The United States Postal Service is suspending operations Wednesday in remembrance of former President George H.W. Bush. The shutdown means post offices will close and not deliver mail that day.
The Hermiston Herald, East Oregonian and other newspapers rely on the Postal Service for delivery to subscribers. As a result, the Dec. 5 edition of the Hermiston Herald will not be mailed until Thursday. The paper will be available on newsstands and at our offices Wednesday, however, and all of the news in the edition will be available for free online at www.hermistonherald.com.
Bush died Friday at the age of 94. President Donald Trump signed an executive order Saturday directing federal departments and agencies to close Wednesday “as a mark of respect for George Herbert Walker Bush, the forty-first President of the United States.”
The Postal Service on Monday announced it would “suspend regular mail deliveries, retail services and administrative office activity” out of respect for Bush’s “vast contributions to our country” and because of the proclamation.
Kerry Schwartz, postmaster in Pendleton said this was a national day of mourning. She referred questions to Postal Service’s communications office, where Rod Spurgeon stated, “Regular mail deliveries, retail services, and administrative activity are suspended on Dec. 5,” and provided the corporation’s statement.
The National Newspaper Association reported the Postal Service confirmed it would not deliver regular mail, but it will deliver Priority Mail Express Mail and operate “limited package delivery consistent with our Peak Season Sunday schedule.” The Postal Service’s call center will remain open but may have fewer staff.
The Umatilla National Forest and Malheur National Forest also announced closing their offices Wednesday, along with the Walla Walla District. of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
Trading on the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq will be suspended, as it has been in honor of other past presidents who have died.