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)





Robert Bishop

Robert “Bob” Bishop, 89, died April 6, 2012, at Sitka Community Hospital Long Term Care. He passed away peacefully after a long illness.
He was born Sept. 9, 1922, in Herkimer, N.Y., to Nelson and Elizabeth Bishop. He loved the outdoors and spent his after-school hours hunting and fishing in upstate New York with this trusty dog, Tippy.
He graduated from Sienna College in Loudonville, NY.
A World War II veteran, he served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theater, in 1943 and 1944.  After discharge, he began work as an adjuster with the Travelers Insurance Company.
On Sept. 20, 1952, he married Betty Infusino. The two settled in Utica, N.Y., where they raised their family.  The Travelers Company transferred him first to Bangor and then to Portland, Maine. The family loved Maine.  They shared a passion for the outdoors and loved camping in the summers, setting up an old army tent on the shores of the St. Lawrence River.
After the children grew up and moved out, Bob enjoyed an early retirement.  He and Betty became “snowbirds,” enjoying a small cabin on Moose Pond, Maine, in the summer and a mobile home in Dunedin, Fla., in the winter. They loved golfing, reading, and puttering around their homes.
After Betty died in 2000, Bob moved to Seattle, to be near his son, Peter. As his health failed, he moved to Sitka in 2008 into the Sitka Community Hospital Long Term Care Unit to be near his daughter, Penny.  
He is survived by his sister, Ann Serth of Hartford, N.Y.; his children, Peter J. (and Rosa) Bishop of Auburn Wash., Ann Bishop-Kodis (and Herb) of North Yarmouth, Maine, Robert (and Mo) Bishop of Tucson Ariz., and Penny (and Don) Lehmann of Sitka.
He was very proud of his five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren; and four grand dogs whose pictures adorned the walls of his room.   
Bob will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, the smile on his face when talking about his family, and the love of a scotch before dinner. “Stay out of the hot sun.”
Honoring his request, a memorial service will be conducted this fall on Moose Pond in Bridgeton, Maine.

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.