COLORADO CITY, Colo. (KRDO) -- For the third time since 2019, the residents of Colorado City don't have access to the United States Postal Service (USPS) in their own community.
City officials told 13 Investigates that an agreement between a contracted employee and USPS ended on July 30, 2022. Since then, residents have to drive to the north side post office in Pueblo to pick up their mail. That's roughly a half-hour drive from Colorado City.
This isn't the first time the town of more than 2,600 went without access to the USPS. In the summer of 2019, Colorado City's post office shut down.
For roughly a month, residents were forced to travel to Pueblo if they wanted to get their mail. The United States Postal Service did step in and announced a bakery would become the headquarters for the then-new Colorado City post office.
The previous USPS contract holder in Colorado City that operated a post office-bakery hybrid business gave notice to USPS in February that she would relinquish her contract on June 8th.
USPS set up a mobile post office in the Colorado City community to deliver out out of from June 9th to the 15th.
"This ended up being a safety hazard as both customers and our employees were out in the hot June sun," a spokesperson for USPS told 13 Investigates. "We temporarily brought the mail to the Pueblo Main Post Office until the new contract holder was established on July 1st."
A spokesperson for the United States Postal Service says they were notified late last week that the new contract holder in Colorado City "chose to terminate their contract and their responsibility to the local community in operating the Colorado City Post Office."
"Colorado City residence can pick up their mail at the Pueblo Main Post Office 1022 Fortino Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81008 Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. There is a separate retail line for Colorado City residence only. We apologize for this inconvenience. This is only a temporary solution until we can evaluate our options in Colorado City."James Boxrud, United States Postal Service Strategic Communications