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)

Jack Griffith, 74, Dies; Was Longtime Sitkan

Jack Griffith

    Longtime Sitka resident Jack Griffith passed away peacefully Sept. 24, 2019, at his daughter’s home in Montana due to complications from dementia and kidney failure. He was 74.
He was born Nov. 17, 1944, the son of Bob and Marge Griffith, in Denver, Colorado, and spent his childhood there.
Jack was a Vietnam War veteran, having been drafted in 1967 into the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Japan aboard the USS St. Francis River LSMR-525, and served two tours of duty in the South Vietnam Mekong Delta before being honorably discharged.
In 1976, Jack met the love of  his life, Sandy, and together with Sandy’s daughter Tonya they moved to Libby, Montana, where they got married and Jack started his career with the U.S. Forest Service as a cadastral surveyor.
In 1979 they relocated to Sitka, where Jack continued his career with the USFS until retiring in 2000.
He loved everything about Southeast Alaska, and saw more of it than most brown bears!
After retirement, Jack and Sandy decided to build a house in Maui, Hawaii, and spent many years traveling between Alaska and Hawaii. They also traveled the world together and met countless friends along the way.
Jack was a loving husband, terrific father and good friend to many. His smiling eyes, sense of humor and quick wit will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
He is survived by his loving wife of 43 years, Sandy, of Sitka; and his beloved daughter, Tonya, of Stevensville, Montana.
No services are planned at this time, but his ashes will be laid to rest at Sitka National Cemetery with full military honors. A celebration of the life for this wonderful man will be announced at a later date.

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.