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)

From the Editor:

The Daily Sitka Sentinel ventured into unknown territory Tuesday, with the first edition since the founding of the paper in 1939 to be published in virtual lockdown conditions.

It was also the first day that copies of the entire edition of the Sentinel were available without charge to all Sitkans, a policy that the Sentinel plans to continue as long as the COVID-19 disaster emergency is in effect. The Sentinel took this step to keep the newspaper available to the community while eliminating the day-to-day delivery and office procedures that involve the most personal contact between employees and the public.

Since Tuesday, Sentinel reporters have been working remotely, and as many other editorial operations as possible are being done off-site, including page makeup and posting to the Sentinel’s website.

The Sentinel’s Barracks Street office and printing plant are still the hub of the newspaper’s daily operations. Outside contact is by phone and email. The office is closed to the public, and the few key employees on site are following social distance protocols, and disinfecting surfaces they touch. Those handling the papers after they come off the press are using disposable gloves.

Distribution sites for the paper are those that have been used for single paper sales. Sea Mart, Market Center and AC Lakeside Grocery are the principal ones. Other locations are ones where the Sentinel has had coin-operated racks, including the front of the Sentinel office. The number of papers needed at all sites will be determined by the experience of the first several days of distribution.

The Sentinel is mindful of the hardship that discontinuation of home delivery is causing readers who are unable to leave their homes, and asks those who are able to check with a neighbor who might appreciate it if you would pick up two papers and drop one off for them.

With Sitka, like the rest of Alaska, facing a public health crisis whose extent is not yet known, the Sentinel plans to continue its mission of reporting the news to Sitkans while taking measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

Thad Poulson



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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.