http://www.alaskapublic.org/?p=42336Post offices in Southeast Alaska’s Douglas and Point Baker are among 36 in Alaska tentatively slated for closure under a federal money-saving plan.
The Douglas post office is one of five in Juneau, including a contract station. Point Baker’s office is the only one in the small northern Prince of Wales Island community.
Tuesday, the U.S. Postal Service announced it is considering closing about 3,600 offices nationwide. That’s about 11 percent of its local offices. Most are in small communities.
Alaska U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski calls the offices, quote, “necessity, not convenience.” She says many of the affected communities have no road access to another post office.
Closures outside Southeast Alaska include the towns of Circle, Kobuk, Platinum and Wales.
Postal officials say outlets on the list receive minimal traffic. They plan further review before taking any action.