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)

Don Burnett, Former Resident, Dies at 87

Don Burnett

    Donald L. Burnett, 87, a former Sitka resident, died unexpectedly Oct. 22, 2018, in Longview, Washington.
    He was born May 12, 1931, to Worley and Imogene Burnett, in Porterville, California. He was raised in Peshastin, Washington.
    In February 1951, Don enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, and served in both Japan and Korea on a secret mission.
    He married Donna L. Pendleton of Leavenworth, Washington, in June 1951, eloping to East Wenatchee. They had 67 years together.
    Don was a mechanic and body shop person until he retired, in 1995.
    After leaving the Air Force, he lived in Renton, Washington, and Sunnyvale and Santa Clara, California, before coming to Sitka in 1968. He was a paid firefighter here for seven years, then owned Don’s Body Shop.
    He left Sitka in May 1980, returning in 1982 to run Baranof Body Shop until the Alaska Pulp Corp. mill shut down, which caused the body shop to close.
    They left Sitka for the last time in 1988, and he worked in Seattle for a few years before retirement. After that he lived in Chewelah, Rochester and Longview, Washington.
    Don is survived by his wife, Donna, of Longview; daughters Shannon (Darby) Reid and Colleen Lawyer of Belfair, Washington; grandsons Rick Burnett and his wife Tyree of Kelso, Washington, Rob Burnett of Vancouver, Washington, and Jobe Lawyer of Standwood, Washington; and granddaughters Marcia Wilcox of Tacoma, Washington, and Kayla Reid of Belfair, Washington.
    Six great-grandchildren also survive.
    Don was preceded in death by his parents, Imogene and Worley Burnett, sons Nick Burnett and Patrick Burnett, and grandson Kirby Reid.
    Don’s ashes will be spread along the Columbia River at Longview, where he loved to fish.

August 5, 2020

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Reopening: Phase One:


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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.