Louie J. Baggen

Louie J. Baggen 

Louie J. Baggen peacefully passed away at his home in Sitka on Sunday, Nov. 26, at the age of 66.

Louie was a lifelong Sitkan, born on June 28, 1950, the second child of George and Anna Baggen. In his youth, Louie demonstrated natural skill in a wide variety of areas. He spent his early summers aboard the tugboat fleet of the family business, Samson Tug and Barge.

His hobbies included photography and diving. For years, he was regarded as one of Sitka’s top bowlers with a graceful left-handed hook. Long-time Elks members will remember Louie as their popular bartender at the club in the 1980s, a friendly face for all who crossed his path.

Of all Louie’s great talents, the passion of his life was music. A self-taught blues and rock guitarist, Louie lived and breathed the working-band life for years in Sitka and throughout the Pacific Northwest. He drew inspiration from the likes of Buddy Guy, Roy Buchanan and, of course, his beloved Rolling Stones and Keith Richards. Anyone lucky enough to hear his guitar, whether at a club in front of a band or strumming at his home, his gifted and memorable style was always admired and appreciated.

Louie ultimately returned to the family business where he worked a variety of positions. He was an exceptional equipment and boat operator, also serving in a security capacity before retiring in 2012 after more than 25 years with Samson Tug and Barge.

His recent years were spent as a volunteer caretaker at the Sitka Sportsman Association Shooting Range, where he was known and appreciated for his presence and maintenance of the area.

Louie is survived by his older brother George, younger sister Ann-Marie, and mother Anna, all of Sitka, and his younger brother Marty, of Oregon. The family will announce details for a memorial at a later date.

 

Louie will be remembered by his family and friends as someone who could called upon when needed, and one who could offer a smile and a laugh with a wit that will be greatly missed.

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AK COVID-19

At a Glance

(updated 8-17-22)

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 12:15 pm Wednesday, August 17.

New cases as of Wednesday: 1,444

Total cases (cumulative) statewide – 277,007

Total (cumulative) deaths – 1,296

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,843

Case Rate per 100,000 – 198.11

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

COVID in Sitka

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

Case Rate per 100,000 – 211.20

Cases in last 7 days – 18

Cumulative Sitka cases – 3,022

Hospitalizations (to date) – 29

Deceased (cumulative) – 7

The local case data are from Alaska DHSS.

 

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20 YEARS AGO

August 2002

 Sitka Trail Works Cross Mountain hike will be held Aug. 17. Hikers should meet at the Herring Cove gate for the six- to eight-hour bushwhack adventure hike that ascends 3,500 feet and is rated difficult. Contact Charles or Chris Horan for further information.

 50 YEARS AGO

August 1972

From Sitka Seine: Delightful is the only word for the floating sensation you get driving around the Maksoutoff Street side of St. Michael’s Cathedral now that the bottomless pits have been filled and paved over.

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