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The Ticonderoga, NY Post Office. Many rural post offices across the North Country may reduce their hours to save money, and Saturday home delivery is also likely to be eliminated. Photo: Linda Osborne via <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/auvet/">Jimmy Emerson</a>, CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
The Ticonderoga, NY Post Office. Many rural post offices across the North Country may reduce their hours to save money, and Saturday home delivery is also likely to be eliminated. Photo: Linda Osborne via Jimmy Emerson, CC some rights reserved

Heard Up North: Tough times at the post office

The US Postal Service lost another $1.3 billion in the last few months of 2012.

As a result, many rural post offices across the North Country are expected to see their hours cut back to half a day, opening from 8 am until noon.

It's also likely that Saturday home delivery will be ended nationwide as part of cost-cutting measures.

In all, the Postal Service plans to cut hours at more than 9,000 rural post office nationwide -- a move that is expected to phase out roughly 21,000 jobs.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens has blasted he move, arguing that families in small towns "depend on" the post office more than residents in urban areas.

In today's Heard Up North, reporter Jon Alexander set out to talk with people about how the cuts in service might affect them.  Go to full article
Plattsburgh mail processing center on Veteran's Lane
Plattsburgh mail processing center on Veteran's Lane

Plattsburgh listed among mail processing closures

The US Postal Service plans to close the Plattsburgh customer service mail processing center on Veteran's Lane, and move its operations to an Albany facility. 55 jobs will be lost.

It's part of a national plan to close processing plants affecting more than 100,000 jobs nation wide. There's no specific date for the Plattsburgh closure yet. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article
The Veteran's Lane mail processing center in Plattsburgh
The Veteran's Lane mail processing center in Plattsburgh

Plattsburgh mail processing center may close

The US Postal Service is in crisis mode, trying to downsize while wrestling with billions of dollars in deficits. Dozens of local post offices have been targeted for possible closure. And as many as 200 mail processing centers around the country may also shut down - including facilities in Plattsburgh, Glens Falls and White River Junction, Vermont. A final decision on their fate has been put off until May, but as Sarah Harris reports, people are already talking about the jobs and the services that may be lost here in the North Country.  Go to full article
This is not like closing a post office in an urban area, where maybe you'll find another post office six blocks away.

Workers rally to save Postal Service

A group of postal workers and retirees rallied outside of Representative Bill Owens's office in Watertown Tuesday, urging him to pass a bill that would help save the Postal Service from its current financial worries. If the bill passes, it could save local post office branches from closing. Joanna Richards was there and has more on the story.  Go to full article
Hailesboro plans to appeal the USPS decision to close their post office
Hailesboro plans to appeal the USPS decision to close their post office

USPS Budget Deficit May Close North Country Post Offices

A dozen post offices in the North Country may close by the end of the year. These closings are part of the post office's response to record losses and declining mail volume as more people communicate electronically. The post office says they plan to close 2000 locations by next year.

That plan aims to adjust and streamline postal service after losses of 8.5 billion dollars in fiscal 2010. But some say those losses could be negated with a change to the post office pension funds. Steve Knight has more.  Go to full article
Postage sheet celebrating the Great Lakes dunes.
Postage sheet celebrating the Great Lakes dunes.

A stamp of approval

The Great Lakes are getting a stamp of approval from the Postal Service. Heidi Chang reports there's a new sheet of postal stamps that celebrate the region.  Go to full article

Adk. hamlet worries about its little post office

Town officials in Brighton say the Post Office is planning to leave its Gabriels branch closed for the foreseeable future. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

McHugh on Looming Postal Crisis

Martha Foley talks with North Country Congressman John McHugh about the impending postal crisis—there are rumors of elimination of Saturday mail delivery, and that small post offices may close.  Go to full article

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