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)

Leo Kondro

Leo Kondro was born Sept. 11, 1950, in Longview, Wash., to Bernard and Helene (Graunitz) Kondro. He died March 18, 2014, at the University of Washington Hospital in Seattle with family and friends by his side.
Leo grew up in Washington state in the Toutle/Castle Rock area, where he graduated from Toutle Lake High School in 1968. He was class president and lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He found a love of hunting, fishing and gathering at an early age.
Leo attended the University of Washington his first two years of college where he became part of a “band of brothers” called the “Whizzies.” Their flag football team won the university title during his time there.
In 1970, Leo transferred to Central Washington State College, in Ellensburg, Wash., where he graduated in 1972 with a bachelor’s degree in English and his elementary teaching certificate. He did his student teaching at Barnes School in Kelso, Wash., and continued to teach there for five years.
In spring 1971, while playing with friends in Wenatchee, Wash., Leo met fellow CWSC student Mary Ann Benson. They married on June 22, 1974, and made their home in Castle Rock, Wash. Mary Ann joined Leo as a Kelso School District teacher.
In search of a new adventure in spring 1977, Leo and Mary Ann applied to every school district in the state of Alaska. An interview with the Kake City Schools superintendent, on a bench outside of a University of Washington building, began their adventure. Their plan to teach in Kake for two years turned into 37 years.
Kake was a perfect match for Leo. He continued his love of the outdoors and added halibut, moose and grouse to his hunting quests. Often his classroom teaching reflected his love of the outdoors.
In 1979, daughter Karen Mae was added to the Kondro family. Benjamin Paul arrived in 1982.
  In July 2002, Leo became very ill and became a patient at the University of Washington Hospital. In the days that followed, he survived tularemia, began hemodialysis, then peritoneal dialysis. The latter allowed him to return to his Kake home. Preparations for a possible kidney transplant began, but living in an Alaskan village did not allow him to be on the transplant list. Mary Ann’s donor kidney in 2003 provided new life and gave Leo 10 more adventure-filled years.
Leo retired from teaching in 2004, still loving Alaska and the adventures retirement allowed him.
Leo is survived by Mary Ann, his wife of 39 years, daughter Karen (Jacob) Hynning of Ridgefield, Wash., son Ben (Stefanie) Kondro of Kodiak, granddaughters MacKenzee and Addyson Hynning, Emma and Stella Kondro.
His surviving siblings are William (Cindy) Strange, Margo Bouchard, and Edward (Dona) Kondro, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by parents Bernard and Helene Kondro.
Donations in Leo’s memory can be made to the Northwest Kidney Center in Seattle, Wash.
A memorial service is planned for Saturday, May 10, at the Kake Community Building in Kake.

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.