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.”
- Bob Banghart is developing the musical score for the upcoming stage adaptation at Arena Stage in Washington D.C.
- The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, were met by a large crowd, music and dancing in Carcross this week. They event was part of a larger tour around the Yukon after traveling through British Columbia. The visit focused on First Nations issues and culture.
- The Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska has a new target date for opening its cultural immersion park at the old Thane Ore House. Last year, Central Council officials had hoped it would open this summer. Now, they’re shooting for 2018, after the Juneau Assembly approved a 1.2-acre land lease making it possible Monday evening.
- William Quayle, Jr. is running for the District 1 Juneau Assembly seat. The municipal election is Oct. 4.