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Post Office, federal agencies closed to honor H.W. Bush

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Federal agencies across the nation and in Glenwood Springs will be closed Wednesday out of respect to President George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the U.S., who died Friday night in Texas and will be honored in a state funeral.

The Postal Service announced Monday that it will suspend regular delivery of personal and business mail Wednesday, but will continue certain parcel deliveries to avoid backlogging the system.

"We will provide limited package delivery service on that day to ensure that our network remains fluid and we do not experience any impacts to our package delivery operations that might negatively affect our customers or business partners during the remainder of our busy holiday season," the USPS said in a statement.

The White River National Forest's offices and ranger stations will be closed for the day as well. The National Forest requests that anyone visiting public lands follow the leave-no-trace practices of planning ahead, camping on durable services, disposing properly of waste, minimizing impacts of campfires, respecting wildlife, and being considerate of visitors.

The Bureau of Land Management's Colorado River Valley Field Office in Silt will also be closed. The offices will reopen Thursday with normal operating hours.

State and local agencies like the Division of Motor Vehicles and Garfield County administrative offices will be open.

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President Donald Trump designated Dec. 5, 2018 as a National Day of Mourning in remembrance the former president. Federal agencies will be closed Wednesday, as Bush will be transported from the Capitol Rotunda to the National Cathedral for a state funeral, before being flown to Houston, Texas, for a private funeral and interment, according to the Associated Press.