U.S. Senator Begich said he is not satisfied with a response from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to his letter raising a number of concerns with NARA's plans to close its Anchorage facility this year.
"Alaskans have raised a number of valid concerns about the planned closure of the NARA facility in Anchorage," Begich said. "NARA's response so far is not good enough -- they haven't adequately addressed the concerns of Alaskans or made the case that the financial savings from closure will outweigh its costs and burdens. It's particularly disappointing NARA hasn't even agreed yet to allow us to keep our pre-statehood and territorial records. As a young state, we depend on these records for day-to-day business and affairs. This appears to be another case of the federal government not understanding Alaska."