Amber Peterson

    Amber Peterson left our world on Dec. 30, 2012, at the age of 31. “She was a vibrant, vivacious young woman who left an unspeakable void in our lives,” her friends said.
    Services are pending.
    Amber was born Sept. 29, 1981, in Bethel, and lived most of her life in Sitka.
    She graduated from Pacific High School in 1999, and in 2011, as a single mother of three boys, she graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, with a degree in health information services – an accomplishment that demonstrated the determination she was well known for.
    Amber loved hiking and camping, and was always ready for anything outdoors. She loved the sun and cursed the rain on many occasions, and she loved to laugh and talk and dance.
    Above all, first and foremost, Amber loved her three young boys. Her greatest accomplishment was that she was a wonderful mother.
    She will be remembered with love by her sons, Aiden, 12, Jayde, 10, and Ashton, 4; her parents, Eric and Stephanie Peterson; brothers Jeremy and Nik Peterson; and grandfather Carl Peterson (Maryann), all of Sitka; her grandmother Joanne Goddard of Centralia, Wash.; and her grandmother, Wendy McCarty Leonard (Chuck) of Springfield, Ill.
    She also will be remembered by many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews with whom she was very close; and many, many friends.
    The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to an account for Amber’s sons at First National Bank Alaska. Friends and family are asked to mail remembrances and stories to P.O. Box 2976, to be made into a book for her sons.

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At a Glance

(updated 5-25-22)

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 25.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,911

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 251,425

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,252

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,776

Current Hospitalizations – 46

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 – 25

Cumulative Sitka cases – 2,658

Hospitalizations (to date) – 32

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.





May 2002


From Sitka’s Past by Robert DeArmond: May 14, 1878 – The steamer California brought a cannery crew to Sitka for one of the first two salmon canneries in Alaska. The cannery, located at Starrigavan, operated for only two seasons and was abandoned.

May 1972

 The work of four Sitka artists will be represented in the Ketchikan Arts and Crafts Guild Traveling Show. The artists are Alice Bergdoll, Linda Larsen, Marilyn Nevers and Clint Miller.