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)

Richard Steele Sunde

Richard Steele Sunde, a fourth-generation Sitkan and former resident of La Conner, Wash., died April 10 at his home in Waikoloa, Hawaii, after a long, beautiful hike to the North Kohala beaches.
The family will hold celebrations of his life in his three homes (Hawaii, La Conner, and Sitka) at later dates this summer.  In the meantime, the family is encouraging all those who loved Rick and were impacted by his life to gather, share stories, and honor his life.
Rick was born on Mother’s Day, May 10, 1970, in Sitka, the son of Dick and Sandi (Clayton) Sunde and joined older sisters Kristin (Sunde) Nichols and Stacey Sunde.  In 1980, Rick, his sisters, and their mother moved to Mukilteo, Wash., where he attended school until he returned to live in Sitka with his father Dick, step-mother Elaine, and step-siblings.  Rick graduated from Sitka High School in 1988 and later returned to Washington and settled in La Conner, where he lived until last August when he moved to Hawaii in order to fulfill his quest for physical and spiritual health and healing. The culmination of Rick’s year-long journey was his water baptism in Hanalei Bay on March 11, 2014.
Rick was graced with an enormously generous heart, love and compassion for everyone he met, and a wild and quick sense of humor.  He lit up the room with his smile and the twinkle in his eye, and loved to tell a good story, even if it was at someone else’s expense. He was given a unique gift of bringing people together through love and laughter and became an inspiration for many through his own personal journey through life.
“Dickie,” as he was known to many family members and friends, had a fascination with and love for nature and the outdoors. Whether it was fishing in Alaska, flying above the Skagit Valley, or hiking the beaches and valleys of Hawaii, it was here where Rick’s spirit was most alive and content.
Rick leaves behind a large and loving family and extended family which includes his friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Dick Sunde (May 2013). Rick is survived by his mother, Sandi (Clayton) Frank, step-father Darrell Frank, step-mother Elaine Sunde, and by his five siblings, Kristin Nichols (Debbie), Stacey Sunde, Allen (Laura) Mann, Brian (Susan) Mann, and Lisa Mann Perkins as well as by nieces and nephews Angie Nichols (Kristin), Sophia Grace (Stacey), Daniel and David Mann (Allen), Nicholas Mann (Brian), and Hannah and Ella Perkins (Lisa).
Rick also is survived by his uncles Steele and Billy Clayton, and aunts Dorothy Parshall, Mary Lou (Harvey) Davis and numerous cousins. He also leaves behind his loving girlfriend Damarys Santana. Rick also leaves a host of lifelong friends whom he considered to be part of his extended family. 

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.