FAMILY, BIBLE REUNION – TOP: Family and friends of Frank and Jessie Price stand behind a large gilded Bible found in the former Presbyterian Church that was returned to the descendants of the Prices recently. Family members, mostly from Washington state and California, visiting Sitka to witness the return of the Bible include, at front center holding Bible, Georgia Price Barnard, the daughter of the Prices, and Calvin Anderson, a great-great-grandchild of the Prices. The Presbyterian Church land was purchased by housing developers. ABOVE: Georgia Price Barnard holds the pulpit Bible that was returned to the family last week.(Sentinel Photos by James Poulson)

Victor Schmidt

   Graveside memorial ceremonies for Victor Arlow Schmidt will be held 2 p.m. .Friday, April 3, 2012, at Sitka National Cemetery.
   Mr. Schmidt died April 9 at SEARHC-Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital after struggling three decades with coronary artery disease. He was 77.
   Victor was born Jan. 29, 1935, in Sisseton, S.D., the son of Victor Benjamin and Agnes Eleanor (Iverson) Schmidt. He attended Sisseton High School and South Dakota State University (then, South Dakota State College) in Brookings. In 1956, during a four-year enlistment in the U.S. Navy, he married the love of his life, D. Faye Kampen of Watertown, S.D.
   In 1967, after three years teaching school in South Dakota, he, his wife and four young children, came to Sitka in a pickup camper hauling, besides travelers, a few pieces of furniture, appliances and other clothing and household goods, to take a job at the Alaska Pulp Co. mill, which was then less than 10 years old.
Following approximately 10 months at the mill’s powerhouse Victor applied for a vacancy in the biology and sciences department at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, where he worked until developing heart disease in 1982. His billet, which was by then the school’s administrative officer and budget director, was the last to close down, in 1984, after the Bureau of Indian Affairs terminated funding for the school in 1983.
   Victor was an accomplished writer with two volumes of published poetry along with a collection of unpublished work left in his files, including works of fiction. But his love was poetry, and he reveled in rhyme and the old poetic forms. He did not consider himself a trailblazer in the written word but saw the poetry in nature, human affairs and loves of living, as well as in his faith in the creator.
   He often read at public readings where he competed for place, and cocked his ear to the sounds which today might be called post-modern poetry in the fancy of the savant.
   Prior to his struggles with heart disease Mr. Schmidt was treasurer of the Sitka Lions Club and, briefly, the Sitka Community Hospital Auxiliary, and donated time at the Sheldon Jackson College Museum gift shop. He also hired on as teller at a local bank and credit union for a brief time before more surgery became necessary.
   He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Faye, at home; children Vicki Marrs of Juneau, Leslie and Robert Reno of Irvine, Calif., Damon of Woodland, Calif., and Daron of Sitka; one brother, Aubrey, of Tucson, Ariz., and two sisters, Teresa Brooks of Kent, Wash., and Tamra Long of Asheboro, N.C.
    Five grandchildren survive: grandson Jayson Marrs, and granddaughters, Jamie and Nathaniel Pettis, Amanda Hammack and Ashley and Renee Reno; and great-grandchildren: Oliver, Derek, Bentley and Delilah. Numerous cousins, nieces and nephews also survive.
    In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Swan Lake Senior Center, Brave Heart Volunteers or the city’s Emergency Medical Team at the Sitka Fire Hall.

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.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


Login Form



Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 7-23-21)

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 1:06 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 239

Total statewide – 70,751

Total (cumulative) deaths – 377

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,688

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 8 p.m. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 235

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 24

Cumulative Sitka cases – 696 (636 resident; 60 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 465

Deceased (cumulative) – 2

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

• • •


Sitka Vax Stats 

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

Partially vaccinated – 5,567 (75%)

Fully vaccinated – 5,187 (70%)

Total population (12+) – 7,385

Sitka has vaccinated fully vaccinated 78 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:





July 2001

Recent Sitka High graduate Brian Mork is serving as a summer intern in Sen. Frank Murkowski’s Washington, D.C., office. Mork, the son of Carolyn and Leon Mork of Sitka, plans to attend the University of Fairbanks where he’ll study political science.

July 1971

The Halibut Association of North America has released a plan for halibut landings “to minimize the problem of halibut which contains over 0.5 ppm of mercury.” Sitka Cold Storage, a member, has adopted the plan.