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)

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.

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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.