A year ago, the U.S. Postal Service included Douglas on its list of small post offices to be closed. That’s still all we know, according to Alaska District spokesman Ernie Swanson.
“It remains on the list for consideration of possible closure, but no action has been taken and there’s no time schedule for when a decision on that might be made,” Swanson says.
That’s the same information U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski just received from USPS Government Liaison Mary Ann Simpson.
The Douglas Post Office was not part of the so-called POSt Plan that went into effect in May to reduce hours of service in 13,000 low-traffic rural post offices across the country. Simpson says a decision on Douglas and four other Alaska facilities is still “on hold.”
In a letter to Murkowski, Simpson says, “Going forward, the Postal Service will evaluate how best to incorporate them into long-term plans for effective and efficient retail service.”
- Juneau Finance Director Bob Bartholomew projected Gov. Bill Walker’s veto of about half of dividend funds will cost the city.
- Only three votes now separate two northern Alaska House candidates. Dean Westlake of Kotzebue has 780 votes, ahead of 777 votes for incumbent Rep. Ben Nageak, who’s from Barrow.
- Bus passes, child-care assistance, work clothing and other resources to get low-income tribal members into jobs are being cut in seven Southeast Communities..
- The U.S. Northern Command and Coast Guard have launched a major field-training exercise off Alaska’s northwest coast. Arctic Chinook is intended to demonstrate how local, state and federal agencies would respond to a simulated cruise ship accident. Coincidentally, a big luxury cruise ship will sail through the area while the exercise is under way. And to further complicate things, bad weather has just set in.