Cassy Peavy, who runs the Post Office in tiny Meyers Chuck, AK, skiffs home. Image: NPR
Meyers Chuck is having a moment.
The tiny Alaska town — and its Post Office, which plays a central role in residents’ lives — was the subject of a recent NPR report.
While on assignment in the state, Melissa Block, an NPR special correspondent, noticed Meyers Chuck on a map. The town was shown as a dot.
“Something about that name caught my imagination and wouldn’t let go,” Block told listeners.
Meyers Chuck is only accessible by air and water, so Block and her producer hitched a ride on a mail plane that makes weekly visits to the office run by contract Postmaster Cassy Peavy.
For 15 years, Peavy has overseen the Post Office’s 18 mailboxes and 2-20 customers.
On Wednesdays, Meyers Chuck residents visit the single-room Post Office, collect their mail and catch up with neighbors over coffee and treats that Peavy bakes herself.
“[It’s a] pretty quiet place here,” she said.
The NPR report is part of "Our Land," a series that shows how residents’ identities are shaped by where they live.
In Meyers Chuck, Peavy and the Post Office play a big role: The next closest town to pick up mail is 11 miles away by boat.
“I’m pretty much the boss,” she joked.