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)

Harvey Newport Dies at 73; Lived in Sitka for 32 Years

Harvey Ervin Newport

Harvey Ervin Newport, of Juneau, a Sitka resident for 32 years, passed away Sept. 29, 2021, at the age of 73.

He was born in Vancouver, Washington, to Velva and Howard Newport on July 28, 1948, the first of seven siblings: Wanda Johnson, Jerry Newport, Sherry Parker, Dennis Newport, Dale Lang and Bruce Jensen.

He spent his childhood in Oregon. He joined the U.S. Army at the age of 18, and after he left for boot camp at Fort Rucker he met the love of his life, Dora Cordaway, in a strawberry patch.

Harvey was sent to Vietnam and Germany. For his service he was awarded the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation, Army Good Conduct, National Defense, Vietnam Service, and Vietnam Campaign medals. 

After his military service ended, Harvey married Dora Cordaway on August 28, 1970. They raised three children in Oregon and Alaska. In Oregon they lived in Portland, Newberg, Oregon City and Beavercreek, and in Alaska they lived in Sitka and recently in Juneau.

Harvey is survived by Dora Newport, his children Phaydra Brown (husband Darryl), Myria Shakespeare (husband Jeremy), and Karsun Newport (wife Joelle); and by his nine grandchildren, Kanissa Brown, Kassiadora Brown, Kiyah Brown, and Keyara Brown, Stevie Walker, Haeden Newport, Kayleigh Newport, Shaelyn Newport, and Brady Newport.

Harvey also is survived by his siblings Wanda Johnson, Jerry Newport, Sherry Parker, Dale Lang, and Dennis Newport.

Harvey was preceded in death by both his parents Howard and Velva; his brother Bruce Jensen; sister-in-law Rose Moore; and in-laws August and Rose Adela Cordaway. 

Harvey came to Sitka in 1984, and worked for Sitka Community Hospital until he retired. He made many lifelong friends from the hospital and from Sitka.

After retiring he was able to focus on his woodworking art, making bowls, pitchers, cookie jars, etc.; and helping his family with many building and remodeling projects.

Harvey also joined forces with his good friend William Kanosh to make cedar hats. Harvey was adopted into the Kogwanton Eagle clan by his clan brother William, the house master of Eagle Nest. Harvey’s clan-given name was Shaayax Nook.

The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church, 4625 Glacier Highway, Juneau, at 10 a.m. Friday, October 15, followed by a reception in the church fellowship hall.

He will be laid to rest at the Alaskan Memorial Park. Because of the heightened COVID-19 alert level in Juneau, the family respectfully asks that all attendees wear masks. For those who cannot attend in person, the service will be live streamed via Zoom. Please contact the church or family for the link.

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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.