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By Nancy Metnik, Postmaster, from Jemez Thunder, December 01, 1997

After many months of seeing activity at the new Jemez Springs Post Office and of wondering when it would be occupied – it has happened!

On Monday, Nov. 24, the move began with the able crew from the U.S. Postal Service maintenance department (Paul, Terry and Ed) transferring non-critical equipment from the old office to the new.

THE LOADOUT - On Nov. 25, Edna Pety and Donna Lea work their last day in the old post office at 17375 Highway 4. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

THE LOADOUT – On Nov. 25, Edna Pety and Donna Lea work their last day in the old post office at 17375 Highway 4. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

On Tuesday, most other equipment was transferred to the new building after mail was sorted at the old. Clerk Donna Lea remained at the old office to sell stamps, money orders, etc., while the rest of the crew went to the new office to arrange furniture and put away “stuff.”

NEW POST OFFICE - Postal Service employees move equipment into the new post office on Nov. 25. The new office, located just south of the credit union, opened for business on Nov. 26.

NEW POST OFFICE – Postal Service employees move equipment into the new post office on Nov. 25. The new office, located just south of the credit union, opened for business on Nov. 26. Photo by Robert Borden/Jemez Thunder

On Wednesday the 26th, the new post office opened with full window service, mail delivery, mail pickup, and a special blue door where folks picked up keys for the new boxes.

All box numbers at the new post office will remain the same. Good news, eh? There are many more boxes that are now available for rent. We no longer need a waiting list. Just come in and we can rent you a P.O. box immediately.

Post office hours will remain the same. The mail now leaves Jemez Springs at 4:10 p.m. (instead of 1 p.m. in the old days), so you have until 4 p.m. to bring mail to the counter and it will go out that day.

When you come in to pick up your new keys, you must bring in your old keys, as they will be recycled along with the old P.O. boxes.

The box lobby will be open 24 hours a day for mail pickup, just as before. A new item will be the parcel lockers by the front door. We thought this would be a real convenience for P.O. box customers who cannot always come in during business hours. If you find a key in your box, look at the number on it and go to the corresponding parcel locker. You can now get your packages at any time.

Soon we will be having a customer appreciation day/open house to celebrate our new office and our great customers! We will be letting you know when this will be, most likely Dec. 19 or 20.

Please feel free to call us with questions or concerns at 829-3917.