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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, 12:24 p.m.

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, 3 p.m.

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 …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018, 9:11 p.m.

Spokane County detectives say suspect posed as eBay car seller to scam Netherlands man out of $3,000

Spokane County sheriff’s detectives recently arrested a man suspected of scamming people by posing as the owner of a classic car on eBay. Samuel E. Richardson, 40, successfully ripped off …


Postal Service proposes 5 cent increase to first-class stamp

The U.S. Postal Service is seeking to increase the price of its first-class stamp by 5 cents to 55 cents to help stem its mounting red ink.


UPDATED: Sat., July 7, 2018, 4:40 p.m.

USPS must pay $3.5 million after confusing Statue of Liberty with ‘sexier’ Las Vegas replica

They sounded like one of those perfect romantic odd couples at first – the kind you can’t understand how they even hooked up, but they seem so great for each …


UPDATED: Fri., April 13, 2018, 8:38 a.m.

Trump convenes task force to study U.S. Postal Service

After weeks of railing against online shopping giant Amazon, President Donald Trump signed an executive order Thursday creating a task force to study the United States Postal Service.


UPDATED: Fri., April 6, 2018, 8:35 p.m.

Feds seizing Backpage.com, websites in enforcement action

The website Backpage.com was taken down Friday and seized by federal law enforcement authorities, according to a notice posted online.


UPDATED: Sat., March 31, 2018, 8:54 a.m.

Trump goes after Amazon – again – over postal delivery

President Donald Trump is again attacking online retailer Amazon.com, calling its business deal with the U.S. Postal Service to deliver packages a money-losing agreement that hurts U.S. taxpayers. Federal regulators, …


UPDATED: Fri., March 23, 2018, 11:39 a.m.

U.S. Postal Service unveils Mister Rogers postage stamp

The U.S. Postal Service on Friday released a stamp featuring Fred Rogers, the gentle TV host who entertained and educated generations of preschoolers on “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.”


Postal worker killed outside Atlanta; witness heard 4 shots

A female postal worker was fatally shot outside Atlanta and the suspect was still at large, authorities said.


Online retailers like Amazon driving record holiday deliveries

Parcel delivery services expect to deliver a record number of packages this holiday season as Amazon.com and other e-commerce players are busier than ever. And so far, an expert says, …


For Memorial Day, new stamps showing Service Cross Medals

The U.S. Postal Service is marking Memorial Day by issuing new stamps showing the Service Cross Medals. They are among the nation’s highest military honors.


Sunday mail delivery helped clear storm-caused backlog

Postal carriers worked Sunday in Spokane to clear a backlog of mail after winds and rain damaged a U.S. Postal Service mail storage facility last week.


Postal Service tallies $5.1B loss in 2015 budget year

The Postal Service on Friday reported a $5.1 billion loss for the just-completed 2015 fiscal cycle – but that’s a slight improvement over last year.


Careywood, Idaho, residents fight for local post office

Carrie Bartelt greets each customer by name when they open the squeaky door to the modest post office in Careywood, an unincorporated community between Coeur d’Alene and Sandpoint. People know …


Thieves steal gifts off family’s front porch

Siobhan Provolt was at home with her young children one recent afternoon when her 3-year-old told her some boys were at the front door. Provolt looked out an upstairs window …


UPDATED: Wed., July 30, 2014, 10:44 a.m.

Spokane USPS probe of possible mail theft may affect 1,000 residents

Investigators say the possible theft or confiscation of mail affects 1,000 South Hill Spokane residents.


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.


Tests being developed to aid ricin, toxin investigations

As federal prosecutors build a case against a Spokane man charged with sending ricin-laced letters to the president, the CIA, a federal judge and Fairchild Air Force Base, one of …


Ricin-laced letters intercepted at postal facility

Two ricin-laced letters were seized this week at a postal facility in Spokane – one addressed to a federal judge and another to the Spokane post office, postal officials have …


Farewell tour

Kevin O’Grady was the kind of guy who was never late. “If he told you he’d pick you up at 5 o’clock, he’d get there by 4:59,” the Air Force …


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 Postmaster Fairlee stays true to USPS mission

Karen Fairlee’s childhood exposure to mail delivery was enough to dissuade most sensible people from considering a career with the U.S. Postal Service. “I grew up in Billings, Mont., where …


Sterling to consolidate in Crescent Court space

Sterling Savings Bank will take over the vacant sixth floor of the downtown Spokane Crescent Court office building next month. Sterling will use the space to consolidate some of its …


Sterling Savings leases floor in Crescent Court

Sterling Savings Bank will take over the vacant sixth floor of the downtown Spokane Crescent Court office building next month.


Spokane postal worker rally spotlights cuts

Area post office workers will hold a rally today in downtown Spokane, protesting planned cuts they say will degrade mail service. The rally, organized by the American Postal Workers Union, …


Spokane’s mail processing center spared from closure list

Spokane’s mail processing center will be spared, and also could begin sorting mail from the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and western Montana under a budget-cutting consolidation plan, according to the U.S. Postal …


Historic post office to stay

Postal Service officials have changed their minds and will not close the historic downtown Spokane post office on Riverside Avenue. Spokane Postmaster Karen Fairlee said the decision was made at …