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Idaho Post Offices prepared for avalanche of holiday cards, packages

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The United States Postal Service is prepping for the holiday rush by extending weekend hours in December.

 POCATELLO, Idaho (KIFI/KIDK) - The Pocatello Post Office is one of seven in southern Idaho that will extend its weekend hours for the busy season.

The Pocatello office will be open from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays and will open a dutch door from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sundays for customers to pick up mail that couldn't be delivered on the first attempt.

Locations with Extended Saturday Retail Hours:

  • Boise Main 770 S. 13th St. – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Boise Five Mile 1350 S. Five Mile Rd. – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Caldwell 832 Arthur St. – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Meridian 1200 N. Main St. – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Pocatello Main 730 E. Clark St. – 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Twin Falls Pioneer 1376 Fillmore St. – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Nampa Post Office 123 11th Ave S – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (Nampa Sunday Dutch Door Package Pick up will be available at the Nampa Carrier Annex 820 Park Centre Way – 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Sunday before Christmas)
  • Dutch-door package pick up service every Sunday before Christmas from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at same 7 locations.

“We prepare all year for the holidays. It’s our season, and we’re ready to deliver for our customers,” said USPS District Manager Laura Hubrich.

Idaho has hired more than 100 employees to prepare for the huge amount of holiday mail.

Idaho USPS also expanded the delivery windows to 7 days a week and in the early mornings and evenings.

“Our goal is to provide excellent service and ensure all those holiday cards and packages are delivered in time,” said Hubrich, who advised customers to mail early and conveniently this holiday season.

The USPS expects to deliver 800 million packages between Thanksgiving and News Year's Day.

The peak of busy season happens during the two weeks before Christmas, especially the week of Dec. 16-21.

Holiday Military Shipping Deadlines

  • Dec. 9 – Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to Military addresses in Iraq and Afghanistan 
  • Dec. 11 – Priority Mail and First-Class Mail to all other Military addresses
  • Dec. 18 – USPS Priority Mail Express to Military Addresses (except Iraq and Afghanistan)

International Shipping Deadlines

  • Nov. 30 – Priority Mail International to Africa, Central and South America
  • Dec. 7 – Priority Mail International to all other countries
  • Dec. 7 – Priority Mail Express International to Africa, Central and South America
  • Dec. 14 – Priority Mail Express International to all other countries
  • Dec. 18 to 19 – Global Express Guaranteed depending on country

Domestic Shipping Deadlines

  • Dec. 14 – USPS Retail Ground
  • Dec. 20 – First-Class Mail and packages
  • Dec. 21 – Priority Mail
  • Dec. 23 – Priority Mail Express
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Emma Iannacone

Emma Iannacone

Emma is a reporter for Local News 8 and KIDK Eyewitness News 3.


1 Comment

  1. Maybe the postal service can provide some basic training to its letter carriers. Just matching the house numbers on a piece of mail to the numbers on a mailbox or house would be a good start. The incompetence that I’ve seen since moving here is astounding.

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