Idaho delegation gets reversal on backcountry mail delivery decision

Washington, DC – Mail delivery will continue for residents of Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness, Idaho’s Congressional Delegation announced today.  U.S. Postmaster General John Potter, in separate letters today to Senators Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and Representative Walt Minnick, reversed an earlier decision to cancel the contract for backcountry mail delivery.  Potter indicated that acceptable service to backcountry customers could not be achieved in any other fashion other than continuing an air mail contract with Arnold Aviation to deliver the mail.  Ray and Carol Arnold, of Cascade, have been delivering mail by air to the wilderness area for 34 years.
 
“This is great news for Idahoans who treasure our backcountry, the way of life this mail service represents and the lifeline this service provides to remote sections of Central Idaho,” said Representative Minnick.  “When my friend Ray Arnold first informed me of the Postal Service decision to cut his route, I made it a priority to explain to USPS officials exactly why this service is important to the First Congressional District. I want to thank my fellow members of the delegation for doing the same, and I want to thank the Postmaster General for reviewing and reversing the decision.”
 
“I am greatly relieved,” said Carol Arnold.  “This reaffirms my faith in our Congresspeople!” 
 
Approximately 20 families in Idaho’s backcountry could have lost mail, and accompanying food and medical supplies, had the contract for service stopped at the end of
June. 

Click here to see a copy of the letter from the postmaster.

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