|Post Office in Lemitar, NM near Santa Fe|
According to postal officials, the Lemitar Post Office will reduce retail service from eight hours a day to four. The nearby Polvadera Post Office is going from eight hours a day to two. "I think it's sad for our little town, and all the little communities, that they're doing that," said Polvadera resident Julie Vega. Because Vega works a lot in Socorro she said she may not have time to visit the post office during the two-hour span it will be open.
Vega told KOB she is now having packages shipped to where she works instead of having them sent to the post office. "We order a lot of prescription medicines and don't want them sitting at the post office," said Vega.
Postal officials in Albuquerque say cutting hours to rural offices is being done to prevent the closing more than 50 of them statewide. Officials were concerned that closing offices would be inconvenient for many, especially for those who would have to drive to other communities in the winter to pick up mail and conduct other postal business.
The issue is also taking a toll on postmasters. Some are being told in order to keep their benefits they will have to find another full time job within the Postal Service. KOB was told the postmaster in Polvadera had to take a job in Reserve to keep her benefits. Read more