UPDATED 11:45 Dec. 6:
After a conversation Tuesday with USPS District spokesman Ernie Swanson, we'll now add these details to the story:
- In addition to possible western Montana processing center closures, USPS sites in Pasco and Wenatchee that might close would also affect Spokane's processing center headcount. No firm numbers are being discussed, and it's not certain any of those four sites (Kalispel, Missoula, Pasco and Wenatchee) will be closed.
- Any closures won't happen until mid to late 2012, Swanson said. Decisions will be made around March 2012. Any closures would take a few months to plan and execute, he said.
Postal officials say the closure of two Montana mail processing centers could add jobs to the Spokane processing center, on the city's West Plains.
No decisions have been made about any closing of post offices or processing centers. The discussion has started getting more focused as U.S. Postal Service officials are hosting meetings with communities that are on the possible-closure list.