DIGGING OUT – Jolene Malzac shovels snow from in front of the Artist Cove Gallery on Cathedral Way this morning. About five inches of snow has fallen in the past 5 hours in Sitka.  More snow is in the forecast through the weekend. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Kyle Wade Lawson Dies In Fairbanks at Age 28

Kyle Wade Lawson

Kyle Wade Lawson, 28, of Fairbanks, passed away on Tuesday, September 7, 2021, as a result of a single vehicle rollover accident.

Kyle was born October 27, 1992, in Sitka to John “Wes” Lawson and Shelley Lawson.

In 2003, Kyle relocated to the Fairbanks/North Pole area with his family, where he attended school locally. Kyle held a special place in his heart for Sitka, where he spent summers with his grandparents.

Kyle’s two children, Joshua and Allison, want people to know their dad loved to eat, but he loved his kids the most. He was a good person and his bear hugs were his daughter’s favorite. He was an avid gamer and passionate about music. He loved camping, fishing, four-wheeling, and above all, doing those things with his kids.

Kyle was preceded in death by his father, John “Wes” Lawson Jr.; grandfather, John Lawson Sr.; and grandmother, Linda DePoe.

Kyle is survived by his mother, Shelley Lawson, of Absarokee, Montana; two children, Joshua Lawson and Allison Bellant, both of Fairbanks; and grandmother, Linda Lawson of Hoopeston, Illinois; and various aunts, uncles, friends, and family members.

Kyle’s ashes will be spread with those of his father and grandfather in Sitka, at a later date.

Condolences can be sent to The Lawson Family, c/o Shelley Lawson, P.O. Box 703, Absarokee, MT 59001.

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Alaska COVID-19 
At a Glance

(updated 12-2-21)

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 10:12 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 347

Total statewide – 146,247

Total (cumulative) deaths – 853

Total (cumulative) hospitalizations – 3,102

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

COVID in Sitka

The COVID alert rate for Sitka is “high,” based on 12 new resident COVID cases in the past 7 days, a rate of 140.80 per 100,000 population. Case statistics are as of Wednesday.

New cases in Sitka – 2

Cases in last 7 days – 12

Cumulative Sitka cases – 1,140

Cumulative non-resident cases – 102

Unique positive cumulative test results in Sitka, as of 11/26/21 – 1,266

Deceased (cumulative) – 5

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

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December 2001

Photo caption: Alaska Public Safety officers, city police, fire department members and others salute as an American flag is raised on Castle Hill. The flag had been flown over ground zero on the site of the World Trade Center attacks in New York City, and given to Alaska to be circulated throughout the state. The Coast Guard and American Legion color guards led the parade from Crescent Harbor to Castle Hill.

December 1971 

What is the extent of the drug abuse problem in Sitka? Is it only young people who abuse drugs? People interested in sharing what they don’t know or do know about these questions are invited to meet tonight at the ANB Hall. Those with questions can contact Rosemary Courtright.