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)

January 12, 2016 Community Happenings

SCT Presents

‘Broadway Night’

Sitka Community Theater will present Broadway Night, an evening of local celebrities and friends singing show tunes, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 29, at Odess Theater. 

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, which includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and sales tax, are available at Old Harbor Books. Tickets go on sale Jan. 15. 

Proceeds from the show will help cover the costs of producing SCT’s first musical production “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”

For more information call 738-0602.

SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council.


Youth Advocates

Board to Meet

Youth Advocates of Sitka’s Board of Directors will meet 5:15-7 p.m.  Thursday, Jan. 14, at YAS’s 805 Lincoln Street office.

Meetings are open to the public. The board is accepting letters of interest for a new member. Those wanting to join a team of professionals working together to support the mental health of Alaska’s youths and their families, or wanting to learn more can callt Annette at 747-2910.


Work Party Set

On SJ Campus

Sitka Fine Arts Camp will hold a work party 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, on the SJ Campus.

Tasks for all skill levels will be available, including laying down insulation and flooring in the Yaw Arts Center attic. Hot lunch is provided. Wear warm clothes to work in. Volunteers will meet at the Yaw arts building. Call 747-3085 with questions.


‘Celtic Cinderella’

To be Presented

‘‘Celtic Cinderella,’’ presented by the Sitka Spruce Celtic Dancers, performs 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 23, at the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, and $5 for students and senior citizens. Children under 5 are admitted free. For more information call 747-3085.


Fish and Game

Panel to Meet

The Sitka Fish and Game Advisory Committee will meet 6 p.m. on Jan. 28 at the Sitka Sound Science Center, 834 Lincoln Street. It is open to the public.

Six seats are up for election – Hand Troll, Subsistence, Alternate, Hunting, Seine and At-Large.

The meeting will discuss statewide Board of Fisheries proposals. Those with questions can be directed to Jessica at 738-5528 or John 738-6212.


‘Tangaroa’ Film

To Show Sunday

‘‘Tangaroa,’’ a documentary about a Norwegian raft expedition from Peru to Tahiti in 2006, will be shown at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Coliseum Theater.

The Tangaroa expedition followed the route of Thor Heyerdahl’s Kon-Tiki voyage which was across the South Pacific 60 years earlier. 

The film documents the success of a large balsa raft steering with “guara boards” and shows the navigation skills needed for ocean crossings.

Admission is $5 in support of Paths Across the Pacific IX.




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.

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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.