Thomas E. Lang Dies; SE Fisherman was 87

Thomas E. Lang, a 25-year Sitka resident, passed away peacefully Thursday, April 15, with family surrounding him. He was 87.

At his request, a graveside service will be held Friday, April 23, at the Metlakatla Cemetery. Friends and family members are welcome to attend.

Tom was born in Metlakatla, and was a fisherman; his seine boats over the years were the Verna, the Jackie and the Yvonne Denise.

He moved to Sitka after retiring from fishing, then returned to Metlakatla five years ago.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Lang Jr.

Survivors include a brother, Gary C. Lang of Sitka.

“Tom lived his life the only way he knew how; his way,” Gary said.

“Good night, and goodbye to a master seiner. RIP, Tom.”

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At a Glance

(updated 1-12-22)

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 am Wednesday.

New cases as of Friday: 2,512

Total statewide – 172,329

Total (cumulative) deaths – 955

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,337

Current Hospitalizations – 103

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 153 new COVID cases in the past 7 days. Case statistics are as of Sunday.

New cases in Sitka – 34

Cases in last 7 days – 153

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,531

Deceased (cumulative) – 6

The local case data are from the City of Sitka website.





January 2002

Classified ads, Rentals: 3-bdrm. house on the beach. $900; 3-bdrm duplex, washer/dryer $945; Great downtown house, 2 bdrms., 2 baths, furnished,
W/D, hardwood floors $850; 2-bdrm. roomy apartment $945..


January 1972

The City and Borough Assembly Tuesday approved an ordinance establishing a transportation committee to advise the assembly and promote transportation services for the municipality. Members are Cecil McClain, Ray Mabey, Clarence Kramer,
Dick Cushing and Burt Hansen.