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)





Marian Leder

Marian Leder went home to be with Jesus on Oct. 13, the culmination of a three-year battle with cancer. She was 77.
A former Sitka resident, she had been living in Juneau since June.
She was born on Jan. 7, 1935, in Helston, Cornwall, England. She grew up in England and studied nursing and radiology at Guy’s Hospital School of Nursing in London.
She was a very adventurous soul, and in 1960 she journeyed to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, with a couple of friends to work at Vancouver General Hospital.  She learned to ski at Mt. Baker and spent all her time off hiking, camping and exploring the countryside.
In 1963 she ventured even farther north to Sitka, when she saw a magazine ad for nurses.  Her first of many nursing jobs in Alaska was at Sitka Community Hospital.  She also worked for many years at the Sitka Pioneer Home.
It was in Sitka that she met and married Gene Charles Leder and became the mother of four children.  She learned to fish and hunt and cook everything they caught.  
Marian loved to read the Bible and taught all her children the love of Jesus.  She also loved sewing, gardening and hiking.
After 35 years in the nursing profession Marian retired in 1995 and moved to Lynden, Wash.  Not one to officially retire, she continued taking care of people by taking blood pressures at the Lynden Senior Center, dog- and house-sitting for friends and many other activities to keep her busy.  She loved having the view of Mt.  Baker, reminding her of when she first moved to North America.  
After moving to Juneau in June, she had a wonderful summer with family and friends. She always considered Alaska to be her home.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Cyril and Dorothy Bodle, and her husband, Gene Charles Leder.
Marian is survived by her children, Wendy Leder of Las Vegas, Nev., Wade Leder of Fairbanks, Sandra Leder Bryant of Lynchburg, Va., and Gary Leder of Juneau; and seven grandchildren.
Marian was a courageous woman with a heart of gold.  She was kind to everyone she met and was full of joy.  She loved the Lord with all her heart.  She will truly be missed by all who knew her, her family said.  
A memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Juneau Church of Christ Annex located at 8755 Trinity Drive in Juneau.  In lieu of flowers memorial gifts can be sent to Love INC of Juneau.

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.