Canceling post offices |

Canceling post offices


First it was the Copper post office. Now it is Keystone’s. In both cases, publicly traded resort companies trying to rip and tear at every possible expense decided a full-service post office was too expensive for their tastes.Copper’s post office survived, but no longer as a full-service facility. Keystone’s looks like it is going down the tubes all together for the lack of the community coming up with $20,000 a year for a subsidy to add to Vail Resorts’.In the early years of each unincorporated resort, the resort companies supported a post office as a community service and for the fact it gave the start-from-nothing places an identity.And as humans would have it, the post offices became places to meet, greet and catch up with local news. In short, post offices help create a sense of community, wherever they are.But as of July 27, Keystone’s post office will be no more. Keystone businessman Gary Miller and potentially the Keystone Neighborhood Company plan to step into the breach with satellite post office box operations, but the official Keystone full-service post office will be in Dillon.It is one more sign that times have changed in how resort companies think. In the meantime, look at it this way: Dillon’s beleaguered downtown now faces the prospect of up to 750 or more people cruising into the town’s core area to the post office.

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