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)





Mary Beth Brom

Mary Beth Brom passed away, surrounded by members of her family, on Aug. 13, 2012, at Hospice Care of Boulder and Broomfield Counties in Boulder, Colo.,  after a 40-year journey with multiple sclerosis and a later onset of Parkinson’s disease. Her gentleness, laughter, and brave spirit will be missed by all who knew and loved her.
Mary Beth was born in Oskaloosa, Iowa, on Sept. 8, 1955, to Robert Harold and Beverly Jane (Trout) Brom, and was the third of four children. The family moved to Boulder in 1959 and Mary Beth attended elementary and high school there, graduating from Fairview High School in 1973. For three summers after high school, she worked as a camp counselor at Camp Cheley, an experience that sparked her love for children and the natural world. Hikes with the Colorado Mountain Club further deepened her love of wild places and the mountains.
From 1973 to 1975 she attended the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley and studied anthropology under the direction of Dr. George Fay. Her fascination with the worlds of indigenous people set her on an extraordinary life journey. In 1978, she moved to Alaska to work on with the U.S. Forest Service on one of the major archaeological studies conducted in Southeast Alaska at the site of the Hidden Falls hatchery in Kasnyku Bay on eastern Baranof Island. Follow-up work at the Forest Service archaeology lab kept her in Sitka for four years. Among her many Sitka friends were Rebecca Frank and her family, members of the Tlingit Dog Salmon clan, who adopted her.
Mary Beth left Sitka in 1982 in her beloved “Wheelhouse”—a 1953 GMC pickup with a finely-finished camper on the back that served off and on as her home for a number of years. In the mid-1980’s her anthropological interests took her to Mexico where she developed a keen interest in Mayan people and culture.
She returned to Alaska for seasonal jobs, including several years cooking on crab boats in the Bering Sea. Eventually Bellingham, Wash., became her home base between trips to work with the indigenous women and children of Chiapas, Mexico, in their struggle against government paramilitary forces. In the mid-1990’s she returned to academics and received her bachelor’s degree at Fairhaven College in 1998.
All who knew Mary Beth acknowledged her as a spirit unlike any other. She loved what was wild and magical and mysterious and beautiful about the world. She was alive to life’s adventures and possibilities rather than its limitations, even through her life-long illness. Her generosity and kindness touched not only friends and family, but many people of different backgrounds and cultures, and she always felt she learned more from others than she gave.
She will be dearly missed by her son Alejandro Quezada Brom of Bellingham, Wash. and his extended family in Mexico; her mother Beverly Brom of Boulder, Colo.; her siblings: Rob (Linda), Pam (Gary) and Jon (Sherry); and her many friends.
Celebrations of her life will be held next spring in Bellingham and Sitka. Memorial contributions may be sent to Boulder Broomfield Colorado Hospice and Rocky Mountain Multiple Sclerosis Center, Dr. Timothy D. Vollmer.

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.