SUMMER FLING – Erika Youngberg and one-year-old son Axel enjoy the light surf at Sandy Beach Saturday as temperatures climbed to 68 degrees under clear skies. The Youngbergs were among some 100 people sunbathing, splashing and swimming to deeper water before the weather turned to showers as was forecast for Sunday. (Sentinel Photo by Reber Stein)





Alice Mork

    Alice Mork, a Pelican resident for much of her life, “left this earth on Feb. 19, to join hands once again with her husband, Bill,” at age 89.
    At her request, no memorial service will be held.
    Although she never found a birth certificate to prove her place of birth, Alice most likely was born on March 7, 1922, to Bessie (Smith) and Thomas Kalamaras (shortened to Kalley) in either Michigan or Pennsylvania.
    She attended schools in Pennsylvania, Idaho and Washington before moving to Pelican, where her mother was working as a nurse. In her 20s, she also lived briefly in Juneau, Skagway, Wrangell and Sitka – mainly doing waitress work – before returning to Pelican.
    In the 1940s she married Bill Edgecomb, and they had one daughter. They were  divorced, and she later married Bill Mork.
    She and Bill acquired and lived on land at Sunnyside on Lisianski Inlet for a number of years before moving into Pelican. In the early 1970s they bought a home there, and stayed until moving to the Sitka Pioneers Home in 2008.
    In Pelican, Alice worked at various jobs, including as city clerk and for many years as a bookkeeper for Pelican Cold Storage, retiring in 1988.
    Alice took her retirement very seriously, and used the time reading books, knitting socks for family members and friends, and making homemade bread, pies, cookies and cakes for Bill.
    Her husband, companion of more than 60 years, pre-deceased her.
    She is survived by her daughter Alice Wolcott and her husband Jon; sister-in-law Marie Laws; brother-in-law Howard Ulrich;and sister-in-law Edie Mork, all of Sitka; brother-in-law Elmer and his wife Pat of Wrangell; and many nieces and nephews.

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 6-21-21)

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 12:21 p.m. Monday.

New cases as of Sunday: 13

Total statewide – 68,112

Total (cumulative) deaths – 366

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,602

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. Sunday.

Active cases in Sitka – 4

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 6

Cumulative Sitka cases – 390 (341 resident; 49 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 386

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 Friday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 5,340 (72%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,967 (67%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 77 percent 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:





June 2001

Sitka police and federal authorities are investigating a report three counterfeit $100 bills were passed at a Sitka jewelry store. “It’s difficult to solve it, if you don’t get a good description of them, especially if they are transient or tourists.” said SPD Lt. John Bocza.

June 1971

Photo caption: David Bruce, 10, caught this 64-pound king salmon Saturday fishing with his grandfather, Philip “Peewee” James near Olga Strait. The big fish was 46 inches long with a girth of 32 inches. David and his grandparents live at Mt. Edgecumbe.