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)

March 25, 2020, Community Happenings

Card of Thanks

On March 6, my father, Michael Bagley passed away from complications of COPD. I would like to extend a heartfelt thanks on behalf of myself and our family to Sitka’s first responders, Prewitt Funeral Home, SEARHC, Sitka Lutheran Church, Pastor Sandra Rudd, and the many friends and family members who made this trying time a lot easier. At every turn we encountered nothing but professional behavior and kind, heart-warming compassion.

  In addition, the family extends its gratitude to JBER color guard from Anchorage, Sitka Sportsman’s Association and Bev Brill.

  Thank you, Sitka. My father loved this community and your efforts during this event were appreciated.

The family of Michael Bagley:

Mark, Cathy, Ellen Bagley, 

Bill and Laura Mallula


Virtual Gentle

Yoga on Tap

Virtual gentle yoga with Lisa is planned 5 p.m. March 30 on Zoom.

The 60-minute class will focus on the Viniyoga sequence for sacrum and low back plus a standing asana for strength and balance. Class will end with a guided Savasana, Pranayama and a mindful meditation morsel.

Join the Zoom meeting at


Land Trust

Meeting Set

The Sitka Community Land Trust will meet 6-8 p.m.  Monday, April 6, on a Zoom call.

The public is being encouraged to attend. The SCLT is a non-profit organization that relies on community support and participation. For more information about joining the virtual meeting, contact Mim McConnell at 738-2888.     


Meal Program

Schedule Updates

Breakfast and lunch will be available for pickup from 8:30-12:00 daily at Sitka High School through Thursday, March 26.

On Friday, March 27, four days’ worth of meals will be provided.

The next meal pickup will be Tuesday, March 31. Three days’ worth of meals will be provided.

After this week, meals will be provided twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, three or four days’ worth of meals at a time.

Limited delivery is available by emailing or calling 747-8622.

Meals are free to all district students, Wooch.een/Head Start students, and those under the age of 19 in the same household. Families with an economic need are being encouraged to participate.

Call 747-8622 or email with questions. Go to



Sitka Mutual Aid

Network in Gear

The Sitka Mutual Aid Network is connecting Sitkans who need support with those who can help.

It provides no contact, doorstep deliveries of supplies to folks in quarantine or self-isolating.

Up to $50 of grocery aid can be given to folks with financial need, as long as funds last.

For more information call 738-0357 or go to Facebook at SitkaMutualAid.

Those who have a different need or offer of help can contact the group.


St. Peter’s Church

Services Suspended

Worship services at St. Peter’s by-the-Sea Episcopal Church have been suspended until further notice. 

A 10 a.m. Sundays prayer service and a noon Wednesday prayer service are being offered through Zoom.

For more information on how to join the Zoom calls, email the church at The church will continue to be open daily for individuals to stop in, to be still, to rest, to pray.




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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.