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)

Services Scheduled For Russell M. Braun, 86

Russell Martin Braun

Russell Martin Braun, a resident of Sitka from 1959 to 2009, died in his sleep in Lacey, Washington, on January 26. He was 86.
Services will be held 2 p.m. Tuesday, February 19, at Lacey Presbyterian, 3045 Carpenter Road SE, Lacey, WA 98503.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Lacey Presbyterian or Panorama Benevolent Fund.
Russ was born in Fowler, California, January 15, 1933, one of four children of Oscar Martin and Florence Bell Braun. He graduated from Fresno State College in 1955.
Russ was proud of his service in the U.S. Army, serving two years stationed in Germany in the late 1950s. When he returned home, Russ taught at Dorsey High School in Los Angeles, California.
He came to Sitka in 1959 to teach at Sheldon Jackson High School, a Presbyterian mission school.
In June 1963, Russ married Martha Lou (Marty) Osborne, and they raised their two sons, Bill and David, in Sitka.
When Sheldon Jackson High closed in 1967, Russ was offered work at Mt. Edgecumbe High School teaching art, wood shop, metal shop and mechanical drawing.
His true passion was helping students from all over Alaska create Native arts after school. When Mt. Edgecumbe High closed, Russ took early retirement. He then spent his time utilizing his carpentry skills, building three duplexes.
He also continued to enjoy wood carving and painting. Later, he joined Pioneers of Alaska and was honored to serve as the Grand President in 2008.
Russ was always active in a Presbyterian Church, giving his life to Jesus. At Sitka’s First Presbyterian Church he served as an elder and a deacon as well as a choir member, and also lead the Mariners outreach organization.
In 2009, Russ and Marty moved to Panorama Retirement Community in Lacey, after their home burned down in Sitka. He enjoyed the wood shop, gardening, and The Panorama Chorus. His bass was much needed and appreciated, as well as his ability to read music and to always hit the right notes. He belonged to the Lacey Presbyterian Church where he was also in the choir.
Russ is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Lou, of Lacey; two sons, Bill (Sally) and David, both of Olympia, Washington; three sisters, Joyce Smith of Fresno, California, Grace Griffin (Richard) of Bellingham, Washington, and Marge Eckloff (Steve) of Kent, Washington; and many nieces and nephews.
Russ will be remembered for his smile, helpfulness, Alaskan pride, talent in the arts and love of the Lord.
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August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

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.