U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski sees the hire of another worker in the Skagway post office as a step toward getting residents “the kind of postal service they can count on.”
Murkowski raised concerns about staffing and mail delays following a visit to Skagway in May. Since then, a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service says things have changed.
Ernie Swanson says deliveries are being made on time, and complaints have subsided. He says an employee is being transferred from Juneau to Skagway, and the agency will continue to bring additional workers from Juneau, as needed. He says the agency also is looking to hire employees locally, if possible, for temporary positions.
The Skagway post office is authorized for four positions, including the postmaster. The summer tourism season is especially busy.
- For the second time in two years, a Skagway political figure has been ordered to pay a fine for incomplete financial disclosures. Assembly hopeful Dan Henry failed to disclose substantial debt on his candidate paperwork. He will still be able to run for office in the upcoming election.
- Administration officials have a mouthful of a name for it: the “capped hybrid head tax.” It's a flat 1.5 percent of wages and self-employment income, with a maximum of twice the value of that year's Alaska Permanent Fund dividend.
- A federal district court has sided with conservationists fighting to preserve the U.S. Forest Service's "roadless rule" that limits road building in national forests. Alaska conservationists opposed to expanded logging in Tongass National Forest hailed the ruling as a victory.
- Arizona Sen. John McCain is the second Republican to oppose the legislation, after Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul came out against it last week. If one more GOP senator is against the bill, it cannot pass.