Today Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley announced that Imnaha’s post office was one of twenty that are being removed from a list of forty-one post offices that the U. S. Postal service was considering for shut-down in rural Oregon communities.
The Postal Service wrote in a letter that it had reached the decision after a study determined that “inclement topography, lack of local connecting roads, and absence of opportunity for alternate access do not allow for reasonable customer access at this time” if the 20 post offices were closed.
Merkley applauded the decision, saying, “These post offices are the heart of their communities, and it would be absolutely wrong to close them. … But the fight is not over. Twenty-one more of Oregon’s rural post offices remain on the closure list, and I will keep fighting against their closure.”
Merkley authored the “Protecting Rural Post Offices Act,” a bill co-sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Lisa Murkowski, (R-Ark.), Mark Begich (D-Ark.). The legislation would prohibit the closing of post offices that are more than 10 miles from another facility.