By Melinda Munson

Nurse Practitioner Johanna Huff was offered a six-month contract to remain at Dahl Memorial Clinic (DMC) after a Nov. 26 executive session of the DMC Board of Directors. According to Cory Thole, board president, the contract begins Dec. 1. 

A majority of citizen testimony at the Nov. 26 meeting was in support of Huff, who has worked for the clinic since 2018.

Katie Auer, who did not want Huff’s contract renewed, testified she has received backlash from the community since speaking out against the provider.

Auer was appointed to the clinic board as an alternative seat, with a term ending October 2022. She replaces Lisa Mandeville who now sits on the board with a term ending October 2023.

Nicole Goodman resigned from the DMC board on Oct. 28. “The past few months have been taxing on me emotionally and personally,” Goodman wrote in her resignation letter.

“We chose to live in Skagway because it was our disconnect from the rat race and politics of the Lower 48. Serving on this board has been the antithesis of our goals of moving here,” Goodman said.

The clinic offered COVID-19 shots to children ages 5-12 starting in November. Those 18 and over can contact the clinic to be put on a list for COVID-19 booster shots when they become available.

Este Fielding, executive director, will complete her last day at DMC on Dec. 17. According to Thole, an offer has been made to a possible interim executive director. The permanent executive director position remains open for applications.