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)

June 3, 2014 Community Happenings

Fair, Benefit Set
    Saturday for Sitkan,
    McDonald House
    All are invited to join Phineas (Phin) Edwards, and his family and friends, to his welcome-home celebration, kids fair and fundraiser for the Ronald MacDonald House of Seattle 11 a.m.-3 p.m.  Saturday, June 7, at the Crescent Harbor Shelter.
    Included will be Reindeer Redhots hotdogs, cotton candy, snow cones, BIBCO root beer, games, a bake sale, music, prizes, face painting, animal balloons and other activities.
    The event will be held rain or shine.
    Those who can volunteer or donate baked goods are asked to contact Karin Johnson at 738-9256 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Nikki Bandy at 738-0962 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Sacred Harp
    Sing June 8
    The second Sunday Sitka Sacred Harp Sing is set 3:30-5 p.m. June 8 at the Sitka Pioneers Home Chapel. Beginners and listeners are welcome. Call 738-2089 for more information.

    Science Center Awarded
    Murdock Grant of $300K
    The Sitka Sound Science Center announces that the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust has awarded the Sitka Sound Science Center a $300,000 grant for its exterior renovation project. The project includes replacing all of the windows in the 1929-era building, repairing the exterior concrete, repainting the building and replacing the roof.
    The M. J. Murdock Trust was created by the will of the late Melvin J. (Jack) Murdock, co-founder of Tektronix Inc., and an innovative, entrepreneurial leader with business involvements and interests throughout the Pacific Northwest. The trust has a strong history of philanthropy around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.
    ‘‘The science center is extremely grateful for the trust support as the project is currently under way,’’ the science center said.
    Other funds for the project come from the Rasmuson Foundation, Douglas Island Pink and Chum (DIPAC) Inc., the Molly Ahlgren family, the McIntosh Foundation, individual contributors and a loan from the State of Alaska Fisheries Enhancement Revolving Loan Fund.
    ‘‘While the science center regrets the inconvenience of the project (dust, noise, plastic wrap!) the staff and board are extremely excited to see the building restored to its original art deco state with divided light windows, restored original green tile work, a solid exterior with the original light-colored paint,’’ the science center said.
    Historic concrete experts WJE has been advising and consulting on the project along with Northwind Architects. FD Thomas, experts in historic concrete renovation and coating removal and repair, is to do the exterior repairs. 
    The board of the Sitka Sound Science Center hopes that the improved building will allow the organization to better meet the science center’s scientific research and education mission and will turn the Sage Building structure into a community asset for generations to come, a press release from the science center said.

    Library Board Meets
    The Kettleson Memorial Library board will meet 7 p.m. June 4 at Centennial Hall.

    Nonprofit Directors
    Support Offered
    An informal support gathering for nonprofit executive directors will be 5:30 p.m. June 18 at the Larkspur Cafe. The gathering is for directors to ‘‘share, listen and learn from each other,’’ organizers said.
    For more information contact Mim at 738-2888.

    Regalia Workshop
    Slated on June 5
    Regalia workshops for this year are scheduled in preparation for Celebration in Juneau. The ANB Founders Hall will be open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. June 4 and June 5.
    SNEP’s seamstress Carol Breece has offered to help with her sewing skills and a sewing machine. Attendees should take their own materials and spend some time with others also interested in completing regalia for Celebration.
    SNEP students (and assisting adults) are invited to attend. Those with questions may call Jean at 623-7355.

    Panel to Meet
    Sitka Tribe of Alaska’s Transportation Committee will meet noon June 6 at the STA administration building, 456 Katlian Street, Conference Room.
    Topics include: an update on the construction phase of the road improvement for “the RIDE” bus turnaround/pullout on Indian River Road across from Peter Simpson Road; the bus maintenance facility project, Tribal Transit funding; application for a Tribal Transportation Safety Grant; and the Alaska Marine Highway System’s service to Sitka.
    Tribal citizens and interested public are being encouraged to attend. For  questions contact Gerry Hope, transportation director, 747-5910.

    Music Festival
    Sets Cafe Concert
    Chamber music was originally performed in small cafes and pubs, and on Wednesdays throughout June the Sitka Summer Music Festival will provide an opportunity for Sitkans to hear music in the style of days gone by.
    All are invited to join violinist Paul Rosenthal, violist Marcus Thompson, and cellist Zuill Bailey at the Larkspur Café 6:30 p.m. June 4 for an intimate performance of Dohnanyi and other pieces.
    For more information visit

    Bach’s Lunch Set
    Sitka Summer Music Festival will offer a Bach’s Lunch concert noon Thursday at Centennial Hall.
    All ages are invited to take alunch and listen to chamber music from Bach, Chopin and Dohnanyi performed by violinist Paul Rosenthal, violist Marcus Thompson, cellist Evan Drachman and others.
    Bach’s Lunch, set Thursdays at noon throughout the month, are sponsored by Holland America and presented by the Sitka Summer Music Festival.

    Music Festival
    Concert Friday
    The Sitka Summer Music Festival will present violinist Benjamin Breen, violist Marcus Thompson, cellists Evan Drachman and Zuill Bailey, and pianist Eduard Zilberkant, in concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial Hall.
    The program includes pieces from Schubert and Menotti. Tickets are $20, $10 for youths, available at Old Harbor Books, online at, or at the door.

    Free Windows
    As part of its construction project, the Sitka Sound Science Center is replacing its windows and giving the old ones away.
    ‘‘We’d love to have some of them repurposed, rather than sending them all off in the trash,’’ the science center said.
    Anyone looking for free old, used windows for greenhouses or other projects, can swing by the science center and talk to Bill or Keith.

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.