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)

Richard Wilkin II Dies; Former Sitkan was 87


Richard “Dick” Wilkin II

Richard “Dick” Wilkin II passed away on August 24, 2020, in Auburn, Washington. He was 87.

Dick was born February 19, 1933, in Norfolk, Virginia, to Richard Howard Wilkin Sr. and Ruby Clayton Wilkin. He was raised in Yakima and Spokane, Washington, with his older sister Virginia (Ginny).

He loved to travel, and when he was a teen he did a bike trip to tour the states with a buddy from Spokane that turned out to be quite an adventure. One of his travels brought him to Alaska where he met Ada Bruce in Sitka. They were married in Sitka in June 1957, where they lived and raised their children until 1986, when they moved to Pacific, Washington.

Dick was a Bureau of Indian Affairs  security guard and shore boat operator on Mt. Edgecumbe in the 1960s, and later worked for  Alaska Airlines in Sitka, and in Washington until his retirement in 2002. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, big family gatherings, picnics on the islands around Sitka and spending time with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Dick was preceded in death by his wife Ada Wilkin, mother Ruby Henke, father Richard Wilkin Sr., sister Virginia (Ginny) Holbrook, daughter-in-law Linda Wilkin, grandson Stephen Wilkin and great-great-grandson Urijah Lee. 

Survivors include son Rick Wilkin, his children Corey, Nicole and Jamie all of Salmon Washington; daughter Bernadette Bruce, her children Charidy (Micah) McDaniels and Vicki Lee, all of Auburn, Washington; daughter Vicki Webb (Tom) of Portola, California, and her children Tommy of Ormand Beach, Florida, and Richard (Sabrina) of Sparks, Nevada; daughter Lori Stedman (Mike) and their children Jakob (Rachel) and Matt, all of Juneau; son Richard T. Wilkin III of Washington; daughter Lennette (Cookie) Harlin (Ron) and children Mary and Lisa, all of Kelso, Washington; son Arnold Wilkin, of Pacific, Washington and his child Tyler; daughter Ruby Delach and her children Christopher, Jess, Samantha and Anna, all of Washington; daughter Tammy Mears (Tim) and their children James of Sitka and Michael (Clarise) of Silverdale, Washington; and son Robert Wilkin (Doris) and their children Robert Jr. and Brenda all of Alaska.

Also surviving are niece Denise Daniels, her children Rick, and Gina of Washington, nephew Dale Schubach of Washington, and niece Val Paddock (Melvin) of Spokane, Washington and their children Daniel of Spokane and Monica Shriver of Sacramento, California; cousin Carol Griffith of Washington; 26 great- grandchildren, 8 great-great-grandchildren; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

Dick is greatly missed by his family and loved ones. Family members are very thankful for all the condolences and prayers that have been received from many family friends.


To honor Dick’s wishes no services will be held. However, due to COVID the family will have a private memorial to celebrate his life. Messages and condolences for the family may be sent to Vicki Webb at 418 E Quincy Ave, Portola, CA 96122. Donations also may be made to a charity of choice in Dick’s name.

August 5, 2020

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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.