Redding Region, Southern Oregon Could Lose Nearly 50 Post Offices

Small, rural post offices like this one in Forks of Salmon, 70 miles northwest of Redding, could be shut down.

Tiny post offices across northern California and southern Oregon, including those in Castella, Hat Creek, Big Bar and Fort Klamath, are in danger of shutting down as the U.S. Postal Service scrutinizes more than 11 percent of its rural locations nationwide. Of the 111 little-used California post offices potentially on the chopping block, 35 are north of Yuba City, the postal service reports.

While more customers choose to conduct their postal business online, on their smart phones and at their favorite shopping destinations, the need for the U.S. Postal Service to maintain its nearly 32,000 retail offices — the largest retail network in the country — diminishes. To that end, the postal service announced today that it will be taking the next step in downsizing its expansive retail network by conducting studies of approximately 3,700 retail offices to determine customer needs. As part of this effort, the postal service also introduced a retail-replacement option for affected communities around the nation.

Automated Postal Center

“Today, more than 35 percent of the postal service’s retail revenue comes from expanded access locations such as grocery stores, drug stores, office supply stores, retail chains, self-service kiosks, ATMs and usps.com, open 24/7,” Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said. “Our customers’ habits have made it clear that they no longer require a physical post office to conduct most of their postal business.”

For communities currently without a postal retail office and for communities affected by these retail optimization efforts, the postal service introduced the Village Post Office as a potential replacement option. Village Post Offices would be operated by local businesses, such as pharmacies, grocery stores and other appropriate retailers, and would offer popular postal products and services, such as stamps and flat-rate packaging.

“By working with third-party retailers, we’re creating easier, more convenient access to our products and services when and where our customers want them,” Donahoe said. “The Village Post Office will offer another way for us to meet our customers’ needs.”

With 32,000 postal retail offices and more than 70,000 third-party retailers — Approved Postal Providers — selling postage stamps and providing expanded access to other postal products and services, customers today have about 100,000 locations across the nation where they can do business with the postal service.

“The postal service of the future will be smaller, leaner and more competitive and it will continue to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value,” Donahoe added.

The postal service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

For more information, visit www.uspseverywhere.com.

Below, a list of Regional Post Offices on the Closure Study List

Post office sites under review in northern California and southern Oregon. Click the map to enlarge it.

California:

  • 95514 Blocksburg
  • 95545 Honeydew
  • 95549 Kneeland
  • 95550 Korbel
  • 95559 Phillipsville
  • 95564 Somoa
  • 95569 Redcrest
  • 95571 Weott
  • 95595 Zenia
  • 95717 Gold Run
  • 95910 Alleghany
  • 95913 Artois
  • 95923 Canyon Dam
  • 95925 Challenge
  • 95930 Clipper Mills
  • 95944 Goodyears Bar
  • 95978 Stirling City
  • 95984 Twain
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  • 95986 Washington
  • 96010 Big Bar
  • 96014 Callahan
  • 96017 Castella
  • 96031 Forks of Salmon
  • 96040 Hat Creek
  • 96054 Lookout
  • 96068 Nubieber
  • 96071 Old Station
  • 96074 Paskenta
  • 96108 Davis Creek
  • 96110 Eagleville
  • 96112 Fort Bidwell
  • 96116 Likely
  • 96121 Milford
  • 96123 Ravendale
  • 96126 Sierraville

Oregon:

  • 97406 Agness
  • 97414 Broadbent
  • 97441 Gardiner
  • 97484 Tiller
  • 97620 Adel
  • 97626 Fort Klamath
  • 97635 New Pine Creek
  • 97640 Summer Lake
  • 97712 Brothers
  • 97732 Crane
  • 97735 Fort Rock
  • 97758 Riley

Please click here for the full list of retail offices being studied, and here for an audio recording of the USPS Post Office closure press conference.

-from aNewsCafe.com staff and U.S. Postal Service press release

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4 Responses

  1. Avatar rmv says:

    WHAT DO YOU THINK?? ARE ALL OF OUR POLITICIANS

    (so called) GETTING "THEIR" MAIL HAND DELIVERED?

    LOOSE MORE JOBS, SPEND MORE MONEY!

    THANK YOU ADMINISTRATION. 🙁 🙁

  2. Avatar Linda Thorn says:

    In related news, just 16% of the US population lives in rural communities according to data from the last census — steadily down from 72% 100 years ago. That makes it all too easy for folks in megalopolises to cut our services as they chase the almighty dollar

  3. Avatar Spurwing Plover says:

    I live in Etna Forks of Salmon is just 41 miles south i camped with my parents and sister at Brazile Flat over some 50 years ago shopped at the old store one time drove there in the dark not very easy at night on a mountian road like that at night

  1. July 31, 2011

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