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Unalaska's post office has temporarily changed its lobby hours. The downtown location will only be open between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., when staff is present in the building. The new hours are a temporary solution to security concerns. 

 

After three nights of break-ins, Unalaska's U.S. Postal Service location decided to limit access to its lobby. The new measures come after someone broke into dozens of post office boxes and stole several packages.

 

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Unalaska's post office is back to full service.

This change comes almost two years after the U.S. Postal Service cut hours at the Unalaska branch due to "staffing shortages" and "reduced customer numbers."

Having hired new staff, post office officials say counter service is open for normal operations and package pickup Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for an employee lunch break from 11 a.m. to noon.

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The Unalaska Post Office has reinstated weekend package pick-up.

The window is now open Saturdays from noon until 4 p.m.

There is still no Saturday counter service, however, so patrons must visit the Dutch Harbor office to buy stamps or send packages.

The Unalaska branch dropped Saturday service last August, attributing the cutback to "reduced customer numbers."

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The Unalaska post office is flying a new American flag, just days after its original red, white, and blue banner was stolen.

Postmaster Jamesa Marino-Tickle said the replacement was hoisted Friday, thanks to a donation from Mayor Frank Kelty.

"We've had so much positive feedback and support from the community," she said, in response to the theft.

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Unalaska's postmaster is pleading for the return of an American flag that has disappeared from its pole outside the Unalaska post office.

"On Monday night, somebody stole it," said Postmaster Jamesa Marino-Tickle. "They cut the rope and they stole the flag."

The 4-by-10-foot flag was only hoisted last month, after its broken pole stood bare for more than a decade. Marino-Tickle said the post office worked with the city to repair it in time for Memorial Day.

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