Tomas Puerta

    Family and friends of Tomas Puerta will gather 3 p.m. Saturday at the Halibut Point Recreation Area main shelter to celebrate his life and share memories.
    Tomas, a Sitka resident for 25 years, died Oct. 14 at age 54.
    He was born Sept. 7, 1958, in Chihuahua, Mexico, the son of Loreto Ayala and Librado Puerta. He came to the United States as a young man and lived in other states before coming to Sitka in about 1987. He worked for the U.S. Forest Service.
    He enjoyed hunting and fishing, riding motorcycles, and following football and soccer. He had a ranch in Mexico,  and   he usually wore cowboy hats and boots.
    He married Vanessa Hernandez in February 2010 in Chihuahua, Mexico.
    Tomas was preceded in death by his father, Librado Puerta, 17 years ago; a brother Carlos Puerta, a year ago; other brothers Carmelito Puerta and Federico Puerta; and a sister, Librada Puerta.
    He is survived by his wife, Vanessa Hernandez; a son Jeremy Puerta of Oregon;  a baby daughter and young son in Chihuahua; his mother, Loreto Ayala; a sister, Florentina Puerta; brothers Fidel, Jessie, Librado and Odilon Puerta, all of Mexico; and loved ones in Sitka,  including Kristol Hammack, Amanda, Brandon and Trever Hammack, nieces Hilda R. Puerta and Dora Eells, and friend Jose “Cowboy” Gonzalez.
    His family in Mexico includes nieces and nephews Olis R. Puerta, Aldo R. Puerta, Olis, Aldo, Carlos, Jenny and Gerardo Puerta.
    “Faith is not to have a perfect knowledge of things, therefore if ye have faith ye hope for things which are not seen, which are true.”

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AK COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-18-22)

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 11:55 pm Wednesday, May 18.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,675

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 249,522

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,762

Current Hospitalizations – 44

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "medium.'' Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

Cases in last 7 days – 54

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,633

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

  

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20 YEARS AGO
May 2002

Police blotter: Two juveniles who were seen throwing their belonging at each other were told to stop or face arrest. ... A woman was reported arguing with her husband and friends, all of whom agreed she had been drinking too much. ... A man said he thought a neighbor had his missing cat, but the neighbor showed police his cat and her six kittens. A watch will be kept for the missing cat.

 

50 YEARS AGO
May 2002

 There will not be a commercial herring spawn and help fishery in the Sitka area, Jim Parker, Fish & Game fisheries management biologist, announced.  There’s been good herring spawn but herring haven’t spawned in the macrocystis kelp beds.

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