NO MOORE CLINIC – Contractors from CBC Construction use an excavator to tear down the  Moore Clinic building this morning. The building, which was most recently owned by SEARHC, was built in the mid-1950s by Dr. Phil Moore. Moore was a pioneering orthopedic surgeon who came to Sitka after WWII to open a clinic to treat tuberculosis patients from around the state on Japonski Island using vacated Naval base buildings. He helped develop new treatments for TB which was devastating Native communities. That operation evolved into SEARHC Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital. Moore also helped establish Sitka Community Hospital in the 1950s. The cleared clinic lot will likely be used for building housing by SEARHC. ( Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 22, 2014 Community Happenings

Coast Guard Sets
    Memorial Event
    The U.S. Coast Guard Spouses’ and Women’s Association of Sitka invites active duty, retired and dependent Coast Guard members and the public to a Coast Guard Memorial Day Service  9:30 a.m. May 26 at the Sitka National Cemetery pavilion.
    The Rev. Paul McArthur of Grace Harbor will officiate.
    The association invites the public to honor and remember the following members of the Sitka Coast Guard family: Adrienne Altman, Martin Anderson, James Asnin, Brett Banks, Robert Barden, Randy Bardsley, Lorena Baty, Cody Benbrook, Ken Boyer, Ed Callen, Luke Challen, Francis Clayton, Frank Clayton, Thomas Crook, Weymon Davis, Lisa Dixon, Roger Estrada.
    Also, Carroll Fader, Jeffrey Fisher, Edward Flynn, Myrtle Flynn, Ronald Gill, Robert Greve, Cecilia Gutierrez, Eugene Haley, Albert Hammock, Sr., Adam Hoke, Donald Husel, John Ihde, Zelma Junker, Daniel Knauss, Nathalie Knauss, Carroll Kohler Sr., Kyle Koval, Sean Krueger, Henri Leclerc, James Lewis, Dr. Rick Martin.
    Also, Lucille Maxey, Richard Maxey, Kevin McCracken, William McVey, Christian Olsen, Orville Paxton, Arthur Petraborg, Lincoln Rehnert, Nathan Rehnert II, Julie Cooper Revalee, Tim Revalee, George Rossow, Jacklyn Rossow.
    Also, Louis Sam, Louis Smith, Tom Smotherman, Arthur Snelling, Elizabeth Snelling, Michael Snelling, Richard Stara, Edwin Stitz, Carl Sundquist, Donald Swanson, Michael Swanson, Erica Swiatkowski, Mark Teer, Alexander Vaughn Thrush, Glen Tonkin, William Veller, Vern Verg, Robert Watson, Willie Wells and Frank Woolpert.
    Contact Caldwell Lewin at 252-548-1193 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with questions or to add names to the memorial list.
    Summer Camp
    Set to Register
    Sitka Community School has opened summer camp registration for camps and outdoor opportunities for youths ages K-14 years.
    Stop by the SCS office to register. Summer programs start in June. The Hershey’s Track and Field meet is June 9 and camps start June 16.
    Programs end July 31. Youth scholarships are available to qualified students.
    More information on possible swim programs for August will be released at the end of June.

    BP Announces
    Award Winners
    Nicole Carlos is among five Southeast Alaska high school seniors who were awarded $4,000 scholarships and were among 25 winners of the BP Principals and Commissioner Scholarship program statewide.
    Since 1985, BP has awarded nearly $3.5 million to more than 750 Alaska students who have excelled in academics and community service.

    Better Breathers
    Club to Meet
    The Better Breathers Club has announced a new meeting date and speaker.
    The group will meet 1-2 p.m. June 13 at the Swan Lake Senior Center.
    Respiratory therapist Jim Berry will be the featured speaker.

    Dancers Perform
    Sitka Kaagwaantaan Dancers will perform for the high school graduates 4:30 p.m. May 25 at the Swan Lake Senior Center.
    For more information contact Nels Lawson at 747-6903 or Roby Littlefield at 738-4004.

    Spruce-Up Set
    At Boathouse
    The Japonski Island Boathouse spring spruce-up event will be 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 24.
    All are invited to help revive the maritime landmark. Help is needed to tackle landscaping and painting. Volunteers are needed for the duration, or for an hour, and should take their own gloves and drinking water. Call Carole at 206-920-2155 with questions.

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-25-20)

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 1:10 p.m. Friday.

New cases as of Thursday: 127

Total statewide – 7,254

Total (cumulative) deaths – 51

Active cases in Sitka – 20 (8 resident; 12 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 277.

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

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

School Superintendent John Holst, Police Chief Bill McLendon and Magistrate Bruce Horton are among panelist confirmed for a community forum on teen alcohol and drug use and the new random drug testing by police in the schools. Other panelists are to be Tribal Judge Ted Borbridge, Nancy Cavanaugh, R.N.,  Asst. District Atty. Kurt Twitty, Tami Young, Trevor Chapman and School Board member Carolyn Evans.

September 1970

Mark Spender, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ed Spencer, and David Bickar, son of Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Bickar, are among 14,750 high school seniors honored today be being named semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship competition.