Amid reports of delays, USPS in Missoula says it is facing staffing challenges

Some Missoula residents are noticing more frequent days of missed mail service while the U.S. Postal Service acknowledges it is facing staffing and hiring challenges nationwide and has multiple job openings in Missoula.

Three city residents recently separately told the Missoulian that they’ve noticed an uptick in days where they don’t get mail or their outgoing mail isn’t picked up by a carrier.

“In the last year mail delivery has gone from six days a week to highly sporadic,” explained Missoula resident Lorena Hillis.

Rolf Tandberg, another Missoula resident, said the Postal Service hasn’t picked up mail from his box, with the flag up, for several days.

Bill Murray, who lives in the Rattlesnake, said he’s been getting his newspaper (which is delivered by the USPS) two or three days late sometimes, which indicates that all his mail is getting delayed.

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“It’s weird,” he said. “There’s no predictability.” 

Missoula is having an all-mail municipal election coming up on Nov. 7 that is open to all registered voters living within city limits. Because polling places won’t be open, voters must either mail their ballots to the Missoula County Elections Center in time for

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