ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The U.S. Postal Service was set to name 25 Alaska post offices being removed from a list of 36 under study for closure Friday -- but the release has been delayed as officials in Washington, D.C. focus on Hurricane Irene, and the disruptions in mail service it will cause along the East Coast.
Last month, the Postal Service announced that 3,700 post offices would be studied for closure nationwide, including 36 in Alaska. On Monday USPS Alaska District Manager Diane Horbuchuk said 25 Alaska post offices had been removed from that list, but didn't specify which ones.
Horbuchuk says the Post Office is following the guidelines set for the review process, which prevents the list from being made public until letters are sent to each of the 25 communities notifying them of their removal from the study.
Horbuchuk says those letters have been prepared but are still under review, to make sure they accurately state the Postal Service's position and comply with regulations.