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)

John Gassman Services to Be Held on Sept. 1




John William Gassman, a longtime Sitka resident, died Aug. 21 at his home in Sitka, surrounded by his family.

Services will be 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church with a reception to follow in the Church Hall.
 John was born Oct. 2, 1943, in Eugene, Ore., the son of William and Ruthellen Gassman.
John and Jan Davies were married  on Sept. 20, 1969, in Seattle, Wash. John visited Sitka at least twice a year and liked it so much he and Jan  moved here in 1973.
He loved to golf and his favorite place to golf was on the Big Island in Hawaii with T. Cole, also of Sitka.
John held a few different jobs throughout his time in Sitka. He worked for the Alaska Pulp Company for 20 years, and when the mill shut down in 1993 he was the Wood Room foreman.
John also giving visitors tours of Sitka, and worked many years at Sitka Tours as a tour guide and doing ferry pick-ups.
Finally, John worked for Alaska Airlines for 12 years as a ramper, in Operations, and as a Customer Service Agent.
John was preceded in death by his parents, William and Ruthellen Gassman, and a son, Gregory Gassman.
Immediate survivors include his wife, Janet Gassman; son Ted Gassman and his wife Lisa; son Michael Gassman and his partner Karleen Leighton; granddaughter Emma Gassman; mother-in-law Megan Davies of Vancouver Island; brother Richard Gassman and his wife Terri of Portland, Ore.; sister Carol Gassman of Springfield, Ore.; nieces Gwen and Julianna and their families; brother-in-law Alan Davies of Anchorage; nephews Shawn and Roben Davies and their families; and numerous cousins and their families.

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.

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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.

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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: https://cityofsitka.org

 

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20 YEARS AGO
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.

50 YEARS AGO
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.

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