KENNEWICK, WA - The U.S. Postal Service continues to struggle financially and it's affecting small post offices in rural parts of our region.
Michael sent me an email saying, "The post office in Kahlotus used to be open for seven hours a day during the week, and for three hours on Saturday. Now, it's only open for four hours a day during the week, and just an hour on Saturday. What happened?"
We talked with the U.S. Postal Service, and they say the reduction of service hours at the Kahlotus post office was part of a cost-cutting move that's affected hundreds of post offices across the country. USPS is cutting back the service hours at post offices in small, rural areas that don't see a large number of customers on a daily basis.
"Those that have shown a decline in revenue and walk-in traffic in the last few years, fairly significant reductions, we decided to reduce the hours of retail operation. Kahlotus happened to be one of those offices that had been experiencing a reduction," said Ernie Swanson, a USPS spokesperson.
In fact, Swanson says about 150 post offices across the state saw their operating hours reduced, including the post offices in Connell, Eltopia, Mesa, Touchet, and Wallula. The post offices in Cowiche, Harrah, Parker, Tieton, and White Swan also saw a reduction in operating hours.
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