Beaverton residents frustrated with new zip code

Beaverton residents frustrated with new zip code

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by Erica Heartquist, KGW Staff

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Posted on July 16, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Updated Friday, Jul 18 at 7:51 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- What's a few numbers? For many of you in Washington County, the devil's in the details.

A recent zip code change has been quite the inconvenience and you contacted KGW to let us know.

"Signing up for anything that requires your address. Every time I did that, it would say, 'Invalid address,'" said Beaverton resident Noell Martinez.  

Martinez orders and sells a lot of stuff online. She basically does everything from her computer.

Back in May, she contacted KGW after receiving notice from the post office that her zip code would be changing. She worried it would be a headache.

On Wednesday, we checked in with her.

"It's a headache but I'm sure I'm not the only one," she said.

Martinez said trying to make online purchases, use eBay, PayPal or order from Amazon has all been frustrating because half the time the new zip code comes back with an error.

"There's going to be a bit of a hassle," said Ken Westin, technology expert at Tripwire in downtown Portland.

"It's probably going to happen for at least a few months. Some of the bigger retailers are going to update that pretty quickly, other ones like more mom-and pop-shops that may have some sort of home-grown e-commerce, it's going to take them longer," he said.

"It looked a little like a jig-saw puzzle," said Barbara Kerr, spokeswoman for the Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon, after she saw the zip-code zoning map.

"This is home to long-term nursing care, skill care and memory care. It has been and remains in zip code 97007. But everything else that you see on the sisters' campus, their convent, Valley Catholic School is now supposed to be in 97078. Imagine if you were notified that your home was going to be divided into two zip codes, it would cause a lot of difficulties," said Kerr.

Kerr said the Sisters of Saint Mary of Oregon Ministries plan to meet with the Beaverton Post Office next week to sort it all out and hopes that it was probably just an oversight that can be fixed.

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