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)

Dave Gross

Former Sitka Fire Department Chief William “Dave” Gross II died March 16, 2014, at his home in Sequim, Wash., following a long illness. He was 76.
He was born April 30, 1937, to Zalmain and Charmain Lewis Gross. When he was 21 he started his first business, a small restaurant in Haines called Dave’s Place. He married Patricia Lammers in Haines, and during their 12-year marriage they had two children, William David III and Dorain.
Dave worked multiple jobs, from Fish and Wildlife stream guard to longshoreman. He was a volunteer firefighter in Sitka before working up the chain of command to paid fire chief. He was instrumental in the construction of a new firehouse, and was the first president of the Alaska State Firefighters Association. He also was crucial in helping to solidify the Good Samaritan Law in Alaska.
In 1980, Dave returned to the business sector, revitalizing the family business: movie theaters in Southeast. Under his leadership, Gross Alaska Inc. twinned the 20th Century theater in Juneau, the Ketchikan Coliseum theater and the Sitka Coliseum. Three years later he built the Glacier Cinemas in Juneau.
Dave was a well-respected businessman, and to this day the company is still family-owned and -operated.
Dave married his second wife, Suzanne Siedband, at Lake Tahoe, Nev., in June 1980.
Dave was an avid outdoorsman and hunter. He especially enjoyed spending time at his cabin at Chilkat Lake outside of Haines.
In his later years, Dave became passionate about classic and vintage cars, and was a member of the Sequim Car Club. He also was a member of the Skagway Elks Lodge 431 for more than 50 years, and was an involved member of the National Association of Theater Owners.
Dave is survived by his wife, Suzanne Gross; children William David Gross III, Dorain Gross-Stangeland, Kenneth Solomon-Gross and stepson Jeffrey Solomon; grandchildren Athena Alsup, John Gross, Autumn Gross, Meghan Stangeland, Nicole Stangeland, Shane Solomon-Gross, Zachary Solomon; great-grandson Waylon Alsup; and his constant companion Twitty Kitty.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Volunteer Hospice of Clallam County 540 East 8th St., Port Angeles, WA 98362.

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.