EXPECT DELAYS – Lines of traffic move slowly down Sawmill Creek Road today as a repaving project progresses near the Indian River bridge. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

Daniel Lostotter, 54, Dies; Lived in Sitka in the 1990s

Daniel Gordon Lostotter

    Daniel Gordon Lostotter, who lived in Sitka in the 1990s, died Nov. 30, 2018, in Richmond, Kentucky, of a possible heart attack. He was 54.
    He was born Jan.17, 1964, in Dayton, Ohio, the son of Gerald and Ruth Bollerman Lostutter. (He later changed the spelling of his name to “Lostotter.”)
    He attended Cocoa High School, in Cocoa, Florida, and Sheldon Jackson College, in Sitka.
    When he lived in Sitka, Dan worked for Sitka Northern Sales. He enjoyed acting, and was in the Baranof Little Theater Guild.
    He loved his sons, and they have good memories of his taking them kayaking, hiking and camping around the Sitka area when they were young.
    A craftsman, Dan did home projects, and was in the process of restoring a 1900 Victorian home in Ohio.
    Dan was a U.S. Army veteran, and a sergeant first class in the U.S. Army National Guard, serving two tours in Iraq. He was awarded the Bronze Star.
    He retired from the Army National Guard in 2016.
    At the time of his death he was a security specialist employed at the Bluegrass Army Depot, Richmond, Kentucky. He had moved from Fort Sill in Lawton, Oklahoma, a few months before to accept the position at the depot.
    Dan is survived by his wife, Julie Jeffers Lostotter of Richmond; his mother, Ruth Lostutter, of Florida; sons Tony Lostotter of Sapulpa, Oklahoma, and Jesse Lostotter of Anchorage; a sister, Laurie Bakmaz, of Cocoa, Florida; and brothers Gerald (Jere) Lostutter of Florida and Mark Bennett, currently in New Zealand.
    He was preceded in death by his father, Gerald Lostutter, and brother, Jeff Bennet.
    Dan was cremated, and a memorial service will be held in Ohio, with Reppert Funeral Home and Cremation Service (www.reppertfuneralhome.com) making arrangements.

August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 8-6-20)

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 10:45 a.m. Thursday.

New cases as of Wednesday: 40

Total statewide – 3,484

Total (cumulative) deaths – 25

Active cases in Sitka – 19 (14 resident; 5 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 15 (11 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 141.

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. 




August 2000

The city’s solid waste incinerator closed Wednesday, two days after the contract with Sheldon Jackson College for its operation ended. ... The city will ship all municipal waste except biosolids off-island to a landfill in Washington. The biosolids will be buried in the Kimsham landfill, Public Works Director Hugh Bevan said.

August 1970

Ernest Robertson, a Sitka resident most of his life, has moved back here with his family after a five-year sojourn in Anchorage. “Anchorage was just too big,” Ernie said. “It wasn’t like Sitka, where every time you go out on the street you meet your friends.”