Three small post offices in this area are on the list of nearly 3,700 that are being identified for possible closure by the U. S. Postal Service, as the mail delivery agency looks for ways to cut costs. On the list for possible closures are the post offices in Skamakowa, Ariel and Oysterville. Yesterday, the Postal Service announced that they were looking at closing a number of “retail outlets,” mostly small facilities that receive little foot traffic. Iin a statement issued yesterday, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe says that customer habits now show that they no longer require a “physical post office” to conduct business; he says that the Postal Service will become “smaller, leaner and more competitive” in its efforts to drive commerce, serve communities and deliver value. Communities that lose post offices will have the opportunity to have “Village Post Offices,” facilities that would operate inside other retail outlets like a grocery store or a pharmacy. The Postal Service is now conducting a study of which offices to close, and will be making those decisions over the next year.