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)

October 2, 2015 Community Happenings

Veterans to Meet

Sitka Veterans Association will meet 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Community Health Building, first floor conference room, on the SEARHC campus.

The meeting is to finalize the organization of the Sitka Veterans Association, to include election of officers.

All veterans and others are invited to attend. Call 738-3688 with questions.


Holiday Dinners

Meeting on Tap

The first holiday dinners committee meeting for the community Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners will be 6 p.m. Oct. 12 at the ANB Founders Hall.

Anyone interested in helping plan, volunteer or donate to the dinners is welcome to attend. All donations will be used toward the purchase of food for both dinners, with fundraising efforts concluded prior to Thanksgiving. 

Alaska Native Brotherhood Camp 1 and Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will host both the annual community dinners at the ANB Founders Hall. 

Anyone wishing to contribute can mail a check made out to ‘‘Community Holiday Dinners/ANB,’’ to Alaska Native Sisterhood, c/o K. Lucas, 235 Katlian, Sitka, AK 99835, and a tax deductible receipt will be returned to donors by mail.

The dinners have been a Sitka tradition for more than 40 years, bringing together the community to gather in thanks and celebration. All are welcome. Further information or any questions can be directed to Kerry at 752-0654 or Karen at 747-7803.


Wearable Arts

Show March 26

The Greater Sitka Arts Council announces the 2016 Wearable Art Show theme, ‘‘Alaska and 8 Stars.’’ Two shows will be March 26 at the Performing Arts Center.

Artists are welcome to use the theme, or not, in their creations. A mandatory dress rehearsal will be March 25. Registration forms will be available within the next month and the deadline for registering is Feb. 29.

Tickets go on sale two weeks in advance at Old Harbor Books. Those with questions may call Jeff at 747-4821 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Auditions Set for

Live Radio Theater

Sitka Community Theater will hold auditions for Live Radio Theater 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 21, and Thursday, Oct. 22, at the Rasmuson Student Center, on the SJ campus. 

Live Radio Theater is a performance of old-time radio plays and modern plays read live before an audience with sound effects on stage. This year’s show is 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Sitka Performing Arts Center.

Directors will be looking for voice actors, a sound effects team, tech crew and accompanist. No experience or preparation is needed, and those who can’t make auditions can set up an appointment. There will be minimal weekend and rehearsals in the monthlong preparation leading up to the performance.

This year’s plays are the short classics “Pride and Prejudice,” directed by Stefanie Ask, and “For Business Reasons,” directed by Shira Kahan. The third short play is a new work by Zachary Desmond, who will also direct.

SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council, with help from the Sitka Fine Arts Camp. Those with questions may call 738-0602.


Tribal Council Seats

Deadline Oct. 9

Tribal citizens seeking one of four open Tribal Council seats are reminded to file the Notice of Candidacy and related materials with Election Supervisor Rose Demmert no later than Friday, Oct. 9.

Candidacy packets are available at the Sitka Tribe of Alaska office.

Tribal elections will be Nov. 10.

The election supervisor’s office hours are 4:30-6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at 456 Katlian Street. Call Demmert, 38-5450, with questions.


Native Heritage

Month on Tap

November is Alaska Native Heritage Month – otherwise known as Native American Heritage Month – and Sitka Tribe of Alaska will host an ANHM community planning session noon, Friday, Oct. 16, in the Sitka School District SEACC Building at 205 Baranof Street. A light lunch will be provided.

Sitkans and Sitka agencies and organizations are invited to attend, and have their activities placed on the ANHM calendar. STA and other local groups will host many activities during November, including an entrance parade and several community dinners. 

Those with questions about the upcoming planning session or NAHM in general, contact KathyHope Erickson at 747-7352.


Unitarians Gather

Sunday’s Unitarian Fellowship meeting will feature Kathy Kyle presenting “Spirit in Practice: Communal Worship Practices” at the Unitarian Fellowship Hall. The 10:30 a.m. meeting will be followed by the program at 10:45 a.m.

Participants will be encouraged to reflect upon meaningful experiences of worship and to explore ways to enhance the experience of communal worship.

Soup and bread follows the program at noon. The Fellowship Hall is located at 408 Marine Street, with parking behind off Spruce Street.


Sexual Assault

Response Training

Slated Oct. 12-14

Advocates, law enforcement, health-care providers and other interested community members are invited to a a free sexual assault coordinated community response training 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Oct. 12-14 at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi.

Presenters from the Alaska Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault will be on hand to present.

For more information call Walleen Williams, 747-7107, or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .






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.