CASPER, Wyo. — A dozen people, some struggling to peer around an armful of stacked boxes, stood in line at the east Casper, Wyo., post office recently.
Government cutbacks have slowed mail delivery across Montana, according to a federal report issued Tuesday.
U.S. Sen. John Walsh, D-Mont, has signed onto a bill to preserve six-day-a-week mail service and protect rural post offices.
It’s no secret that the U.S. Postal Service is in financial trouble. Its business is shrinking, with first-class mail revenue dropping 25 percent since 2006. It has lost $25 billion in the last five years.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., criticized the board that helps run the U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday for what he views as exorbitant executive salaries during a time of organizational and financial restructuring.
The holiday mailing crunch is the Ironman marathon for package handlers, who work through Christmas Eve.
Post offices in Montana will be open for regular operating hours on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve this year.
To the United States Postal Service, the Monday before Christmas is the equivalent of Black Friday for retail stores.
Rural route carrier Rose Crowley moves a cart full of mail through the main post office Monday morning. More than 1 million pieces of mail went through the Billings post office on Monday.
WASHINGTON — The Jacksonian-era movement to keep the Sabbath pure deplored Sunday mail delivery. Said one evangelical: “We have always viewed it as a national evil of great magnitude, and one which calls for national repentance and reformation, that the mails are carried, and the post office…
A U.S. Senate panel passed a measure on Wednesday that would prevent the U.S. Postal Service from closing rural post offices, according to a news release.
Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., is cosponsoring a bill to prevent the U.S. Postal Service from closing rural post offices.
There's not much in Musselshell.
Post offices across rural Montana are being studied for closure to help save money for a hemorrhaging U.S. Postal Service.
An online resource guide is now available with information regarding potential U.S. Post Office closures in rural areas.
In an effort to curb financial losses, the U.S. Postal Service is pushing for Congress to help the organization gain footing through various cost-saving measures, including eliminating Saturday delivery.
USPS mail carriers picked up food donations as they delivered mail on Saturday, May 14, 2011 in the Billings area.
SHAWMUT — There isn’t much in this small town off Montana Highway 3 except for a school, post office and small cafe.
Most of the employees whose jobs were eliminated have been employed by USPS for between 20 and 35 years.
The Big Sky District Office of the U.S. Postal Service will be closing and eliminating 40 positions in Billings.