Neither rain, nor snow, nor budget cuts...

06/2/2009 | NYTimes.com

A change of heart by the U.S. Postal Service means that a few residents scattered throughout a remote section of rural Idaho will continue to see Ray Arnold every Wednesday, just as they have for 34 years. The 72-year-old pilot and mailman uses a Cessna 185 to deliver letters and packages in a region so inhospitable that surface delivery is impossible. To residents, Arnold is more than just a mailman. "There's a tremendous community among the people in this canyon," says rancher Doug Tims, adding that Arnold is "the thread that ties it all together."

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