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)

Frank L. Guertin, Former Sitkan, Dies in Arizona

Francis Louis Guertin Jr. (Frankie)

Former Sitka resident Francis Louis Guertin Jr. (Frankie) died July 4, 2020, in Mesa, Arizona. He was 75.

He was born August 12, 1944, to Francis Louis and Alice Silvey Carlson Guertin, in their home in Sitka. He grew up in Sitka, and was in the Sitka High graduating class of 1963. He went on to receive his bachelor of science degree in accounting from Woodbury College in Los Angeles, California, in 1971. He received the Alaska State Board of Public Accountancy license to practice as a CPA in Alaska in 1979.

Frank married Janice Darlene Williams on July 11, 1981. They formed  a blender family of seven children. In order of age they are Tiffany (Luis), Sean (Ginger), Carrie, Christopher (Kelly), Noah (Jennifer), Chad, and Casey (Brady).

Frank served in the field of accounting for 39 years, working for the State of Alaska, City of Juneau, Channel Construction, Tlingit & Haida Regional Housing Authority, and as co-owner of Jan’s View Bed and Breakfast.

Frank enjoyed downhill skiing, scuba diving, camping, watching good old cowboy movies, RV-ing with his wife (they traveled for 19 months making it to all 50 states and most of Canada), eating Alaskan red salmon, king crab, and Jan’s potato salad, and taking a good nap with the grandbabies on the couch.

And not to be forgotten were all the many improvements made to his true pride and joy, his 1997 Ford F-250 3⁄4-ton diesel truck.

Frank was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day  Saints and served a two-year mission at the Church Office Building in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Frank and Jan moved to Mesa, Arizona, for medical reasons in 2018. He had been fighting a good fight with cancer for seven years.

He has 24 grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. The grandchildren are Jesse (Cassy), Skylar, Jordan (Nichole), Chloe, Bridgette (Quentin), Damien, Courtney, Hayden, C.J., Natalie, Tyler, Amanda, Seth, Aurora, Areum, Isaac, Enoch, Miriam, Sarai, Sophie, Spencer, Abaddon, Saynt and Ban, and the great-granddaughters are Brylee, Swayze, Maevie.

A small, family-only service was held in Mesa July 9 because of the restrictions of COVID -19. All seven children and parts of their families were there. 


“He is missed and we know he is not hurting now. Instead of suffering he is walking the dogs and catching up with family on heaven side,” his family wrote. “Until we meet again, save us a good seat. We love you, Frankie!”

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:


On March 30 the Daily Sitka Sentinel began taking precautions against the coronavirus, which was starting to show up in Alaska.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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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.