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 19, 2014 Community Happenings

Wild Edible
    Greens Discussed
    Lee Hecimovich will deliver a video conference presentation on how to identify and cook wild edible greens 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 23 at Kettleson Memorial Library.
    For more information contact the Cooperative Extension Service Sitka district office at 747-9440.

    Science Center
    Closure Noted
    Sitka Sound Science Center will be closed to the public due to construction and staff training June 26-28.
    The center will resume regular hours, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Saturday, on June 30.
    Call Taylor at 738-1798 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Fellowship Offered
    The fellowship will meet 1:30 p.m. June 22 at Yaw Chapel on the SJ Campus.
    The group will discuss favorite verses, stories, chapters and books of the Bible.
    The public is invited to attend.   

TAP Class Set
A Training for Alcohol Professions class will be held 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 24, at Westmark Sitka in the banquet room.
The class fulfills the State of Alaska education requirements for servers and sellers of beverage alcohol. Cost is $45 and ID cards required.
Those who have an expired TAM card less than 6 months expired may simply take the test. Cost is $45 and individuals must arrive by 8:30 a.m.
Call Helen at 738-6738 for more information.

    Yoga, Rolfing
    Workshop Slated
    Crystal Bricker will teach a yoga and rolfing integration workshop at Yoga Union June 20-22.
    Students may sign up for any or all sessions.
    ‘‘Feet and Breath’’ is set 6-8:30 p.m. Friday; ‘‘Side, Body, the Sacred Seam and Core Foundations’’ will be 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday; ‘‘Core and Back Body,’’ 9 a.m.-noon Sunday; and ‘‘Upper Pole,’’ 2-4:30 p.m. Sunday.
    Sign up at Yoga Union, a nonprofit organization, on the SJC Campus. Call 752-1028 with questions.

    Foster-Care Parent
    Open House Set
    Those wanting to learn more about becoming therapeutic foster care parents are invited to an open house 5:30-6:30 p.m. June 24 at Youth Advocates of Sitka, 805 Lincoln Street downstairs.
    The event will include a short presentation on the program, light refreshments and a chance to meet staff. For more information call Sharon at 747-2830.

    Farmers Market
    Volunteers Sought
    The Sitka Farmers Market is seeking  volunteers for the market season. Markets are planned June 28, July 12, July 26, Aug. 9, Aug. 23 and Sept.  6.
    Call Debe Brincefield, Sitka Farmers Market co-manager, at 738-4323. Individuals are being asked to contact organizers as soon as possible so a group photo may be taken.
    Applications for new and returning vendors are needed. Call co-manager Ellexis Howey at 738-8683 or email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Wildlife Cruise
    Slated for July 4
    Sitka Maritime Heritage Society will hold a benefit St. Lazaria wildlife cruise and Kruzof Island beach picnic 3:30-8 p.m. July 4.
    A naturalist guide will be on board. Participants should take a picnic lunch.
    Tickets are $90 at Ben Franklin. A total of 35 tickets will be sold. For more information call 206-920-2155 or email
    Fires/grills, condiments, plates, cutlery are provided. Food, drink and skewers should be taken.  Kruzof beach landing involves descending a short ladder. Beach access is allowed by U.S. Forest Service permit.

    Boat Cruise
    Series on Tap
    The Sitka Conservation Society’s summer boat cruise series continues 5:30-8:30 p.m. July 8 for a Birds of Sitka Sound cruise.
    Tickets are available for purchase at Old Harbor Books for $40, cash or check only. Contact SCS at 747-7509 or for more information.

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.

The single copy price is again 75 cents. The news racks do not require coins to open, but we ask that the 75 cents for a non-subscription single copy sale be paid with coins in the slot.

– 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.