Top postalnews.com stories of the week July 7-13

  1. Department of Labor sues to throw out New Hampshire APWU local election results 
  2. Trona, California post office closed temporarily due to earthquake damage 
  3. Police escort coming for mail delivery to Athens GA apartment complex 
  4. Staying competitive: PMG Brennan updates employees on business 
  5. Global postal industry shows solid growth trend for full year 2018 
  6. Woodstock 50th Anniversary Forever Stamps to be issued August 8 
  7. Mississippi Postal Worker Sentenced for Mail Theft 
  8. Authorities investigating community mailbox explosion in Shawnee, Kansas 
  9. Arkansas postal uniform maker sentenced to two years in prison for failure to pay employee payroll taxes 
  10. Pair arrested for stealing mail in Pennsylvania town 

Trona, California post office closed temporarily due to earthquake damage

TRONA, CA —The Trona Post Office located at 82905 Searless Street, Trona, CA 93562, has been temporarily closed due to earthquake damage to the building structure.

Until further notice, Trona postal customers can retrieve their P.O. Box mail and obtain retail services at Ridgecrest Post Office located at 101 E. Coso Avenue, Ridgecrest, CA 93555. All other mail is being delivered. Hours: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

Postal customers can also take advantage of USPS Change of Address for temporary moves if customers are unable to come to the Ridgecrest Post Office to obtain their mail. Information about this service can be found here.

Customers are reminded to bring proper photo ID in order to make mail and package pickups.

We apologize for this inconvenience to our customers and hope to have this office reopened and fully operational again as soon as possible.

Woodstock 50th Anniversary Forever Stamps to be issued August 8

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing Woodstock Forever stamps in observance of the 50th anniversary of the most famous rock festival in history.

News of the stamp is being shared on social media using the hashtags #WoodstockStamps and #PeaceForeverStamps.

The first day of issue ceremony will take place Thursday, Aug. 8 at 11 a.m. at the “Play it Loud: Instruments of Rock & Roll” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, at 1000 5th Ave, New York, NY 10028

The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was held in the small farming community of Bethel, NY, in August 1969. Approximately 500,000 members of the “Woodstock Generation,” a term later used in reference to young people of the time, convened to promote peace and love through music.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp artwork which features an image of a dove along with the words “3 Days of Peace and Music,” evocative of the original 1969 promotional poster for the festival.

In the stamp art, the words are stacked in the background in brilliant colors along with the year 1969, USA and Forever (the value of the stamp). The white dove stands in the foreground.

The stamps will be available for purchase Aug. 8. Pre-orders for the Woodstock Forever stamps can be reserved through The Postal Store at usps.com/shop.

Mississippi Postal Worker Sentenced for Mail Theft

Jackson, Miss. – Calvin Taylor, 51, of Yazoo City, was sentenced today by U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves to 48 months of supervised probation for embezzling parcels of mail during the course of his employment with the U.S. Postal Service, announced U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst and Special Agent in Charge Christopher Cave with the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General, Southern Area Field Office. Taylor was also ordered to pay a $2,000 fine.

On April 4, 2018, Postal Service Office of Inspector General special agents arrested Taylor after an investigation revealed him purposefully failing to deliver parcels of mail and stealing articles of clothing and shoes from the undelivered parcels.

On January 8, 2019, Taylor was charged in a federal indictment for theft of mail while a postal employee. He pled guilty before Judge Reeves on March 22, 2019.

This case was investigated by the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Bert Carraway.