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Alaska US senators: 31 post offices off closure list

Posted: September 9, 2011 - 12:05am

JUNEAU — Alaska’s two senators say 31 Alaska post offices are no longer under the threat of closure.

Sen. Mark Begich’s spokeswoman says Begich received word from the U.S. Postal Service Thursday.

In late July, the cash-strapped postal service announced it would study more than 3,600 nationwide, including 36 in Alaska, for possible closure or consolidation. Begich and Sen. Lisa Murkowski pressed the agency to rethink its list.

It later said at least 25 offices in Alaska — all remote and off the road system — would remain open. But it did not provide a list of those.

Murkowski and Begich say the five post offices that remain under review in Alaska are the Anchorage postal store, the site in Douglas, at Fort Wainwright and at Elmendorf and Eielson air force bases.

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