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)

Irene Dorothy Roberts

Memorial and funeral services for Irene Dorothy Roberts will be held on Thursday, April 5, 2012.

The Alaska Native Sisterhood Camp 4 will conduct a memorial service at 11 a.m. at the ANB Hall. The funeral will be held at the Presbyterian Church at noon with Pastor Diane Wonnenberg officiating with a graveside service immediately afterward at Sitka National Cemetery gazebo. Following the graveside service, the family invites friends of the family to a dinner at the ANB Hall at 5 p.m.
Irene died on Saturday, March 31, at Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital with her family by her side. She had just celebrated her 86th birthday.
She was born Feb. 28, 1926, in Juneau to Mary (Young) Sutton, a Tlingit, and William Sutton, Nisga’a from British Columbia, Canada. She was Yanyeidi, (Eagle/Wolf) moiety, of the Taku River Tlingit. Her Tlingit name is Jigeiti.
She married James Roberts, who was from Parma, Idaho, and they made their home in Sitka/Mt. Edgecumbe where they raised their eight children. Irene grew up in Juneau but she spent more than 70 years of her life in Sitka/Mt. Edgecumbe. 
Irene was an active member of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and Tlingit and Haida Central Council. She served as a Tlingit and Haida delegate and a representative at ANB/ANS Conventions for many years. Irene was a member of the Noow Tlein Dancers, and represented the Sitka Tribes of Alaska as a member of the Naa Kahídi dance group.
One of the Noow Tlein dancers, Lillian Young, shared her memories:  “Irene Roberts was a faithful member of the Noow Tlein Dancers for many years. She is known as one of our precious ‘kaaxoos yi shaawu’ (singers on the side). After many years of being an enthusiastic dancer for the group, she was resistant to have to sit during our performances because of her knees, but it didn’t slow her down much, still moving to the beat of the drum in her seat and often dancing out on our exit song.
“She also dedicated many ‘pink frosted’ Easter breads to the group’s yearly Easter bread sales. The group is saddened at the loss of Irene and will miss her happy disposition with a ready smile and hug.”
Among the many things that Irene enjoyed were beading necklaces and earrings, making moccasins and octopus bags, and traveling, especially enjoying going to Canada to visit her Nisga’a relatives. She also enjoyed her Alaska Native food including hooligan grease from Canada, herring eggs, boiled salmon and seaweed, picking berries with her family, and baking Easter bread and blueberry and banana crème pies.
Irene is survived by her eight children, James Roberts, Alice Swaim, Andrew Roberts, Marilyn Doyle, Mary Barragan, John Roberts, Doreen Marics, and Michael Roberts; 16 grandchildren, Greg Swaim, Jennifer Swaim, Amber (Swaim) Brown; Brian Roberts, David Doyle; Jason Bartels (deceased), Steven Bartels, Kristin Bartels, Erica Barragan, James Barragan, Christopher Barragan; Kory King; Mandy Roberts, Jamie Roberts, John Roberts Jr., and Ann Marie Johnson.
Nine great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews of Sitka and Juneau, and relatives from Canada also survive. She is also survived by her dear cousin, Dorothy Coronell of Juneau.
Her children are honored that Sitka Tribe of Alaska selected their mother, Irene Roberts, as Tribal Citizen of the Year on Jan. 21, 2012. 
Pallbearers include  Brian Roberts, David Doyle, Steven Bartels, Christopher Barragan, James Barragan, Rocky Eddy, John Roberts Jr., Michael Baines and Robbie Baines.
Honorary pallbearers are Isabella Brady, Grace Larsen, William Kanosh, Ethel Makinen, Harriet Beleal and Dorothy Coronell.
In lieu of flowers or contributions, friends are asked to contact John Roberts at P.O. Box 503 Sitka, AK 99835 or 738-0591.

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.