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USPS cancels plans to close downtown Santa Fe PO

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and U.S. Representative Ben Ray Luján welcomed news that the U.S. Postal Service has agreed to shelve a proposal to move out of downtown Santa Fe and instead keep the post office at its current site on Federal Place.

Udall, Heinrich and Luján have been instrumental in working to keep the downtown post office open after questions were raised of the Postal Service and the General Services Agency (GSA) about whether a move out of the building would save money and meet the needs of the community. Located across the street from City Hall, the Federal Place building is an important anchor for downtown. Read More

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Postal frustration lingers for residents of KS town without post office

EDWARDSVILLE, Kan. — The best way to describe postal service in Edwardsville, Kansas, is a “total mess,” says Ceila Mohler. She lives at the Edwardsville Village Mobile Home Park.

The city’s post office has been out of commission since March 11 when a car rammed into the back of it. FOX 4 Problem Solvers first met with frustrated residents at the mobile home park nearly a month ago. They’ve been driving 20 miles round-trip to a post office in Kansas City, Kan. to collect their mail. There is no direct service to their homes.

Now, nearly a month later, the problem still hasn’t been solved for the nearly 600 people who live in the mobile home park. Plus the price of gas keeps going up, making that 20-mile trip to the post office even more painful.

Read more: Postal frustration lingers for residents of KS town without office | fox4kc.com.

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Video: Post Office Hour Cuts Upset A Growing North Dakota Town

It is about to get tricky for customers in Horace to mail their packages and get stamps. Their post office retail window will go from being open 8 hours a day to only being open for 6 hours a day. It’s part of a bigger trend that’s been happening in rural towns across the country.

The Horace post office serves the communities of Oxbow, Wildrice, and Hickson or about 1,400 people and some of these communities are on the grow. That is why the group "Concerned Citizens of 58047" are upset that their post office will be reducing their hours this year.

"The big slogan in town is invest in the valley, invest in your community. We believe it strongly, the post office is a big facet to what we do with our business. We need the availability to go there during business hours," says John Koerselman, a business owner in Horace.

Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks

Read more: Post Office Hour Cuts Upset A Growing Town – Valley News Live – KVLY/KXJB – Fargo/Grand Forks.

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USPS “blatantly” ignored the law by trying to sell Bronx PO

nattrustIn a letter to the editor of the New York Times, David J. Brown, Executive Vice President of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, accused the US Postal Service of “blatantly ignoring” Congress and the President in going ahead with the sale of the historic Bronx NY Post Office:

The House Appropriations Committee included language in the federal appropriations bill that was signed into law by President Obama in January urging the United States Postal Service to place a moratorium on the sale of its properties. By moving ahead with the Bronx post office sale — and the sale of other historic post offices across the country — the Postal Service is blatantly ignoring this recommendation.

Though nonbinding, the appropriations bill clearly indicates Congress’s intention that the Postal Service call off all sales of post offices until the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation and the Postal Service’s own Office of Inspector General can evaluate the Postal Service’s current process for transferring ownership of its buildings. Despite repeated requests from elected officials, preservation groups and local citizens, the Postal Service has not come forth with a clear and consistent process for selling properties that it no longer needs.

Read more: Endangered Post Offices, on Main Street, U.S.A. – NYTimes.com.

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Connecticut town’s only post office closes without any advance notice

salem2Customers often complain that the USPS process for closing post offices is just a formality- once the USPS decides to close a PO, it’s pretty much a done deal, regardless of customer feedback and public meetings. But what if you’re one of the growing number of customers served by a contract station? If you live in Salem CT, the “process” consisted of a sign on the door one morning saying that the office was closed:

Salem – When residents arrived at the town’s only post office to mail packages Thursday morning, they were greeted by a sign on the business’s door announcing that it had been permanently closed.

Salem has no official post office, and residents relied on a Contract Postal Unit operated by the Four Corners Country Deli. But when the deli closed, apparently unexpectedly on Wednesday, so did the postal unit.

The 46 residents with P.O. boxes will have to pick up their mail at the Colchester post office for now, said U.S. Postal Service spokesman Christine Dugas. And all residents will have to go out of town to mail a package or use other postal services.

Read more: The Day – Customers surprised to find Salem post office out of business | News from southeastern Connecticut.