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First ballots mailed for Spokane County general election Nov. 5

A total of about 330,000 ballots will be mailed to voters throughout Spokane County this week, ahead of a Nov. 5 election that will see several city hall, school board …

Postal service returning decade-old stolen Hawaii mail

The U.S. Postal Service says it has found mail stolen in Hawaii more than a decade ago.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019

Supreme Court to hear undeliverable mail case

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will consider whether the U.S. Postal Service can invalidate Mitch Hungerpiller’s patented process for handling undeliverable mail.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 28, 2018

Captain and postman: On the water with the Lake Pend Oreille mailboat

As Lake Pend Oreille’s designated mail carrier – the latest in a line going back to the late 1930s – traveling from one place to another is pretty much Captain …

Officials: Handful of Spokane County ballots wrongly marked return to sender due to equipment error

Eight ballots were scanned incorrectly and marked to return to their point of origin by postal service equipment in Spokane County, according to officials. Six of those have already been …

Probe: Chinese opioid sellers exploit US postal service flaw

Congressional investigators said Wednesday that Chinese opioid manufacturers are exploiting weak screening at the U.S. Postal Service to ship large quantities of illegal drugs to American dealers.

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 9, 2017

Postal Service may get more freedom to raise stamp prices

Regulators appear likely to accept the financially beleaguered Postal Service’s request for more freedom to raise the price of mailing letters. It would be the biggest change in the Postal …

Postal Service, citing losses, seeks higher stamp prices

The U.S. Postal Service is hoping it can soon raise stamp prices by a penny or more.

Woman arrested on charges of receiving meth in the mail

An Idaho County woman has been charged receiving methamphetamine through the mail.

Thieves stealing Christmas mail in North Idaho

Idaho State Police and local authorities are investigating a string of mail thefts in three North Idaho counties.

Oops! UPS delivers assault rifle instead of toy for Christmas gift

A New York couple was horrified when a UPS delivery that they thought was a Christmas present turned out to be an assault rifle.

Mail-in ballots in three Washington counties need more than 1 stamp

Extra-long ballots in three Washington counties mean it will take more than a single stamp for some voters to mail in their votes this year.

Postal Service shows profit during year-end holiday season

A strong holiday shipping season and a couple of favorable economic situations have temporarily turned around the financial fortunes of the Postal Service.

Suspected P.O. box thief arrested

Bart Bonebright, 27, was booked into Spokane County Jail on drug charges, though investigators suspect his involvement in a string of P.O. box-thefts at a Moran Prairie Post Office.

Sheriff’s deputies arrest four who allegedly stole Christmas mail

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said it arrested four suspects in the past week thought to have stolen mail and packages sent through the U.S. Postal Service. Two of the …

Saturday mail delivery on cut list

WASHINGTON – Saturday mail may soon go the way of the Pony Express and penny postcards. The Postal Service said Wednesday that it plans to cut back to five-day-a-week deliveries …

Spokane mail processing consolidation made official

Mail processing operations in Pasco, Yakima and Wenatchee will move to Spokane’s processing center on the West Plains, the U.S. Postal Service said today.

Postal Service to delay cutbacks until mid-May

The U.S. Postal Service on Tuesday agreed to delay the closing of 252 mail processing centers and 3,700 local post offices until mid-May.

Mail delivery on Altamont gets blocked by parked cars

Pam Danner is tired of not getting her mail. She has lived on North Altamont Street, just west of Arlington Elementary School, since the mid-’90s and for about as long …

USPS: Montana mail could be sorted in Spokane

The Postal Service says it plans to study the possible closure of 252 mail processing facilities nationwide, including four in Montana, as it continues to try to cut costs.

Postcard-only policy at jail ends

A postcards-only policy for mail to Spokane County jail inmates has been lifted. Envelopes are OK again. Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich said the change took effect this week when a federal …

Gregoire’s office says state workers can open mail

Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office has cleared workers in state offices to open mail, one day after ordering them to stop after fiery packages were sent to Maryland state offices.

Post office announces 2-cent rate increase

The post office wants to increase the price of a stamp by 2 cents to 46 cents starting in January. The agency has been battered by massive losses and declining …

Post office is a miracle at your door

The mail (aka the post office, aka the U.S. Postal Service, aka U.S.P.S.) hasn’t been getting a lot of love lately. People refer to it, rudely, as snail mail.

Postal Service’s emerging model: Never on Saturday

The post office is renewing its drive to drop Saturday delivery — and plans a rate increase — in an effort to fend off a projected $7 billion loss this …

No increase planned for first-class postage

The price of first-class stamps will not go up next year. The Postal Service has been implementing rate increases annually in recent years, with increases announced in January to take …

First-class stamps rise 2 cents

The post office wants two more pennies for your thoughts. The price of a first-class stamp for mailing a letter — or paying a bill — climbed to 44 cents …

Stock up now — stamp price to rise in May

The price of a first-class stamp is set to jump again next month, meaning you might want to stock up on Forever stamps now.

Postal chief: Post office running out of money

The post office will run out of money this year unless it gets help, Postmaster General John Potter told Congress on Wednesday as he sought permission to cut delivery to …

Postal worker saves elderly woman in Coeur d’Alene

It was a gut thing. When Isaac Fish stamped through the snow to the home of a senior citizen on Tuesday, everything seemed normal. But when the postal carrier flipped …