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)

Gregory Mark Killinger

Services for Gregory Mark Killinger will be held noon Saturday, May 31, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
A reception will follow at the church’s Corrigan Hall.
Greg died Mary 25 while hiking on the Mt. Verstovia Trail. He was 52.
He was born June 1, 1961, in Salem, Ore., the son of Frances and Laurence Killinger.
Greg was the first of his siblings to move to Alaska, in the early 1980s. During his more than 31 years in Sitka, he held numerous U.S. Forest Service positions in the Tongass, both locally and temporary work details outside the area. After serving as a volunteer and as a hydrology technician from 1983 to 1985, he worked as a biological technician for the Forestry Sciences Lab and Sitka Ranger District, from 1985 to 1988.
He was the Sitka District fisheries biologist from 1988 to 1995. Before becoming a staff officer on the Tongass, he also served as the fish, wildlife, watershed, ecology and subsistence district staff in Sitka, and for six years was the Craig district ranger on Prince of Wales Island.
He was a temporary assistant to the national watershed staff in Washington, D.C., in 2001. During the same year, he was the acting district ranger at the Cordova Ranger District on the Chugach National Forest and the acting district ranger at Admiralty National Monument in Juneau.
Greg earned a bachelor’s degree in wildlife science from Oregon State University in 1983 and a master’s in natural resource management, fisheries and wildlife, from Virginia Tech in 1994.
He married Melissa Ann “Lisa” Petro on July 21, 1990, at St. Gregory’s Catholic Church.
Among his community activities was serving as chairman of the Sitka chapter of Ducks Unlimited.
He enjoyed both watching and playing basketball, and was a runner. An avid outdoorsman, he loved to fish and hunt, which took him to more places than his Alaskan wife had been to. To train for his many hunting trips, he ran his favorite trail at Mt. Verstovia. It was there he took his final walk into the forest.
Greg was preceded in death by his parents, Frances Lepper and Laurence Killinger.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Killinger of Sitka; brother and sister-in-law Martin and Raedonna Killinger of Salem, Ore.; sister and brother-in-law Karla and Charles Kliever and their daughter Kalani Kliever, all of Salem; sister-in-law Marcia (Mike) Bradley of Gig Harbor, Wash.; brothers-in-law Steve (Pam) Petro and Donald Petro, of Sitka; and nieces, nephews, grand- and great-nieces and nephews.
Honorary pallbearers are Paul Matter, Steve Paustian, Steve Brady, Dave Gordon, Mike Reif, Jason Anderson, Pat Heuer, Robert Miller, Dr. Kraft, Randy Ferguson and Hans vonRekowski.

August 5, 2020

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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.