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Sunriver, Other Post Offices Could Close


People who live in and near Sunriver may be surprised to be on the list of possible U.S. Post Office closures. On the list of probable Post Office closures are small towns, almost ghost towns and non-incorporated areas. Places like Antelope, Oregon, population 59; Paulina, Post, Brothers, Fort Rock and Shaniko. And then there's one that sticks out: Sunriver, with a permanent population of 1700 people and at least double that many people during the peak tourism season. Brooke Snavely is with the Sunriver Owners Association: “I can’t imagine Sunriver without it’s own post office, quite honestly. I mean all these folks that live out here in Sunriver and the communities due south of us use the Sunriver Post Office.” The U.S. Post Office says most of the post offices studied for closure have so little foot traffic that workers average less than two hours of work a day and average sales are less than $50 a day. The savings could be as much as $200 million a year, but also trim about 3,000 postmasters, 500 supervisors and 500 to 1,000 clerks. The closings are expected to begin within four to six months, most likely in January.

 

 

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