All post offices are closing at noon today. However, if you want to pick up a package that was attempted to be delivered at your home or business, and for some reason it couldn’t be left there, you can pick up your package at any post office until 5pm. Just go into the post office and ask for it with proof of where you live. Drivers Licenses usually work. Any letter addressed to yourself, etc.
From U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
WASHINGTON, DC – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley issued the following statement after learning that the U.S. Postal Service is planning to keep all Oregon Mail Processing Centers Open for the next year.
“This is more good news for Oregon. Closing processing centers in Oregon would have damaged overnight delivery and degraded services that small businesses and families rely upon. I am pleased that Oregon is safe in this round of closures but I encourage the U.S. Postal Service to continue working with communities and looking for solutions that will work for the public. And I urge the House of Representatives to pass the Senate postal reform bill that would help establish delivery standards and keep our rural post offices open.”
Post Office in Eddyville saved…along with all the others slated for closure. Changes in hours, however.
The US Postal Service today decided that if it could be given the power to change the way it handles its finances and changes the hours of its outlying rural post offices, none of them will have to close. That was welcome news to customers of nearly 4,000 small post offices around the country, including just east of Newport, in Eddyville, on Highway 20, which was scheduled to be shut down.
The full story is in the Oregonian. Click here.
In response to the United States Postal Service’s threat to close rural post offices in communities hardest hit by the economic crisis, 17 Oregon communities are Occupying their Post Offices on Monday. Carrying Christmas cards, cookies and gifts of appreciation to their postal workers, local Occupiers will raise awareness about the impending closures and collect petition signatures asking Congress to reform laws that have caused the unnecessary funding crisis within the Postal Service.
The statewide day of action was initiated by the rural communities of Swisshome and Deadwood after the Postal Administration notified them that their post offices were scheduled for closure. Residents submitted a petition to the Postmaster General with 350 signatures – out of a combined population of 500 – but still found their post office on the closure list. Out of options, Swisshome and Deadwood contacted the Rural Organizing Scappoose, OR project and quickly joined with other groups concerned about the impacts of closures in their communities.
“Deadwood won’t exist in ten years without a post office,” said Leslie Benscoter, retired schoolteacher and resident of Deadwood. “That’s why I am an Occupier. I Occupy 97430.”
In October, the United States Postal Service (USPS) proposed the closure of over 3,000 post offices nationwide, including 41 rural post offices in Oregon, as a means of addressing their financial crisis. The financial crisis stems from the Postal Accountability and Enhancement Act passed by Congress in 2006 that forces the USPS to prefund employee benefits at $5.5 billion annually.
“The funding woes at the Postal Service are largely due to a poisonous bill from Congress,” said Bart Bolger, a rural letter carrier in Philomath. “There is a simple way to fix this without cutting jobs and service to our customers: undo the requirement to prefund benefits for 75 years. This is what is crippling the Postal Service financially.”
“Rural and frontier Oregon is at risk of losing crucial community infrastructure where it is needed most,” said Cara Shufelt, Director of the Rural Organizing Project. “Closing these post offices is completely unnecessary. We need legislation that keeps our post offices open and addresses the requirement to excessively prefund benefits. The Postal Service has overfunded retirement by over $50 billion dollars. Without this requirement they would be easily financially stable.”
The USPS announced a 5-month moratorium on post office closures this week after growing pressure from Congress, including a letter calling for the moratorium that was signed by Oregon Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.
WASHINGTON, DC – After fighting for months against a plan to close scores of Oregon’s rural post offices, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced today that 20 are being removed from the list and will remain open for business.
The United States Postal Service wrote in a letter that it had reached the decision after a study determined that “inclement topography, lack of local connecting roads, and absence of opportunity for alternate access do not allow for reasonable customer access at this time” if the post offices were closed.
Senator Merkley applauded the decision, saying, “These post offices are the heart of their communities, and it would be absolutely wrong to close them. They are communications centers, gathering places, and key components of the local economy. In rural Oregon, post offices double as pharmacies for our seniors and shipping centers for our small businesses. Saving these post offices will save jobs and opportunities. This is a tremendous victory. But the fight is not over. Twenty-one more of Oregon’s rural post offices remain on the closure list, and I will keep fighting against their closure.”
The post offices that were not taken off the list at this time will remain open during a six month moratorium as Congress and the Postal Service work on a long-term solution. Senator Merkley was part of the coalition of Senators that called for the moratorium on closures.
Senator Merkley is also the author of the Protecting Rural Post Offices Act, which is co-sponsored by Senators Jerry Moran (R-KS), Jon Tester (D-MT), Lisa Murkowski, (R-AK), Mark Begich (D-AK), and Ron Wyden (D-OR). The bill would prohibit the closing of post offices that are more than 10 miles from another facility.
The full list of post offices that were saved from closure is below:
Citing an ocean of red ink, declining mail volumes, big overpays for future retirees and other crippling financial problems, President Obama today endorsed the U.S. Post Office’s proposal to end Saturday mail delivery as a way of substantially cutting costs, along with closing low volume rural post office operations (including Eddyville). The story is in the Statesman Journal. Click here.