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)

Celebration of Life Held For Sitkan David R. Rice

David Russell Rice


David Russell Rice, a lifelong Sitka resident, died Sept. 15, 2021, at Providence Hospital in Anchorage. He was 53.

A celebration of his life was held Sept. 30 at the Sitka Moose Lodge.

Dave was born Nov. 7. 1967, in Sitka, the son of Donald and Susan (Bryan) Rice. His mom was from California and his dad from Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

Dave graduated from Sitka High in 1987. He worked at the Alaska Pulp Co. mill for several years; was a cook at Westmark Hotel; a driver for the Daily Sitka Sentinel; and a taxi driver.

He also was a volunteer for the Salvation Army.

“Dad was funny, caring, and one of the most helpful people I’ve ever met,” a family member said. “He was the type of guy who’d give you the last of anything he had. He was the guy you’d go to when you had a problem –  he would try to make you laugh.

“He would do anything for his children, it didn’t matter what time it was and what needed to be done – he would help. Our dad was a helper.”

Along with enjoying his children, Dave liked to fish, and to play pool.

Survivors include his daughters, Shaunte Hill of Gulfport, Mississippi, and Kytela Rice of Wasilla; sons Alex Johnson-Rice and Bryan Johnson-Rice, both of Sitka; brother Robert Rice and nephew Bobby Rice, both of Chehalis, Washington; grandson Felix Rice, Sitka; uncles Murray Rice and Myron Rice of Chehalis; and cousins Karmon Rice and Arron Rice of Chehalis, Merrill Rice of Sitka, and Kendra Nicholson of Kodiak.

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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.