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 3-14-2023)

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 12:15 pm Tuesday, March 14.

New cases as of Tuesday: 448

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 294,791

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,449

Case Rate per 100,000 – 61.60

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

COVID in Sitka

The Sitka community level is now "Low.'' Case statistics are as of Tuesday.

Case Rate/100,000 – 46.90

Cases in last 7 days – 4

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,293

Deceased (cumulative) – 10

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.






March 2003

Photo caption: Members of the newly formed Sitka Retail in Action Board have formed to promote  local businesses. The first event will be a street fair, “Spring Fever.” From left are Teri Egan, Kay McCarty,  Raphaelle Grangeon-Peters, Cathy Hanson, Bonnie Brenner, Joyce  Robertson and Tammy Thom.



March 1973

By calling Zenith 6000, Southeast Alaska residents now are able to contact Western Airlines reservations without charge to book flights anywhere in Western’s system. The service will continue until such time as the court case involving Southeast Alaska air service is settled.