Postmaster Apodaca

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U.S. Postal Service officials from throughout the region joined with Sierra County postal workers and community members in applauding the appointment of Martina Apodaca as the 15th Postmaster for the City of Truth or Consequences Friday, February 24. Apodaca was sworn in during a special ceremony at the Date Street post office. On hand to share statements about their experiences with Martina and highlight her dedicated rise through the postal system were, Anthony, New Mexico Postmaster Paul Pantoja and Arizona District Operations Manager Eddie Morgan. Regional Post Office Operations Manager Robert Ponce was also in attendance to welcome participants, share a few words regarding Apodaca’s career and to formally preside over her recitation of the oath of office.

Rural Post Offices Ok, For Now

By Etta Pettijohn | For The SENTINEL

New Mexico lawmakers are applauding the U.S. Postal Service’s (USPS) reversal this week of plans to close rural offices across the state. The financially strapped USPS had announced plans to close four rural offices in Sierra County, including Monticello, Garfield, Derry and Rincon.

At a news briefing May 9, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said the agency has reversed its plan to close up to 3,700 low-revenue offices later this month, citing community opposition, and now plans to decrease staff and maintain a part-time presence in rural areas. The retail office services and private boxes will continue to be available to the public under the new plan.

U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman and Rep. Steve Pearce both promptly issued statements shortly after the announcement.

“Local rural voices across southern New Mexico deserve the credit for holding Washington’s feet to the fire,” said Rep. Pearce. “Closing facilities would have negatively impacted local communities and businesses, and our rural communities should not be saddled with carrying the weight of knee-jerk reactions to systematic mismanagement by…..”