Postal Service saves 20 Oregon post offices

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The U.S. Postal Service's latest proposal to save money removes all 20 rural Oregon post offices from the chopping block, but their hours may be cut back.

That means Oregonians in communities such as Deadwood, Grass Valley, New Pine Creek and Rufus won't have to drive additional miles to get their mail.

The agency had planned to close thousands of post offices with low volumes of business, but it backed down amid opposition from lawmakers and rural communities.

Now the Postal Service says it will hold community meetings to explore options, including keeping post offices open but at reduced hours.

Grass Valley Mayor Neil Pattee said Wednesday that preserving the post office in his town is a life-saver.