COLORADO CITY — Colorado City residents must travel 50 miles round trip to the main Pueblo Post Office on Fortino Street just to receive their mail.
Ron Foss lives in Colorado City and made the trip to Pueblo this afternoon.
“It’s very inconvenient, it’s not a short drive. With oil prices and gasoline prices the way they are, it’s not cheap,” Foss said.
This is the third time since 2019 that this has happened.
Colorado City had a stable postmaster for at least a decade, but he left a few years ago. Since then they have had three postmasters and several building changes.
The last post-master resigned after only a month in office. Terry Kraus, owner of the local newspaper, the Greenhorn Valley View, says that’s what triggered the current shutdown.
Kraus says the postmasters all left due to work issues with the U.S. Postal Service, so he thinks that’s a bigger issue.
“We believe the fault is at the district level of the United States Postal Service,” Kraus said.
The issue caused a problem for community members. Kraus says people in the area are frustrated with this common phenomenon and want solutions.
“It should just be a right for everyone to get good postal service,” Kraus said.
Vulnerable members of the community are particularly disadvantaged. The area is made up of an older population and older people are impacted by this journey.
For those who cannot easily get to Pueblo, a solution was in order. SRDA Transport Operations Manager George Chintala says a service could benefit this group.
“Being able to have access to get into town to get to the post office themselves will help a lot,” Chintala said.
The SRDA has created a temporary solution that may help. A new shuttle service will start this Saturday or next Saturday. He’ll pick people up at the Colorado City pool at 10:00 a.m., get off at Pueblo, and return around noon.
They already had a shuttle available on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays through apps for other resources and calling their drivers, so Chintala says they felt they could help.
The service only has ten places per day, so it will be first come, first served.
This is a temporary fix until the issues are resolved at the Colorado City Post Office. Ross hopes it can be done soon.
“We would just like to have something in Colorado City that we can rely on,” Ross said.
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