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)

August 16, 2013 Community Happenings

Cancer Support
    Group to Meet
    Sitka Cancer Support Group will meet 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at the Brave Heart Volunteer/Manager’s Building of the Pioneers Home located behind the Mt. Edgecumbe preschool on Seward Street.
    Those in cancer treatment and cancer survivors are invited to spend time with others who understand what they are going through.
    The support group is sponsored by Sitka Cancer Survivors Society. Call or email Mary Beth with questions or transportation at 623-0842, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

    Blue Lake Tour
    Set for Aug. 21
    The City and Borough of Sitka will conduct a tour of the Blue Lake dam expansion project 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21, for the Assembly members, administrator candidates and the public.
    The tour will begin at Centennial Hall with a short presentation, and continue on one bus to the project site and back.
    Those wanting to attend must sign up at as seats are limited. Food and drink are permitted. Participants should dress appropriately for rough terrain and must wear closed-toe shoes.
    For more information visit

    Art Classes Set
    For After School
    The Sitka Fine Arts Camp is once again offering fall after-school art classes for elementary and middle school students. Classes will be held at the Yaw Art Center, Allen Auditorium and the ceramics studio.
    Drawing and painting classes, guitar lessons, and Celtic Dance will be available to elementary-age students, while potters wheel (ceramics), guitar and digital music composition will be offered to middle school students.
    Students can catch school buses to the SJ Campus. The specific bus information will be available the week that school starts.
    Most SFAC after-chool classes start in early or mid-September, and run from six to eight weeks. A flyer will be sent home with students during the first week or so of school; however, parents and students can read about classes and sign up by visiting the online site at under the After School Art Program tab. The office is located in the Rasmuson Building or call 747-3085 to register, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Study, Meeting
    To Discuss Need
    For Boat Haulout
    A feasibility study is being initiated to determine if there is a need for a second marine haulout for larger vessels and a new commercial moorage facility to be located at the Sawmill Cover Industrial Park.
    Public comment is being sought to answer the following questions: What marine industry support services are needed; and how can Sitka provide the services needed by vessel owners to keep more money circulating in our local economy?
    The meeting is set 6 p.m. Aug. 26 in the Centennial Hall auditorium.
    The scope of work for the feasibility student can be downloaded at For more information call Sitka Economic Development Association Executive Director Garry White at 747-2660.

    Call Given for
    Play Auditions
    The Greater Sitka Arts Council announces auditions for the melodrama ‘‘Paris of the Pacific’’ 7-9 p.m. Aug. 22-23 at the Pioneers Home Chapel.
    The melodrama is about the 1867 exchange and will be done in a “reader’s theater” format. Ira Snelling is directing and Jeff Budd will produce.
    At least 10 parts – and up to 14 to 16 – are available. At least four women and six men are needed. The play will premiere Oct. 19 as part of the Alaska Day celebration.
    A minimum of 10 rehearsals start in mid-September and will occur at least twice a week. Those with questions may call Jeff at 747-4821.

    Exercise Class
    At Senior Center
    Strong and Steady, an ongoing, free exercise class for seniors, will meet 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Swan Lake Senior Center.
    Those with questions may call 747-3412.

    Brittle Bones
    Fundraiser Set
    The National Blue Jeans for Better Bones is Aug. 23.
    Organizers said to wear a sticker ($1) or wristband ($3) and a favorite pair of jeans while raising awareness about brittle bones. Donations of any amount are accepted.
    The Sitka fundraiser is being held in memory of Sean Garrison, Sitka High School class of 1991, for the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation.
    For more information, to purchase a sticker or wristband, or make a donation, call Heather at 623-7424.

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.

We closed our building to the public and four key employees started working remotely. Home delivery was suspended to protect our carriers from exposure to the virus.

Four months later, the virus is still with us and the precautions remain in effect.

In appreciation for the willingness of our subscribers to pick up their daily paper at drop-off sites, the Sentinel was free to all readers, and subscriptions were extended without charge.

As of August 1 the Sentinel is once again charging for subscriptions, but the present method of having subscribers pick up their papers at designated sites will continue.

The expiration date of all subscriptions has been extended without charge for an additional four months.

We thank our readers for their support in these uncertain times, and especially those who paid for the paper despite the free offer.

We look forward to the time when we can safely resume home delivery.

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– The Sitka Sentinel Staff


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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.