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 Richard Wegner

Daniel Richard Wegner, a former Sitka teacher, passed away at home in Ocean View, Hawaii, Dec. 28, 2012, after a battle with esophageal cancer.  He was 66.
He was cremated and his ashes will be scattered at various meaningful places.  A private family commemoration is planned.
Dan was born May 17, 1946, in Saginaw, Mich., and grew up and graduated from high school in Bridgeport.  He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Central Michigan University.
He taught and counseled students in Sitka, where he met Dona Foster; they married Dec., 11, 1981.
Dan loved the outdoors and had a great passion for fishing and hunting.  He hunted with a rifle and bow, and had trophies from Alaska, Canada, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, Texas, Pennsylvania and South Africa. 
Dan and Dona built homes in Alaska, Hawaii and Wyoming.  They traveled extensively whenever they could get away from Aloha Protea Farms.  He was known as “Dan the Flower Man,” and produced and packaged gift boxes of protea from Hawaii and sent them all over North America.  The flowers helped brighten people’s lives.
He is survived by his wife, Dona Foster of Ocean View, and three children, Daniel (Mary) of Freeland, Mich., Michelle ( Matthew)  of  Medina, Tenn., and Amy Button of Houston, Texas, and her mother Linda.
One brother, Bill (Judith) of Saginaw; four granddaughters, Madison, Larkin, Hannah and Karleigh; and his hunting buddies and other friends also survive.
Dona’s family, of Clearmont, Wyo., includes her parents, Ralph and Terri Foster, and sisters Peggy, Brenda and Rebecca.
 Dan’s parents, Harold and Dora, preceded him in death.   

August 5, 2020

A Note To Our Readers

Reopening: Phase One:

 

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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. 

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20 YEARS AGO
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.

50 YEARS AGO
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.”

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