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)

Panel Fails to Agree On Changes to PF Dividend

    JUNEAU (AP) — A legislative panel has failed to reach an agreement on potential changes to the Alaska Permanent Fund dividend, leaving lawmakers with little guidance on a path forward on the thorny subject.
    The state has struggled to address a long-running deficit. It has drawn down savings accounts and in 2018 began using fund earnings, traditionally used to pay dividends to residents, to also help cover government expenses.
    The Bicameral Permanent Fund Working Group’s only recommendation was that the Legislature should not violate a 2018 law that sought to limit what could be withdrawn from Alaska Permanent Fund earnings for dividends and government expenses.
    “We were able to establish and recommend that the Permanent Fund should be protected from inflation and the Legislature should not utilize more of the earnings reserve” than is outlined in the law limiting the draw to roughly 5% of the fund’s overall market value, House Finance Committee Co-chair and Republican Jennifer Johnston told KTOO-FM.
    Republican Sen. Shelley Hughes is concerned that the the law limiting the draw will not limit spending from the fund’s earnings reserve, since the Legislature has previously chosen not to follow the 1982 dividend formula law and can do so again, she said. The formula, which Dunleavy has argued should be followed until it’s changed, has not been followed in recent years, amid the deficit battle. Dunleavy’s budget proposal for the upcoming year, which would pay a dividend under the formula, also would use $1.5 billion from savings.
    The working group decided Monday against a specific change to the formula for setting Permanent Fund dividends.
    The eight-member legislative panel was created last year to provide policy recommendations on the fund.
    “It was my perspective that our scope of work was somewhat restrained, so it never felt that we never threw ourselves headlong into looking at new dividend formulas,” Democratic Rep. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins said, adding the group’s work was not a failure.
   

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. 

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20 YEARS AGO
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.

50 YEARS AGO
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.

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