25 rural post offices spared

The U.S. Postal Service says 25 rural Alaska post offices will remain open after all.

Douglas is not on that list, according to Senator Mark Begich’s office.

USPS Alaska District Manager Diane Horbuchuk says 25 post offices off the road system are in the clear. The agency last month targeted 3,700 post offices nationwide for possible closure, as a way to reduce costs and expenses. Thirty-six were in Alaska.

Begich arranged a meeting Monday so rural health care providers and other community groups could give postal service officials more information on the impact to rural communities. Horbuchuk announced the agency had already made the decision to spare Alaska’s most remote post offices.

Horbuchuk said those communities will receive letters to that effect this week.

She said the review of the remaining 11 sites, including Douglas, should be completed by the end of the week.