April 20, 2006

Idaho Delegation Advocates For Twin Falls Postal Distribution Center

Washington, DC â?? A proposal to merge the mail distribution center in Twin Falls with the one in Boise faces opposition from the Idaho Congressional delegation. In a letter to the United States Postal Service (USPS), the delegation expressed concern over the economic impact of the proposal, timely mail delivery and service availability for the people who rely on the Twin Falls Center. The proposal would reassign or transfer 30-35 employees from the Twin Falls Pioneer Station mail processing center to the Boise facility or other postal responsibilities in the Twin Falls area. Closing the center, which process between 50,000-80,000 pieces of mail for 30 post offices daily, could affect the timeliness of mail delivery to the area. Senator Mike Crapo said, â??Twin Falls is a leader in economic development in the state and closing this center could hinder that progress. Government should be doing all it can to help foster economic growth rather than hindering it. Not only does this center provide efficient mail delivery, but it does its part in allowing area post offices to provide quality service to customers in the Magic valley.â??Senator Larry Craig said, â??The Magic Valley is one of the fastest-growing regions in Idaho, so the need for high-quality mail services will only increase in the future. Moving the Twin Falls processing operation to Boise would be very shortsighted and a big blow to the area economy. We want to ensure the Postal Service recognizes that and considers some alternatives.â??Congressman Mike Simpson said, "It is my hope that the United States Postal Service will listen to our request and keep the Twin Falls Pioneer Station open. The station provides a service that is imperative to residents, not only in Twin Falls, but to all of the surrounding rural areas in the Magic Valley."