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)

July 30, 2020, Community Happenings

Artist Pardue

To Give Virtual

Talks Via Zoom

Sheldon Jackson Museum artist-in-residence June Pardue (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq) will give two virtual talks on Zoom in the coming weeks. 

The first, titled “An Alutiiq Kakiwik- An Alutiiq Sewing Bag,” will be 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1, on Zoom. The public may view the Zoom talk live: To access the meeting, enter: meeting ID: 827 8858 8785 and passcode: 722432.

Pardue will give her residency recap talk 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8. She will show what she created while in residence. The talk can be viewed at: and accessed by using meeting ID: 876 1206 1308 and passcode: 502124.

Pardue grew up in Old Harbor, Kodiak. As a child, she spent time with her mother and their neighbor, Fedosia Inga, weaving grass into baskets and other types of containers in the traditional Alutiiq/Sugpiaq styles. 

Over time Pardue became one of the most highly regarded traditional Sugpiaq weavers and began to work in other traditional mediums including gut and fish skin. Her artwork can be found in the collections of the Sheldon Jackson Museum, the Baranof and Alutiiq museums in Kodiak, and in numerous private collections.

She is dedicated to teaching her art form, cultural values, and respect for elders, through her craft, the museum said. She has been an artist demonstrator at Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage and an artist-in-residence at the Sheldon Jackson Museum, and has given numerous workshops online and in person on sewing and tanning fish skin, gut, and pinguat (traditional Alutiiq beaded headdress) making.

Zoom links for the Alaska Native Artist Residency Program talks and most classes will be posted online in Alaska State Museum press releases at, the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page and website: If there is a limit to the number of students permitted to attend an artist-in-residence class, the link will be shared only with people who have pre-registered for the class.

Videos of recorded Alaska Native Artist Residency Program talks and most Alaska Native Artist Residency classes will be posted to the Friends of Sheldon Jackson Museum Facebook page, website, and Youtube Channel soon after they have been filmed.



On Honor Roll

The University of Alaska Fairbanks has announced the students named to the deans’ and chancellor’s lists for the fall 2019 and spring 2020 semesters.

The lists recognize students’ outstanding academic achievements.

Students receiving a 3.9 grade point average or higher are placed on the chancellor’s list, while those receiving a grade point average of between 3.5 and 3.89 are named to the deans’ list.

Fall chancellor’s list recipients are  Rachel Larson, Ian Longridge, Michelle Snowden and Danika Weaver. On the dean’s list are Tim N. Adickes, Ben Holmgren, Zosha Krupa, Kyleigh N. McArthur, Francine M. Simeon, Ashlyn R. Strom and Jordan C. Zellhuber.

Those named to the spring chancellor’s list are Tim Adickesand Rachel Larson.  Ben Holmgren, Kyleigh McArthur, Whitney McArthur, Ava Parrish, Francine Simeon, Ashlyn Strom and Jordan Zellhuber are on the dean’s list.


Summer Reading

Program Ending

The Imagine Your Story Summer Reading Program at Sitka Public Library will end Saturday, Aug. 8.

The library is inviting participants to claim their final reading prizes by that day. Those who prefer to use the window service can ask for the incentives noon-4 p.m. Sunday, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The building is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 

For information, call the library at 747-4020. 


Early Literacy

Program Ends

Babies and Books and Old Harbor Books reminds families who completed the Early Literacy Summer Reading Program at Sitka Public Library this summer that the coupons earned need to be redeemed no later than Aug. 8. 

Those who prefer to use the window service can ask for the incentives noon-4 p.m. Sunday, or 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday and Tuesday. The building is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. 




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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.

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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.