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 14, 2016 Community Happenings

SCT Presents

‘Broadway Night’

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

Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40, including wine, sales tax and hors d’ hoeuvres, 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.


SCT to Hold

Auditions for

‘Spelling Bee’

Sitka Community Theater will hold auditions for the spring musical, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 31, and 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 1, in Room 108 at the Rasmuson Student Center, on the SJ Campus.

The play will be directed by Sotera Perez, and has nine main roles for those age high school through adult.

Those planning to audition should prepare 45 seconds of an a cappella song from a Broadway musical. Pages from the show will be provided for the acting portion of the audition. Call-backs will take place 6 p.m. Tuesday. A call-back list will be released following auditions. Call-back music and scenes will be provided for participants.

Those wanting to volunteer for scenery and other tech jobs may sign up at either audition.

Those with questions may call Shannon at 907-738-0602 or Sotera at 907-752-0634. SCT is a project of the Greater Sitka Arts Council.

“The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” won the Tony and the Drama Desk Awards for Best Book. 

A description of the play provided by organizers says: “An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming ‘ding’ of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.”






Alaska Day Festival

Plans for October

Coordinators for Sitka’s 2016 mid-October community Alaska Day Festival will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 19, at Sealing Cove Business Center, 601 Alice Loop.

On the agenda are election of trustees and proposals for a theme which might focus on an organization, activity, anniversary, or tradition important in Sitka’s heritage.

The Alaska Day Committee will meet each following third Tuesday of the month. Persons having comments about Festival activities or new volunteers are invited to attend the meetings or contact Chairman Ted Allio at 747-5124.


Tribal Council Meets

The Sitka Tribe of Alaska Tribal Council will meet 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, in the Sheet’ka Kwáan Naa Kahídi.

The meeting is open to the public, and features a “Tribal Citizens to be Heard” item for public comment. For information, contact Kathy Hope Erickson, 747-7352.


Harp Sing Set

The Sitka Sacred Harp group will meet 3:30-5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17, at the Pioneers Home Chapel for a special sing with an out-of-town singing guest. Beginners and listeners always welcome. Call 738-2089 with questions.


Hospital Schedules

Audit Presentation

Sitka Community Hospital will present the FY15 audit presentation 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the hospital classroom. It is open to the public. For further information, contact Wendy Fowler at 747-1725.


Children’s Museum

Open on SJ Campus

The Sitka Children’s Museum  opened its doors Wednesday at the Yaw building on the SJ Campus.

The Sitka Fine Arts Camp program is open 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday through Friday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays.  Admission is $5 a family.



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.