More postal meetings set for towns in northwest Kansas


Community meetings aimed at reducing window hours for rural post offices continue across northwest Kansas.

The pace is slowing somewhat, however.

During the course of the next two weeks, only three meetings have been scheduled by the U.S. Postal Service.

Those meetings will be in Lucas, Luray and Natoma.

There's already been a host of community meetings, although they're little more than short sessions to detail how many hours a post office will be open and when the reduced hours will begin.

The reductions, along with a proposal to end Saturday mail delivery and the consolidation of sorting services into a sharply reduced pool of centers, all are part of a plan by the USPS to downsize.

The postal service reported a net loss of $1.3 billion for the first quarter of the year, but it also reported increased shipping and package revenue.

Revenue from first-class mail declined $237 million in the first quarter, a drop of 783 pieces.

USPS said it won't be able to pay the $5.6 billion due Sept. 30 to prefund retiree health benefits.

Upcoming meetings will be:

* Lucas, 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Lucas Post Office.

* Natoma, 3:45 p.m. March 26 in City Hall.

* Luray, noon March 27 in Luray Community Center.

Community meetings already have been conducted at Jennings, Lenora, Kanorado, McDonald, Gove, Healy, Dorrance, Sylvan Grove, Cedar, Woodston, Weskan, Winona, Agra, Gaylord, Bunker Hill, Waldo, Brownell, Ransom, Damar, Gorham, Grinnell, Grainfield, Collyer, Morland, Herndon, Selden, Almena, Alton, McCracken, Alexander, Brownell, Damar and Gorham.

Meetings still are pending in Bird City, Bison, Bogue, Brewster, Catharine, Edson, Kensington, Kirwin, Lebanon, Norcatur, Palco, Paradise, Portis, Prairie View, Rexford, Rush Center and Utica.