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Washtucna has had no post office for 9 months

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WASHTUCNA, Wash. -- Sending Christmas gifts and cards and picking up mail is a tedious chore for the 280 residents of Washtucna, going on nine months of living without a Post Office.

It's been so long, April to December and we still have no word of what's going to happen," says Donna Stoess the Washtucna School Business Manager. 

Residents have been driving 10 miles to the post office in Hooper since theirs close because of mold and structure problems.

Stoess says the school hired an extra person just to pick the mail.  "It averages to $20 per day for us to pick up our mail...$20 times five, that's $100 a week," says Stoess.

Another big problem the city is facing is that no one is getting back to them.

"we've made a lot of phone calls and received absolutely no answers.. we did emails, we wrote letters and there was no response," says Janet Camp a resident.  "we even contacted the federal representatives, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers had a hard time getting a response from them as well," says camp.

The Post Master at the Hooper post office, Heidi Evans says they have several barriers from getting Washtucna up and running, "The postal service right now is in bad financial dyer straight, so that's our biggest hold up right now," says Evans.

But Evans said as of Friday, the city of Washtucna is getting cluster mailboxes so that residents don't have to make the 20 mile round trip on a daily basis for their mail.  The location of the cluster mail boxes is still being determined.