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Lawmakers urge USPS to maintain permanent post office in Pie Town

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U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, and U.S. Representative Steve Pearce sent a letter to Postmaster General Megan Brennan to express concerns with the temporary suspension of operations at the post office in Pie Town, N.M. and urged the United States Postal Service (USPS) to keep a permanent post office open in Pie Town.

The USPS recently announced that beginning at close of business April 27, operations at the Pie Town Post Office will be temporarily suspended due to the condition of the building.

“Residents across rural New Mexico, including Pie Town, rely on the post office to obtain needed medications, time-sensitive bills, and legal notices, among other pieces of mail and parcels. It is crucial that all New Mexicans have reliable and local access to the services of the USPS,” wrote the lawmakers. “Pie Town is a historic community in New Mexico named after a bakery established in the early 1920s and is celebrated for its annual Pie Festival. Its local economy relies significantly on tourism and sending post cards from the Pie Town Post Office is an important part of that experience.

“Further, the Pie Town Post Office is of particular importance to Continental Divide Trail hikers, who routinely use the post office to receive critical supplies while contributing to the Pie Town economy. A permanent post office in Pie Town is essential for both residents and tourists.”

The USPS plans to install centralized mailboxes in Pie Town for Post Office Box customers while it works to relocate into a modular building. However, until these centralized mailboxes are installed, these customers will have to pick up their mail at the Datil Post Office, which is a more than 40-mile round trip from Pie Town.

In their letter, the lawmakers urged the USPS to install centralized mailboxes in a timely manner to alleviate any hardship for Pie Town residents and address additional questions regarding the temporary suspension.

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