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)





Gonzalo Pelayo

Gonzalo Nicanor Pelayo Sr., a former Sitka resident, passed away on March 8, 2012, with his family at his side in Everett, Wash. He was 57.

A memorial service will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 17, at Purdy & Walters with Cassidy Funeral Home,  1702 Pacific Ave., Everett, WA 98201. A celebration of life potluck will follow at Everett Yacht Club.

  Guy, as he liked to be called, was born Dec. 20, 1954, in Sitka, the son of Nick and Mary (Howard)  Pelayo. He belonged to the Eagle moiety, was a child of the Chookaneidi and a descendent of the Iceberg House. His Tlingit name is Kaadash.choo.

Guy graduated from Sitka High School in 1973, where he was active in track, basketball and baseball.  After high school he worked at the Alaska Pulp Corp. mill.

When his family moved to Juneau, he worked at Harri’s Plumbing. This eventually led him to the Plumbers and Pipefitters Training School in Anchorage, where he completed his training and became an apprentice pipefitter.

In the mid 1980s, he and his family moved to Everett, where he was a foreman pipefitter for Local No. 32 of Seattle. He recently retired after 25 years. 

Guy enjoyed many outdoor activities including fishing, boating, softball and shooting. He also liked to play pool, cook and have barbecues with his family and friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nick and Mary Pelayo; his sister, Betty George; his uncle, Gualberto Tumanon; and niece, Cynthia Strabeck.

He is survived by his loving wife of 10 years, Mary; daughters, Taleena Pelayo of Everett, Trista Pelayo of Edmonds, Stephanie Pelayo (Rocky) of Lynnwood, and Megan McKay of Mill Creek, Wash.; sons, Gonzalo Pelayo Jr. (Anna) of Everett, and Steven McKay II of Everett; sisters, Rose Ballinger of Aberdeen, Wash., Frenchie Paden (Bill) of Sitka, and Pat Helle (Bob) of Vancouver, Wash.; and grandchildren, Kian, Damon, Jayden, Noelle, Tay, Mya, Joshua, Michael, Tristyn, Mason and Gonzalo III.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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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.