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)

Mable Didrickson

Services are pending for longtime Sitka resident Mable Didrickson, who passed away peacefully on Jan. 3 in Anchorage at the age of 100.
Mable was born to Anne (Johnson) Jones and Phillip Jones May 27, 1911, in Sitka. She married John Didrickson and raised their six children here.  Mable’s Tlingit name was Heex’e and she was of the Deisheetaan clan.
Mable worked for many years at the Sitka Pioneers Home before retiring and spending more time with her grandchildren. She was a life member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, Camp 4 of Sitka.
Mable most enjoyed her time with her family. She also loved to gather, prepare and eat all the traditional Tlingit foods. One of her favorite pastimes was playing bingo, but many in the family felt it was more the chance to see her friends and visit. She moved to Anchorage in 1997.
Mable was proceeded in death by her husband John Didrickson, son John Didrickson Jr., daughter Janet (Robin) Staffenhagen, grandson Larry Mark Judy,  and grandson Skyler Eugene Staffenhagen.
She is survived by her daughters, Joni Lewis and her husband Fred of Anchorage, Chris Judy and her husband Larry of Big Lake, and Jewel Didrickson of Anchorage; and son Clyde Didrickson of Juneau.
She is also survived by grandchildren Larry Garrity of Washougal, Wash., Dawn Brady of Enumclaw, Wash., Heather Zaputil of Tacoma, Wash., Vince Judy of Sitka,  Jon Didrickson of Juneau, Charlie Ann Staffenhagen of Kathleen, Ga., Jana Zaputil of Puyallup, Wash., Roman Judy of Sitka, Chasady Didrickson of Sitka, and Dustin Zaputil of Enumclaw. She is also survived by many great-grandchildren.
Mable lived a long and incredible life filled with family and friends.  She was a very strong lady growing up at a time where there were no modern conveniences in a home of 13 brothers and sisters. Up until she moved into the elderly housing, she would cut her own firewood and pack oil up her steps to pour into a day tank to heat the house that she and her husband built for their family.  She refused to let anyone help her, because she said that is what keeps you young.
She enjoyed her walks, preferring to walk then to take a ride. She would walk regularly through Totem Park to visit her grandkids while enjoying the scenery.
“We were all blessed to have her in our life for so many years,” her family said.  “She was a beloved granddaughter, daughter, sister, wife, aunt, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Although she lived a long life, she will be remembered with love and fondness for her ready smile and wisdom and will be missed every day.”
The family expressed appreciation  to the staff of the Pioneers Homes of Sitka and Anchorage for their care of Mable during the latter part of her life.
“We thank you for making these final years as comfortable as possible while treating her with kindness and respect,” they said.
The family suggests in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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.