PAINTING WEATHER – Downtown Sitka is pictured from the vantage point of commercial painter Keith Fredrickson’s 60-foot man lift today. Fredrickson Painting Inc. was taking advantage of the partly sunny weather to get a coat of paint on the Sitka Hotel, foreground, today. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Elmer Diaz, Ulises Diaz: Brothers, Sons, Friends

Elmer Diaz

Beloved son, brother and friend 

Elmer Diaz died in a landslide on August 18, 2015, in Sitka. He was 26 years old and a resident of Sitka.

He was born in French Camp, California (San Joaquin Valley), on February 15, 1989. He moved to Sitka at age 4 with his parents and siblings.

Elmer attended the Sitka School District and graduated from Sitka High School in 2007. In high school he loved sports including basketball, football, and baseball. He also participated in the high school choir. His first trophy was received in Blatchley Middle School basketball. In high school he was a two-time state champ in baseball. He carried these skills into adulthood, playing City League slow-pitch softball.

He was a proud 49ers fan, and his relentless passion for sports brought friends together in ways that made the simple things special. His smile strengthened the spirits of those around him and provided a comfort that will be missed by many.

Elmer was loved by family, lifelong friends and his high school sweetheart, Kori Lindstrom.


Ulises Diaz

Beloved son, brother and friend 

Ulises Diaz died in a landslide on August 18, 2015, in Sitka. He was born on July 9, 1990, in French Camp, California (San Joaquin Valley). He had lived in Sitka since age 3. He attended the Sitka School District and graduated from Sitka High School in 2008.

Ulises loved sports including basketball, baseball, and track. He also participated in the high school choir.

Ulises, better known as “Uli”, was a friend to everybody. He had an uncanny ability to bring people together, and will undoubtedly be remembered for his infectious laugh, and loving spirit.

Ulises worked side by side with his older brother Elmer for Four Points Painting. They were the quality of workers that any employer would hope for. 

The Diaz brothers were always together. 

The Diaz brothers lived full lives,  serving as an inspiration to many of their peers. Whether they were hiking a mountain, or enjoying drinks with their friends, it wasn’t work or a career that defined their happiness, it was the here and now, and the people they shared moments with. People couldn’t help but be pulled in by their equally magnetic personalities.

They contributed to the community through their work in construction around Southeast Alaska, being role models to younger kids on the basketball court, and as reliable friends to so many of the young adults in Sitka.

Family was central in both their lives. This is evident in the adoration they shared for their little brother Memito. Elmer and Uli were not only brothers, but those closest to them considered them to be true soulmates. The brothers spent nearly every day together as children, as young adults, and will continue to remain together for eternity. 

Both brothers are survived by their parents Guillermo and Lupita Diaz of Sitka; sister Nancy Navarrete of Escondidas California; brother Memito Diaz of Sitka; two nieces, Cithlaly Naylea and Aysha; and nephew Andy Navarrete of Escondido, California.

They are also survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins in California and Mexico. 

A memorial service will be held at Grace Harbor Church at 6 p.m. tonight, August 27.

Funeral services and burial will follow in Tijuana, Mexico, on Monday, August 31, 2015.


Obituario de Elmer y Ulises Díaz

- Elmer Díaz

Amado hijo, hermano y amigo

Elmer Díaz murió el 18 de agosto de 2015, de Sitka, Alaska. Tenía 26 años de edad y residente de Sitka. Él nació en French Camp, California (San Joaquin Valley) el 15 de febrero de 1989. Se trasladó a Sitka a los 4 años con sus padres y hermanos. Elmer asistió al Distrito Escolar de Sitka y se graduó de Sitka High School en 2007. En la escuela secundaria participo en deportes incluyendo baloncesto, fútbol y béisbol. También participó en el coro de la escuela secundaria. Su primer trofeo fue recibido en el baloncesto de la escuela primaria. En la escuela secundaria era un campeón dos veces en el béisbol. Llevaba estas habilidades como adulta jugando en la liga de la ciudad de softbol. Él era un fan orgulloso de los 49ers, y su pasión por los deportes trajo amigos junto en una manera que hacen las cosas simples sean especiales. Su sonrisa se fortalece los espíritus de los en su alrededor y será extrañado por muchos. Elmer fue amado por su familia, amigos de toda la vida y su novia de la secundaria, Kori Lindstrom.

Ulises Díaz

Amado hijo, hermano y amigo

Ulises Díaz murió el 18 de agosto de 2015, de Sitka, Alaska. Nació el 9 de julio de 1990 en French Camp, California (San Joaquin Valley). Vivió en Sitka desde los tres años. Asistió el Distrito Escolar de Sitka y se graduó de Sitka High School en 2008. Ulises amaba los deportes incluyendo baloncesto, béisbol y atletismo. También participó en el coro de la escuela secundaria. Ulises, más conocido como “Uli”, era amigo de todo el mundo. Tenía una extraña habilidad para unir a la gente, y sin duda será recordado por su risa contagiosa, y el espíritu de amor. Ulises trabajó codo a codo con su hermano mayor Elmer para Four Points Pintura. Eran la calidad de trabajadores que cualquier empleador esperaba.

Los hermanos siempre estaban juntos.

Los hermanos Díaz vivió una vida plena que sirven de inspiración a muchos de sus compañeros. Si estaban subiendo una montaña, o disfrutando bebidas con sus amigos, no era trabajo ni una carrera que define su felicidad, era el aquí y ahora, y las personas con quien compartieron momentos. La gente eran atraidos por sus personalidades igualmente magnéticos. Contribuyeron a la comunidad a través de su trabajo en la construcción por el sudeste de Alaska, al ser modelos a seguir para los niños más pequeños en la cancha de baloncesto, y amigos como fiables a tantos de los adultos jóvenes en Sitka. Familia fue central en la vida de ambos. Esto es evidente en la adoración que compartían por su hermano pequeño Memito. Elmer y Uli no eran sólo los hermanos, pero las personas más cercanas a ellos consideran que sean verdaderas almas gemelas. Los hermanos pasaron casi todos los días juntos, como los niños, como los adultos jóvenes, y seguirá siendo así para la eternidad.

Ambos hermanos están sobrevivieron por sus padres Guillermo y Lupita Diaz de Sitka, hermana Nancy Navarrete del Escondidas California, hermano Memito Díaz de Sitka, dos sobrinas Cithlaly Naylea, Aysha, y un sobrino Andy Navarrete de Escondido, California. También se les sobrevivieron por muchas tías, tíos y primos en California y México.

Un servicio conmemorativo será en Grace Harbor Iglesia a las 6:00 pm del Viernes, 27 de agosto 2015.

Servicios funerarios en Tijuana México el lunes 31 de agosto 2015.


August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 5-8-21)

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 11:50 a.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 114

Total statewide – 66,120

Total (cumulative) deaths – 343

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 1,508

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. Thursday.

Active cases in Sitka – 7

Hospitalizations (cumulative) in Sitka – 5

Cumulative Sitka cases – 367 (321 resident; 46 non-resident)

Cumulative recovered – 359

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 Thursday the following statistics on vaccinations for Sitka.

Partially vaccinated – 4,898 (70.469%)

Fully vaccinated – 4,486 (64.56%)

Total population (16+) –6,949

Sitka has vaccinated (with at least one dose) 1,249 (84.51%) 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:





May 2001

Richard Nelson, Alaska writer and cultural anthropologist, will be speaker at the University of Alaska Southeast, Sitka Campus, commencement exercises at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School

May 1971

The Alaska Dept. of Fish and Game announced today that the 100-ton herring quota in District 13, outside of the Sitka Sound area, has been harvested. The 750-ton quota for Sitka Sound was taken by April 7.