Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 7, 2014

Rahall Announces USPS will not change hours at Bluefield Post Office

BLUEFIELD — U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., announced Friday that the hours of operation will not be changing at the Bluefield Federal Street Post Office.

“I appreciate the Postal Service fixing this problem but it should have never happened, and there is no guarantee the Postal Service will not try again to shorten hours,” Rahall said. “I think that such moves are incredibly misguided. Reduced window hours can have a terrible effect on our local economy, hurting our small businesses and inconveniencing our residents. We must stay vigilant in protecting our postal operations and facilities.”

Rahall was informed by constituents about a move by the U.S. Postal Service to reduce the window hours at both the Bluefield Federal Street and East Beckley post offices. After contacting postal officials, he was informed that the Postal Service’s full analysis and approval process had not been followed and some important steps were missed when analyzing adjustments to window hours.

The hours of the Bluefield Federal Street Post Office were proposed to be changed, effective February 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. to 9 a.m. to11 a.m., Monday through Friday.

Rahall said he has been informed that the new shortened hours for the Bluefield Federal Street Post Office will not take effect.

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