Plans would close Sitka, Anchorage extension service offices

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is planning to close its cooperative extension service offices in Sitka and Anchorage by the end of October.

    Posted Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 8:57am by Lori James

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Fairbanks is planning to close its cooperative extension service offices in Sitka and Anchorage by the end of October.

    KTVA TV in Anchorage reports that 13 jobs will be affected by the closures, with all but one of those in Anchorage.

    University of Alaska Fairbanks spokeswoman Marmian Grimes says some of the employees may be able to transfer to other positions.

    The extension service program relies heavily on state funding and faces a $1 million cut.

    Alaska's largest cooperative extension service office, in Anchorage, offers community classes on such topics as gardening to energy efficiency. But annual rent is $250,000. University officials decided that by closing that office, that money could be used to keep extension offices open in areas that need the services more.

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