CHECKING IT OUT – Fia Turczynewycz, a visitor from Ohio, walks her dog,  Mani, past the Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center this morning. Tlingit master carver Tommy Joseph’s newly completed yellow cedar Waas’go pole, pictured in the background, was moved out of the park’s carving shed Thursday to make room for Joseph’s latest project – carving a Tlingit canoe with the aid of an apprentice. Joseph’s Waas’go pole is the third version of the Haida pole in the past century – a reproduction of a reproduction made in the 1930s by George Benson, which is placed inside the visitor center. Rangers are working on approval for a location along the park’s trail system for the new pole. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

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.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 9-17-21)

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 10:47 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 875

Total statewide – 96,002

Total (cumulative) deaths – 454

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 2,207

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 14 new COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 187.73 per 100,000 population. Alert status will be high until the rate per thousand is below 100. Case statistics are as of Thursday.

New cases in Sitka – 5

Cases in last 7 days – 16

Cumulative Sitka cases – 946

Positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 9/10/21 – 1,090

Deceased (cumulative) – 3

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 – 6,132 (83.03%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,991 (81.12%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 89.85 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:





September 2001

Alaska Pacific Bank has opened an account for donations to be directed to the families of the World Trade Center attack of Sept. 11. The account has been opened with a $2,000 contribution from the bank and an anonymous donor.

September 1971

At the Sitka Historical Society’s meeting Sunday, Mrs. Esther Billman of Sheldon Jackson College presented a “surprise package” of recent donations to the Sheldon Jackson Museum by Mr. Hugh Brady, youngest son of former Territorial Gov. John Brady.