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 10, 2014 Community Happenings

Change of Command Set
    At CG Air Station Sitka
    U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Sitka will hold a change of command ceremony in the hangar at Air Station Sitka 1 p.m. on June 11.  Rear Admiral Thomas Ostebo, the 17th Coast Guard District commander, will preside over the ceremony where Cmdr. Mark Vislay will relieve Capt. Ward Sandlin as commanding officer of Air Station Sitka.
    Sandlin has led Air Station Sitka since May 2012. His next assignment will be as the chief of incident management for the 11th Coast Guard District in Alameda, California.
    Vislay will arrive from Coast Guard Air Station Kodiak, where he served as the operations officer. His prior assignments include a variety of operational and staff assignments. After graduating from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 1994, he served as deck watch officer aboard Coast Guard Cutter Boutwell, home ported in Alameda. He was then selected for flight training at Naval Flight School, Pensacola, Florida, and earned his wings in 1998.
    He served operational tours at Air Station Clearwater, Florida, and Air Station Sitka, before being sent to Aviation Training Center, Mobile, Alabama, as an instructor pilot.  Following his tour in Mobile, he again served in Alameda, as chief, operations training branch, Coast Guard Force Readiness Command.
    Vislay and his wife, Cheri, have two children, Colin and Emma.

     Chamber to Meet
    Dirk and Trish White, owners of White’s Pharmacy, will speak at the Chamber luncheon noon Wednesday at Westmark Sitka.
    The Whites will talk about the history of White’s Incorporated, their mission and being a semi-finalist for the Good Neighbor Pharmacy Award.
    Doors open at 11:30 a.m. and lunch starts at noon. All are invited. Visit the  website at for calendar of events and upcoming lunches.

    Medvejie Tour,
    Salmon Bake Set
    NSRAA will offer hatchery tours and lunch at Medvejie Hatchery on July 11.
    Attendees will hear about the fisheries enhancement program and possibly see king salmon returning to the hatchery.
    Two tours are plannted. The first iwll leave Crescent Harbor by Allen Marine boat at 9 a.m., arriving back at 12:30 p.m. The second tour will be picked up by Allen Marine boat at Crescent Harbor at 12:30 p.m., arriving back at 4 p.m. Space is limited.
    To defray the cost of the boat, tickets will be $15 per person. They are available at NSRAA, 1308 Sawmill Creek Road, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Kay Turner. (Photo provided)
    Director of Outpatient Services
    Named at Sitka Community Hospital
    Sitka Community Hospital announces Kay Turner, PT, DPT, has been promoted to director of outpatient services, which includes Mountainside Family Healthcare, Oceanside Therapy Center, laboratory, radiology and home health.
    Turner graduated with a doctorate in physical therapy from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 2002, awarded cum laude, as well as a Certificate in Health Services Administration. In 1999 she received an honors bachelor of science degree from Oregon State University in Corvallis, summa cum laude.
    Turner, whose maiden name is vonRekowski, grew up in Sitka, graduated co-valedictorian of her class at Sitka High School in 1995, and returned with her family in 2006. She volunteered in the rehabilitation department as a high school student, and has worked at Sitka Community Hospital as a physical therapist since 2006.
    Her professional career started in Maryland where she worked in a large sports medicine practice alongside several orthopedic surgeons. She has always been involved in athletics, especially cross country and track, and was on the varsity crew team at Oregon State University.
    Turner has a strong background in outpatient orthopedics, and a particular interest in the areas of women’s health (pregnancy, incontinence and pelvic pain), lymphedema, dry needling, and custom foot orthotics casting and prescription.
    She is is married to Grant Turner, network engineer at SCH. They have two young children, Benjamin, 9, and Mia, 6. Besides participating in Sitka events, the family enjoys hiking, fishing, beachcombing, hunting and spending time with her parents, Hans and Gerry vonRekowski. She is also a member of the Sitka Parks and Recreation Committee. 
    Turner will continue to work as a physical therapist, rehabilitative services manager, and the director of outpatient services.
    “I am very excited about stepping into this new position in my hometown and growing the outpatient services that we can provide,’’ Turner said. ‘‘We have an outstanding group of employees who are dedicated to providing the best possible patient care. I love the close-knit community of Sitka and want to provide the best services possible through our community hospital.”

Tlingit/Haida Master Weaver
To Teach Her Craft in Sitka
    Delores Churchill, world-renowned Northwest Coast basketry weaver, will  teach her craft at the UAS Sitka Campus July 7-18.
    The two-week workshop will meet each weeknight, 6-9 p.m. on the Sitka Campus. If students have not collected their own weaving materials, Churchill will supply cedar bark fibers – prepared in the traditional way and ready to use – for a fee that depends on the amount of material required. Churchill will teach her methods and guide students as they work on their own projects.
    Students will need: a mould for their basket (beginners should bring a cap/top from a spray can like PAM); a basin for water (i.e. large Cool Whip container); and a paring knife.
    The two-credit course titled Art S282/382/482 “Beginning, Intermediate or Advanced Northwest Coast Basketry,” will tailor individual instruction to the personal skill level of each student. Tuition is approximately $352 to $426, depending on whether the appropriate skill level is beginning, intermediate or advanced.
    Material fees (cedar bark) should be paid directly to instructor on the first day of class. Students may choose one of the following projects: hat, $200 material fee; large basket, $50; small basket, $35k.
    Shee Atiká shareholders may be eligible for a cultural and heritage scholarship award up to $815 to attend the class. For more information visit, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the office at 747-3534.
    For more information about the course, schedule or UAS services, contact Denise Blankenship at the Sitka Campus, 747-7714.

    Summer Camp
    Registrations On
    Haa at Gatlsaagu Yis summer camp registrations are open for those in kindergarten through fifth grades.
    Camps are sponsored by the Sitka School District Title VII, Sitka Tribe of Alaska Johnson O’Malley and Sitka National Historical Park.
    Applications are available at the career center, 205 Baranof Street. Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 966-1356 for further information.
    Camps include basketball, plant gathering, salmonberry gathering and a family salmon camp. The weeklong camps began this week and end with a family salmon camp July 21-30.

    Button Blanket
    Class Saturday
    The Sheldon Jackson Museum will host a free family-friendly At Saxán (Love of All Things) Saturday program to make Northwest Coast miniature button blankets 1 p.m. June 21.
    The program is best for ages 6-10. Space is limited. Call 747-8981 for details and to register.

    Health Panel Meets
    The STA Health Committee will meet noon-1 p.m. June 16 at 429 Katlian Street.
    Lunch will be provided. Community members who are interested in joining the committee may contact STA Social Services at 747-7293.

    Bakers Needed
    Home bakers are invited to sell their baked goods at the Sitka Farmers Markets set every other Saturday June 28 through Sept. 6.
    For more information contact co-market manager Ellexis Howey at 738-8683 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Registration forms and guidelines can be found at under “documents.’’

    Quest Cards Used
    At Farmers Market
    Quest cards can be used at the Sitka Farmers Market by presenting them at the information booth.
    While funds last, the market will double Quest benefits, up to $20 per market. Markets are held every other Saturday starting June 28, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the ANB Founders Hall.
    For more information, contact Lisa Sadleir-Hart at 747-5985.

    Farmers Market
    Vendors Wanted
    The Sitka Farmers Market season is set 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturdays beginnign June 28 at the ANB Founders Hall and the market organizers are hoping to hear from potential vendors.
    Those who wish to test the market with innovative, creative food or artisan products may contact co-managers Debe Brincefield or Ellexis Howey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 738-8683.
    Registration forms can be found at under “documents.”

    Musicians Sought
    Sitka Seafood Festival is seeking musicians to play during the festival parade noon Aug. 2.
    Call Linda with questions or for more information at 747-6985.

    Entries Sought
    For Haines Fair
    The Haines Southeast Alaska State Fair is accepting submissions. The fair runs July 31-Aug. 3.
    The Greater Sitka Arts Council will collect submissions on specific drop-off days and ensure their safe departure and return. The drop-off location will be at the Yaw Building, SJ Campus, Room 108, in the Greater Sitka Arts Counicl Office.
    Contact the GSAC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 747-2787 or visit the website at to learn the pick up days and times.
    Submissions are due before June 30 so they have time to travel to Haines for exhibition in the fair.

    On Dean’s List
    Raeanna Wood of Sitka has achieved a place on the University of Evansville, Indiana, dean’s list for academic achievements spring semester. Wood is majoring in archaeology.
    To make the Dean’s List, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
    “At the University of Evansville, students such as Raeanna thrive under personal guidance from faculty mentors,” said UE President Thomas A. Kazee. “Earning a place on the Dean’s List shows a strong commitment to academic success, and students and their families should be very proud of this accomplishment.”
    The Sitka High graduate is the daughter of Jack and Katie Wood.

    UAS to Host
    Music in Movies
    The Sitka Summer Music Festival will hold its Music in Movies events 7:30 p.m. June 17 and 24 in Room 229 on the UAS-Sitka Campus.
    On June 17, ‘‘Mr. Holland’s Opus’’ will be shown. It stars Richard Dreyfus, Glenne Headly, Jean Louisa Kelly, Olympia Dukakis and William H. Macy. Dreyfus was nominated for Academy Award for Best Actor and the Golden Globe Award. Stephen Herek directed.
    The heart-warming drama tells the story of a man who served others at the expense of his own dream ... and begins to see his life as a failure until his appreciative students and family demonstrate otherwise. After only being released in a few theatres in New York and Los Angeles for one day just before the Oscar nomination deadline, Dreyfuss received his nomination and the film went on to garner international box office receipts of over $106 million.
    On June 24, the Sitka Summer Music Festival will present its third Music in Movies title of the summer, ‘‘A Song to Remember.’’ The classic 1945 film tells the story of Frydryk Chopin’s early years in Poland. A fictionalized account, it stars Cornel Wilde as Chopin, Stephen Bekassy as Franz Liszt, Merle Oberon as George Sand, and Paul Muni as Jozef Eisner. The film presents love of Poland as the driving force behind Chopin’s music.
    Wilde was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor in a leading role. The film was also nominated for Best Cinematography, Best Color, Best Film Editing, Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture, Best Sound, Recording, and Best Writing, Original Story.
    Admission to all three movies is free but donations are appreciated. The University will provide free popcorn. Be sure to come at least 15 minutes before the movies to get your popcorn.
    For more information, contact Kayla Boettcher of the Sitka Summer Music Festival at 747-6774.
    On Dean’s List
    Mamie Clare of Sitka was named to the dean’s list at Carroll College in Helena, Montana, for spring semester. Clare is studying pre-nursing.
    To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must receive a 3.5 grade point average or better for the semester and complete a minimum of 12 college credits.
    The Mt. Edgecumbe High School graduate is the daughter of Krisanne Rice and Jim Clare.

    Sitkan Earns
    Photo Award
    Lione Clare of Sitka was awarded first place in the Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition for the ages 15-17 category. Her winning photograph is of a woman making tortillas, taken in Guatemala on a language study trip in 2013 with members of her Sitka High School Spanish class.
    The Pink Lady Food Photographer of the Year competition attracts more than 6,000 images from over 40 countries and is judged by an international panel of chefs, photographers and writers.
    Winning entries are displayed in the Mall Galleries, London. To view finalist entries, go to
    Clare will be attending the University of Montana in the fall to study resource conservation and journalism to help her reach her goal of becoming an environmental photojournalist.

    Teen Reading
    Program in Gear
    Teens 12 and older are being invited to participate in “Spark a Reaction,” the Kettleson Memorial Library’s teen summer library program.
    Teens may register, grab a reading log and participate in weekly drawing contests for prizes. The program will end at the end of July.
    The board will celebrate a Spark a Reaction party 7 p.m. June 27 with free pizza. Teens ages 13 and up are welcome.
    For more information, call the library at 747-8708.

Nickelle Raschick

    Earns Degree
    Nickelle Angela Raschick has graduated from Pomona College with a bachelor of arts degree in environmental analysis with a concentration in sustainability in the built environment.
    The College’s 121st commencement exercises were held on May 18.
    Raschick was a Pomona College Scholar and played on the softball team. Raschick, the daughter of Greg and Helen Raschick, is a Sitka High graduate.

    Senior Walking
    Group to Run
    The Sitka Pioneers Home, SAIL and SEARHC’s Elder Physical Activity Program are partnering to offer escorted walks 10:15-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.
    Seniors with canes, crutches and walkers are welcome, and walking sticks will be provided. It’s an opportunity for seniors to get outside, create walking goals, and connect with other seniors in the community.
    Family members are invited to join the group and help escort. This week, they will meet at Sitka Sound Science Center and will walk along the Sea Walk. Participants can take a bag lunch  for a picnic afterwards. For more information SEARHC beneficiaries should contact Emily Reilly at 966-8866, others can call Alli Gabbert at SAIL: 747-6859.

    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 members of the Catalyst Quartet will perform at the Dock Shack Café in Totem Square Inn.Café 6:30 p.m. June 11.
    For more information visit

    Bach’s Lunch Set
    For Music Festival
    Sitka Summer Music Festival will offer a Bach’s Lunch concert noon Thursday at Centennial Hall.
    Pianist Awadagin Pratt and the Catalyst Quartet will perform chamber music from Bach, including the Goldberg Variations arranged for string quartet.
    All ages are invited to take a lunch and listen to chamber music. 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 Kirsten Docter, cellist Zuill Bailey, pianist Awadagin Pratt, and the Catalyst Quartet performing music from Strauss, Beethoven and Brahms in concert 7:30 p.m. Friday at Centennial Hall.
    The program includes pieces from Schubert and Menotti. Tickets are $20, $10 for ages 6-12, available at Old Harbor Books, online at, or at the door.

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.

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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.