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 27, 2013 Community Happenings

Drivers Given
    Heads-Up on
    Start of School
    The Sitka Police Department is reminding motorists to drive with caution beginning Wednesday, the first day of school.
    School zones and the bus routes will again be active during the mornings and afternoons.
    ‘‘Be extra attentive around the elementary schools where smaller children are going to be present, and around the bus stops,’’ SPD Lt. Barry Allen said. ‘‘Smaller children may not be visible as they walk between cars and around other visual obstructions. The smaller children tend to be the most active in the mornings and the most eager to get home in the afternoons. They may not be paying close attention to vehicles on the roadways.’’

    Basket Weaver
    Demientieff to be
    At SJ Museum
    The Friends of the Sheldon Jackson Museum will host Athabascan artist Daisy Demientieff of Anchorage at the museum on Sept. 1, 3-5 and 7.
    Demientieff will be working in the galleries most mornings from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. She will give a lecture titled “My Mother’s Legacy,” about her work and her mother’s influence on her, 3 p.m. Sept. 5.
    Demientieff was born near Anvik on the Yukon River and raised in Holikachuk. She has been the CIRI elder of the year twice and has been a featured artist at the Smithsonian’s annual Folklife Festival.
    She is one of only three people alive today who are able to make willow root baskets, the museum said.
    The artist residency program is made possible with support from National Endowment for the Arts.
    Summer hours at the Sheldon Jackson Museum are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The museum is closed on holidays. Summer admission is $5 for adults and $4 for seniors. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau is $15. Assistance is available for visitors with special needs. Contact the museum for more information at 747-8981.

    Causeway Tour
    Set for Aug. 31
    Sitka Trail Works will offer a guided tour of the Ft. Rousseau Causeway  Aug. 31. A $50 donation is requested.
    ‘‘This is an easy stroll with a few sections of scrambling over rock,’’ Sitka Trail Works said. ‘‘You’ll see ammunition bunkers, and machine gun platforms. If you intend to go inside the bunkers you’ll need a flashlight or headlamp.’’
    Water and a snack are suggested. Participants should meet at the Crescent Harbor parking area at 10 a.m. and return at approximately 3 p.m.
    For reservations or more information call 747-7244, or visit

    Hames Lists
    Holiday Hours
    The Hames Center will be open on Labor Day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 2.
     The facility offers cardio machines,  gym play and strength training options.  A lunch spin class is planned at 12:15 p.m. Sign-up is online at or call 747-5080.

    Fishermen Sought
    For Fish Donation
    Commercial fishermen are being called for the second annual coho donation drive for the Fish to Schools program.
    Fishermen can donate fish when they sell fish to sponsors Sitka Sound Seafoods and Seafood Producers Coop.
    Donated cohos will be served at Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School, Blatchley Middle School, Pacific High School, Sitka High School and Mt. Edgecumbe High School twice a month. For more information contact the Sitka Conservation Society at 747-7509.

    Park Advisory
    Board to Meet
    The Sitka State Parks Advisory Board will meet 7:30 a.m. Sept. 5 at Centennial Hall. The public is invited.

    Master Gardeners
    Make Sitka Stop
    Master gardeners aboard the Holland America cruise ship Westerdam will visit Sitka 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 11.
    Volunteers are needed to assist with local, non-commercial activities related to the International Master Gardener Conference Sitka stop. Those who have completed a master gardener course are especially being encouraged to participate.
    ‘‘This is a unique opportunity to showcase the challenges and methods used to garden in Sitka as well as interact with master gardeners from various locales,’’ local organizers said.
    Contact the Cooperative Extension Se5rvice Sitka District at 747-9440 to sign up for a volunteer time slot or for more information.

    Sitka Skippers
    Beginners Sought
    The Sitka Skippers jump rope team announces fall beginner class registration 4-6 p.m. Sept. 9 at the Keet Gooshi Heen Elementary School gym
    The cost is $100. Participants must be able to demonstrate 20 jumps in a row. Ropes will be provided.
    Practices will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays in the KGH gym until Christmas break.
    Class size is limited. For more information contact Twila Keaveny at 738-3050 or Kristen Case, 738-5256.

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.