White House “Pre-Advance” Team Visits Dillingham

A government team will tour Dillingham facilities ahead of a possible Presidential visit later this year.

About a dozen people loaded off a jet bearing an American flag at the Dillingham airport Thursday evening. Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG
About a dozen people loaded off a jet bearing an American flag at the Dillingham airport Thursday evening.
Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG

A team from the White House will be in Dillingham this Thursday and Friday to check out the town ahead of a possible visit by President Obama later this year.

Alice Ruby is Mayor of Dillingham:

“We were contacted by some Washington staffers to tell us that it’s possible the President would make a trip to Alaska sometime in the late summer or fall, and that it’s also possible that he might visit some rural communities, and Dillingham had made the list of those communities,” said Ruby. “So a pre-advance team would visit and look at different facilities and meetings and so on.”

Mayor Ruby says the team will visit various facilities, including the airport, the hospital, the school and the campus.

Ruby says she thinks Dillingham may be one of several Alaskan communities receiving such a visit this summer.

A White House spokesperson said they have no official details to share at this time.