Powder River Post Office Faces Closure

by Taylor Viydo, tviydo@k2tv.com 

43 post offices across the state may be shut down in an effort to cut costs by the US Postal Service. One of those locations is in Powder River.

Many things have changed over the years in the town of approximately 50 people. The one constant? The town's post office.

"We moved here in 1946 with my mother," Powder River native Everett Holcomb said. "The post office has been open all that time."

According to a spokesman with The Postal Service, revenues are down 20% for the agency which has now been forced to take cost-cutting measures. Currently, 43 offices in Wyoming are part of a cost-analysis lasting over a 9-month period. The Postal Service says it's a "necessary step to face realities" and that it takes no pleasure in shutting down post offices.

Now, the people of Powder River may be forced to travel almost 40 miles to Casper to get their mail. They may also lose a part of their community in the process. "We have the church. We have a grade school. We have the post office, and that's all we have." said Tammy Sell who co-owns the post office with her husband.

The Postal Service says if the offices are going to be shut down, the changes will occur towards the start of next year.