Neither snow nor rain nor recession will stop the mail. But it can change it. "We can't wait we need to save as much money as we can," says, Grand Junction Post Master Daniel Reyes.
Mary "Mary Lou" Scholl, says "I bleed postal blue."
Mary Scholl is the daughter of a former Grand Junction post master. She says working for the postal services is more a labor of love than anything else.
She says, "This isn't a career; it's a lifestyle." A lifestyle that's brought her many things.
Scholl says, "I met my husband at work and we have been married for nearly 10 years now."
Now that lifestyle is about to change.
Reyes says, "Volumes for the Postal Service is still on the decline." The U.S. Postal Services lost $2.8 billion last year and expects losses this year to be larger.
Reyes says, "Across the nation we are all doing more with less."
"While the U.S. Postal Service is doing their route evaluations not much is going to change for you and me. The only difference could be a change in your letter carrier."
"On the city side you will see a lot of different carriers in some cases."
Across the board the agency is closing six of 80 district offices and laying off 15 percent of workers holding district level positions. They are also offering 150 thousand employees early retirement, something that will help out locally.
Reyes says, "That's going to help it get to the right size without repositioning anybody."
Mary Lou and 16 other co–workers took that offer.
Scholl says, "I've worked a lot of years a lot of places and put in a lot of hours. It’s time to stay home and pay attention to my family."
Because in the end...
She says, "We've survived a lot of changes we've survived a lot of challenges in the past, this is not the countries first recession."