9, at Sitka National Cemetery. Afterward, a luncheon will be provided at the ANB Hall.
    Bus service will be provided for the elderly. Up to 13 passengers will be picked up at the ANB Hall at 11:30 a.m., and returned to the hall following graveside services.
    A private viewing for the immediate family will be 5-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 8, at Prewitts Funeral Home.
    Tom died Dec. 30 at his home. He was 57.
    He was born Dec. 21, 1954, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. He was  baptized as a Presbyterian.
    He enlisted in the U.S. Navy on Aug. 10, 1972, and was an engine mechanic on the USS Gridley. His tour of duty ended Aug. 1, 1975.
    Tom was employed at Alaska Pulp Corp., Sitka National Historical Park, Arrowhead Taxi and Sitka Taxi. He was a member of American Legion Post 13.
    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Julia and Lawrence Jonathan Widmark, and Thomas and Charlotte Young; his mother, Pearl Dick; brother, Charles Widmark; nephew, Michael Widmark; and by an aunt, Winnie Brenner.
    He is survived by his father, Lawrence A. Widmark Sr., stepmother Frances Widmark Sr.; brothers Woody Widmark and his wife Jeannie of Sitka, and Clifford Edenshaw of Anchorage; sisters Frances Widmark Jr. and Sally Gregory of Anchorage, and Stephanie Edenshaw of Sitka; nephews Robert Widmark and Lester Widmark of Sitka, and Tony Pruss and Chad Cushin-Edenshaw of Anchorage; nieces Tara Edenshaw and Michelene Edenshaw of Anchorage and Beverly Chartrand of Sitka; and aunts and uncles, including Eric Widmark of Seattle.
    Numerous cousins, great-nieces and great-nephews and uncles also survive.
    Pallbearers will be Lester Widmark, Mitchell Young, John Hammock, Clifford Edenshaw and Harvey Kitka.
    Honorary pallbearers are Ivor Maline, Jay Bingham, Earl Williams Sr., Harold Schaeffer, Terry Charles, Harold Kitka, Ray Nielsen, Charlie Daniels and Robbie Martin.
    Memorial donations may be directed to Woody Widmark, 444 Katlian Street, or Stephanie Edenshaw, 411 Marine Street, No. 1.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30, 2020, the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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

The City of Sitka posted the following update on COVID-19 cases in Sitka as of 5 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

Deceased (cumulative) – 1

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

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Sitka Vax Stats 

The State of Alaska DHSS reported Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) of its senior population (1,478 total), age 65 and older. 

Vaccination data for the City and Borough of Sitka can be found online at:





May 2001

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.