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)

Auntie Min Bartels

A celebration of the life of Auntie Min Bartels will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Sheet’ka Kwaan Naa Kahidi community house.
Min walked into the woods April, 24, 2014. She was 61.
She was born Aug. 1, 1952, in Sitka, the daughter of  Agnes Marie (Nielsen) and Harry Bartels Sr. She spent most of her life in Sitka, except for eight years when the family lived in California.
She graduated from San Pedro (Calif.) High School, and in 1970 returned to Sitka, where she graduated from Sitka Community College.
In the early 1970s she was a dorm aide at Mt. Edgecumbe High School, and later worked with SEARHC alcohol treatment services and chemical dependence unit. She worked for TANF programs in Southeast villages with Tlingit & Haida.
On a statewide level she served on the Marine Mammal Commission, RuralCap board, the Harbor Seal Commission, UAF Rural Education Board, and the Board of Fisheries, where she held a subsistence seat.
Throughout her life Min fought for  subsistence rights and way of life. She took foods to Native elders, and she helped to pass on the culture at Dog Point Fish Camp – she loved the children, and they loved her.
Other activities  included performing with the Noow Tlein Dancers.
She was a member of Sitka Tribe of Alaska, Shee Atika Inc., and Sealaska.
Min retired from her work a few years ago for medical reasons.
Auntie Min – the name her family called her and which she preferred – is survived by her sisters, Doris Biggs of Sitka and Christine Bartels Clingenpeel of Long Beach, Calif.; brothers Douglas Bartels and Clyde Bartels, both of Sitka; and her life-partner, Meg Williams, Sitka.
Also surviving are her step-siblings Marge Bartels, Melissa Bartels and Sam Bartels; uncles James John Nielsen Sr. of Sitka and Frederick Archie Nielsen of Anchorage; aunts Katherine Williams of Sitka and Susan Tumbleson of Anchorage; nephews Richard Biggs Jr., John Bartels Jr., Steven Bartels, Scott Carroll, Shaun Carroll, Craig Carroll and Kenneth Bartels; nieces Kristen Bartels, Stefanie Clingenpeel and Mandy Clingenpeel; grandchildren Rikki Ann Biggs and William Jay Allen Biggs; and great-granddaughter Annmarie See.
Numerous other nieces and nephews in Tyonek and Anchorage, and cousins in Everett, Wash., and around Alaska also survive.
She was preceded in death by her parents Agnes (Nielsen) and Harry Bartels Sr.; brothers Carl David Bartels, John Bartels Sr. and Harry Jay Bartels Jr.; a niece, a nephew, and several uncles, aunts and cousins.
Those who wish to make contributions may send them to Doris Biggs, 2309 Halibut Point Road, Space 20, Sitka, AK 99835.

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.