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)

Esther Rita Brown

Services for Esther Rita Brown, a former Sitkan, will be held 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, at the Salvation Army. A reception will follow the service.
Esther died on April 10, 2014, at her home in Ketchikan. She was 53.
She was born to Lincoln and Gladys Brown on March 9, 1961, in Sitka. She grew up in here but lived in Tacoma, Wash., from 1977 to 1981, where she worked at Tacoma Goodwill Industries.
 She moved to Ketchikan in 1981, where she worked as a sorter and stocker at The Salvation Army Thrift Store.  Esther was a member of The Salvation Army Church.
  Esther was especially proud of being an excellent bowler, having once bowled on the Ketchikan team for the Special Olympics in Alaska for several years and also as a member of The Salvation Army Church home league.  At the Special Olympics, she earned several medals in bowling and bocce.  Her other hobbies included bingo, karaoke (her favorite song was ‘‘Elvira’’), picking berries with her mom and sisters, camping, and fishing off the Stedman Street Bridge. 
  Her favorite thing to do was watching wildlife.  Esther liked to call herself “Downtown Esther Brown.”  She was a delightful presence in the community, and will be noticeably missed by all who knew her.
Esther was a shareholder of both Sealaska and Shee Atika Corp.
  She was preceded in death by her father, Lincoln Allen Brown; mother Gladys Ann Brown; and brother, Leonard Bert Brown. 
 Esther is survived by her sisters, Glenda Childs (Guy) of Trout Lake, Wash., Frances Morgan of Sitka and Betsy Hayworth of Anchorage; brother Barry Brown of Sitka; daughter Deanna (Eric) Fitzgerald of North Pole; grandsons Chíí and Mason Fitzgerald of North Pole; nieces Crystal Brown, Gladys Laverne Brown and Julissia King, all of Anchorage; nephew Leonard J. Brown of Anchorage; and cousins Brian (Donna) James, Esther, Sarah and Jack James of Nome, and Verna (Marty) Silvernail of  Nome.
In lieu of flowers, cards and donations for the family may be dropped off at the Salvation Army before 2:30 p.m. April 29.

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.

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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.