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 9, 2014 Community Happenings

Farewell Set for
    Exchange Students
    A farewell potluck picnic is planned 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, June 11, at the Pioneer Park shelter to say goodbye to Daliya, Salma and Fisca, SHS’s AFS high school exchange students, who will be returning home to Russia, Indonesia and Ghana.
    All are invited to take a dish to share.

    Skippers Host
    Dessert Benefit
    The Sitka Skippers will be preparing and serving desserts at the Channel Club 5-9 p.m. June 21 and 22.
    Desserts can be ordered by the slice or sold whole to take home. For reservations call 747-7440.
    The team expressed appreciation to the community for its support.
    The team will be leaving on Tuesday, June 24, to compete in the national jump rope competition in Long Beach, Calif.

    Vendors Sought for
    Farmers Markets
    Vendors wanting to sell local food, arts and crafts, and other items at the Sitka Farmers Markets can find all the vendor forms, information sheets and regulations for this year by going to the Documents page on this site,
    Markets will be managed by Ellexis Howey (738-8683) and Debe Brincefield (738-4323) or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
    Markets will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on six alternating Saturdays starting in late June (June 28, July 12, 26, Aug. 9, 23, and Sept. 6) at the ANB Founders Hall.
    Howey and Brincefield will host a pre-market meeting for potential market vendors at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 17, at the See House behind St. Peter’s By The Sea Episcopal Church. They will be available to answer questions and to make suggestions that will help new and returning vendors adjust to any food regulation changes from the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation, changes to the Alaska Quest electronic benefits program, and any other changes.

    UAS to Host
    Music in Movies
    The Sitka Summer Music Festival will hold its Music in Movies events 7:30 p.m. June 10, 17 and 24 in Room 229 on the UAS-Sitka Campus.
    The June 10 movie will be ‘‘Thirty-Two Short Films about Glenn Gould.’’ The award-winning film is a series of short films about the legendary pianist. The segments range in length from one to six minutes. In this surprisingly satisfying film we see both dramatic and documentary impressions of Gould’s complex persona. The film has an 89 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and has received four Genie Awards and the Best Canadian Feature Film award at the Toronto International Film Festival in 1991. It also inspired a Simpson’s episode, “22 Short Films about Springfield.”
    Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. The University will provide free popcorn. Attendees should arrive at least 15 minutes before the movies to get their popcorn.

    Sea Mountain
    Sets Activities
    For Father’s Day
    Sea Mountain Golf Course is offering a weekend of Father’s Day activities including a tournament on Saturday and almost-free golf on Sunday.
    The 18-hole scramble tournament is a fundraiser for the Hook-a-Kid-On-Golf two-day youth camp held every summer at the course.
    A $50 entry fee includes golf, a cart, a buffet lunch, and prizes. Those 18-and-under, accompanied by an adult, play free.
    The competition starts at 9 a.m. Registration can be completed in person at the clubhouse or by phone. Singles and beginner golfers are welcome.
    On Sunday, a parent, accompanied by a youth at least 8 years old, plays for     free, as does the child. There is a $24 cart fee for a twosome.
    For more information, call Sea Mountain at 747-5663.

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.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

To check on the expiration of your subscription or to make a payment please call 747-3219. The subscription email address is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We also will be mailing out reminder cards.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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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.