LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s U.S. senators are expressing concern about the Postal Service’s plans to reduce hours at thousands of postal facilities across the United States, including nearly 150 in New Mexico.
Hours are already being reduced at some post offices, some to only two hours a day, to save hundreds of millions of dollars annually, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.
Senators Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall said in an Aug. 4 letter to Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe that they were pleased the Postal Service reconsidered its original plan to close 3,700 post offices nationwide, including more than 50 in New Mexico.
But the New Mexico Democrats said reduced service hours are troubling to many constituents, especially in rural areas where post offices are many miles apart.
The senators also expressed concern about employees who might lose full-time employment.
Rio Arriba County in northern New Mexico would have the most affected locations in the state at 15. Other New Mexico counties with numerous affected offices include Taos, San Miguel, Mora, Lincoln, Cibola and Grant.
“It’ll be more inconvenient, especially for business people or people who are employed full-time,” Ken McLeod said while stopping at the Organ post office to buy stamps and mail letters. “… For old people like myself, we’ll just make do.”