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 13, 2014 Community Happenings

Cancer Support
    Group Postponed
    The Cancer Support Group has postponed its monthly meeting to the fourth Sunday – June 22 – in observance of Father’s Day.
    The group will meet 1 p.m. June 22 at the Pioneers Home Manager’s House.

    Unitarians Meet,
    Potluck on Tap
    The Unitarian Fellowship will meet 10:30 a.m. June 15 to celebrate Father’s Day and hear from a couple traveling Unitarian Universalists. Rich McClear will head up the program.
   The meeting will be at the Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street with parking on Spruce Street. Child care will not be available. Attendees can take food to share at the potluck lunch that follows.

    Programs Listed
    At National Park
    Sitka National Historical Park will offer several programs and walks the week of June 15, teaching visitors about the park’s natural and cultural resources.
    Sitka Summer Music Festival will hold an outdoor performance noon, June 18, at the park’s fort site, featuring the Catalyst Quartet and cellist Zuill Bailey. Along the quarter-mile path to the concert will be the “violins in the trees” art installation, coordinated by the Greater Sitka Arts Council. Attendees can take their own blankets and chairs.
    Ranger-guided schedules this week are: June 15 – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon ‘‘Discovery Talk: Fungus Among Us’’ and 1 p.m.  Totem Walk; June 16 – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon Discovery Talk, 1 p.m. Totem Walk.
    June 17 – 10 a.m. Battle Walk, 11 a.m. Discovery Talk ‘‘Banana Slugs,’’ 1 p.m.  Totem Walk; June 18 – 9 a.m. Totem Walk, 10 a.m. Battle Walk, noon Sitka Summer Music Festival concert at Fort Site; June 19 – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Discovery Talk ‘‘Pinks and Chums and Kings, Oh My! Salmon in the Indian River.’’
    June 20 – 9 a.m. Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Discovery Talk ‘‘Fungus Among Us’’; June 21 – 9 a.m.  Battle Walk, 10 a.m. Totem Walk, noon Totem Walk, 1 p.m. Discovery Talk ‘‘From Trees to Tools: The Life of the Bentwood Box’’; 2:30 p.m. Discovery Talk ‘‘Pinks and Chums and Kings, Oh My! Salmon in the Indian River.’’
    All ranger-led tours meet at the Sitka NHP visitor center on Lincoln Street.
    For more information call the visitor center at 747-0110.

    Class Offered
    For Puppies
    Puppy kindergarten class is for puppies 6 to 16 weeks, using only positive training methods, will be 6-7 p.m. Tuesdays July 15-Aug. 19 at UAS-Sitka Campus.
    In addition to basic “manners,” the class will cover nutrition, grooming and first aid. “Socialization” periods are built into each class, where the puppy learns proper etiquette and the owner will learn what constitutes acceptable puppy behavior.
    The fee is $100. Karen Kluting and Susan Royce will instruct. Call 747-7762 to register.

    Movie Night Set
    The Sitka Summer Music Festival’s Music in Movies event is set 7:30 p.m. June 17 at the UAS-Sitka Campus, Room 229.
    In ‘‘Mr. Holland’s Opus,’’ Glenn Holland, a musician and composer,  takes a teaching job to pay the rent while in his ‘‘spare time’’ strives to achieve his true goal: compose one memorable piece of music to leave his mark on the world.
    Admission is free; donations are appreciated.

    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 at the Channel Club at 6:30 p.m. June 18. The Channel Club provides a shuttle service; call the restaurant to schedule a ride.
    For more information visit

    Bach’s Lunch Set
    For Music Festival
    Sitka Summer Music Festival will offer a Bach’s Lunch concert noon June 19 at Centennial Hall.
    Cellist Zuill Bailey and pianists Susan Wingrove-Reed and Natasha Paremski will perform Haydn and Britten.
    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.

    13Senior Walking
    Group to Meet
    The Pioneers Home, SAIL and SEARHC’s Elder Physical Activity Program are partnering to offer escorted walks 10:15-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays.On June 17 the group will meet at Sitka Sound Science Center and will walk along the Sea Walk. Participants are invited to take a bag lunch for a picnic afterwards.
    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, organizers said. Family members are welcome to join the group and help escort.
    Contact Emily Reilly if a SEARHC beneficiary at 966-8866 or Alli Gabbert at SAIL, 747-6859, with questions.

    On June 24, the group will be meeting at Crescent Harbor Shelter and will be walking along the Sea Walk. Bring a bag lunch and enjoy a picnic afterwards. Please contact Emily Reilly if you are a SEARHC beneficiary at 966-8866 or Alli Gabbert at SAIL: 747-6859 if you have questions or would like to walk with us.

    ‘Triple P’ Program
    Lunch, Learn Topic
    Sitkans Against Family Violence and the All Alaska Pediatric Partnership will offer a free lunch-and-learn presentation 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. July 8 at Centennial Hall. Lunch will be provided.
    Matt Hirschfeld, M.D., PH.D., Medical Director of Maternal Child Health at Alaska Native Medical Center, will speak about and lead a discussion on implementing Triple P – Positive Parenting Program – in Sitka.
    Triple P is an evidence-based parenting program, backed up by more than 30 years of ongoing research, SAFV said.
    The program gives parents simple and practical strategies to help them  manage their children’s behavior, prevent problems developing and build strong, healthy relationships. Triple P is currently used in 25 countries and has been shown to work across cultures, socio-economic groups and in all kinds of family structures.
    The presentation is part of a series of community seminars begin presented. Providers, parents and others who care about kids are invited. Send an RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call Martina at 747-3370.


    Sitka Artists Take Honors
    At Juneau Competition
    Two Sitkans are among six artists who have taken top awards at Sealaska Heritage Institute’s seventh juried art show and competition in Juneau. The winners were chosen by juror David Boxley, a prominent Tsimshian artist.
    Pauline Duncan’s Ravenstail set took first place in Northwest Coast Customary Art. Caprini Tribal Regalia, created by Teri Rofkar, took first in Northwest Coast Customary-Inspired Art category.
    Other winners are: Wayne Price, Best of Show for Dancing Raven Hat, second place for Quantum Raven, and first, second and third in the Formline Art category; Deborah Head-Aanutein, third place, Echoing Traditions; Della Cheney, second; and Lily Hope, third.
    Eight other artists also were chosen to exhibit their work in the show. Those artists included: William Bolton, Hans Chester, Mike Dangeli, Robert Hoffmann, Debra O’Gara, Andrew Tripp, Jennie Wheeler and Joe Young.
    The show features a total of 21 pieces and will be on exhibit at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center through June 30. Some of the pieces are available for purchase.
    SHI founded the competition in 2002 to promote the development of Southeast Alaska Native arts.

    On Dean’s List
    Stefania Potrzuski, a pre-athletic training major from Sitka, has been named to the Central Methodist University, Fayette, Mo., dean’s list for the spring 2014 semester.
    To qualify for dean’s list recognition, one must be enrolled as a full-time student and achieve a 3.5 or higher grade point average.
    The Sitka High graduate is the daughter of Carol and Bob Potrzuski.

    Solstice Cruise Set
    Raven Radio’s solstice cruise, featuring live music with Regal Cheese and Arsenic and Lace, will be held 6-8:30 p.m. June 20.
    The cruise through Sitka Sound aboard an Allen Marine catamaran includes treats from The Pub. A cash bar will be available. Individuals must be 21 to attend. Tickets are $50 and available at Old Harbor Books. Proceeds will benefit Raven Radio. The cruise courtesy of Allen Marine Inc. Call Amy at 747-5877 with questions.

    ‘Explain Pain’
    Classes Listed
    The public is invited to attend two free ‘‘Explain Pain’’ classes noon-1 p.m. June 20 and 27 at Oceanside Therapy Center.
    Bridget Hitchcock, PT, will teach the physiology of chronic pain and how to manage it in this two-part series. For more information call 747-1771.

    Organist at Church
    Marianne Gould is returning to Sitka to volunteer at Sitka Lutheran Church again this summer. She will play lunch-hour recitals on the Kessler organ.
    She is taking classes at the Sitka Fine Arts Camp.
    Gould is an active member of Peace Lutheran Church in New Braunfels, Texas. She is a retired public school music teacher with experience playing a variety of music instruments. She currently is learning to play the cello.
    For more information call 747-3338, log on to, or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Charles Mike DeWitt

    Services Held for
    Charles DeWitt, 82
    Memorial services for Charles Mike DeWitt, 82, of Haines, were held June 9 at the Haines Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall. Gravesite ceremonies and a dinner at the American Legion Hall followed.
    Mr. DeWitt died May 15 at Wildflower Court nursing home in Juneau of heart failure.
    DeWitt was a Salvation Army soldier who served in Saxman, Kake, Angoon and Haines, where he built the Salvation Army church in 1967-68. He was a senior citizen advocate.
    DeWitt’s mother, Martha James DeWitt, daughter of Chief Shakes of Wrangell, and his father, Forrest DeWitt, preceded him in death.
    He is survived by his siblings, Matthew DeWitt of Anchorage and Margaret Gross-Hope of Sitka; his wife Betty Ewing of Haines; his children, Charles R. DeWitt and Shannon Willard; grandchildren Stuart and Tiffany DeWitt; and two great-grandchildren.

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.

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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.