Flathead Beacon: Postal Service Moves Forward on Area Closures

The writing is on the wall, literally, at post offices in Dixon, Elmo, Stryker and Olney, which have been deemed expendable by the U.S. Postal Service as it looks to make significant cuts across the country.

The small retail offices in Northwest Montana are four of 69 in the state that received proposals of closure late last month. Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is pushing legislation through Congress to keep them open.

According to USPS spokesperson Pete Nowacki, the proposals were posted in each office between Sept. 16 and 19 and must be displayed for 60 days to allow time for public comment. The offices were among 85 statewide that were studied for possible closure in late July. The Montana outposts join almost 3,700 offices nationwide that could be closed. Nowacki said even if only 69 offices have received notices, that doesn’t mean the others are safe.

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