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 to be Sept. 5 For Gilbert R. Sam Sr.

Gilbert Roy “Gibby” Sam Sr.

Services for Gilbert Roy “Gibby” Sam Sr., a lifelong Sitka resident, have been scheduled 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5, at St. Michael’s Cathedral.

Gilbert passed away in Sitka on August 20, his 65th birthday.

He was born in Sitka August 20, 1955, the son of Katherine Maberry and Henry Sam Sr. He grew up in Sitka, and graduated from Sitka High School in 1974. He joined the U.S. Marines not long after graduation.

After his discharge he returned to Sitka, and married Audrey Johnson on Feb. 23, 1979, in Sitka. They were married for 29 years, and had five children, Elmenda Johnson (who preceded him in death), Isabelle Sam, Tanya Ulrich, Sharon Sam and Gilbert Sam Jr.

Gilbert worked in maintenance at SEARHC for 20 years, over the years earning numerous certificates.

An artist, he did carvings of many different subjects, loved to draw and made many paintings and designs – some of his designs were put on T-shirts.

He also enjoyed cooking for an army, either in the house or on the grill; and liked to work on cars.

His sense of humor will be missed.

Gilbert was preceded in death by his parents, Katherine Maberry and Henry Sam Sr.; his wife, Audrey; his daughter, Elmenda Johnson; his paternal grandparents John and Isabelle Sam; and other extended family members including Albert and Gail Davis, Edward and Sara James, David Davis, Frank Sam, Elizabeth (Betty) Garrity, Irma Button, Buddy Howard, Lester Davis, Ronald Davis, Philip Nielsen and Doug James.

He also was preceded in death by Audrey (Sugie) Johnson; in-laws Joseph and Agnes Johnson Sr., Cindy and Tony Johnson Sr., Wilber Johnson, Chuck Johnson, Blake Ricaporte, Virginia (Gina) Sam, Norma (Queenie) Johnson, Leonard Gamble, Art Gamble, Nick and Georgie Chercasen, and Angel Platt.

He is survived by his children, Isabelle Sam of Anchorage, Tanya Ulrich of Juneau, Sharon Sam of Sitka and Gilbert Sam Jr.; 17 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Numerous brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Pallbearers will be Henry Johnson Sr., Ernie Barnes, Ray Howard, Gilbert Sam Jr., Douglas Johnson Jr. and Demetri Lestenkoff III.

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.