The U.S. Postal Service says mail processing in Missoula and Kalispell could move to Spokane if those two operations are part of 252 processing centers nationwide that could be closed in cost-cutting measures.
A USPS study released Thursday said the centers or facilities that could close include eight in Washington; they’re in Pasco, Wenatchee, Olympia, Tacoma, Everett, Kent and two in the Seattle area. Oregon might lose five centers; one facility in Pocatello, Idaho, is also on the study list.
Spokane's airport processing facility is not targeted. However, its historic Riverside Avenue station will close next year and be relocated downtown. The agency is also trying to sublease 24,000 square feet of a downtown Spokane building formerly used by the now-closed Spokane postal district.
It's costing $490,000 per year to pay for that vacant office building.
Nationwide, another 3,500 post offices or stations are also facing possible closure as the agency faces losses this year approaching a staggering $10 billion.
Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe has also said the service may cut 120,000 jobs nationwide.